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2016 Holden Commodore SS-V review

The reason I purchased the VF2 SS-V was that I wanted to own a piece of Australian history for myself and for my son. I want him to know how good we had it in this country with our mighty V8's. The SSV is a sleek looking vehicle from every angle. It's a car that I think will never get old in terms of design. What Holden have done is build a modern day classic...

2020 Holden Acadia LTZ (2WD) review

I bought one of the very last brand new LTZ Acadias, and after 15,000km I can report no regrets. A trip up the centre of Australia to Ayers Rock, Darwin and back proved how great a cruiser these machines are. The cabin is particularly quiet and the lane keeping safety feature does actually work (unlike some cars I have driven)...

1995 Holden Commodore Executive review

Last year when COVID struck, I was working in Canberra while my family remained in WA. My workplace kindly allowed me to return to WA to my family for a few months when the border situation went silly. The problem for me was that my car (VFII SS-V Redline) and motorbike remained in Canberra, and I needed some wheels when in WA for work as my wife needed her car...

2016 Holden Commodore SS-V Redline review

I have been a long time Holden V8 owner, from my humble HJ Premier 4.2 wagon I bought in 1986, to a VN BT1 5.0, VR SS manual (my first new car), onto a VY Crewman SS manual, a VE Berlina 6.0, a VEII SS-V Redline Sportswagon manual (all bought new), and finally to this car. I have always found the V8's enjoyable to drive, practical enough, with great resale and solid reliability...

1983 Holden Camira SL/X review

I remember it distinctly. It was a bright Friday’s morning as I marched towards the ServiceSA centre. I entered the building, brandishing my successful driving test as if it were a search warrant on the hit TV show, COPS. Sixteen-year-old me was disappointed to find that, upon entry, I had to “take a ticket” and “wait in line”, like the peasantry with their lesser concerns...

2017 Holden Colorado Ls (4x4) review

I bought this car a few years ago wanting to upgrade my farm ute. The cost of a new HiLux at the time put me off and a fair few people around the district had new Colorados and rated them highly. And I can now see why. I got into my Colorado about $15k cheaper than the equivalent HiLux and the engine, in my opinion (even though quite noisy when accelerating) is far superior...

2017 Holden Astra RS-V review

I have always liked the Astra, I have owned the Opel Astra previously but have needed to upgrade to a car with an automatic gear box, as I am not getting any younger and do a lot of city driving. I looked around on car sites for a used Astra after I had tried my luck at a dealer. However they didn't have a used RS-V - only the RS and even they were quite expensive...

1995 Holden Caprice review

Having read Nick D’s review of his VS Statesman a while back, it prompted me to consider writing a review of my own. It’s my first, so please go easy on me in the comments haha. Here goes! I was always a car guy. My family often trots out those embarrassing stories of how, as a child of three or four, I would identify car brands based on their emblems while walking down the street...

2013 Holden Trax LTZ review

NOTE: stock images have been used as none were provided by owner. As my first car, I acquired my family’s 2013 Holden Trax LTZ in 2017. Brought brand new in 2014 during the End of Financial Year deals, I was over the moon when my family brought this car home. Before, my family drove a 1998 Mitsubishi Magna Solara that had well and truly stood the test of time...

2018 Holden Commodore RS review

I bought the ZB RS Sportwagon to replace my 2012 Kluger SUV. I tested numerous vehicles of similar size, focusing on fuel economy, performance, comfort and "family" adaptability while essentially using it to commute my 40km each way to work in the country. I realised quickly that I don't actually need a SUV, even though they are marketed very heavily, and perhaps for no apparent reason...

2012 Holden Cruze SRI V review

Years ago we decided to buy ourselves a 2011 Holden Cruze SRi-V hatch that we came across when we were looking for a new car. As we already had a large car, we thought that a hatch would be perfect for us as long as there was room for all of us front and back. There was something about the Cruze that drew our attention...