R B purchased this Holden Commodore new with additional options for $40,000 (including all on-road costs). R B would buy this car again because: “Absolutely. Easy to drive, cheap to service and work on, extremely reliable, spare parts are cheap and for a V8 rather good on fuel turning over 1600rpm at 110km/h in sixth gear. Solid construction, comfortable seating and driver position, with enough features not to take away from the driving experience.”
180,000km and all it has required was a rear main seal (extremely common), the recall for excessive oil consumption under warranty, and a clutch. All fixed by Holden under warranty without an issue and no further issues.
Plastic tanks on the radiator do eventually give out and the plastic heater taps are a very well known issue, so I’m surprised that someone hasn’t made a full metal one aftermarket.
I couldn’t be happier. The car is very reliable, cheap to run both fuel- and maintenance-wise, great for the family (wife and two boys under nine), comfortable on long highway drives with good power to get out of trouble when you need to, insurance costs are reasonable as too are registration costs.
It can still hold its own compared to competitors 20 years later and still turns heads
Holden and the dealership were always great to deal with. They both stood well behind their product and never questioned several warranty issues I had, including the major one of excessive oil consumption which was a well known issue of the first LS1s back in the day.
Mine was drinking 1.0L of oil per 100km. I was very proud of both entities standing behind their product
In 2002 a world-class V8 that could take on the might of top-spec European exotics for $40,000.
ABS, IRS, traction control, cruise control driver, and passenger airbags, excellent air-con, awesome handling and stability, amazing refinement along with both interior and exterior design and ergonomics still to this day makes it a great vehicle
Back in 2002 it was truly world-class. Fast forward 20 years and while it might not mix it with what is new in the marketplace, it holds its own being lighter and smaller than the VE/VF Commodore by 200kg so it still has great fuel economy and power-to-weight ratio.
Back in the day it was a world-class vehicle, once again fast forward 20 years and now it’s lacking.
That’s not to say it can’t hold its own. ABS, IRS, Traction control, cruise, LS1 V8 engine, six-speed manual transmission and both driver’s and passenger airbags still show it is a safe and sure-footed vehicle.
It is very comfortable, with sports hugging/great cushioning seats that give you a great seating angle behind the wheel, as well as similar passenger seats front and rear.
The FE2 suspension is subtle enough to soak up pothole county goat tracks that the government insists on calling roads and highways. The wheel and tyre combination works well in the city, highway, and spirited driving.
Body roll is surprisingly good for the size of the vehicle and the upgraded rear suspension for the Series II helps even more
Value for money, looks are timeless with curved body lines, reliability, great base for a project car make this SS an all-time favourite.