2001 Holden Vectra CD 2.6 from Australia and New Zealand


Great car, just expensive to maintain


At 59,000 km Heater control valve replaced.

At 80,000 km Dashboard globes replaced.

At 80,000 km Re-circulation button replaced (LED blown).

At 80,000 km Windscreen washer pump replaced / unblocked squirters (due to poor stream of water).

At 96,000 km New ignition barrel, key gets stuck in hot weather.

Driver's seat creaks.

Rear suspension creaks - faulty rose bushes (common fault)

Rear passenger electric window - auto up / down feature doesn't work.

Radio turns on full blast during the winter months in the morning.

General Comments:

This car is a quick and economical car (6.6 l/100km highway & 9.0 l/100km city)

However replacement parts are so damn expensive. To save big bucks, buy replacement parts in the UK.

Servicing the car is ridiculous, not only the price but the accessibility of parts due to being a V6 makes it difficult to replace parts and Holden will charge you accordingly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th June, 2009

18th Oct 2009, 19:11

I have the same car. 2001 - 2.6L – Manual – 100,000km.

Everything squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaks.

Suspension (on hot days this is very loud and embarrassing) squeaks - Soon to be repaired.

Driver’s seat squeaks.

Steering wheel squeaks.

Accelerator pedal (would you believe it) squeaks.

Brakes (rotors need to be machined or replaced but the pads are still good) squeak.

I think the driver’s window is not working as well as it should, it is now slower that other windows.

My engine mounts have broken TWICE and I could only get second hand parts. The second hand parts are probably why they broke the second time, so I am hoping these current ones don’t break.

Extra oil and coolant need to be added every 3 or 4 months. 500ml oil 1 litre coolant.

It has stalled a couple of times recently after hard acceleration, and then putting the clutch in to coast along, so I think the fuel may be restricted somewhere.

The mechanic I go to for a few years now is really good and I have never been overcharged, but I don’t think he has access to all the computer technology that is required to diagnose the engine properly.

When I go to a Holden service centre, I am always overcharged and I never feel like I have gotten good customer service.

2001 Holden Vectra JS Equipe 2.2 from Australia and New Zealand


Very good. Have wanted a new car for quite some time, but the Vectra has never let me down


Since I have owned the car 2nd hand, the only issues have been

- a slightly leaking head gasket.

- the windscreen washer squirters are dis-functional i.e no pressure. Assuming the pump needs to be replaced.

- 1 dead battery. The original battery was replaced after approx 5 years use.

Basically this car has been maintenance free for me, except for 2 or 3 standard services.

General Comments:

I have found this car to be very reliable.

However the 2.2 4 cylinder engine is lacking a bit of power for my liking, even though it is a manual.

Ride comfort is quite acceptable, and the handling is pretty good. Handles far better than my last car, which was an EL falcon.

Good fuel economy, but not excellent. I estimate around 10 litre's /per 100kms for highway driving and around 12 for city.

Traction control cannot be turned off on this model, not that you would want to anyway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2007

2001 Holden Vectra CD JS SERIES 11 2.6L V6 from Australia and New Zealand


Would not recommend this model due to repair costs


At 88695km, the car overheated and we found oil in the radiator. Took a whole month for the dealership to repair the faults and return the car to me.

Due to the overheating problem, I had to have the engine cylinder heads removed and serviced as they had become bent. Oil cooler and radiator removed and replaced.

At 94024km, an oil leak in rear feed pipe. Took it to the dealer, and was advised that it was not part of warranty from work previously done.

At 99000km,another oil leak has developed. Very nervous now as have to take it back to the dealer again. Will it be warranty or another "was not part of the original work".

General Comments:

Loved the car I when first bought it.

It is comfortable and handles the road well.

Unfortunately the car is rather expensive to repair, and have not had very much luck with dealership's repairs.

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

Review Date: 5th September, 2005

18th Aug 2006, 22:36

I also had a 2001 2.6 v6 Vectra that had the same sort of issues, it overheated at 45000kms when it was around 2 years old. As a result it spent 8 weeks at the Holden Dealership where it had cylinder heads, gaskets and various cooling system parts replaced.

Didn't keep the car much longer after that! - bit of a shame though as these cars are nice, powerful and comfortable in CD v6 spec.