Cheap, reliable performance
Automatic headlights not turning off.
Interior lights slow to come on.
Water leak in back passenger foot well.
Clutch starting to die. Holden clutches are weak - get an aftermarket one when it does inevitably die.
This review is for a Holden Commodore SV8. This vehicle was purchased at a low price and in good condition for its age.
Its performance is pretty good standard - 250KW and about 470NM in a 1590kg sedan goes alright. I installed a high flow exhaust, extractors, OTR cold air intake and computer tune, and now it gets about 320-330KW at the flywheel.
Pros - cheap performance, good suspension package, spacious interior, reasonable standard equipment for the money.
Cons - TERRIBLE manual gearbox, clunky, hard to shift, loud, slow and jerky. If you like manuals, you won't like this manual. At least get a rip shifter to quicken it up a bit.
It has developed a water leak somewhere in the rear door seal, leaking onto the passenger footwell. Typical poor Holden build quality. Panel gaps are uneven, and there are a few creaks and groans in the interior.
Fuel economy is pretty bad, even if you drive it gently. Highway economy is excellent, however a short stint in the city, or any performance driving will see your fuel consumption skyrocket. I drive pretty sedately, 30/70 city/highway, and am getting 13L/100KM fuel consumption.
Overall, if you want cut price performance, this car cannot be beaten, however, check the build quality when buying, and be prepared to stump up for regular visits to the service station.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2010