1992 Holden Commodore Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1992 Holden Commodore Executive 3.8 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired184000 kilometres
Most recent distance213000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Expensive, but fun!

Faults:

Lets see. Where do I start? I had to spend so much money on this car!

On the first day I brought the car home, the battery died.

It over heated a bit. The water thingy leaked. I needed to get a new hose.

The power steering rack was replaced.

The automatic transmission mucked up.

The alternator mucked up.

The fuel tank needed to get cleaned out.

The air-con spat water at me.

The blinkers stopped cancelling themselves.

The electric side mirrors stopped working.

The roof lining sunk.

The boot leaked and rusted a bit.

The side blinkers fell out a few times.

General Comments:

But I really enjoyed the extra power.

Having an auto was great, I didn't feel like I was lacking in anything.

Handled great, went fast, was really comfortable.

Felt kinda like a luxury car to me.

I really loved this car and it was nearly worth spending all the money on!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2005

1992 Holden Commodore SS 5 LITRE from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5 LITRE Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired196000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Faults:

Driving the car along fine then the engine cuts off you lose steering and brakes try to pull over safely then car won't start. You then wait 5 minutes or so and try to start it. It can either happen again or not. Don't know why it keeps stopping even if car is hot or cold, but more so first thing when you go to take off to go somewhere in the morning.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2005

17th Aug 2011, 01:51

Hey, would most likely be your crank angle sensor. My VN was doing the same thing, and so I replaced the crank angle sensor, and it's sweet as now :)

1992 Holden Commodore Series II Executive 3.8L V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired250000 kilometres
Most recent distance296000 kilometres

Summary:

Bad handling, but Good A-to-B and long-haul cruiser

Faults:

Cruise control ceased working shortly after purchase, not worth the expense to get repaired.

Steering rack developed slight leak, eventually needing replacement once it got too severe to simply top up the fluid every once in a while.

Headgasket blew on a 40C day towing a furniture trailer between Melb & Adel.

Transmission cooler piping developed a leak, once diagnosed, this was a simple DIY replacement of dried/cracked hosing and top up of trans fluid.

Thermostat went, simple DIY fix.

Resistor pack controlling AC/Heater fan-speed blew, easy DIY swap for modern VT replacement part.

Throttle cable sheathing frayed and needed replacement.

As was IRS equipped model, rear tyres wore unevenly on the inside, further exasperated by heavy towing. Suggest a rear camber/toe kit be fitted.

Boot leaked water in through the tail-light's housing, siliconed up to fix.

General Comments:

Provided effortless and idiot proof performance in a straight-line, beating all other non-sports cars at the traffic lights, but cornering is where it came unstuck.

Going hard in to a corner the standard suspension allows so much body roll as to feel like you're going to scrape your door handles on the road, and even with good tyres it was disconcertingly easy to get the rear-end loose (particularly so in the wet). That's even with the optional and more stable IRS (as opposed to the standard live-axle). Once loose it was a frantic wresting act to pull things back in to line due to sloppy steering response.

Brake feel is poor, requiring a couple of centimetre's travel before biting, (this occurred even after fresh fluid and a bleed and seems to be a deficiency of later models too), and brake fade becomes a serious problem after only a short amount of "spirited" driving.

However, these cars excel at being a family hauler, and perform well when driven within their limits, they have a mammoth boot, and can toe decent loads. The seats are comfortable, and there's plenty of room 5 adults on short trips, and 4 for long ones. Fuel efficiency is ordinary around town, but very reasonable when out on the open highway.

If you're after a cheap/reliable car with good load carrying capacity, go for it, if you're looking for something to drive hard then avoid unless you have death wish or are prepared to spend heavily on aftermarket suspension components (this doesn't mean simply lowering it, but sway bars, bushes, etc.)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2005

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 14 reviews