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how true was this add
"you can rely on a Holden

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I guess we all have different experiences...the cars in the advert were both relatively low KMs 48 and 74,000Km respectively. I might be bold and say that most mass produced cars if properly serviced with some preventative action can be trouble free up to the low 100,000Kms and then you can be at the mercy of age/distance related as well as random failures...I have and haven't enjoyed the same experience as these gents...most working Holdens I've had with the exception of my later models that have been under 100,000Km have given me plenty of trouble and break downs (predom city driving) in the middle of nowhere despite spending plenty and maintaining them..HR, HT, HX, WB x2, VR, WH, ZC, VE, VF.. the last 2 have been trouble free but low Kms...2 cars that I've owned over a long time 20 years and covered many Kms - high 200s and have never had problems other than routine maintenance is a 97 TE Magna 4cyl auto and 90 Toyota Corolla...

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Andrew

I certainly agree with the '90's Corolla, super reliable and cheap to service/maintain. But my experience with the Magnas (automatics) is that the automatics are notoriously for failure. Besides that they're pretty good

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Bryan

def the mid 80s autos TM TN were terrible and the issue got resolved with the TP but I don't know about the "newer" ones...I've def been lucky with it....

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Andrew

Obviously not talking about VC Commodores. My father's employer bought 8 new VC wagons for the supervisors. My father's burnt out ignition modules every couple of months, they all burnt over a litre of oil every 1,000km, one of the wasn't serviced and the motor seized from a lack of oil - I put this down to driver error, they had gearbox troubles.
All this trouble, after HX wagons that gave not a single fault over fur years.
David

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Old is good.

My wife's VZ is 6000k's short of hitting the 1/2 million k's mark and hasn't missed a beat , runs like a new one , drivers seat cover rooted , steering wheel past it's best and paint has " patina " but the beast is mechanically unbeatable , go the mighty Alloytec.

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My Dad drove His HJ prem around the clock 2 and 1/4 times. 253 auto, towing caravans,boats and trailers. Always servos by the same old bloke at Holdens. When I got it for my 21 it was still going, use to use a little oil as you would expet, but all in all a well maintained car.
The goverment was starting to phased out Super fuel, so instead of rebuilding the 253 I bought a 350TPI and TH700 with around 10L/100KM and HEP more grunt lol.
HOW I wish I keept the 253 and rebuilt it.
OH WELL

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"just my 2cents worth"

"were going to need a bigger shed"

WE BUY THEM,WE REBUILD THEM,WE LOVE THEM,
WELL I DO !!!
regards Triple D
trippled75@yahoo.com.au

Had a chore to do 20 km's away, jumped in the V8 VE, battery stone dead (not the first time). So I grabbed the keys to the neverfail HQ and drove that instead. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

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"It was then I knew I'd had enough, burned my credit card for fuel
Headed out to where the pavement turns to sand...."

Cheers, John

Hmmm. I hate to admit it but most new cars are super reliable when new for many km's However , when things start to go wrong inexpensive fixes on old holdens turn into big $$$ repairs on newer models.
Electrical/ computer issues on newer cars are often hard to diagnose and are expensive to fix. Pretty straight fwd on a pre 80's holden.
A mate got quoted $2K to replace a fuel filter on a Rodeo. Obviously its mainly labour at that price because it must be in a hard to access place. A fuel filter on the HT kingswood is a $6-$8 part. Start your stopwatch, I reckon I could change it out in under 1 min.
I think thats part of the attraction of our old holdens.

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