1999 HSV Clubsport R8 Reviews

1999 HSV Clubsport R8 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 kilometres
Most recent distance52000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Calais

Summary:

True driver's car - easy to control

Faults:

Air conditioning ran out of gas - leak.

Electric window broke, plastic clip broke, 75 cents to fix! DIY!

General Comments:

Awesome car!! Manual is the real driver's car!! It should only be sold this way!!!

If you look after a car, it will look after you!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2012

1999 HSV Clubsport R8 VT 5.7L alloy petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.7L alloy petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Fast and furious, but high maintenance

Faults:

Numerous tail & brake light replacements.

Front driver side spotlight would not turn off, disconnecting the lead from the spotlight was required.

Water pump blew at 120,000km.

Air-conditioning broke at 104,000km.

Passenger side back seat belt pre-tensioner broke.

Driver front seat foam falls constantly onto back floor.

Engine light switch broke, causing an expensive replacement.

Electrical problems, causing light to work then stop suddenly.

General Comments:

The car's power is very good when running properly.

Very unreliable, although seriously addictive to drive.

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

Review Date: 18th September, 2008

28th Oct 2008, 01:55

I have owned a VT II Clubsport (NOT R8) for the past 2 years. I bought it from the original owner, with just on 107,000 klms on it. Mechanically, the car has been a dream, and is extremely tight to drive. A water pump at 120,000 was a bit disheartening, but overall, it has been cheaper to maintain that my previous 1998 VT 50th Anniversary V6, which was a one of build by a Melbourne dealer, and I paid twice what I paid for the clubby. Example: 50,000k service on the anniversary, $900+!!! cause they had to do the brake pads! 110,00k service on the clubby, just shy of $500!! Big difference, and both were done at HSV dealerships.

I would have the Clubby anytime - A real drivers car.

Go and drive an XR6 Turbo, you may as well go for a ride in a CAB!

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews