1985 Holden Commodore Reviews - Page 5 of 5

1985 Holden Commodore VK 2.2 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.2 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired18500 kilometres
Most recent distance20000 kilometres

Summary:

Very good car for 4,000 thousand

Faults:

Power steering hose broke.

Left door protector fell off.

Radiator hose was leaking.

General Comments:

This car is a good investment for the first car owner, it lets them know how much petrol prices can effect how much you can drive.

It has a pretty good increase in speed from around 60 to 100.

Comfort in this car is great considering it's been around for 16 years, interior is still in good condition as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2001

1985 Holden Commodore VK 3.3 litre carby from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 3.3 litre carby Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 12

Summary:

A gas guzzling workhorse

Faults:

Quite a lot.

General Comments:

This car had good and bad points. It was comfortable, and being a wagon it was very practical with loads of interior room. Also, the country pack suspension kit with its increased ride height and underbody protection really was useful offroad.

The thing that really let this car down was the engine. The fuel economy was always appalling, returning around 5 to 6 km per litre no matter how you drove it. This made it an expensive car to run, particularly on long trips into the outback where petrol was typically 20% more expensive than the city. Despite this poor economy, the performance of the car was surprisingly modest. The engine was very unrefined, being quite noisy when pushed hard - fan and induction noise being most pronounced. It also had this curious habit of blowing a lot of bluey white smoke when pushed hard - particularly during a long hard slog up a hill. It always used oil, never started easily (rough running and black smoke when cold) and was generally quite inadequate. No mechanic could ever find cause for its poor economy and performance.

The handling was average. I suspect the non-standard gas shockers helped tie it down a bit. However the rear end was pretty nervous on dirt, in the wet, on rough roads, etc etc. A couple of times I very nearly killed myself using a bit too much throttle around a corner in the wet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th June, 2001

26th Sep 2001, 07:17

All a part of loving my VK is the back end in the wet. Loving with safety...

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