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2003 VY series I Calais 90000kms for $16000 - what do you guys think?

sekah

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Hello VY owners and enthusiasts! Relatively new reader, & first time poster here :D

As the title suggests, i've found an '03 VY series I Calais up for sale in my area, and, having driven the car (and foolishly fallen in love with the car) i've met the owner 'halfway' at $16k pending a mechanical check.

This car has the un-supercharged 6, features cream leather interior, fully electric seats, a sunroof, a very straight body, low Ks for its age being only 90000, servised regularly..and vy II brake lights. Otherwise it's stock as a rock.

- The only thing that we noticed while driving the car is unusually heavy steering at low speeds (unusual given it has the speed sensitive power steering) and what i thought was high wind noise coming from the sunroof, and a rattle in the back somewhere...but it's not going to be enough to drive me nuts..lol

What does everyone think about the price for a car of this year make and condition? Have I missed any features/options that it may have that's different from other 03 VYI Calais'?

The car is booked in for a mechanical check on Monday so if that goes well and i can't haggle him down a few hundred dollars for worn pads or tyres etc then i'll probably part with $16000...what are your thoughts??

Cheers for your time everyone :thumbsup:
 

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a calais series 2 is twice the car a series one in, but that aside it sounds good!
 

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These cars are easy to fall in love with. Remember that it's not fully optioned, no warranty and it is a series one with the base level engine option.

I think you can do better for the money and have done so myself having bought a VY2 L67 with all HBD options and 100000kms Holden warranty. I was lucky yeah but still think you are paying too much.
 

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a calais series 2 is twice the car a series one in, but that aside it sounds good!
I didn't think there was a significant difference between the s1 & s2, surely not twice as much? It is still a Calais afterall ...can't be that much worse :yeah:

As for falling in love chargedvx6 you're right, it's too easy... i can see me talking myself into the sale at $16k, but realistically it is a pretty great example of the car having shale leather and a sunroof and it's located in my state...so very convenient, but I can't help but wonder what i'm missing out on by not getting a s2?

The L67, is that just the supercharged 6? I've read that the fuel economy isn't much better than an 8, and for the power difference and happy factor if i was going for a s6 i'd probably just buy an 8. Especially since i'm a bloke under 25 the insurence for a s6 is slightly more than the 8...go figure :unsure: What sort of options does yours have?

Above all I think i'll buy it, i only hope that the slightly heavy steering isn't going to turn out to be an expensive problem to fix down the track..

Duk13y you're right, getting him down a few hundred or so after i get the mechanics report is a good idea and shouldn't be too hard. $15500 would be my sweet spot i reckon!


Cheers guys
 

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Go for the VYII looks heaps betternd a supercharged one toou wont regret it!! then put some vz calais rear lights and ur all set also have FE 1.5 too [correct me if im wrong] sports luxury suspension. But a few more thousand can get u a VZ Calais soo ye goodluck. Do wat ur hearts tellin u hahha
 

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I agree about the series 2 being a better car (as in all models), but that aside, I think theyre asking a pretty fair price, plus it has the leath int and a sunroof.. plus reasonably low ks... Id say its a great find!
 

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sekah, ig you know the mechanic, or trust them, get them to say a few things are wrong with the car [they'll work somethign out]. That way you can show a piece of paper with some faults on it and can argue a bit more. The mechanics should be able to think of something! :p

EDIT: Unless it's something like a RACV vehicle check. That you probably wouldn't be able to organise! :( Unless your friends with an RACV mechanic [helped me with my last car, my mate told the tester to be harsh, tester almost got thrown off the car lot. This tester even got a stehoscope out to check the engine].
 

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About series 2, generally they just fix faults and that. the calais series 2 became a sports luxary sedan.( i think to due to holdens realising the current falcon was a more refined car at the time) series one is just a luxary sedan. That said, its still a lovely car.
Its just me, i can tell a S2 calais by looking at it. But hey, i'll never be happy until i get that monaro cv8r!
 
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