1987 Holden Commodore Reviews - Page 4 of 13

1987 Holden Commodore SL 3.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired69958 kilometres
Most recent distance80100 kilometres

Summary:

Best performance for money

Faults:

Crank angle sensor.

Fuel Pump.

General Comments:

This is my first car and I must say that I'm proud of it.

Previously owned by a nice elderly chap so when I got it it was stock standard which didn't last long.

Modifications include:

Lowering 3"

Extractors and 2 1/2 inch with a high flow muffler (sounds quite tuff)

Performance plugs (NGK-iridium) and top gun leads.

K&N filter and cold air intake (as there as no aftermarket cold air intakes I cut a hole directly underneath the air box an ran 4" plumping to the front guard)

Bosch Fuel Pump.

Installed power-steering.

Customized interior.

All these mods make for an clean looking great handling and bloody quick car. IT puts all brand new commodores and falcons to shame, and even keeping up with a few stock turbo's in its time.

Still there are a few more mods I wish to do, but there is always the need for more power and that when I look to-wards the turbo. Maybe one day soon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2003

1987 Holden Commodore from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired151000 kilometres
Most recent distance163000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

Better than I expected

Faults:

The crank angle sensor went two weeks after I bought it.

The front windscreen leaks a little because of bad installation not rust like I thought it may have been.

The slave cylinder also went on the clutch.

General Comments:

When I first got the car I thought there had to be something seriously wrong with it because of the price I paid for it, but I bought it anyway.

Having a manual mad it even better because the seen to get off the bottom a bit quicker the the auto's.

I was amazed when we put the g-tek in to get a average time down the quater mile an was in the real low 15 seconds mark then I got a 14.98 sec, and that is a stock car other than the pod filter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2003

1987 Holden Commodore VL 3.0 Nissan from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Nissan Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired174000 kilometres
Most recent distance179000 kilometres

Summary:

Good first car, but thirsty

Faults:

Rear suspension gone.

Radiator blocked badly and core replaced.

Front disk rotors had to be replaced.

Radiator hoses damaged. Replaced.

Power steering hose leaking badly. Replaced.

Airflow meter tampered with. Had to be reset and plug replaced.

Heater and Air conditioning fan inoperable. Fitted with new second hand fan. New one not available.

Driver's door seal cracked.Replaced.

Broken Air bleeder. Drilled out and fitted with new one.

General Comments:

Pretty ordinary on highway. Fair bit of movement whilst sitting on 110km.

Fuel economy bad. 340km to a tank is too much. Have spoken to several mechanics about problem, but still no result. Friend has turbo and reckons he gets 500km per tank. Can't afford to keep car if I cannot improve economy. Looking for advice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2003

1987 Holden Commodore 2.0Ltr EFI from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0Ltr EFI Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired111000 kilometres
Most recent distance117000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Strong and smooth

Faults:

Paint on the roof has a little crazy cracking.

Paint on the roof has faded a little.

Paint on the boot has also faded a little.

Had to find old style 175*14 tire as one blew out on me it was very hard to find as no one makes them any more, only one wrecker had one.

General Comments:

This is the best Commodore I have ever had, she doesn't miss a beat.

Being a 2ltr VL doesn't have as much power as the 3ltr, but still gets along nicely.

I plan to put a King Dragon air filter in and re-direct the air intake to behind the bumper grille.

Also put a set of extractors on and a 2-1/4 inch system giving her a bit more get up and go!.

Money allowing I will put the usual gear on her.

Mag wheels, body kit, and touch up the paint work.

I love this car and I will never sell it.

This car has never done me wrong and is a very trusty work horse.

Any one looking for a cheap running car and very reliable to run buy a VL commodore!!!.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2003

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