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Tale of two veterans

Asked by Chris Cogdon

I am a 17-year-old learner driver looking to buy my first car. I am going to look at a 1982 VH Commodore station wagon with 64,000km on the clock, that has been driven regularly, as well as a 1992 Camry executive sedan that has done less than 98,000km. Both are automatic. Are there any problems that I should look out for?

Answered by CarsGuide

8 May 2003 Graham Smith

I assume the VH Commodore is a six, which was a new updated XT6 version of the venerable pushrod Holden six. While it was improved over the previous versions of the engine it was still quite inefficient even by 1982 standards. The Trimatic three-speed should have plenty of life left in it, but check the oil and make sure it's nice and red. Also make sure the shifts are smooth and precise with no sign of flaring on part or full throttle. Check the body for rust, particularly in the lower sections of the front guards, the lower sections of the doors, around the rear side windows and around the tail gate and rear window. The Camry has lots of life left in it, but it is near the mileage where major servicing could be needed. The Camry is most likely to be in better condition overall than the Commodore, which can be expected to be riddled with squeaks and rattles in the body.

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