1978 Holden Torana Reviews

1978 Holden Torana UC 202 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership1989
Engine and transmission 202 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Previous carChrysler Valiant

Summary:

Catastrophic failure

Faults:

Car prone to over heating. Constantly blowing head gaskets.

A/C works in two modes - off and arctic.

Front right hand brakes grabs.

Ignition system prone to failure, especially with the distributor.

Car floats due to poor suspension.

Brake system requires frequent attention.

Fuel system also requires frequent attention.

General Comments:

High running costs with profoundly poor reliability. Less breakdowns if driven under 60kmh, and for extremely short distances.

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

Review Date: 1st November, 2010

1978 Holden Torana UC RB26DETT (Nissan Skyline GT-R engine) from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission RB26DETT (Nissan Skyline GT-R engine) Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired56800 kilometres
Most recent distance67900 kilometres
Previous carHolden Torana

Summary:

Excellent car to overhaul

Faults:

Head basket blew while running 25 pound of boost.

Drum brakes do not work with such a powerful motor.

Poor handling because of 350 kw engine.

Tires extremely worn from drag racing.

Stock automatic gear box blew up when running the car at 310 kph.

The turbo charger impeller ended up in exhaust from overpowered engine.

Many problems after fitting the GT-R engine.

General Comments:

After fitting new parts to the car because of the heavily modified 436 kw engine it ran eights.

Fitted :

New Brakes

New Wheels

Racing Slicks

New Diff

New Exhaust System

New Transmission

SLR 5000 Body Kit

2 x Garret T78's

Blow Off Valve

Lots of other extras too many to mention

Fluffy Dice.

It also had a packed paint job.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2002

1978 Holden Torana UC 3.3 litre (202) 6 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.3 litre (202) 6 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired218000 kilometres
Most recent distance275000 kilometres

Summary:

Reliable, fun car

Faults:

Only normal wear and tear items.

General Comments:

The best Australian car for the money (<$2000). Reliable, sporty and fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2000

22nd Apr 2001, 00:35

I am 15 years old and I find the UC a very good and reliable car, I have 202 auto and it has done only 80,000kms. I rally it at the Victorian Pacanham auto cross club. I bought the car for $400 with no motor, the engine came from a smashed vb commadore (compliments of me). The interia is in mint condition and the body is pretty damn good but in under coat. (will be a manual soon).

1978 Holden Torana UC 202 ci from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 202 ci Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired238249 kilometres
Most recent distance244523 kilometres
Previous carHolden Gemini

Summary:

Cheap and reliable

Faults:

The automatic transmision wouldn't change gear until 4000rpm even under the slowest acceleration.

General Comments:

Great car! I will always own a Holden.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th October, 2000

1978 Holden Torana UC 2.8L petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 2.8L petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 kilometres
Most recent distance395000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 504

Summary:

Great car, a simple concept very well executed

Faults:

Very little, new clutch cable at one point, with an engine/gearbox/clutch rebuild at 350,000km.

The body was prone to rust, but liberal applications of fish oil fixed that.

General Comments:

This was one of the most reliable and cost effective cars I have ever owned, beating even my 1959 VW Beetle and 1969 VW Kombi.

The Torana was rugged, had good performance, though handling was suspect in the wet. The 6 cylinder engine was a long lasting, torquey, low revving unit which gave me no trouble and performed well in the medium sized Torana body.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2000

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 5 reviews