1995 Holden Commodore S-Pack 3.8L V6 from Australia and New Zealand
It is not a cheap car, but in this case you do get what you pay for
Have had a slight leak from the power steering pump, at around 120,000kms, but that's the only mechanical problem that I have had for it so far.
One annoyance is a bit of a squeak coming from the front seats on occasion, and the gearbox is a bit noisy which I have been told is common on all Commodores with that type of gear box.
Another thing is two of the (whatever they are called)'s between the trim and the window glass have come loose.
This car has excellent performance and handling for what is basically a family car with stiffer suspension, a spoiler kit and a much nicer interior.
The car is a 5-speed manual with a track record of beating V8s and this is completely stock standard. It has excellent performance for what it is and I can only imagine how it will go with some performance modifications.
The suspension is not uncomfortable, but yet still handles well around tight corners.
All in all the car looks great (which I guess is only my opinion), goes great, handles well and is comfortable for a full carload of people as well. I would definitely not sell it without a very good reason.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st February, 2001
I have a Manual VS S-Pack and they absolutely fly, great long distance cruiser as well.
City fuel consumption is poor. but I love it and I too think they look great with a set of wheels.
I have a Manual VS S Pack, which I purchased second hand, and it still goes really well. It's now done 180,000kms and in the time I have owned it, I have replaced things as they have broken/died: electric window motor/switches, fuel pump, heater tap, radiator (which I think was either as a result of or the cause of the heater tap going).
I did have some major work done (cylinder head recondition), which I think was due to a previous owner being not so nice to the engine. Even before the fix, it still powered on.
It does burn oil, but moreso on long haul drives than city driving. On the highway I still get about 700km out of a full 60litre tank, which I think is pretty good for its age. I do get carbon build up and oil on two of my sparks, but I just use high temp sparks which I change as soon as I notice it misfiring (around 5000-8000kms dependant on how you drive it).
And the rubbers in the windows have all fallen down (the back ones "fell" after I had the front ones re-glued). You can fix this yourself with "Quick Grip".
And I do have a problem with the door lock when it has been raining (or if there is moisture in the air), which I have been told is a common problem. The door lock doesn't grab/open properly when opening with the remote key. Even after replacing the lock, it still does it. So you just have to open the car manually.
Overall I think its still a good car. I look after it and I expect to continue powering on for quite some time.