Last of the old favourites
Plenty of tweaks in Holden’s generation Z
if properly maintained. Look for a service record that shows what servicing has been done.
Check for oil leaks around the engine and gearbox, inspect for coolant leaks, and examine the body for poor crash repairs. traction control. ANCAP gave it four safety stars.
Holden tried to extract as much fuel efficiency as possible from the Commodore but there was no escaping the fact it was a large and fairly heavy car. The company claimed an average of 11.0-11.6 L/100km for the V6 and 14.0-14.5L for the V8. The VZ is not the car for you if you are worried about fuel economy. If that is a concern, perhaps look at the dual-fuel version, which came from the factory with a quality IMPCO system.
Abetter car than generally perceived but the brand itself was on the nose with local buyers. Agood car worth a look if you don’t mind the stigma. Pay $5500-$18,500 3stars
Whenall else fails. Strong branding has made Toyota the fallback choice for Australians. The cars are well designed and built but eminently forgettable. Pay $7000-$20,000 3stars Do you own or have you owned a Fiat 500? Share your experience with other Carsguide readers by sending your comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Carsguide, PO Box 4245 Sydney, NSW, 2010.
Refreshed: On debut in 2004, the VZ Commodore got anewv6 and newsafety features