1992 Holden Calibra 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand
Unreliable good looking car
Ignition module continually failed, replaced several times.
Power sunroof never seems to want to work.
Interior is not the best quality.
Although this is a top looking car, with a reasonable amount of power (Commodores are too quick for it though), it is the reliability which is a serious problem.
Parts are way too expensive, and the handling is good when not on the power, with power on, under-steer and torque steer is very annoying and can be plain dangerous.
On a number of times, putting full power on meant the car would suddenly dart off to one direction through no movement of the steering wheel.
This is a car that should be left to those who reallylove their Calibra's, as no one else could put up with this rubbish. Thankfully, I only owned the car for less than 4 months. If you're an owner, or planning to buy one, get out now, while you can.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th October, 2003
Totally agree, whilst it is a good looking car, the Calibra is a car that is nice to drive providing it is not driven too hard - front wheel drive and lots of power don't mix too well. More a cruiser than a sports car. Wouldn't recommend to anyone unless they were prepared to spend big on highly likely problems.
I've owned one for near 2 years and yes, it is very typical. Great when it is working, a nightmare when it isn't.
However, I don't think the under steer & torque steer you've reported is inherent. I think it might be worthing checking:
1. Tyres. Quality makes a huge difference.
2. Alignment & camber.
3. Shocks & springs.
I've owned my Calibra for 5 years, and unfortunately it has had many problems, such as the timing belt going not too long after I had it replaced (I had it replaced precisely because I was being careful). It also has a habit of randomly stopping and stalling when it wants to, a very temperamental car to live with.