1986 Holden Commodore VK 1/2 Berlina 3.3 litre from Australia and New Zealand
Very comfortable cruiser
Oxidised paint on the roof.
All other repairs were voluntary - headers, exhaust, tyres, K&N filter...
I bought this car solely on reputation, and it has lived up to my expectations well. Very easy to drive, good handling, performance is good considering the automatic gearbox, and economy is not too bad, considering the age, the auto, and the motor size, as long as the foot on the gas pedal is light!
The only downside I would have to say is that it needs a gear between second and third - sometimes second works too hard, and third just lacks a bit of oomph. I would be interested to see this setup in its 5 speed manual guise, but the short first gear on the manual is a bit concerning.
Very strong motor though, and I would have to agree with the other VK1/2 report's comments re the torque at low revs - a great workhorse!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th January, 2001
13th Jun 2002, 09:39
I've got a Vl auto, and would agree that it does lack some oomph between the second and third gears. One way to resolve this would be either getting a torque converter installed, which rides it like a manual so you can change when you want... Having something installed like a POD filter will help the power in the gears as well... and compliment the torque converter... This would set you back however around $600 for a medium RPM converter.