1987 Holden Commodore Executive 3.0 NA from Australia and New Zealand
Excellent machine if well maintained, and can go like a cut cat!
Power steering rack - excessive play - common for all Holden Commodores.
Rear auto trans seal - torn out - common problem in any Holden Commodore, so not just this model.
Slight hydraulic lifter noise - common problem on most models, even VR-VT Commodores surprisingly! Gets down to poor servicing and lack of oil changes!
Slight water pump leak - typical person not using their brains enough to use sealant on gasket surfaces and on water pump bolt threads.
Rubber transmission hoses leaking - not surprising at all! The car is 25 years old.
Overall - Very solid car, which most have sustained continual abuse!
Very fun to drive!
Excellent acceleration on a stock motor, especially for its age!
1) Timing belt should be set "on the passenger side, 53 teeth from one reference point to the other, and cam belt is tensioned up correctly".
2) Distributor timing should be set from 15-20 degrees, and the sweet spot will be somewhere in between.
Make sure the steering rack and associated components are in good order, as well as nice stiff suspension for a totally superb ride - will handle.
Brakes can do with some basic upgrading, and is relatively cheap to do.
Cooling system in good order is excellent!
RB30 engine has been quoted to be one of the most solid and robust engines ever made!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th January, 2012