1979 Holden Commodore Reviews

1979 Holden Commodore SL 3.3 Blue petrol Engine from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.3 Blue petrol Engine Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired250000 kilometres
Most recent distance274000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

A reliable car that never gives up

Faults:

I blew the diff from burnouts.

Steering rack went on it.

Manifold gasket blew on red engine.

Leaks water.

General Comments:

The 3.3 red engine is nothing but trouble. After replacing the engine with a 3.3 blue engine, I have got a increase of power and it's smoother when sitting at 100 km/h.

After taking my car on a 4WD tracks, it just shows how tough a Commodore is. I am really happy with the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 2003

1979 Holden Commodore VB 3.3 202 Straight Six from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.3 202 Straight Six Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired130024 kilometres
Most recent distance153008 kilometres

Summary:

A very solid reliable car

Faults:

Clutch replaced at 135000 km.

Clutch pedal broke.

Clock works on and off.

Fuel gauge slightly inaccurate.

General Comments:

This car is mechanically A1. Have never had any serious problems with it. The only major repair was a clutch replacement at 135000 km shortly after purchasing it.

Other minor things include the air filter working loose which affected fuel consumption. The fuel gauge appears to be not calibrated accurately.

Interior is immaculate. Plush red vinyl seat fittings. Very comfortable.

Performance is superb. The 202 red motor packs a load of punch. Loads of torque available at the lower end.

Reliability is equally superb. The car has never broken down once.

Handling is solid. No power steering, but feedback is very good. Can be a slight handful in the wet.

The only minor con is the fuel consumption. Returns between 12 - 12.5L / 100km in the city. Improves to 9 - 9.5L / 100km on the highway.

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

Review Date: 17th September, 2003

3rd Mar 2010, 06:08

Would not get 9L of fuel per 100 km mate. I own a HQ ute that gets only 400km off of a 70L tank when it is run dry. Also own a supercharged Toyota Aurion that gets 8.5 per 100km. Very inaccurate.

26th Nov 2010, 04:44

You can get good economy with Commodore 202s, particularly on highway runs. Have owned quite a few, the HQ is a very heavy, un-aerodynamic car, and they are harsh on fuel.

1979 Holden Commodore VB 253 Red Motor from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 253 Red Motor Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired270000 kilometres
Most recent distance284000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

I'm generally happy with the car, it's quick, and only small odd jobs required

Faults:

Power Steering Pump whines, and leaks.

Heater control panel shot-circuited.

Front end creaking.

Takes a long time to start.

Reversing lights don't work.

Diff whines.

Bent linkages on the M20 gearbox.

Alternator failed.

General Comments:

The car, when I bought it, had quite a bit spent on the engine, so the car is seriously quick in a straight line.

Handling isn't that great, the car has been lowered, but not fitted with the according shock absorbers etc. So it is still floaty at high speeds.

The interior was badly damaged from Australian summer conditions. (Dash cracked, steering wheel warped)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2003

21st Aug 2003, 20:46

*update* - Just had front-end repaired at a price of $380, no more creaking, and steers like a new car!

New diff goes in tonight.

1979 Holden Commodore 2.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.8 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired347000 kilometres
Most recent distance353000 kilometres

Summary:

Cheap car that has good performance potential with a bigger engine.

Faults:

Had the clutch cable break.

Had the clutch fail.

Windows were scratched by the rock hard window seals.

Holes in the exhaust.

Brakes are squishy.

Clutch pedal squeaky.

Rusted headlight reflectors.

General Comments:

Good cheap car, though not cheap to run.

A car that has held up well considering its 24 years old.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2003

1979 Holden Commodore VB 202ci 3.3 litre red motor from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 202ci 3.3 litre red motor Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 kilometres
Most recent distance209000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Crown

Summary:

A pretty cheap buy, but it has had a lot spent on it to keep it going

Faults:

Had a few problems.

At the moment like most commodores of this era the tri-matic 3 speed transmission has gone.

Had a few problems with the tail shaft.

And the steering isn't too good either.

General Comments:

It isn't very good economy wise chewing petrol like there's no tomorrow, inside the cabin is good though, lots of room. But 80kw from the 202 isn't really good enough for the car of this size.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th April, 2002

1979 Holden Commodore SL/E 5.0 V8 leaded petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 leaded petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired175000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Great performance for the price

Faults:

Brake booster - easy fix.

Spark plug failure - replaced.

Needs tuning often if you want peak performance.

General Comments:

Great car if you want to spend a little extra and do it up, you would have a beast in your mitts.

Look for already done up ones, for you can get a good one like mine for under 5500.

Rust and paint jobs are a problem, but a respray will fix that.

Put a 2.5" exhaust on the car and you'll have a very loud sounding car to show off.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2001

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 6 reviews