1999 Holden Vectra GL 2.2L 4 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand


An absolute crapbox! Stay away!


As my first car, I wasn't expecting much, however no other car that my mates had was anywhere near as crap as this car was.

I literally had it on the road for about 3 months of the 10 months I have owned it.

From the start there was all sorts of problems, but none that really stood out to me, so that I would be like 'well lets sell it'. Minor oil leak, slight water coolant leak, loose rear alternator bearings etc.

But then, about 2 months later, when everything was fine, my car started shaking, and when I drove it home, it never started again.

Blown head gasket at 147 000 kms.

General Comments:

When the car actually drives, it's great, it goes hard and it feels nice to drive.

But it is the most unreliable car that can ever be bought.

PLEASE don't ever buy one of these cars.

My friend also bought the same car, but the 2.5L 6 cyl version; 2 months later, blown head gasket too.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th April, 2010

3rd Aug 2010, 16:02

I have to agree with you. My 2000 Holden Vectra has cost me nothing but money, and it has a blown head gasket now at 130,000 kms. As you say, fabulous to drive on the road, but always needing something done at service and warranty.

Will not buy another Holden again.

3rd Aug 2010, 23:23

I have one and it has done 253,000 km, no problems.

28th Nov 2010, 21:38

I have a Holden Vectra 1999 2.2 GL.

The alternator has gone on it (1500). Now it has a blown head gasket, another 1500 roughly. But I must say it is wonderful to drive, hence me sending all the money to keep it on the road.

I just love driving it.

1999 Holden Vectra from Australia and New Zealand


Repeatedly stalls and loses power, terrible in wet weather, and completely unreliable


Crank sensor.

Mass air flow meter.

Central locking has needed to be fixed so many times I gave up.

Multiple tubes and pipes.

General Comments:

I took out a loan to buy a car, which I hoped would last my whole uni degree. This car lasted a year before it became the most unreliable and worst investment I had ever made.

The car is manufactured and designed so badly, mechanics would have to trial and error the multiple problems that occurred within the car, simply to pinpoint the actual issue. For example, it has an air pipe less than a centimeter in diameter, which would clog up and cause various other tubes to block, and the car to cut out repeatedly - an extremely common problem apparently.

This took ages to pinpoint, and the car needs to be regularly 'unblocked' every few months - this is also very dangerous when you lose all electrics and power steering in heavy traffic.

My Vectra has had multiple problems every couple of months which have been very hard to locate the source of.

Scared of driving it due to its complete unreliability. I'd had enough, and worked my ass off to pay the loan a year early. Dumped it in my yard, and bought another car as I would not sell a car this unreliable to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th February, 2010

1999 Holden Vectra JS CD 2.0 litre from Australia and New Zealand


I love my Vectra when it works!


As with a lot of comments about Vectra's I have read, I have had problems with the remote locking, car stalling when decelerating and rough running. I am wondering if these electronic problems may be related to the "DEADLOCK" facility available with this model?

Since I have ceased to use this facility, the car has been behaving itself really well. I would be interested to see if others have similar experiences?

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

Review Date: 9th January, 2009

1999 Holden Vectra CD 2.2 litre from Australia and New Zealand


Great car, but reliable? Obviously not



- Crank angle sensor ($600)

- Ignition module ($300)

- ECU (engine control unit)

General Comments:

The car stalls suddenly, leaving you stranded.

You then have to clutch start it to get it going.

This was a thoroughly researched car, low kilometer's, log books, full service history, immaculate condition, even full RACQ inspection. (what will go wrong next?)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2009

1st Jan 2010, 10:53

I just brought a Vectra 1999 JS model 2 days ago privately for $4000, and it has already stalled on me. I may possible need a new battery and a service; other than that, great cars.