1993 Holden Commodore Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1993 Holden Commodore VP 3.8 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired198000 kilometres
Most recent distance213000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Wagon

Summary:

Needs some working on

Faults:

Calipers, pads.

Harmonic balancer.

Completely rebuilt cooling system.

Resprayed the car.

All suspension bushes.

Shock absorbers, lowered springs.

Air con needed re gas and work.

Front and rear seats.

New windscreen.

Rebuilt engine, transmission.

Extractors, exhaust

General Comments:

This car has cost a fair bit of money to run well but is worth the cash, so I think that the VP is a good car, especially when taken back to sweet condition, as it has a very raw and hard going engine and pretty lightweight body, which makes it very good on the street, and it can seriously whip much newer cars like Japanese 4`s plus Ford 6`s, and all it needs is good tyres and fine tuning, and a bit of money spent in the right places.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2007

1993 Holden Commodore Executive wagon 3.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired271900 kilometres
Most recent distance272000 kilometres

Summary:

Fun car to drive

Faults:

Radiator was engulfed with rust, due to previous owner or caryard.

Seats tend to move slightly back and forth whilst moving.

Gets a tad moody when shes still a bit cold.

General Comments:

Goes well when picking up revs, although occasionally lacks a bit of low down torque.

Tens to lag a bit with 5 people in, but that's normal.

Goes very well when lead footing, can spin the wheels shifting into second.

Dangerous car in the wet, especially with retreads, its like driving on ice, second gear can be deadly.

Plenty of space to store all my gear.

Sits nice and low with standard springs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2005

1993 Holden Commodore VR 3.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired229000 kilometres
Most recent distance248000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Car is pretty good, but having engine problems due to high kilometers

Faults:

Harmonic Balancer needed replacing at 230,000 kilometers.

Water pump replaced at 248,000 kilometers.

Collapsed Lifters at 248,000 kilometers.

Camshaft replaced at 248,000 kilometers.

Ceiling cover of car coming off.

Central locking on one door broke soon after we purchased.

General Comments:

The car handles pretty well.

Good first car to learn on.

Seats are comfortable.

Car handles well.

Stay away from high kilometers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2004

1993 Holden Commodore Executive Series 2 3.8 Ltr V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 Ltr V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired155000 kilometres
Most recent distance194000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Bluebird

Summary:

A good, reliable, powerful family sedan

Faults:

Not a lot! There is a gas leak in the air-conditioning system behind the dashboard, have been told it will cost $700 to fix as they would have to rip the entire dashboard out! I just get it re-gassed every 12 months as the leak is only slight.

The switch for the headlights fell off, but was easily fixed with a bit of glue.

The headlining caved in (a common Commodore fault) but again was replaced fairly cheaply.

The front doors (particularly the drivers side) move about slightly in their frames over rough roads or when hitting sudden bumps in the road causing them to squeak. A friend told me to moisten the door rubbers with vaseline (which at first I laughed at) and amazingly, it works. No more noises!

The engine idles fairly rough and sounds a bit asthmatic under load (with a bit of drive-line shudder) but these are typical attributes of any Commodore from the VN on wards.

Mechanically, the car hasn't missed a beat.

General Comments:

I am quite amazed at how reliable the car is, although it gets a service every 4-6 months without fail.

I fitted an aftermarket cruise control system which works a treat on long trips and helps keep my speed in check around the city.

I've also fitted a K&N air filter to give the car better breathing, and more performance! (Not that it needs it)

The interior is fine, if low quality. The instrument binnacale prevents air from the vents closest to the drivers side door, and from the centre, to blow freely onto the driver, which I see as a pretty bad design fault! (subsequently fixed with the VR)

The car can catch you off guard in the wet, due to the rear wheel drive/powerful engine combo. Have been caught out several times even when taking corners carefully in the rain.

Overall I am quite happy with the good 'ol Commodore. It's an excellent cruiser on long trips, has plenty of power to spare when you need it and feels like it will run well for many years to come!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2003

1st May 2005, 00:25

I also own a VP Commdore series 2. It has never missed a beat. It has 160 000 km's on the clock and is running very strong. The Radiator is the only thing that has been fixed and the brakes. A warning though, the brakes on a VP Commodore are undersized. I recomend that sports disc brakes are fitted. Anyone who owns a VP Commodore will know what I am talking about. Also if you are going to buy one, switch on the headlights and then press the brake pedal, you might notice that one or more of your brake lights may go out. Other than this, it is a very reliable car and would definitely buy another one not that it will be needed in a long time.

17th Jul 2005, 03:01

The reason the tail lights fail when you press the foot on the brakes with the headlights on is the boot seal lid is horible. A common fault in the VP Commodore. Water tends to leak into the tail light.

Also check the rear door locks as there is a tendency for them to fail. I think a wire falls out or something.

18th Jul 2006, 00:19

I have owned my VP Executive now for two years, and have found it extremely reliable.

The only things I have replaced are the tensioner pulley, wheel bearings and the air filter. An after market free flowing air filter is advisable as well as good quality brake pads.

I have serviced it regularly, changing the engine oil and oil filter every few months, and every six months or there abouts I will replace the coolant, gearbox oil and brakes when needed.

I have been more than happy with the comfort and performance levels of my VP, and have found it to be a very reliable and driver friendly car.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 9 reviews