1994 Holden Commodore VR 3.8L V6 from Australia and New Zealand
Would be a great car if I hadn't had so many problems
Just bought VR Executive series II wagon not long ago and already have big problems.
Seems to be a blown head gasket or crack in head and all my coolant is leaking into the engine and going through and then out the exhaust. The water in the engine makes it hard to start, idle rough and get real hot.
It will cost just about as much to get it stripped down, crack tested and machined as it will to just get a whole reconditioned motor.
Drivers side headlight failed and even after I got it fixed it still needs a good slap to get the terminals to connect properly.
Rear right suspension sagging, even though car has never towed.
I also have two mates which have VR wagons and one also has similar engine problem and headlight problem. The other also has a vibrating driveshaft which sets off the engine light warning.
Until I bought mine, I had heard great things about Commodores, and them running fine for at least 250 000kms.
Even though I think mine is a rare case, I wouldn't recommend a VR, go for at least a VS with the Ecotec motor.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th November, 2004
I had similar problems with my vr executive replaced radiator, gasket, fan switch the list goes on. Also front left bearing, still needs work as it idles, transmission doesn't feel durable...
I had problems with mine and coolant. turns out it was the inlet manifold gasket. it had shot itself through the corner of the gasket and out the front of the engine. We took it all off and replaced it. seems to be no obvious problems now. Good Luck.
I've got a VR and have had a string of problems since I bought it five years ago. Replaced radiator, fuel pressure regulator and fuel pump. Now need new water pump, transmision and head gasket. quote over $3000.00, I also get the engine warning light come on every now and then.
I bought my 93 model VR Executive this year (2006). It has 285000k/m and it's driving like new. I bought it for 1500 aussie dollars from an old guy. Best car I've ever had.