1997 Holden Commodore VS II Executive 5.0 litre 304 V8 from Australia and New Zealand
It has its ups and downs
Power steering leaks non stop, even though I fill it with about a bottle a month of power steering fluid. Very costly and annoying.
Front bushings replaced. About $60 each.
Common oil leaks from the engine and transmission.
Radiator x5; about $1500 worth.
Water pump seized, and clutch fan came off and chewed through the whole front end $$$$.
Fan belts broke.
Water pump x1.
Air idle valve and throttle sensor replaced x3; $200 each.
When the battery goes flat, the computer resets itself and has a fit.
Poor camber, always needs new tyres.
Rattle in the dash.
Boot leaks water when it rains.
Shudder under load.
New dizzy. And dizzy rotor button.
It seems to be suffering from electrolysis, apparently very common in these models.
Besides the problems, it has been a really fun car; good solid motor, makes a good tone, turns heads, and is fun in the wet.
It handles very well, loads of low down torque.
The seats are a bit uncomfortable on lone trips, and don't support you well enough through corners.
No leg room.
Nice shape, and sharp looks.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th February, 2012