Holden Calais 2008 Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Holden Calais 2008 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Holden Calais 2008: Does the timing belt need to be replaced?

Answered by CarsGuide 29 Feb 2020

I think there’s a bit of confusion sneaking in here. Your Calais doesn’t have a timing belt, its engine is fitted with a timing chain instead. However, if it’s a V6 engine, then there’s every chance the timing chain does need to be replaced.

This seems counter to conventional wisdom where a timing chain should last the entire life of the car. But in the case of the particular V6 we’re talking about, the chain was definitely a weak point and lots of Calais and Commodores have needed replacement chains. That was particularly true if the engine received less routine maintenance than the handbook stipulated.

The first sign can be a rattle when the engine is started; sometimes you’ll get a check-engine light on the dashboard because the chain has stretched sufficiently to allow the camshafts and the crankshaft to become out of phase with each other. Either way, it’s new-chain time and you can expect to pay something like $2000 to have the job done, possibly more.

Most workshops will be able to carry out this work and, when it comes to finding a local garage, word of mouth from friends and family is usually a good way to proceed.

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Local or dealer service for Calais

Answered by CarsGuide 24 Feb 2011

Sounds like a no-brainer, stick with the mechanic you know and trust. If he's as good as you believe he will be able to service your car without a problem. If a problem arises that is beyond him I'm sure he would know to whom he could refer for a solution.

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Ask Smithy Xtra Calais sat-nav update

Answered by CarsGuide 14 Sep 2010

Your complaint is a common one with people who have bought the factory options, but my investigations suggest you can’t update the maps without buying the factory disc. You’re right, it isn’t good enough, and anyone thinking of buying the factory GPS should consider this cost before they do.

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Neck-breaking experience

Answered by CarsGuide 9 Jan 2009

IT LOOKS like you've been given a factory fix, and it has worked. We have had sufficient complaints about the six-speed auto box to make us think something fishy is happening. Anyone with a similar problem should contact their dealer. If that doesn't get the required response, contact Holden direct.

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Calais colour ok

Answered by CarsGuide 14 Aug 2008

K-POW was a hero colour introduced to get the VE off to a bright start, and like many hero colours it was dropped after a relatively short time so it wouldn't go stale. Holden denies there is any problem matching the colour if repairs need to be made, so I wouldn't be concerned.

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Calais conversion

Answered by CarsGuide 12 Jun 2008

THE Australian LPG Warehouse has a kit available for your car, so give it a call on 9770 2287.

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