1985 Holden Commodore Royale (NZ) 1.9 Starfire from Australia and New Zealand
A reliable old snail
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.
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