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.

General Comments:

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.

2002 Holden Monaro CV8 5.7 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


A lemon, like the colour


Engine replaced at approx. 6,000 km due to excessive oil consumption.

Passenger side fills up with water when driving in the rain.

General Comments:

Very disappointed with this $60,000 dollar car, $75,000 with interest. Despite being back to the dealer to solve the water problem, it has not been fixed. We just can't drive it in the rain. I'm afraid it will rust out before it wears out.

I've been a Holden man all my life (I still drive an HD), but I would never buy another late model Holden again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th July, 2015

1978 Holden Monaro HZ 308 V8 from Australia and New Zealand




Just the diff has a whine, but the motor was rebuilt and brakes changed to disk type.

The steering control arm is a little sloppy.

General Comments:

Been a Ford boy, I've always had V8s. This toy is just that; a toy.

You will always spend money on this, but apart from that, nothing beats the feel of a V8.

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

Review Date: 28th May, 2007

2002 Holden Monaro CV8 5.7L from Australia and New Zealand


This car is a head-turner


Leather seats have started to wear down.

When air conditioner is on car loses, pick up and chews lots more fuel than usual.

Window seals on driver and passenger doors leak.

General Comments:

A very powerful car and handling to match it.

Very nice looking car inside and out. Just a pain to keep clean.

A sexy, sleek looking car.

With the exhaust done 2 1/4" from catalytic converter, no resonator sound awesome. I also noticed a difference in acceleration.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2006

2002 Holden Monaro V2 CV8 5.7 litre V8 from Australia and New Zealand


Today's muscle coupe...tomorrow's classic!


Driver's seat rocked - had mounts replaced 18 months ago, now rocking again!

Power steering hose burst.

LHS catalytic converter replaced.

Differential reworked at 40,000km due to excessive whine.

Passenger door trim replaced TWICE.

Map pockets behind front seats replaced TWICE.

Vehicle is on its third battery and the car is only 4 years old!!

Only yesterday the 'check engine' light appears... yet to rectify...

General Comments:

Very well equipped and comfortable for long trips, heaps of power, huge boot (for coupe) and sounds great with 2.5 inch twin system.

The Monaro is a great car that I have enjoyed owning over the last 3 years, but could drastically use some Japanese build quality.

For pure $$$ value, the Monaro is in a league of its own and is fantastic (for a V8) on fuel. Even as the car approaches 4/5 year old, the amount of attention and even people taking photos is remarkable! Get one if you like the limelight!

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

Review Date: 24th September, 2006