2004 Holden Utility VZ S 3.6 V6 from Australia and New Zealand


Looked the part, but lacked the zing factor


Nothing really - Just routine services - 3,000km, and 15,000 km.

General Comments:

Holden had a beautiful selection of colours. I chose the blue colour, which really suited the vehicle. It certainly looked the part and drove reasonably well. The Alloytec V6 Motor, which in terms of smoothness was an improvement on the previous Ecotec in the VY model, is still harsh compared to the Ford Falcon Barra 190 Straight 6 engine. I became cynical when Holden started rebadging Daewoo's, which in my opinion, cheapened the brand. I felt like I was just driving a rebadged Daewoo around, even though the VZ Holden Ute is not in fact a rebadged Daewoo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2007

2004 Holden Utility SS 5.7 Gen 3 from Australia and New Zealand


Goes well, drinks very little and looks great. I love it


Occasionally it used to idle at 1800 rpm, this was fixed by the dealer with a software update.

The fuel tank will not fill completely within a reasonable time. It only has a 70 liter tank and the last 5 liters take some minutes to fill.

The Gearbox can be difficult to get into gear for the first couple of gear changes in the morning. It also has to much for my liking noise when idling in neutral.

The rear tarp can easily scratch the top of the tub when it is being clipped into place. Some care is required to ensure it is clean and the anti scratch pad along the edge is placed correctly.

General Comments:

This was my first brand new car and I was surprised at just how well it was put together. After hearing horror stories about some peoples experience mine was great. The car had some very minor issues with the paint work, but these were attended to by the dealer after a couple of weeks (I only had to point these out for repair).

The SS Ute has some genuine performance. It will lay rubber in the first 2 gears if you are not careful with the throttle. Holden should implement Traction control in these models. It can break away at 1200 rpm in second gear on dry roads and this can catch you by surprise if you are not ready for this. Less than 1/8th throttle. There is a plus with this though it is very easy to steer with the accelerator.

I was very surprised with the ride and handling of the ute. It has quite a firm ride, but it is still comfortable. It corners very well with almost no under steer when really pushed. It brakes very well for such a large car and the ABS does a great job of keeping things in a straight line, at first I didn't have any confidence in the brake pedal because it was so soft, but after a couple of test stops I can't fault it's braking performance.

The interior of my SS was optioned with cloth and I would say that it is not standing up to well wear wise. The dash looks great day or night. The Air conditioner is very powerful. During very hot days it brings the cabin down to temp very quickly.

The biggest surprise was just how little fuel it uses. My average consumption with a 60/40 highway city mix is around 13.5 - 14.5 liters per 100 kms. On the open road at a steady cruse of around 100 km/h it drops to around 8 - 8.5 liters per 100 kms. 5.7 liter at 35 mpg is crazy, but after the trip this is what it calculated at.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2005

20th Feb 2011, 03:58

Hi, try running thru the gears on start up just to run oil thru the gears before take off; an old trick we used in the SS hatchback I owned many years ago. Best of luck.

2004 Holden Utility SS 5.7L V8 from Australia and New Zealand


Quick, cool, practical


No problems at all...yet!

General Comments:

This thing goes like stink. I drove it fairly quietly for the first few thousand kilometres, but lately I've been having more fun. It's quick, but not amazing below about 3500rpm, then all hell breaks loose. Higher in the rev range it's unbelieveable! I must admit I have not driven a whole lot of sports/performance cars, but it feels quick to me. I have found the handling to be firm and sporting even though it's a ute, although I've lost the tail end on more than one occasion.

Sixth gear is very tall, but fuel economy is very good for a big motor when cruising. Has been below 9L/100km on numerous occasions.

Coloured instrument dials are a bit of a toss.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2005

4th Feb 2005, 18:08

For better performance out of an LS1

LS1 edit is your friend.