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Holden Commodore 2010: Does this model suffer from the timing chain issue?

Asked by Jeremy

I’m looking at purchasing a 2010 VE SV6 manual Holden Commodore with 128,000kms the car is in good condition but I have read a lot about the timing chain issues. Is this common in this year as I have also read that the chain issue was fixed in 2007?

Answered by CarsGuide

7 Aug 2020 David Morley

The early VE model Commodore V6s certainly had all sorts of dramas with stretched timing chains that could run into thousands of dollars to fix. Holden changed the design of the chain and while it did help, we’ve still heard of later post-2008 model Commodore V6s exhibiting the same problem.

The problem is made worse (accelerated) by poor servicing, so if the vehicle in question doesn’t have an absolutely up-to-date service handbook with evidence of every scheduled service being carried out in full, we’d be walking away. Same goes for a car that rattles on first start-up, won’t idle properly or has a check-engine light illuminated on the dashboard.

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