2012 Holden Commodore Review

2012 Holden Commodore VE II Omega 3.0 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2012
Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance45000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Stay away from this car

Faults:

The Bad:

- After 1,000km the torque converter was found to be defective and a recall was placed in effect for all similar models.

- The paintwork is cheap and flaky; incredibly easy to scratch down to bare metal with a mild hail storm.

- 'Leather' seats are some kind of unpleasant synthetic material; I would assume the choice of material boiled down to comfort vs heat generation.

- Interior consists of cheap collapsible plastic trim; easy to visibly scratch and dent.

- In-car sat nav is dated back to 2007 maps, and subsequent updates to rectify this issue have not been released.

The Good:

- Upgraded wheel and tyre package maintain grip, and combined with the TRC, it generates performance potential.

General Comments:

This car was designed to be easily interchangeable depending on the area it is sold, and you are not rewarded with the sense that you have supported a local business; unlike other Holden models I have owned.

This car is an example of the direction in which car manufacture is headed, and why I will be looking into other brands that present a certain distinction of quality and uniqueness GM once had.

In terms of performance, there are better cars out there that offer much more for much less.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd March, 2014

4th Mar 2014, 02:47

Base Commodore Omega's don't come with "leather". Should I assume this review is fake, or do you have your sub-models mixed up with the Calais variants or SV6/SS with optional leather, although they don't come with a 3.0 V6?

17th Mar 2014, 02:25

It could of been a limited edition Z series model. They came with leather interior, even in the base model Omega.

25th May 2014, 05:31

Sorry to hear about those faults. The older Commodores were OK. But Ford, Toyota and Hyundai are better cars.

I am 17. I just got a 2004 Ford Falcon BA XT (I am a huge Ford fan).

Anyway, good luck with your Holden.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 1 review