1989 Holden Commodore from Australia and New Zealand


Love it; would not want anything else


Fan belt.

Gear stick bolts come loose.

General Comments:

Awesome car. Has had the motor worked with bigger cam, bigger injectors, worked heads, chipped ECU, extractors and sports exhaust, but the fuel price does hurt a bit, but I knew that before I bought it.

The cabin has a few squeaks and rattles, but she is getting a bit old.

Has a bit of rust around the windows, but that is a common fault with these cars.

I love driving this car; way more fun than driving my old Ford, and not much beats me off the lights.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2010

1989 Holden Commodore VN 3.8 from Australia and New Zealand


Awesome car


I have had a few things go wrong with the car; fuel pump, coil pack, water pump etc..

There is only one thing that I cannot work out, which is a loud rattling noise from inside the engine.. some think it's the timing chain.. this is a fairly common noise with the VN and can be very annoying...

Also there has been a starting problem, which only does it when the car has been driven and stopped for 10 minutes.. then it's hard to start.. starts first thing when cold... gobsmacked.. I have no idea.. but this can be annoying as well..

General Comments:

Hi, I own a VN X-Pursuit and the car has been great...

It's been my first car and I love it... it goes HARD on acceleration and will give a 5L Statesman a good run...

Overall I will always have this car. I would not ever get rid of it. It handles great and I love the look... they can look pretty tough with some lowered springs and a nice cat back exhaust...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2009

1989 Holden Commodore VN 3.8 litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand


I got beaten at the drags by a standard 1988 corolla


Engine was quick to leap out of tune.

Repeatedly replaced computer due to failure.

Dumped the clutch which shattered it and took the gearbox with it.

Boot leaked so badly I thought I'd need scuba gear to get to the spare tire.

General Comments:

Only thing I found this car good for was taking the dogs when I went hunting.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd September, 2007

1st Oct 2007, 09:20

Got beaten by a ae82 rolla??? LOL you must have under-estimated the power of a modified 4AG range engine modified (4ac excluded)

1989 Holden Commodore VN 3.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Practical hoon car


Replaced Alternator bearing the day after I bought it.

Starter motor, Replaced at 303,000.

Computer, replaced at 285,000.

Idler pulley, replaced at 266,000.

Ignition module, replaced at 285,000.

Uni joints, replaced at 290,000.

Rear door handle, replaced at 275,000.

Head light globe, replaced at 297,000.

Tail light. replaced at 295,000.

General Comments:

The previous owners had spent a lot of money maintaining and modifying this car.

The Exhaust, engine and suspension have all been improved.

It handles really well, but is loose on the rear end.

It is significantly quicker than the v8 version, yet I get over 750 kilometers on the highway to a 63 liter tank.

The Automatic does not handle a modified engine. It won't release the power down low and gear changes are messy when manually done and unpredictable in D. My ECU is standard, all improvements are internal with better air in air out. The fuel injection also does not give the engine the fuel it requires.

The FE2 front suspension and kings rear make this car really enjoyable except in tight confines. The cabin has enough room for most things, the dash is simple.

Very good car for the open road, handles significant bumps on tight corners at speed, very stable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2006

1989 Holden Commodore VN 3.8L petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Can't kill the petrol guzzler


Clutch needed to be replaced at 195000 km.

Electric locks died at 200000km.

Window winders died at 190000km.

Alternator needed new bearings at 210000km.

Speed sensor died in the gear box at 200000km and again at 205000km.

General Comments:

Car has always started first time every time.

Everything else on the body though, seems to wear down and break.

Car handles well when driven to its limit in suburbs and on open roads.

However handles like a pig in town, guzzling gas with a large turning circle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2006