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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...

2016 Holden Commodore SS-V Redline review

When I told my wife I was going to get a Commodore, she didn't think much of it - actually, she thought I wasn't serious. I had a barely two year old Mazda 3 SP25 GT which was fine, but uninspiring. It didn't do anything wrong - but as someone once said, "If you can park your car, and walk away without looking back, you've got the wrong car...

1990 Holden Calais review

You Can Polish a Turd – The Revolution of the VN. Over the 29 years it has graced our streets, somewhere along the way the VN Commodore and its variants have turned from (albeit poorly constructed) prestige into punchline. Often the butt of jokes surrounding 'Straya pride', it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the VN is currently seeing out its days in the shadows of its predecessors' limelight...

2007 Holden Statesman V6 Review

My 2007 WM Statesman was purchased in 2013 to replace a BA Falcon that was starting to have problems after 250,000km, particularly transmission issues caused by coolant entering the transmission oil cooling system in the lower radiator. The cost of repair was more than the car was worth, so exit one BA. Initially a Holden was not even considered, as I was looking at cars like the Camry...

2005 Holden Calais Review

This is more of a long term/update. If you would like to read my first review you can find it here. But to sum it up, the Calais is a very well made luxury sedan with features and dependability that still give it a strong position on the used car market. Now, with that out of the way, this review is an update on the Calais...

2018 Holden Calais Tourer review

Happy seven-month anniversary to our ZB Tourer! It's just clicked over 43,000km. The Bad: It's all minor stuff that should have been addressed during the assessment and testing of the vehicle pre-production. The only somewhat significant issue is that the front end can bottom out going through dips on country roads at speed...

2018 Holden Trailblazer LT (4x4) review

I've had the car 10 months and 25,000km. I drove all the opposition and this was the best bang for my buck. I was fortunate to buy when Holden was offering $1000 off, seven-year warranty and five years of fixed-price servicing. None of the competitors could match that, which gave me the confidence to battle through the buying process with the dealer...

2018 Holden Commodore LT review

Let me start off by saying this isn't my car. I am a Used Car Manager, so I am in and out of different cars all the time. Part of my job once a month or so is I do a round trip of roughly 800km in a day, which includes going up over the Tasmanian Midlands. It is one of the great driving roads in the country, and gives you a great feel for a car, so in saying that, here is my review...