1981 Holden Utility Reviews

1981 Holden Utility WB Ute 3.3 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance478000 kilometres
Previous carHolden EH

Summary:

The only car to drive

Faults:

Rebuild of engine at approx 200 000 klms due to me having a lead foot.

Blew the diff for the same reason.

General Comments:

Very reliable.

Maintainable in your own garage.

Very easy to drive over long distances.

It's my work truck and show pony all in one.

Loves to push MX5s off roundabouts - they are too slow for it round corners.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2006

1981 Holden Utility WB 5 litre from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5 litre Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance260000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Utility

Summary:

An almost indestructible vehicle with a myriad of available options

Faults:

Apart from the inside drivers door handle snapping off, not much.

The carburettor gasket needed replacing.

Also the power window switch broke.

General Comments:

These are fantastic cars, extremely reliable, but in desperate need of a 4 speed auto.

Parts are cheap as the wreckers are full of old ones.

Built very solidly with thick steel, but a little heavy on the juice.

Would be better suited to gas.

These utes usually die from rust and neglect rather than breaking down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2004

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews