1983 Holden Commodore SL/E 4.2 from Australia and New Zealand


It's a beast man


Alternator failed on me had to get a new one.

Thermo housing rusted due to the old owner using tap water.

General Comments:

This car is a BEAST and it is a dream to drive.

The car handles like a dream and the 4.2 is the best motor ever made.

The interior is excellent and nothing has ever gone wrong with the wiring on the inside and out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2002

1983 Holden Commodore VH SL/E 5.7 litre from Australia and New Zealand


Damn quick, damn unreliable, I love it


Bent axle

Blown diff due to bent axle

Blown gear box due to replacement diff

Snapped tail shaft

Bad oil leaks

Replaced all 4 shockers twice

General Comments:

Despite being unreliable, the car manages to maintain high levels of performance, especially down the quarter mile.

It handles like a dream, and nothing would have gone wrong with it if it wasn't for the axle bending, I took it over some "skid pads" and off-road terrain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2002

1983 Holden Commodore SLE 3.3 fuel injected from Australia and New Zealand


Beautiful car but crap quality


Everything in the car has been replaced or rebuilt, this is typical Holden rubbish that breaks down and needs to be replaced.

You name a problem and it has been fixed.

The car paint faded, but has been re-sprayed blue over silver.

The car chews gas and fuel due to the fuel injection and mild bore of the motor.

General Comments:

This is an awesome looking car.

This would have to be one of the best Commodores driving on the road.

The interior and exterior are immaculate.

Inside is the blue velour interior which is spotless.

The car looks as though it has come out of the showroom, with a dual exhaust, tinted windows and lowered suspension.

This hammers and has a peak power output of a five litre.

Outruns all 253 motors and some five litres.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th November, 2001

26th Nov 2003, 05:10

Don't bag them because you found a lemon all companies make them.

1983 Holden Commodore VH SLX 4.2 V8 from Australia and New Zealand


A real head turner


Blew a diff because of the gearbox.

Blew a gearbox.

Steering rack is shot.

Ignition module went.

Fuel pump and lines broke.

Ignition switch.

Tacho stopped.

General Comments:

Great first car.

The 253 engine is not a quick one and it's on gas so even slower, but still quicker than the six cylinder, reliable.

It's been lowered as much as possible and therefore handles great.

Sounds wicked with the sports exhaust.

A real head turner, new paint, tinted, lowered, mags and an absolute beast of a stereo now...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2001

10th Feb 2002, 16:52

Head turner? for who? and if so where?

1983 Holden Commodore VH SL/E 4.2L V8 from Australia and New Zealand


Every inch a luxury car, even after 17 years


Suspension wear has caused the ride to become very bouncy on the freeway, new struts and springs etc will fix that.

Steering is a bit heavier than usual, cheap and easy to fix.

A few little things like the electric antenna playing up, odometer registers about 1 km in 20.

General Comments:

This car has had a very easy life, and its amazing condition reflects this.

The interior is such a nice place to be, even after 17 years. Seats are so comfortable and there's soft velour everywhere you look. Very impressive, especially in dark navy.

The 4.2 V8 gives good performance on gas and petrol. Very relaxed and effortless with the 3 speed trimatic.

Exhaust note is wonderful, rumbles at idle, and growls when you hit the accelerator.

2 tone paint looks awesome, sets them apart from lesser models very effectively. Along with big use of chrome trimming makes for a 'modern classic'.

Tons of standard equipment, the trip computer is fantastic, and fun to play with LOL.

Single spoke steering wheel looks very up-market (for 1983), and gives good visibility of the instruments.

My only criticism of a VH SL/E, is they are so bloody easy to steal!!! Well worth it though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2001

1983 Holden Commodore VH Vacationer 3.3 from Australia and New Zealand


Last of the chrome classics


Very thirsty on petrol, needs a tune, got 320km from the last tankful.

Air-con needed re-gassing.

Annoying rattle/vibration on left hand side at low revs.

Driver's arm rest had cancer and had to be replaced.

Needs new suspension bushes all around.

General Comments:

An old guy must have owned this car before me. Old metal sun visor gives it away. The interior is spotless (ash tray hasn't been used!) and it appears to be have been looked after mechanically and body wise. The air-con is new as well as the radiator.

It's a beaut old comfortable car. After driving Alfa Romeos for 8 years it's nice to have a car that doesn't decide to die for no apparent reason, although it is very, very thirsty and runs like a slug in comparison, I'm still enjoying cruising in it.

Parts are plentiful and cheap. SLE options can be added for next to nix.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2001