1982 Holden Camira Reviews

1982 Holden Camira JB 1.6 carburetter from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 carburetter Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Summary:

Awesome cars and even better paddock bashes!

Faults:

Nothing much really, although the rust has got into it bigtime so its now my paddock basher.

General Comments:

There is hardly any floor left in it because it has rusted away. It that bad it cannot be fixed. The rest of the car has rusted up too, but I love it. It makes the perfect paddock basher so if you were wanting a paddock basher definitely consider one. But look after it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2005

1982 Holden Camira SL-X 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance175000 kilometres

Summary:

If you find one in good nick, it will serve you well as a work car

Faults:

Distributor wore out. Relatively cheap to replace with a reconditioned one.

Water pump suffered from corrosion due to the quality of the water in the area.

Driver's seat was slowly beginning to collapse.

General Comments:

Small engine makes for cheaper running costs.

One downside to the engine is that it lacks pick up and go when compared to other front wheel drive sedans available.

Since this model does not have power steering, you really have to wind the steering wheel when turning which can become very heavy when doing slow speed tasks like parking.

There can be large amounts of rust on the body.

Aside from this minor problems, it is a good first car for a teenager who just got their license.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2001

1982 Holden Camira SL/X 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance310000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

A great car!!!

Faults:

The rocket cover gasket was worn out about a month after I got the car, cheap and easy to replace.

Minor electric faults, due to bad alternator, also cheap and easy to replace.

General Comments:

This car offers great fuel economy because it has a tiny little engine.

It is surprisingly fast for a car of it's age and engine size.

The cabin is bleak due to all round dark blue interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2001

27th Mar 2001, 19:22

When you go round the corners or drop down the clutch, it makes this squeeky noise in the suspension or something. And after a 10min trip, the motor really smells bad!

From Rick.

Beetle_racer_guy@hotmail.com.

4th Apr 2001, 00:55

I own a 2 ltr Camira, white colour, blue interior. It is my 2nd Camira as I had an 85 1.8 ltr Camira, in which I blew the head gasket. The car still drove for a month and a half after that.

My current Camira is very sick with gearbox problems and 2 snapped engine mounts and a missing tail pipe, but it still goes very hard for its condition and yes it's very fast.

I love them so much that explains why I got a 2nd, my Camira came with C/L and engine immoblizer. When I get around to fixing it up I will hot mine with a custom VL Walkinshaw body kit, so it should look like a mini Walkinshaw.

By the way did anyone know that the JD and JE, but not JB are more powerful than the six cylinder Commodore up until the VK which beats the Camira by 1 kw?

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 3 reviews