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Holden Commodore
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Holden Commodore Pricing and Specs

2020 price from
$19,300*

The Holden Commodore is available from $26,990 to $27,990 for the 2020 range of models in Hatchback and Wagon body types.

Close your eyes and picture suburban Australia and, somewhere amongst the the Hills Hoists and dangling blue Bonds singlets, there will be be parked a Holden Commodore. Holden was churning out Australia's chariots from 1978 until 2017, but they saved the very best 'til last. The VF Commodore Series II was unveiled in 2016, offering world-class refinement and engineering wrapped in the distinctly muscular body style of this uniquely Australian large sedan. The German-built ZB marked a seismic shift when it arrived in 2018, which currently ranges from the $26,990 Commodore RS to the $27,990 Commodore RS.

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Year Price From Price To
2020 $19,300 $53,130
2019 $15,400 $46,420
2018 $13,500 $37,730
2017 $12,400 $60,720
2016 $11,000 $52,690
2015 $9,600 $49,500
2014 $8,100 $34,870
2013 $7,000 $29,040
2012 $6,600 $21,890
2011 $5,800 $19,910
2010 $5,200 $19,250
2009 $4,000 $17,820
2008 $3,700 $17,160
2007 $3,400 $15,180
2006 $2,600 $14,960
2005 $2,400 $10,120
2004 $2,300 $10,010
2003 $2,500 $9,570
2002 $2,400 $8,910
2001 $1,850 $8,580
2000 $2,000 $8,250
1999 $2,200 $7,810
1998 $2,400 $7,370
1997 $2,400 $7,370
1996 $2,400 $6,820
1995 $2,400 $6,710
1994 $2,400 $5,830
1993 $2,400 $10,010
1992 $2,400 $5,170
1991 $2,000 $4,840
1990 $1,900 $4,620
1989 $1,900 $4,620
1988 $1,900 $4,400
1987 $1,900 $4,400
1986 $1,800 $4,620
1985 $1,800 $4,620
1984 $1,250 $4,620
1983 $1,250 $4,620
1982 $1,250 $4,620
1981 $1,250 $4,070
1980 $1,250 $4,070
1979 $1,250 $4,070
1978 $940 $4,070

Holden Commodore FAQs

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  • Are there any known issues with 2010 Holden Commodores?

    The biggest problem with this model of Commodore was it’s V6 engine and that unit’s propensity to suffer stretched timing chains. Cars without a full service history will be the worst offenders, but even a car with a perfect maintenance track record can still require new timing chains. However, this usually occurs long before 200,000kmk have been clocked up, so it would be very interesting to see if the car you’re looking at has, indeed, had this repair made by a previous owner. Of course, even if the timing chain has been replaced, that’s no guarantee that the problem won’t occur again. There’s also a suspicion that the three-litre version of the Holden V6 was a bit underpowered and needed to be driven hard everywhere; a situation that didn’t help timing-chain wear at all.

    Other problems with the VE Commodore generally include some electrical problems that are surfacing with age, particularly camshaft-position sensors, a build-up of carbon on the intake valves which can cause rough running and poor economy, oil leaks and leaks from the cooling system. That said, if you can find a good one with an engine that has had new timing chains, the VE wagon represents a lot of car for not much money these days.
     

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  • Would finding parts or repairs be an issue with a 2014 Holden Commodore?

    The biggest potential repair cost for this make and model would probably be the replacement of the engine’s timing chains. These were of poor design and quality from the start and many Commodore V6s of this era have suffered stretched chains which require replacement. It’s not a cheap job, either, and you should budget for at least a couple of thousand dollars. While the vehicle in question has covered low kilometres, the health or otherwise of its timing chains will be down to how well it’s been serviced over the years. Any skipped servicing makes it a ticking time bomb in this regard. But even well maintained vehicles have experienced the same problem.

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  • Are coolant leaks common in 2015 Holden Commodores?

    This is not an unknown problem with Holden’s Alloytech V6 engine and can often be traced back to a damaged gasket for the thermostat housing which is located at the rear of the engine block. And you’re right, to change this gasket which costs just a few dollars, involves removing the exhaust and transmission. The best advice is to have the thermostat itself changed while all this work is being done, as it will save you going through it all again if the thermostat ever fails (and they have been known to).

    But definitely have it checked out as coolant leaks never fix themselves and a small leak today could easily be a big leak tomorrow, leaving you stranded with an overheating engine. Meantime, you might be lucky and discover that the leak is not from the thermostat housing at all. These engines are also prone to coolant leaks from a pair of O-rings at the front of the cylinder heads which can allow coolant to leak through the valley and out the back over the transmission tunnel, making you think the leak is from the rear of the V6. Don’t rule out the water pump as a source of leaks, either. The trade seems to think about 100,000km is the lifespan for an Alloytech V6’s water pump.

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