Holden EJ Problems
No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Holden EJ reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.
Holden Ute wipers shudder
They shuddered when they were new, the problem is that they're not flipping over when they should at the top of the stroke and they're forced back across the windscreen against the grain if you like. Look at the blades and the way they are mounted on the arms and make sure they are free to change angle when they change direction.
Replacing my Holden HG with an SV6
That's a brave move after all those years driving the HG, but you've chosen a car that should give you good service. It's not possible to say it won't breakdown at any time, and if it does you won't be able to fix it yourself as you would have done with the HG. The brakes won't wear out as fast as they might on other brands, the current car doesn't appear to have the issues with ignition coils that earlier models did, and I haven't heard of reports of brake hose failures on the VE. Overall it is generally reliable and shouldn't give you too many nightmares.
Parting with ej
NOT a lot, unfortunately. The EJ is gaining in popularity, but it's the Premier that's getting the attention. As yours isn't a Premier, has a non-original red motor, and obviously needs some work, it won't be worth much. It might be more attractive as a parts car for someone who's already restoring one. I would think it would be worth $500-$700 if the body is indeed rust-free. Try a Holden club first before advertising it.
What price a hr?
THE HR Premier is a popular model with enthusiasts of classic Holdens, but its value ultimately depends on its condition. Based on your description I would think it might be worth $1000 to $1200. Contact the HD/HR Holden Club of Victoria on 9703 2515.
Miles behind the times
Metric conversion scales for speedos were popular at the time we changed from imperial measurements to metric, but I haven't seen one for years. I'm told Auto Surplus (ph: 9873 3566) and Auto Spares Galore (ph: 9758 3644) used to stock them, so it might be worth trying them. Other than that, you might keep an eye out for one at a swap meet. As for a new speedo, I don't believe there are systems available for the HT. One solution would be to make your own scale by applying a strip of tape to the speedo face at the appropriate speeds -- 50km/h, 60km/h and 100km/h.