17th Jan 2002, 07:14
My car does not spin the wheels off the mark and I'm not happy with this, can't locate the problem, could be the computer or chewed teeth on the diff.
31st Jan 2002, 11:29
I purchased a mint VN group A in 95, stolen by scum-bag pro thieves from secured parking in 97 - thankfully insured.
Hitting second gear from first at red-line in this vehicle remains one of my defining moments of excitement. An Irish doctor friend holidaying in my home town of Sydney agrees: dropping back to second from fourth to grab a lane change on Parramatta Road, he declared experiencing an epiphany (he drives a Ford Ka when at home).
The VN wasn't cheap to maintain: A/C blew after one month - $500; Replaced brake pads - $350; major engine maintenance to the replace head and other seals and oil pump etc etc - $2600. Two attempted thefts, both involving extensive electrical and cosmetic damage trying to locate the fuel cut-off switch - $1000 (insurance excess). I could go on...
But hell, I loved that car. Every time you'd drive it, other motorists would notice it - they'd either make a comment at the lights, or you'd just see 'em drooling and checking it out.
You can stuff your 4WD Japanese hot-rods. They might be a smidgeon quicker, but they're a dime a dozen and sound like steroid-pumped sewing machines. Only 302 Group A's were built, and while it weren't perfect, I still consider it the best looking, hottest beast HSV ever bolted together.
Out of the 302 built, I wonder how many genuine articles exist now? The morons who steal these classic muscle cars and cut them up deserve to swing.
26th Aug 2002, 07:23
Pity these things are all over the place on the corners, there's way too much body roll for my likeing.
29th Mar 2003, 09:26
Anybody know if there a HSV sv90 built in sedan not statesman I own one that may not be a genuine how do I find out?
13th Sep 2005, 03:20
To anyone who doesn't believe these cars are the ultimate muscle cars I recommend a quick drive at your local performance yard. To me there is nothing that beats a Vn Group A, it might not be the quickest production car, but you can't help, but admire it's street presence and muscle. I own a Vn V8 (hope to make it to a Group A in a year or 2) I have always loved the Vn's, long live the VN Group A!
31st May 2007, 23:43
VNs will kill you. Narrow track, lots of torque, rubbish suspension, poor build quality. They evaporate in a smash and you will have one eventually, because they're so damn twitchy. They are marginally better with some decent rubber. Buy a Corolla and save your money for a VS or later.
19th Nov 2007, 07:43
Yes, well there's a big difference between a Corolla and a VN SS. I know which I'd prefer and it isn't the Corolla. Each to their own I suppose.
25th May 2008, 17:16
The Buick V6 is a old engine and a coarse engine on idle, especially the early ones, so unless your harmonic balancer or engine mount is stuffed, then there ain't much you can do about the rough idle except buy a newer engine, as Holden did a lot of work to smooth the later engines out. (just put up with the lumpy idle, it sounds nice)