1983 Holden Gemini Reviews

1983 Holden Gemini TF straight 6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission straight 6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Previous carHolden Gemini

Summary:

It is the best car ever, and I'm not going to sell it

Faults:

The only thing I can really think of, is the paint started to wear on the roof, the boot and bonnet, but that was really nothing.

General Comments:

When I first got it, I did some modifications to the car, like I put in a 5 speed manual gear with a VN V6, with a high stall convertor and running 4.1 diff gears.

This car is seriously the best car I have ever owned. Even when I didn't modify it, it was good, and even though it is modified, it is still very cheap on petrol.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th February, 2009

1983 Holden Gemini SL 1.6L from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired156000 kilometres
Most recent distance163000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 323

Summary:

Great looker, but no guts

Faults:

A lot of problems with the cooling system. I had to replace the welch plugs, the heater hose, the radiator cap and a radiator hose.

Car has sustained some hail damage before I had ownership.

Small amount of rust.

General Comments:

Rear wheel drive is good.

The car used to an automatic and it got converted to a manual so the dash gauges were also changed. This means the gauges don't read completely accurately.

I am a little tall for the car and it is quite cramped having 5 adults in the car.

Car sounds really fast, but is actually quite slow because it is only a 1.6L.

Interior is in fairly good condition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2005

1983 Holden Gemini TG 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Summary:

Excellent value for money, great fun

Faults:

Bad rust in the boot and front quarter panels.

Crack in cylinder head which lead too bad overheating.

General Comments:

Quick little 'go anywhere' car - good for mucking around with friends.

Easy steering - even though it hasn't got power steering.

I did a complete motor overhaul - new pistons, re-machined the head. Runs so good now can't fault.

Added Pioneer CD player with 2 6x9 speakers in back.

Got some wicked mags to stick on with big wheels.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2004

1983 Holden Gemini TF 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired219000 kilometres
Most recent distance230000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 808

Summary:

Cheap 1st car that you can do so much with

Faults:

Alternator and regulator packed it in.

Thermostat also stopped working.

General Comments:

Gemini's go hard for little car, very reliable, I had the front smashed in good and proper ($2000 worth damage) - new bumper and a few other parts costing about $170 and it runs like the day I got.

Also you can make them go harder and faster with minimal amounts of money.

Watch out for rust in the boot, floorpans and doors. Other than that they're a good car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2001

30th May 2001, 04:44

How do you fix the rust in the boot?

My gears don't go in too easily, is there something wrong, if so how much roughly is a new 5 speed gear box? It just crunches when you change.

1983 Holden Gemini TG SLX 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired23003 kilometres
Most recent distance23067 kilometres

Faults:

Rust, brakes, rattling noise in the exhaust.

General Comments:

It is a very good reliable car, with guts it could beat any other car in a drag except V8s.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2000

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 5 reviews