2003 Holden Monaro CV8 V2 Series II 5.7 litre V8 Generation II from Australia and New Zealand
Great looking car. Drives well. Good interior
Nothing much has gone wrong with the car. Routine servicing costs.
I love the look of this car and the V8 engine has a lot of grunt. The leather seats are great. The VY dash and interior is looking good. A real joy to own and drive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd February, 2017
3rd Feb 2017, 19:57
The Monaro is a stunning car, a coupe that really looks stylish in the classical sense of proportion. I realise that it is supposed to be a hero car, but can't help thinking Holden should've made it more accessible as a Commodore variant (like the wagon) with lower trim levels. Similar to a Mustang or a BMW 3-series 2-door in their home countries; if you made the Monaro available in something like a Berlina trim level with the V6, more people would be able to enjoy having one. I don't think it necessarily dilutes the specialness of the Monaro, no different to having an SS Commodore and an Executive. The V8 will always be, but at the end of the day, Holden had to spend a lot of money for the Monaro to exist, and it also makes sense for them to recoup their investment. One would wonder where the Mustang would be if it were only available as a Shelby V8, or a BMW 335i. It's not just about the engine, it's about the whole car, that so many people can appreciate.