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Discussion in 'ZB Holden Commodore (2018)' started by wetwork65, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. wetwork65

    wetwork65 A wet business

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    Is there a lack of interest in ZBs compared to other models?
     
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    LOL ! I was wondering the same thing as there has been nothing posted in the ZB category for over a week.

    What we need is a copper to give us their perception of the ZB compared to the VF as a work tool vehicle.
     
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    immortality Home of the smoky breakfast Bacon! Staff Member

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    I did in another thread, our NZ cops don't seem to like em, at least not when you have to try and get a big guy in the back seat who's been uncooperative...
     
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    I think the ZB was a great car. Roomy, powerful, and built in Straya.

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    Curious if the local dealer will re register all the undriven regoed demos they have. Must be close to 12 months
     
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    wetwork65 A wet business

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    Yeah - forgot about the real ZB. Will hold value far better too.
     
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    I've seen what passes for a "big guy" in NZ. You'd struggle to get them into the back of anything bar a divvy van with ease. And even then you might need to grease the door frame.
     
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    I saw one today as I was pulling out of the driveway onto the highway. Seemed to move along alright as he pulled out in front of a car in a 100 zone and it got going pretty quick. I then saw the back end and it almost looks a bit AU the way it slopes down.
     
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    So, what's the out the door price for a new base ZB now? Anyone know if the apparent stock pile from 2018 is motivating some good deals?
     
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    Couple of demo's on Trade Me for just under $30K.
    Signed up for a brand new ZB Calais V after test driving in November. I was more than sufficiently impressed to make the move.
    I think a lot of the negative sentiment is simply because its not Australian made anymore as objectively they're a very good car with quite a remarkable level of technology for the price.

    Okay they're not a V8 and you don't get latest V8 performance but I couldn't help observing that my last year 2000 Holden Calais Gen3 5.7L V8 made 225kw's and this one makes 235 kw's and uses a truck load less fuel and has a vast array of technology. Further, it was $10,000 less than I paid 18 years ago for the last one ! Had quite a few vehicles since then, FPV's x 3, Chrysler SRT8 e.t.c.

    Really loving the technology and sweet handling of the new Calais V. As quick as you can realistically use these days with speed camera's everywhere and quite fuel efficient with it. Full speed range adaptive cruise control is a real stress reliever in traffic jams !
     
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    Decent torque deficit between a Gen 3 and the ZB V6.
     
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    Yes there is a bit but on the other hand my former Calais had a 4 speed auto and this one has the right gear for every occasion !
    One little known fact is that a byproduct of the direct injection process is these engines make more torque than you'd expect at very low revs and it seems perfectly happy around town most of the time in the 1200-1500 rev range.
    Nine speed auto is a real peach, as smooth as they ever get and almost as good as the extremely well liked ZF8 speed auto in my opinion.
    Hopefully there's a BIG difference in the amount of oil this engine uses, the old Gen 3 was a real shocker !

    Other technology I find super cool is the matrix headlights that you can leave on high beam and it blacks out certain LED's to avoid dazzling oncoming traffic. Seat massage is also great and seat cooling is also a very useful feature at this time of year.

    I was fortunate to get the first of the MY19's to arrive in N.Z. although I am still awaiting a 2019 GPS map from Holden who tell me it should be here in time for my one month first inspection. Main difference I can see between MY18 and MY19 is much more colourful display of the various functions displayed on the centre screen.
     
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    Imagine all that gm pox infused technology in 3/4 years time
     
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    Time will tell. Certainly the Gen3 engine with its piston slap was poxy and drank oil like a fish and Australian build standards were very low compared to the current German built one.
     
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    Good review of the Calais V
     
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    I’d nearly bet the reviewer wouldn’t have a clue
     
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    Yes, a good review.....but I wish she would stop touching the paint !!!
     
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    Better than the blue dress Ford jiggly hips, but I prefer the red dress Toyota sales chicky-babe.

    Edit …. just realised it was about a car. Doh.
     
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    wetwork65 A wet business

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    Agree - but I am happy with looking at either model. They were chosen to look familiar, rather than too outstanding. However, the cars are another matter and are quite incidental to the branding exercise. ZB lacks any association with likeable females.
     
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