2002 Holden Commodore SV8 Series 1 5.7 V8 from Australia and New Zealand
A wolf in sheep's clothing
The electronic seat adjustment only raises the front section of the drivers seat.
The boot spoiler rubbers needed replacing - done under statutory warranty. UPDATE: 15/02/2010: I later discovered the rubbers weren't replaced and water entered the boot. This was rectified by myself, using Genuine GM gaskets at the base of the boot spoiler
One of the original electronic keys malfunctioned, causing the car stall and not be able to be restarted using said key. Car was started and runs fine using the spare key. A replacement key is $90.
Engine check light came on at 98,500. This was diagnosed to be a fault caused be the failing of the 'engine oil pressure switch. $200 supply/fit.
The infamous Holden LSD chatter noise was present, but I've since changed to a synthetic diff oil, which has quietened the noise greatly.
This is the 4th VT-onwards model Commodore I have owned/driven for greater than 20,000km.
For a 7 year old car, it is absolutely immaculate and shows a testament to previous owner's care and good build quality.
Standard FE2 suspension handles fine, until pushed past 7/10th. Reasonably comfortable ride over rough surface. Forgiving handling.
I find the auto trans much easier to live with than fitted to V6 models.
This is no mistaking, a fast car. I give it 10/10 for straight line acceleration for a standard vehicle. Anyone who requires more power in a daily driven street car is insane. In saying that, I cannot wait to throw some basic modifications at the Gen III V8 and revel in the glory!
Comfortable seats and seating position and enough room for a party in the back. HVAC system work well. NHV is good even with 235/45/17 tyres, but some brands are quieter than others.
Quite reasonable fuel economy given the vehicle's performance. 13.0L/100 urban 11.0L/100 extra urban and 15.5L/100 towing a 750kg boat in urban conditions.
An attractive vehicle that does without the boy racer look of the SS, but delivers the slightest in greater performance due to lower mass. Still, buy the SS so us SV8 owners can continue stalking the streets in small numbers.
Update 3rd March 2010:
It's now some 7 months on from my initial review, and I am still greatly pleased with this vehicle. Now 108,500km. The car has performed faultlessly in this period.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th September, 2009