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  # 1702389 13-Jan-2017 08:19
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hsvhel:

 

LC GTR (still have it)

 

 

I want to be your friend :)


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  # 1702394 13-Jan-2017 08:31
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LC GTR - XU1

 

Now before you get excited, this was in Australia and the car had been written off and bastardised beyond belief.

 

The 186 was stroked to 204 using a 202 crank and blueprinted the triple carbs replaced with a quadrajet, later a holley 350 and a celica 5 speed conversion, all the rage at the time.. A really badly done half cage. I got the car after this was all done and it had bounced off a couple of parked cars leaving not very many straight panels, the motor and gearbox were very good, the diff was toast as was most of the body, however is seemed like the chassis was straight, however this was not the case, I had planned to make it into a hotrod but a lack of talent got in the way of that!

 

 

 

VX Berlina Wagon

 

I still have this car and with 260,000km on the clock it is going strong, I have had it tuned and added an x-air OTR airbox, when I got it the car had a Coby dual 2.5in exhaust. extractors, decat into a single 3in rear muffler. pretty quite until you give it the beans. Replaced the non-LSD twice, once with an LSD 3.07 ratio and then to the current 3.46 LSD. Dyno tuned to 239RWKW but only to 5,800 due to a valve spring harmonics issue. With 3.07 ratio pulled a solid 13.5 second 1/4 bogging down a little into 2nd and a lot into 3rd, haven't run it with the 3.46 but on the road it no longer bogs down between gears.

 

I plan on replacing my VX with a VE SS-V at some point, probably when my car is not worth fixing, i.e. when the trans blows or the engine stops spinning.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1702399 13-Jan-2017 08:44
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Wheelbarrow01:

 

I have owned 3 white Holden Astras:

 

The first one was written off shortly after purchase in 2007, in the Newcastle (NSW) floods.

 

The second one was written off shortly after purchase when it was T boned in 2011.

 

I tried going for the hat-trick, but I managed to own the 3rd one for a good 6 months without writing it off.

 

When I was a kid, my mum owned an old 60's Kingswood wagon with bench seat/column shift. It was the good old days when people still left the keys in the ignition most of the time. When I was about 5 years old I climbed in and started her up. Unfortunately it was in gear so I drove it into the side of the house. I wasn't very popular.

 

It must be said I don't have much joy with Holdens to be honest.... Although to be fair at around about the same age I filled the fuel tank of my dad's Mk II Jag with water. I thought I was helping lol.

 

 

Haha, reminds me. Whilst not a Holden, the parents had a XY Falcon wagon in about 1977-78 (ish). Me and a friend (both about 6 or 7 at the time) were waiting in the car while a parent was in the shop. Car parked on a hill, facing down to the shop door. Little friend let the handbrake off, car was in neutral. Made a new entrance into the shop through the plate glass window. I still live near the shop - it has had concrete (now rubber) curbing installed outside ever since.

 

 

OMG I did this to my uncles XC Falcon!!! Only difference is that I crashed into a shed.


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  # 1702400 13-Jan-2017 08:46
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lurker:

 

Have a love/hate relationship with my VX S which I've had for 10+years and taken from 130K to 330K.

 

The hate relates to the repair bills over the years 

 

 

 

 

Haha, they are such a simple car to DIY repair :)


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  # 1702405 13-Jan-2017 08:53
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My mate had a genuine LJ XU1 Torana back in the late '80's. 3.3 lt with triple carbs, they had the long range racing fuel tank that took up half the boot. That car was rapid and scary to be in and like a lot of them, ended up been being written off unfortunately. They are worth a mint now.


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  # 1702407 13-Jan-2017 08:55
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Rikkitic:

 

I had a 1983 Commodore until a few years ago. It was in immaculate condition with no rust, though the paint finally started to oxidise the last couple years I had it. I loved that old boat (huge car, 4 cylinders, no power steering) but was not in a position to restore it, which it would have been ideally suited for. I finally sold it for nearly as much as I had paid many years earlier, when it was in much better condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to win at owning a car. Buy a 15 year old car. Wait 20 years so they become classic. Profit.

 

 

 

driller2000:

 

 

 

 Additional items over 6 1/2 years of ownership have been alternator reco, water pump, AC recondition and engine mounts.

 

Never had the heads off, or transmission issues etc - ie. no majors.

 

Given it's performance - and I drive it hard - I think the maintenance costs have been entirely reasonable.

 

Oh yeah - gas mileage is "poor" - but to be expected for a 6.0L V8 - weighing 1,800+kg and with a driver with a heavy right foot :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engine mounts? How hard did you driver her for that to occur? Or was it a defected part being repalced?
I could contest your gas mileage with my BMW straight 6, My 2.8 uses more around town and on the highway than my 4.4 V8 540 did. $160 tank of 98 lasts around 400KM.

 

 

Wow! My 5.7 V8 only gets that when I am towing my float around!

 

That said I average around 12l/100km when I behave, however with all the road works and traffic around that is around 13l/100km currently.


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  # 1702409 13-Jan-2017 09:03
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TimA:

 

Rikkitic:

 

I had a 1983 Commodore until a few years ago. It was in immaculate condition with no rust, though the paint finally started to oxidise the last couple years I had it. I loved that old boat (huge car, 4 cylinders, no power steering) but was not in a position to restore it, which it would have been ideally suited for. I finally sold it for nearly as much as I had paid many years earlier, when it was in much better condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to win at owning a car. Buy a 15 year old car. Wait 20 years so they become classic. Profit.

 

 

 

driller2000:

 

 

 

 Additional items over 6 1/2 years of ownership have been alternator reco, water pump, AC recondition and engine mounts.

 

Never had the heads off, or transmission issues etc - ie. no majors.

 

Given it's performance - and I drive it hard - I think the maintenance costs have been entirely reasonable.

 

Oh yeah - gas mileage is "poor" - but to be expected for a 6.0L V8 - weighing 1,800+kg and with a driver with a heavy right foot :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engine mounts? How hard did you driver her for that to occur? Or was it a defected part being repalced?
I could contest your gas mileage with my BMW straight 6, My 2.8 uses more around town and on the highway than my 4.4 V8 540 did. $160 tank of 98 lasts around 400KM.

 

 

Wow! My 5.7 V8 only gets that when I am towing my float around!

 

That said I average around 12l/100km when I behave, however with all the road works and traffic around that is around 13l/100km currently.

 

 

 

 

If im on a flat surface i can achieve 7.8L/100
A drive to whangarei gets me 14-16L/100

 

Around town 30+
Probably cause all my 220 german pony's are going into the powerlossbox, Soon to be manual tho.


 
 
 
 




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  # 1702410 13-Jan-2017 09:09
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I have a confession to make for which I am truly ashamed, I made a deliberate omission from my list. Ashamed not for leaving off the list but for actually owning one of these horrible, hateful, hideous, nasty, useless, disgusting creations from the depths of hell. It was without doubt the worse car I ever owned, (and I owned a Morris 1100) and the last used car I ever purchased. It haunts me that I owned one of them, it will torment until I leave this world that I actually handed over cash for one of the demons. There is a special place in hell for these abominations.

 

 

 





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  # 1702443 13-Jan-2017 09:19
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Oh wow, just proves that you can have a bad experience with anything.  Mine has been great.  No such issues.

 

 

 

MikeB4:

 

I have various electrical issues with it that required it to go back to the dealer a few times, a couple of times on the back of a towies flatbed. Also had issues with trim etc parting company with the car. I think it must have been a Monday morning car.

 





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  # 1702447 13-Jan-2017 09:23
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MikeB4:

 

I have various electrical issues with it that required it to go back to the dealer a few times, a couple of times on the back of a towies flatbed. Also had issues with trim etc parting company with the car. I think it must have been a Monday morning car.

 

 

I've had an issue with mine that's just resurfaced and was very common - the timing chain. Many of the VE V6's had a smaller timing chain that over time stretch. Mine started to, and Holden did a software patch (at great expense for something that involved them plugging in a small box and pushing a couple of buttons and took 5 mins) to 'fix' (more like mask) the issue and I just got a warning light again this week which means it's stretched further and needs replacement.

 

Given the chain was intended to last the life of the engine and not need servicing it's a massive job - at least a full day's labour and lots of parts. Holden quoted me $3500+ to fix it, but you can get it done by smaller specialists for more like $1500. One of the biggest things for anyone considering a V6 VE to be aware of. Was supposed to only be the early engines, but lots of reports of even late model ones having the issues too.

 

V8's had major issues with some parts too I believe. 

 

 

Mine is an SS (2007). Had it for 5 years... it's been ok so far.





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Oh wow, just proves that you can have a bad experience with anything.  Mine has been great.  No such issues.

 

 

 

MikeB4:

 

I have various electrical issues with it that required it to go back to the dealer a few times, a couple of times on the back of a towies flatbed. Also had issues with trim etc parting company with the car. I think it must have been a Monday morning car.

 

 

 

Yep, thats why I think it was a "Monday morning car"

 

 





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  # 1702452 13-Jan-2017 09:34
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Engine mounts? How hard did you driver her for that to occur? Or was it a defected part being repalced?
I could contest your gas mileage with my BMW straight 6, My 2.8 uses more around town and on the highway than my 4.4 V8 540 did. $160 tank of 98 lasts around 400KM.

 

 

Dunno if it was my driving or the mount(s) that were defective - or maybe I'm defective :P

 

Gas mileage is around 14l/100k - and I drive approx half on open road and half in traffic - so it could be worse :/ - and yeah 65 litre tank I generally get about 450ks - so it is useful that my partner has a 1.4L Cruze to make up for my carbon footprint :)

 

 


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  # 1702600 13-Jan-2017 11:36
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Grew up travelling around in a 1964 EH Wagon, sweet little 149 cubic inch engine (first GMH red series engine).

 

Best wagon my parents owned, and they kept it tidy and running for years.

 

Loaded up for holidays, including a 12 foot dinghy on the roof rack. We were sure the kitchen sink must have been back there somewhere.  

 

I bought one latter, as a young fella to do up, but is was a rusty old car that I decided would cost too much. 

 

Never had another Holden, not likely too either.

 

 





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  # 1702608 13-Jan-2017 11:51
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Engine mounts? How hard did you driver her for that to occur? Or was it a defected part being repalced?
I could contest your gas mileage with my BMW straight 6, My 2.8 uses more around town and on the highway than my 4.4 V8 540 did. $160 tank of 98 lasts around 400KM.



Dunno if it was my driving or the mount(s) that were defective - or maybe I'm defective :P


Gas mileage is around 14l/100k - and I drive approx half on open road and half in traffic - so it could be worse :/ - and yeah 65 litre tank I generally get about 450ks - so it is useful that my partner has a 1.4L Cruze to make up for my carbon footprint :)


 



I love the 75 litre fuel tank and 2.2meter + boot when the seats are folded of the VT -VZ wagon :)

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  # 1702616 13-Jan-2017 12:15
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BuzzLightyear:
The "newer" 3.6 v6 had some issues. I stayed away from them. The old 3.8 litre is a bullet proof motor. The 6litre l76 motor can have issues like wise the early build 5.7 LS1's. Golden rule don't buy the first gen of a new model.

 

That's the thing - it wasn't a first gen new motor. Mine is an alloytec (the SIDI was the newer engine they released in 2010 I think), which was also used in the VZ. The earlier engines had a wider timing chain which was fine, but they put a smaller one on the later engines (Last of the VZ and most of the Series I VE's), likely as a cost saving measure, but the new chain wasn't up to the task.

 

My 'weekly commute' fuel economy gets as bad as 17-18l/100k. Largely due to a lot of stop start traffic (takes me the best part of an hour, sometimes more, to drive 9km). This is also likley worse than it should be as my timing chain is stretched, but how much of a difference that makes I do not know. I usually get about 400kms out of the 72L tank.

 

Much better on a trip, but still probably not as good as it should be (timing chain perhaps). We went away over NY, and did 710kms before I filled up, and there was still at least 5L in the tank.





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