1987 Holden Commodore Reviews - Page 13 of 13

1987 Holden Commodore VL 3.0 L EFI from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.0 L EFI Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 miles
Most recent distance250000 miles
Previous carMazda Luce 929

Summary:

Awesome Cruiser

Faults:

Hangar bearing replaced.

Air-conditioning works on and off.

General Comments:

Probably one of the best engines and cars I've had the pleasure of driving. It's a bit lousy and sluggish around town, but once on the open road, she handles beautifully. It has an awesome feel on the open road, good feedback from the road to the steering wheel. A smooth performer and a great cruiser, but has enough kick to do the job. I'm planning on doing some minor mods to the muffler, filter, and possibly will get it chipped.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th September, 2000

1987 Holden Commodore VL 3.0 litre from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.0 litre Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired176000 kilometres
Most recent distance212000 kilometres

Summary:

Good value transport, but far from exciting

Faults:

The switch to the electric fan on the front of the radiator broke. To change it I would have lost my air conditioning gas so it had to be bypassed.

Bearings worn and needed replacing on one wheel.

The fan switch is broken.

The fuel gauge is innaccurate.

Had to replace the alternator.

Have a current problem with the air to fuel ratio that is not caused by the computer or the air flow meter. When it has been tuned it runs well for about a month and then goes out again.

General Comments:

A very reliable car with a great engine. The engine is rumoured to have been a BMW design copied by Nissan.

Doesn't burn any oil at all.

It is a very smooth car to drive with good changes and good delivery of power. It has sufficient power to get you into or out of trouble.

There is plenty of cabin space for tall people in both the front and back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2000

26th Mar 2001, 00:14

The engine is rumoured to have been a BMW design copied by Nissan.

Is this true??

It can't be cause nissan make the best engines around I think!!!

They also have the best cars around too.

1987 Holden Commodore Berlina VL 3.0 EFI from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.0 EFI Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 kilometres
Most recent distance221000 kilometres
Previous carHolden HJ Belmont

Summary:

The best Holden I have owned and I've had a few

Faults:

Heater switch replaced.

General Comments:

A great all round car with plenty of power, smooth ride and economical for its size. Easy to park in town, the best for cruisy travelling and very able at towing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2000

31st Jan 2001, 03:53

My advice to you is this. You should try buying a model from another manufacturer. You WILL BE pleasantly surprised to see the rise in quality of the car you then drive.

Thank you,

James.

24th Jun 2001, 06:05

James, get a grip dude.

VL is a nice car, he wasn't suggesting it was a Ferrari so chill out.

Krusty

22nd May 2003, 00:14

Yeah calm down James, VL are the best cars ever to hit the Australian market.

Tim.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 55 reviews