1982 Holden Statesman Reviews

1982 Holden Statesman WB Deville 5.0 V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired197000 kilometres
Most recent distance221727 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

It's a classic

Faults:

Car is dual fuel, but runs terribly rich, and blows black smoke under throttle on petrol.

Valves worry me a little, and there's a lot of ticking coming from the motor. I use the lead replacement additive, but am not sure exactly how often I should run the car on petrol. I mainly use LPG.

Paint job is a bit dodgy, but interior is very good considering it's 27 years old.

Brakes have started to become really noisy - will be investigating to see if a stone has lodged between the pad and disc, as the brakes shouldn't be worn yet.

General Comments:

It continues to be referred to as "a tank" or "the iron lion". I refer to it as the "old girl".

Cruises well and without the ridiculous rear resonator, the twin pipes sound great. Reckon that a VK Group A system would be better!

Needs a set of wheels and tyres. I have the original De Ville hubcaps at present running Bob Jane All Rounder 215 65 14s.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2009

1982 Holden Statesman WB 5.0 V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired320000 kilometres
Most recent distance380000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Acclaim

Summary:

Comfortable tourer

Faults:

Lost LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) pressure due to a stripped wing-nut.

General Comments:

This car is very comfortable.

Mine was on gas and so it was more economical then my previous car, a 1996 Acclaim.

I sold it because I didn't have the room, and I very much regret it now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2004

1982 Holden Statesman Caprice WB 5.0 Litre V8 308 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.0 Litre V8 308 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired313000 kilometres
Most recent distance319000 kilometres

Summary:

A fantastic highway cruiser

Faults:

I had to get a new fuel pump at 315,000 km.

I needed the hoses and thermostat housing replacing at 318,500 km as the old ones were deteriorated very badly.

Other than that, nothing's ever gone wrong.

General Comments:

This car is absolutely fantastic.

The seats are the most comfortable I have ever sat in, and the leg room is very good.

The V8 is powerful, although the 1650kg car is a bit slow off at the lights, but once you're moving, it's great.

This car is fantastic and although it's my first car, I think it will be my last!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2002

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1982 Holden Statesman Deville WB 5.0L V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission 5.0L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres

Summary:

Luxury and power!

Faults:

Reco V8 @ 150000.

Trimatic @ 160000.

Trimatic @ 180000 (bugger the trimatic, gimme a TH350!)

Other than that, she's apples.

General Comments:

Quick for a 1450 kilo car, quick once she gets to 80k's.

Handles well.

Wheels spin good!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2001

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 4 reviews