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