2000 Holden Commodore vx 3.8L V6 from Australia and New Zealand
Well rounded cruiser, engine lacks top end
Tensioner pully bearings became noisy.
Fan belt replaced as was starting to crack.
Locating dowel fell out if the flywheel and became lodged between the gearbox and flywheel, causing a very irritating noise. Had to file a hole to remove the dowel.
Very comfortable cruiser, even with a few passengers on board. Seats are wide and nicely cushioned, so even those on the bigger side can seat comfortably.
The clutch is light and easy to use around town.
Even with a manual box behind it, the Ecotec engine is lackluster in performance terms. After hitting a sweet spot in the middle of the rev range, it gets raspy and struggles to push towards the redline.
Open differential causes the car to lose traction on wet surfaces. It should have included an LSD as standard.
As long as the Ecotec is kept on the lower side of the rev range, it will operate smoothly.
There is some spots of decent torque that are easily extracted without having to rev the guts out of the engine, notably around 3-4k RPM.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th September, 2010