2003 HSV Clubsport R8 Reviews

2003 HSV Clubsport R8 VY Series 2 5.7 V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 5.7 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 kilometres
Most recent distance31000 kilometres
Previous carHSV Clubsport

Summary:

You only live once, so go on spoil yourself, go and get one

Faults:

1. Electronic key on rare occasions malfunctions.

2. Bottom front grille scoop dislodged.

3. When reclining drivers seat, an annoying creak is audible.

General Comments:

I upgraded from a standard VY Clubsport (series 1) to an R8 because I wanted the extra bells and whistles, the better stereo, the 285 kilowatts and the higher performance brake package.

Acceleration is much improved and smoother, a far cry from the annoying flat spots I encountered in earlier models.

The premium brake package stops you quickly and smoothly giving you the confidence and peace of mind that you require for this type of car. Why HSV do not fit these brakes across all models is a mystery to me.

Full leather upholstered front seats are very comfortable and electronic seat adjustment also for the front passenger is a plus.

Interior design looks great with first time passengers being fascinated with dashboard layout especially at night when green illumination comes into play.

The rear sub-woofers are a bit of an overkill for us oldies, but would be appreciated by younger owners or those teens borrowing the car when daddy is having a nap.

The overall performance of this car is impressive and it also has the stunning looks that would certainly qualify it as a "hard to beat package".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2006

2003 HSV Clubsport R8 VX Clubby R8 5.7 V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.7 V8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired19 kilometres
Most recent distance35993 kilometres
Previous carFord Fairlane

Summary:

Drool machine

Faults:

Power steering needed to be replaced. Vibration in gear stick.

That's about it.

General Comments:

A very good car. It handles very well for a large car. Lots of power and very sweet to look at. Love at first sight I think.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2003

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews