HSV Maloo R8 Review

2005 HSV Maloo R8 Z Series 6.0L LS2 V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 6.0L LS2 V8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired3 kilometres
Most recent distance5673 kilometres
Previous carNissan 300ZX

Summary:

I love this car more than my family!!!

Faults:

Driver's side power window fault.

General Comments:

I love this car.

OK, it does not have the carrying capacity of other utes, but it can carry my jet ski.

It has tons of power below in the middle and above. The LS2 is an absolute delight - smooth and very powerful, and has gobs of torque.

The build quality is good apart from the faulty electric window, which was fixed by the dealer.

It looks awesome, sounds awesome, what the hell it is awesome.

Fuel economy, well if I was worried about that, I would have bought a Ford Ka or a Hyundai Getz *chokes*.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2005

26th Apr 2006, 05:39

The Maloo r8 is a great car, Engine is too powerful for chassis and slides out as like a normal ute would with all that power, Great ls2 and the best looking ute around!!!

21st Mar 2007, 09:58

So you'd rather spend thousands of dollars on upgrading your sports car than pay for your kids' college tuition? I hope you care for your family at lease a little bit.

4th Apr 2007, 16:30

WTF?

I wrote this review I am a single bloke that has no kids.

I can spend my money the way I see fit go and crawl under a bloody rock.

6th May 2007, 06:26

Yer, also in australia parents don't pay for "college"/uni, so buy a maloo.

18th Jul 2008, 07:03

I don't agree with your comments about the power of the engine making the ute slide around. My VU SS has 350kw at the fly and 275 at the rear bags. It certainly doesn't slide around even in the wet. As for fuel economy, on a recent trip from Perth to Esperance, we achieved 8.87lt/100km.

I've tested the new VE Maloo and while it is nice it doesn't have that shove in the back that my SS gives me. No the power doesn't overwhelm the chassis.

18th Oct 2008, 19:55

My father owns this ute and can still afford to end me to a $2200-a-term private school.

AND HE IS A CHIPPIE

Do the maths.

LS2 engine in it is sweeeeet.

Purrs like a cat and goes like a beast.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review