1986 Holden Commodore SL RB30E from Australia and New Zealand
Performance powerhouse car
Windscreen washers turn on by themselves.
Aircon switch no longer works.
Rust around the front windscreen is quite bad.
Electrical problems with front headlights and rear brake lights.
For a standard car I found it quite appealing performance wise, especially being a manual.
Still I wanted more power which is not hard to attain. I added a 2.5" exhaust, hi-flow cat, extractors, Simota racing air filter and cold air ducting.
Next I think to make the car even quicker I will chip it and add a cam and maybe even some head work, then for a non-turbo not much should get close unless it's wet.
The interior is quite good but the exterior needed some help with dark windows, no badges, 17" CSA mags. Being dumped to the ground with low profile tyres and some tinted brake lights always sets it off on a silver car.
Although seat covers, a racing steering wheel and gear knob do help the interior, it still needs a little more, colour detailing maybe???
Overall it's a great car and I love it, it blows off my mates crappy ET turbo and keeps up with a C18 Turbo. Make sure you get the speed restrictor removed however otherwise you're done for after 180km/h which some other performance cars cruise at.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st June, 2001
12th Sep 2001, 20:14
The manuals sound sweet with the 2.5 inch exhaust, extractors and hi-flow cat, don't they? I have trouble getting a good start off the line due to traction problems :)
17th Jul 2002, 06:20
A speed limiter on the RB30E engine, i don't think so. The ECU has a fuel shut off that comes in at 6250 rpm. Even at that point your speed in 5th gear would be well in excess of 200 kph. Not that the engine will propel the car to the redline in 5th gear.