8th Dec 2005, 10:43
As someone who does a little track racing (with an old E30 m3) I can say that the camber is set to that angle to improve stability and handling, it's a 'cheap' factory fix for a poor handling car which I would assume with the commodore is due to weight and poor axle location. not just cheap, but a little crafty too because when a new vehicle gets reviewed, it rare that the press do any large mileage and if they do, their consumerables (Tyres) are paid for by either the car-makers or their press company, therefore it is easy to overlook tyre wear. It's quite common to see a comment about tyre wear on long term test cars, but its usually followed up by a comment about how hard they have been used!
Two things with using an aftermarket camber fix, 1. It will effect the handling adversely (badly for all you aussies) and 2. WHY?? it should be done correctly by the factory, what a terrible 'last resort'!
8th Dec 2005, 16:27
Actually the camber kit I got fitted to my VX SS did not effect the handling at all. It decreased the tyre wear and the handling was fine when I bought the VX SS and it was fine when I got fitted with a camber kit.
6th Jan 2006, 16:22
The earlier ones were not that as reliable, but now they are fairly reliable engines. I had my VX SS up to over 120,000k's without any issues. I have now a VY2 Calais and has just over 30,000k's on it and has not had any issues at all. They are a simple engine so not much can go wrong with them. Look after it and it should be fine.
27th Nov 2007, 04:21
Bought a manual VY11 R8 after owning a Nissan 350z track. Similar price, no comparison.
The gearbox is depressing in comparison, like rowing boat, don't take my word for it test drive a 350. Buy an auto.
37,000 kms, no oil pressure, new oil pump, engine out to change and fit. $1700 if off warranty. In fairness Heartland supplied parts and I paid for labour. Second month of ownership.
It is a comfortable, good looking family car with lots of space, but no sports car and doesn't really feel that fast due to weight.