The water temperature gauge only works when it feels like it. When it does work, the check engine light illuminates. When I check the fault codes, only number 12 comes up - which is normal operation. There is no apparent fault with the engine when this happens.
Engine has oil leaks from the rocker covers, and somewhere down the back of the engine. But it is a high mileage engine, so these are to be expected from now on.
Windscreen wiper fell off - only required the nut to be done up again.
Water is somehow getting into the boot and soaking the carpet every time it rains.
Headlights didn't work on low beam. But cleaning the connectors with sand paper fixed this.
The back seat has a spring sticking up under the fabric.
Door locks are stiff to operate.
Despite all the niggly bits, I love the car. It can really hammer along if you feed it. The VN only weighs 1335kg, so the modest 125kw powerplant is really responsive.
It takes a bit to get used to the handling (mine has FE2 suspension and I think the springs have been cut as well). It hangs on really well, but when it goes, you've pushed it too far and the back just goes where it wants. Most times this results in mounting a kerb. Doesn't matter which one, they're all good!!
Has better fuel economy than my friend's 1994 3.0 V6 Magna (10 L/100km for the Commodore - 13 l/100km Magna).
Trying to change the standard radio to a brand new CD head unit was a major drama - i.e. actually managing to pull the standard one out. Ended up having to break the lugs and a pop rivet.