1985 Holden Commodore Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1985 Holden Commodore Royale (NZ) 1.9 Starfire from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9 Starfire Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 kilometres
Most recent distance133000 kilometres
Previous carAudi 100

Summary:

A reliable old snail

Faults:

Starter Motor replaced (twice!)

Alternator Replaced at 90,000km.

Distributor replaced at 130,000 (bearings were shot)

Radiator leak, needed re-soldering.

Transmission sump leaking - new pan gasket needed.

Rear electric window switches not working.

Front wheel bearings replaced at 110,000.

Front shock absorbers replaced at 120,000.

General Comments:

Export special VK, no wonder the Aussi's dumped the starfire with the VH in Aus. The 1.9 is Gutless and uses almost the same amount of gas as the 202. With the "Royale" option pack the power steering robs the engine of so much power that it will stall if turned to full lock when idling cold.

I bought this car because it had really low Kms on it. But the engine really lets the car down, with the puny 13 inch wheels the engine is spinning at 4000 rpms at just 100kph. I kept it just as a second car work hack it has towed just about everything albeit SLOWLY!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2003

1985 Holden Commodore Executive 3.3 Litre from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.3 Litre Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60196 kilometres
Most recent distance180953 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Sigma

Summary:

A great first car

Faults:

Power steering leaked.

Starter motor went.

Water pump went.

Radiator leaked.

Indicator control stick snapped.

Air-conditioning condenser went.

Windscreen washer pump went.

General Comments:

This car looks beautiful.

It has endless bottom end torque and an unbreakable engine.

Almost nothing has gone wrong with the actual engine, most of the problems have been electrical.

The car is great for towing put it in first and it will do almost anything.

It sounds beautiful at super high revs, about as sweet as you get from a 6 cylinder.

If you put a wider exhaust system on the car you get a huge power boost.

The car feels much nimbler then later model commodores.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2003

1985 Holden Commodore VK Sl 3.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.3 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired153000 kilometres
Most recent distance221000 kilometres

Summary:

Best car of it's era

Faults:

Major problem was the water pump, in the short time I have had the car I have had to replaced two pumps.

Starter motor also went at 210000 km.

General Comments:

The car is the best first car you could buy I only paid $3500 and it is very reliable and starts first time. The car has a very good turning circle and handles great I can take a corner at 50k/hr without the car sliding one bit. Very little problems at all, the car is still running fine even though it gets driven very hard. Would recommend a VK to all first buyers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2003

1985 Holden Commodore VK Executive 3.3L 6 Cylinder EFI from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.3L 6 Cylinder EFI Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Previous carLeyland Mini

Summary:

Good first car buy with the potential to become something greater

Faults:

After a few weeks of having the car the cam shaft gears went whilst I was going up a hill.

Alternator died on a trip to Geelong also killing the battery.

Back seat cracked needed to be re-covered.

General Comments:

For an older model car the engine is very reliable, fuel efficient and has a comfortable amount of grunt.

Engine is very easy for a mildly mechanically minded person to maintain and repair.

Parts are common and cheap, a trip to the local wreckers or to the local car care centre will turn up most parts.

The interior is quite nice for its age, although the square speedometer is annoying for monitoring exact speeds.

Upgrade options for the engine are quite varied, the various 202 engines Holden has produced allow a young rev-head to indulge in Do-It-Yourself upgrades.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2003

1985 Holden Commodore Berlina 5.0L V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.0L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance202000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Family Car with great grunt

Faults:

Radiator Blew.

Needed new water pump.

Cracked Windscreen.

General Comments:

Performance is very good, but takes a while for all 4 barrel's to open up.

Heaps of torque (318NM).

Power output of 118KW.

Seats afr comfortable.

Sounds Great.

Achieved a 0-100 time of around 8.5 seconds, which is quicker than my mates Vn commodore.

It's a Wagon too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2003

1985 Holden Commodore VK 3.3 202 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.3 202 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance250000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

A mean machine

Faults:

The engine mounts broke.

Gearbox dropped out.

Gearstick flew out.

The muffler blew out.

Head gasket.

Steering arm was bent.

General Comments:

This car is a mean machine on the cook. The problem is that rubber is too dear.

I have a new diff in there so its all good at present.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2002

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 19 reviews