We’re in danger of sounding like a stuck record, but there’s very little difference between the Gen-F VXR8 and Maloo cabins. You get the same big ol’ comfy sports seats, but the Maloo has, er, less of them.
“I’ve lost track of the number of owners who draw a blank when trying to locate the battery for their Maloo,” laughs Marc. “It’s behind the passenger’s seat!” Slide the leather-trimmed uprights forward to reveal the part and its neighbouring storage pocket.
“Rear window visibility is poor and there are terrible blind spots when reversing,” he suggests. “Addressing the issue, Holden added a blind spot warning system to the mirrors of late Maloo R8 builds.”
Independently imported cars will need their speedos converted from km/h to mph, although a heads-up display conversion can be added to avoid dash reprogramming. Talking of which, you’ll experience the same large, full-colour infotainment and digital gauge system in the Maloo R8 as you would when sitting behind the wheel of a VXR8 GTS. You’ll also be subject to the same lack of airconditioning freshness if the auxiliary belt has popped off its pulley!
“It’s a common complaint,” sighs Marc. “The belt’s bottom pulley bearing gives up the ghost. It doesn’t cause any damage, but it does encourage the belt to make a bid for freedom. It can also create a worrying noise.” Thankfully, MWP keeps a plentiful stock of replacement pulleys, idlers and belts to ensure speedy repair.