Much like the rest of the Maloo R8’s front end, it’s ‘business as usual’ when it comes to comparing the nose of the ute with its saloon sibling. Parts are interchangeable between models, and if you’re buying a Maloo independently imported to the UK, there’s a chance the ute in question will have a different front bumper to Vauxhall’s offering.
“Many Maloo enthusiasts admire the different trim options available to buyers in Australia,” smiles Marc. “Put simply, there was a wider range of colours and body decoration to choose from than what customers entering Vauxhall dealerships were able to take advantage of during the same period.” Regardless of its place of purchase, the one thing the Maloo didn’t offer was adequate underbody protection from the elements. Even the newest of R8s lacks a corrosion resistant chassis coating, which is why it’s recommended for UK owners of Holdens to treat their cars to rustproofing measures at the earliest opportunity.
Check for signs of corrosion along chassis rails, jacking points and inside wheel arches. These are the areas most susceptible to deterioration. Another often overlooked consideration is the parts making up the Maloo’s rear end. “The front is shared with the VXR8, but the Maloo’s rear features model specific lights, a load cover for the cargo area, a fold down tailgate and different side panels, none of which are commonly stocked parts,” continues Marc, hinting at the delay Maloo owners should expect in taking delivery of replacement parts in the event of a shunt.
“Independently imported Maloos are unlikely to feature a rear fog light,” he reminds us.