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2017 Holden Commodore SV6 review

In March 2018 I made my first semi-big purchase and bought myself a car. The car? A 2017 Holden Commodore SV6. I needed something big and powerful that had a lot of space for me and my kids. Before the purchase of this car I had some trouble in what I wanted at the time. I had a budget of $40,000. Interior The Commodore feels very upmarket and very plush for what it is...

2012 Holden Commodore Omega review

We purchased our 2012 VE Series II Holden Commodore Omega in February 2015. At the time it had 65000km on the clock. In the ensuing four and a half years, we have driven it a further 70000km, so it now has 135,000km on the clock. It was a replacement for the 2003 VY Holden Commodore Acclaim we owned. The new car has been a massive leap forward in every aspect...

2016 Holden Commodore SS-V Redline review

What's not to like about this car? Sure, it's not for everyone but if it's not for you, you have problems. Every time the 6.2-litre LS3 V8 roars to life (especially with the new exhaust in the Walkinshaw W375 kit) I can't help but grin. This car is more than just the sum of its parts. It is an icon, the pinnacle of Australian engineering and design, and now it's gone...

2019 Holden Commodore RS review

The last Australian made Commodore was lauded as a ‘world-class’ car. Its big engine/rear-drive layout, its suspension built specifically for Aussie conditions, and its space for the whole family, it was always going to be a tough act to follow...

2017 Holden Commodore SV6 review

When upgrading from a 2005 Ford Fairmont Ghia, I found that the later model Fords were basically what I already had but with a different infotainment system. I compared the SV6, and the interior feel was well ahead of the Ford and completely different. I was disappointed when I went to use the sat-nav and found it wasn't fitted to my model and it wasn't able to be retrofitted, so I bought a Tomtom instead...

2018 Holden Commodore RS review

This is my first Holden. I have previously never considered one. Call me names, but I thought the Australian made cars were shoddily built and I remember my brother owning one in the 90's that came with a 3 month warranty when brand new and fell to pieces on the fourth. Maybe the later cars were better but my rental car experiences of Commodores and Falcons were unconvincing...

2018 Holden Calais Tourer review

I’ve been driving Commodores since the VB and Commodore Wagons since the VY Series 1. Each model has gotten better and better and this latest version is simply brilliant - even better than my VF, which I appreciate is a massive call. I first test drove the RS Wagon (4-cylinder) and was surprised that its power around town and highway was equal to its Australian-built predecessor...

1996 Holden Berlina review

A blast from the past… The 1996 Holden Commodore VS Series 2, V8 Berlina Sedan. What could be interesting to read about a near standard Australian built bent eight sedan from the 90's? What makes this car special you might ask. For starters, this model car itself represented a turning point for Holden in the 1990's...

2000 Holden Rodeo 3.2L V6 Manual 4WD Dual Cab ute review

"One tonne rodeo… he drives a one-tonne-row-day-ooo…" is the song that played in my mind after purchasing my one owner, sea foam blue (yes, you read right) manual, three point two litre V6 petrol-powered 4WD dual-cab ute. This car was a pragmatic choice…not an affair of the heart. I desperately wanted a '4 by 4' to go bush and lug a dirt bike around...

2007 Holden SV6 Ute review

I was growing tired of riding my bike during the wet season (I live in the tropics) and having to sit in damp clothes for eight hours every day. After owning motorcycles for four years, it was time to get another car. My lifestyle meant I needed a ute to cart my bike around and for also going to the rubbish tip...

2018 Holden Calais V Tourer review

The greatest day of your life happens. You find out that fatherhood is just around the corner! Then comes the crashing reality check of owning a super-mini. No prams will fit in the boot, and the baby capsule requires the passenger seat to be set in the Tyrion Lannister seating position. Enter the all-new, European (gasp!) Holden Calais V Tourer...