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Discussion in 'ZB Holden Commodore (2018)' started by VFRDLN, Sep 23, 2019.

  1. VFRDLN

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    Well I bought a ZB Calais V tourer on Saturday after taking it home overnight. My current car is a Ford Everest Titanium that has been traded for the ZB and before that I had a VF 1 Redline for 4 years. I bought the Calais as it was extremely cheap as it was part of a failed fleet deal and has been registered and demmoed for 3 months with only 400km on the clock. I saved 20k on the retail price for a new car with the accessories I wanted. The VF was a great car with brilliant brakes but the tech in the ZB and overall feeling of quality is higher. I love the LED matrix lights and the 9 speed auto is silky smooth and quick to change. It would be nice to have speed sign recognition and a better lane keep assist though. I had speed sign recognition in my Everest that was programmed in by a very clever bloke through a program called forescan that lets you alter just about anything in the cars brains. Would be good if someone was able to do the same with the ZB as it has all the hardware there to work. Anyway anxiously waiting to pick the car up some time this week or most likely next.
     
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    .. a review once you have had it for a few weeks would be good
     
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    Calaber Nil Bastardo Carborundum

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    You saved 20k on the retail price. Big discount. What was the price?
     
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    Well I think it's 58k including on roads so I am Assuming about 36 to 38k but the mileage is extremely low so maybe a bit more .
     
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    Being a fleet deal car are you entitled to the fix priced servicing? I looked at a Calais V tourer that was initially ordered for a hire car company but they renegged. The car was a great price and only 1000 km on the clock but it had no fixed price servicing.
     
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    Nine speed auto is an awesome bit of kit...arguably the best bit of technology on the ZB.
    Its not impossible to catch it out but 99.8% of the time the way it changes gears is so smooth and quick its almost completely imperceptible.
    Very sharp movements in the throttle for overtake can result in a harsher than expected kickdown and that seems to be its only slightly weak point.
     
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    I found a nice smooth method for overtaking is to manually change down 3-4 gears before you floor it. You get better response too because the gearbox is in the right gear so there is no hesitation while the car selects the gear.
     
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    Good idea mate, you're on to it !
    There's a definite lift in performance over 4500 revs as I am sure you would have noticed.
     
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    I paid $41,500 including accessories. Retail all up would be $61,300.
     
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    Will do.
     
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    No it does not have fixed price servicing and warranty is not unlimited km but is capped at 200,000km. If going to a dealer for servicing it is about $100 more per service. I am a mechanic with an ABN and a stamp so will be doing my own maintenance anyway.
     
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    That's a reasonable price for what you get. The RRP is probably too much but it seems that there are plenty of deals around which bring the prices well down. It doesn't augur well for retained value though. Commodores have always suffered from steep depreciation and the ZB will continue the tradition. Sad.
     
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    Holden were dreaming if they thought they could sell VXR for that price. A the price @VFRDLN paid it's extremely competitive with alternative options in the car market at that price point. In the Au$60k+ range there are far better cars available.
     
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    why?

    we were all taken for mugs down under, there were scores of idiots that thought car prices would drop once manufacturing stopped here.

    yeah, that happened.

    manufacturers just apply the australia tax to everything here.
     
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    Yep, absolutely; remember when the Coalition Government told us that "now that taxpayers are no longer having to subsidise local manufacturing, new car prices will fall" - well, that was BS, because as soon as there was no locally-produced vehicles to compete with, all the overseas manufacturers jacked up the prices.

    A lot.

    Why TF else would you be paying over $60k for a Kia?
     
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    they also bent over and dropped most of the tariffs too, that really bought prices down too.

    the govt are idiots, all that happened is manufacturers were welcomed with open arms in other countries, now they export here with maximum margins applied.
     
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    The tariff duty rate is still at 5% unless you have a vehicle from a free trade agreement country. If this is no manufacturing here, why is there a 5% duty to protect which industry?
     
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    revenue for govt, a govt that has no clue.
     
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    The industry of government.
     
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    That's exactly right. The Government had $35mil in the budget from automotive duties in the 2018 papers which meant they knew they were not going to reduce the duty rate on vehicles.
     

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