1976 Holden Gemini Reviews

1976 Holden Gemini TX- TD Front 2.0L EFI Supercharged from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0L EFI Supercharged Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance0 kilometres
Previous carHolden Gemini

Summary:

It's a Gemini. A Gem

Faults:

Heads/head gaskets. Diff/axles.

Bad squeaky front end (new bushes) etc.

Steering rack, all needed to be replaced...

I have gone through several motors, due to the fact that I blow them up. But you can give them a hiding, they will last for a long time.

A lot of electrical faults. Mostly ignition problems.

General Comments:

The car is a weapon, it's taken me years to build it to its current condition. The final result is amazing.

I have owned a lot of Geminis, and I intend to own more...

The hardest part was the fuel injection, I got sick of having to fiddle with the carby set-ups that I had. If you want to own a modern style Gemini, injection is the way to go. I picked my whole setup up for $400, bargain... that included a (old) microtech computer and loom and sensors, manifold/plenum/throttle body.

My next mission, is to get electronic ignition, apparently you can get it from later model Jackeroo's and Rodeos. But I am yet to find it for a reasonable price. The best so far was $125 for the distributor alone, private sale. not bloody likely.

Anyway, the car is fast and fairly reliable, especially in stock form, it handles amazingly, and is an excellent all-round car, I recommend them to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th November, 2001

7th Jul 2006, 22:36

Hey.

I'm eighteen, I was given a Holden Gemini and have done a few minor changes to it to get it running and roadworthy.

I painted it, and it looks really good. However, there are a few problems.

When I try to start my car, I always dread it when you turn the key and it merely makes a clicking sound. Sometimes it will just start first go, but others it just clicks for around three or four times before it finally starts. We think it might be to do with the auto stick not registering it's in park properly???

Also the head gasket is due to go.

It LEAKS in the passenger side floor and in the boot.

Idling is a problem. It doesn't ever sound that great and at the moment it's around 350km's a tank.

Has anyone else had any of these problems? Any suggestions?

13th Nov 2009, 03:41

That is your starter motor mate. The solenoid is clicking. Either you give the starter motor a few bangs or replace it.

1976 Holden Gemini TX 2L turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2L turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance0 kilometres
Previous carHolden Gemini

Summary:

Gemini vs v8 = I'm sorry, did you see a Gemini just then?

Faults:

Head gaskets - lots of them.

General Comments:

No rust, no bog, been round the clock once.

2.5 inch exhaust, extractors, turbo'ed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2000

21st Feb 2001, 21:00

Hmmm, V8 killer?? I wonder if it goes as fast as my worked 350 Chev gen 3, 300kw GTS?

22nd Apr 2001, 07:25

Doesn't really matter if it doesn't blow 8's... it would still fly because of the weight to power ratio and by using half the fuel of a 350...

Worked 4's have more style than 8's

8's just go fast because the size of the motor... the could be stock and still go fast... so what, a Gemini that could keep close to an 8 is a winner!

30th Apr 2001, 06:10

My SR20DET powered TE gemini with 190kw will give your gen 3 a run. 2TUF4U.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews