1974 Holden Kingswood Review

1974 Holden Kingswood SL 4.2V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 4.2V8 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 kilometres
Most recent distance450253 kilometres
Previous carHolden Kingswood


Good car


Hydraulic lifters became very noisy early in the piece. Electrical problems seemed to plague the car for the whole time of ownership. Had every major component replaced or rebuilt. In its last years, rust was also becoming a major issue.

General Comments:

Makes me cringe when people say to me these were a good car in their day. They probably were, but there are much better vehicles avalable today. My advice would be don't spend too much money on one of these cars. They are not an investment. Mine was good daily transport for many years and I'm happy to leave it where it belongs - in my past.

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

Review Date: 17th August, 2005

Average review marks: 4.8 / 10, based on 1 review