1986 Holden Camira Reviews

1986 Holden Camira SL/E 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 kilometres
Most recent distance153000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corona

Summary:

One of the cheapest cars to buy and run!

Faults:

Beside some occasions with hanging brake pads on the rear axle drums (just cleaning) absolute nothing went wrong.

General Comments:

Bought it basiclly as a backpackers car to discover New Zealand. I decided to stay (and kept the car for another two years).

My SL/E version had the comfort of a American seventies car.

Was a very reliable buddy, but after two years it became a little bit dougie because of frequent use and rust holes.

One of the cheapest cars to buy and run I ever had! (despite of its reputation)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th November, 2004

1986 Holden Camira JD 1.8 ltr fuel injected from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 ltr fuel injected Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired160005 kilometres
Most recent distance167000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Camira

Summary:

The Camira is a relible and quick car to own, without doing much work to it

Faults:

Right hand passenger door handle broke.

Hand brake needed to be adjusted.

Nothing else has gone wrong with this car.

Has a rattle in driver's door

General Comments:

This is a quick car, that is reliable and easy to maintain.

It is one of the best cars I have owned.

Has a decent paint job; no rust at all.

It is a very comfortable car to drive, and has low noise on the road

I would recommend this to anyone that is after a reliable car, and one that is easy to maintain

It has very good handling.

Keep up the good work Holden.

Go go go the Camira!!!!!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2004

30th May 2004, 19:22

I Just bought a 1986 Holden Camira. I will definately recommend it to every one who are on the market for a reliable first car. The boot compartment is huge. To who it matters to they have decent accelaration. PROBLEMS: there is a rattle under the bonnet and I TINY bit of rust on the boot. You can do this up with a good speaker system,

15th Dec 2005, 01:06

I agree, my '85 jd camira has been a great car.

1986 Holden Camira SL 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired272000 kilometres
Most recent distance308000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Carry

Summary:

A cheap car for the handyman

Faults:

Starter motor died.

Throttle position sensor.

Front wheel hub.

Broken piston.

Broken seat frame.

Rusted out tailgate support in roof.

General Comments:

I've yet to set up my home made throttle position sensor properly, but it was very economical before that.

Very comfortable highway cruiser, but also quite unreliable. I've been lucky enough to fix all the problems myself except for the starter which died 1000Km from home.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 9th April, 2001

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 3 reviews