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Holden Commodore

The locally-built Holden Commodore was kind of like Australia's girl next door – we fell for it almost as soon as it arrived in showrooms back in 1978. And just like the girl next door who grew into a beautiful woman, the last Australian-built VF II was the best Holden ever made. 

However, the end of local manufacturing means that the current ZB Commodore isn't from next door, but from the other side of the planet. The German-built model's current prices range from $33,690 for the Commodore LT to $55,990 for the Commodore VXR.

In a weird way, it kind of works; the original Commodore was basically a reengineered version of the Opel Rekord, so the circle has been completed.

Holden Commodore Colours

  • Summit White
  • Nitrate Silver
  • Abalone White
  • Cosmic Grey
  • Absolute Red
  • Mineral Black
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Holden Commodore Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Holden Commodore varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $33,690 and going to $55,990 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2020 Hatchback 2.0L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $33,690 $55,990
2020 Wagon 2.0L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $35,890 $49,190
2019 Hatchback 2.0L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $15,400 $46,420
2019 Wagon 2.0L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $17,600 $40,810
2018 Wagon —, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $45,020
2018 Hatchback 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $14,100 $46,990
2017 Wagon 3.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $12,950 $64,999
2017 Sedan 3.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $12,950 $85,990
2017 Hatchback 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $18,890 $33,888
2016 Sedan 3.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $10,590 $54,999
2016 Wagon 3.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $10,590 $54,999
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Holden Commodore Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Holden Commodore here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Should we replace our Holden Commodore with a Subaru Outback?

    A car with a little extra ground clearance is great for camping as it often allows you to get a little farther away from the masses in their caravans who tend to huddle around the shower block at bush campsites.

    The Subaru Outback is a good, solid choice and if you can find an independent workshop to service it, you’ll avoid the cost of dealership prices. And you’re right, the all-wheel-drive would be great for gravel roads. Another vehicle to look at would be a late-model Ford territory diesel which is big and clever inside and has the option of all-wheel-drive. The diesel engine is a plus on the bush where that fuel is more readily available (in really remote areas) and gives you more range for big holidays in the mulga.

    Don’t rule out things like the Mitsubishi Pajero, either, which won’t be as around-town friendly, but is a proven quantity and is absolutely tremendous off-road. The same goes for a Toyota Prado or Nissan Pathfinder prior to the current model (which is a bit less hard-core adventure).

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  • Holden Commodore 2002: Engine misfiring

    A problem like this could be caused by any number of things, James. Electronically interrogating the on-board computer is a wise first step, as the error codes that will result will possibly lead you straight to the offending component.

    In cars like yours with electronic fuel-injection and engine management, there’s an array of sensors that need to send the correct signal to the car’s on-bord brain for everything to function properly. Replacing these sensors one by one until you fix the problem is a very time and cash consuming way of proceeding. Have the car scanned instead and see what fault codes show up.

    Meantime, if I had to venture a guess, I’s say the problem sounds ignition related. An engine will often idle properly with no load on it, but when you select a gear, there’s suddenly load applied and, if the ignition system is not spot on, the engine can suddenly do all sorts of crazy things, including dropping cylinders. The other thing that occurs to me is that your battery might be low on charge. Injected engines absolutely do not like a lack of volts.

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  • 3027 Holden Commodore: Fuel-injector failure.

    These late Commodores (the very last of the locally-made Commodores, actually) do, in fact, have a history of fuel injector problems. Holden has claimed that poor quality fuel is the cause, but some technicians disagree, arguing that it’s a problem inherent in the injector’s design. Some owners have been told that it’s better to run these cars on 95 or 98-octane fuel, even though the LS3 V8 is rated to run on 91-octane ULP. But it seems even cars that have been run on the pricier brew are still recording problems with the injectors.

    The faulty injectors send the engine into a potential lean-mixture situation, at which point the on-board computer intervenes and sends the car into limp-home mode to avoid engine damage. That’s why you’re seeing all those warning lights on the dashboard, while the injectors themselves are what’s causing the rough running you’ve reported.

    There’s been no recall on Holden’s part, but the word on the street is that a Holden dealer will replace the injectors free of charge if you present the car at the dealership with the symptoms in evidence. Holden’s announcement that it will cease to trade in Australia should not affect this situation.

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  • Holden Commodore 2002: How can I fix a broken interior vent?

    Something has possibly broken in the vent. Remove the vents from the dash and check, or have a mechanic do it for you if you’re not confident of doing it yourself.

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Holden Commodore Towing Capacity

The Holden Commodore has maximum towing capacity of 2100kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 Hatchback 1800kg 2100kg
2020 Wagon 1800kg 2100kg
2019 Hatchback 1800kg 2100kg
2019 Wagon 1800kg 2100kg
2018 Wagon 0kg 2100kg
2018 Hatchback 1800kg 2100kg
2017 Sedan 1600kg 2100kg
2017 Wagon 1600kg 2100kg
2017 Hatchback 1800kg 2100kg
2016 Sedan 1600kg 2100kg
2016 Wagon 1600kg 2100kg
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Holden Commodore Wheel Size

The Holden Commodore has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 225x55 R17 for Hatchback in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 17x7.5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 Hatchback 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2020 Wagon 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2019 Hatchback 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2019 Wagon 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2018 Hatchback 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2018 Wagon 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2017 Hatchback 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2017 Wagon 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2017 Sedan 225x60 R16 16x7 inches 225x60 R16 16x7 inches
2016 Sedan 225x60 R16 16x7 inches 225x60 R16 16x7 inches
2016 Wagon 225x60 R16 16x7 inches 225x60 R16 16x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Holden Commodore Wheel Sizes

Holden Commodore Dimensions

The dimensions of the Holden Commodore Hatchback, Wagon and Sedan vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 Hatchback 1455x1863x4897 mm 105 mm
2020 Wagon 1483x1863x4986 mm 105 mm
2019 Hatchback 1455x1863x4897 mm 105 mm
2019 Wagon 1483x1863x4986 mm 105 mm
2018 Hatchback 1455x1863x4897 mm 105 mm
2018 Wagon 1483x1863x4986 mm 105 mm
2017 Sedan 1476x1899x4894 mm 110 mm
2017 Hatchback 1455x1863x4897 mm 105 mm
2017 Wagon 1483x1863x4986 mm 105 mm
2016 Sedan 1476x1899x4894 mm 110 mm
2016 Wagon 1476x1899x4894 mm 110 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Holden Commodore Dimensions

Holden Commodore Fuel Consumption

The Holden Commodore is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel, PULP and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 5.6L/100km for Hatchback /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 Hatchback 5.6L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2020 Hatchback 7.4L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2020 Hatchback 8.9L/100km 3.6L ULP 9 SP AUTO
2020 Wagon 5.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2020 Wagon 7.7L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2019 Hatchback 5.6L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2019 Hatchback 7.4L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2019 Hatchback 8.9L/100km 3.6L ULP 9 SP AUTO
2019 Wagon 5.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2019 Wagon 7.7L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2018 Hatchback 5.6L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2018 Hatchback 7.4L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2018 Hatchback 8.9L/100km 3.6L ULP 9 SP AUTO
2018 Wagon 5.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2018 Wagon 7.7L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2017 Hatchback 5.6L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2017 Hatchback 7.4L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2017 Hatchback 8.9L/100km 3.6L ULP 9 SP AUTO
2017 Sedan 8.3L/100km 3.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2017 Sedan 11.5L/100km 6.2L PULP 6 SP MAN
2017 Wagon 5.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2017 Wagon 7.7L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2017 Wagon 8.6L/100km 3.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2016 Sedan 8.3L/100km 3.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2016 Sedan 11.5L/100km 6.2L PULP 6 SP MAN
2016 Wagon 8.6L/100km 3.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2016 Wagon 11.7L/100km 3.6L PULP 6 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Holden Commodore Pricing and Specs for 2020