2006 Holden Commodore Omega 3.6 V6 from Australia and New Zealand
Don't judge this horror book by its romantic cover
After two weeks of ownership, a squeaky noise started from the engine compartment, turns out to be a noisy power steering pump pulley, which were replaced.
Had a recall on the rear seat belt buckles. (So much for your children's safety)
The driver's seat plastic side trim broke off and some annoying rattles appeared in the dash. This problem has never been solved in more than two years of ownership.
On the very hot Australian Outback summer days, the air-con would stop working. This problem also has never been solved in more than two years of ownership.
The computer gave me at least 6 times within two years of ownership, the message: "CONTACT DEALER". I gave up after the third time the dealer didn't know what to do.
The warning light for the alternator, as well as a confirmation message on the computer, came on twice during my two years of ownership. The first time I were told by the dealer that they couldn't find anything wrong with the car. The second time, however, I drove the car until the message disappeared from the screen by itself.
"SERVICE - ENGINE OIL" also appeared on the screen, that have also been discarded by the dealer.
The plastic side panels on the cent-re console came loose. This problem also has never been solved in more than two years of ownership.
Had two recalls for a fuel hose.
Had a recall for the front seat belt webbing guides.
I woke up one morning to find the battery flat - COMPLETELY flat, which is hard to believe given that the sound system and all lighting switches off automatically. Dealer found a loose battery cable.
This car have stunning looks and are quite roomy for the whole family. It's got a very comfortable ride, but reliability ranks very low.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th January, 2009
5th Feb 2009, 17:55
I have a 2008 VE Calais V and the front plastic clip side on the driver's seat door side panel has broken for the second time in three months. The first time it was replaced under warranty, but they said it will not be changed again at their cost. Their excuse is that "their" investigations have shown that these break when the driver puts weight on the door side seat bolster. My question is "How do you get in and out of the car without putting weight on this bolster?". In my opinion Holden have tried to do a sports style seat and not put enough support in the design for the side bolsters. Once you sit on the seat (especially for big guy like me - 130kg) the side bolsters are forced down and the weight is on the plastic seat side panels! Cheap design! Oh well, the car is due for it's 15,000Km service soon so I will have the discussions with them and see how it goes. I love the car other than this and expect more for my $52,000 I paid.
I'm 54 years old and I have never had a driver's seat fail like this in all the cars I have had in all my 36 years of driving.
31st May 2012, 20:47
Glad to know it's not just my car (same year/model) with the battery problem. First time this happened I assumed driver fault, even though I couldn't see what I had done wrong. Jump started it and away it went again. That was about 18 months ago, and it has just happened again - go to get in after the car was sitting overnight, and it is dead flat for no apparent reason. Have noticed things wrong with the electrics on several occasions, but they always seem temporary and eventually right themselves - ie whole central controls (radio/AC) shut off and couldn't switch back on, then 12 months on in the heat of summer, the entire AC just switched off - not pleasant. Each time dealer runs it through diagnostics, resets the computer, and offers no help beyond this to fix the root problems.