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SV6 VF Commdore - Wagon or Sedan?

Discussion in 'VF Holden Commodore (2013 - 2017)' started by jacobau, Mar 13, 2020.

  1. jacobau

    jacobau New Member

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    Sorry if this kind of post is not allowed, I wanted to inquire about buying a used commodore.
    I am looking at buying a used commodore for my first car, I currently have my Green P's (in WA - so no big restrictions). I have checked insurance and everything like that I just need some help when it comes to choosing the car. I have been looking at the VF SV6 commodores (2014 - 2017). I really like the car and have had a look at different listings but just need help with deciding between a Sedan or Wagon.
    I really enjoy the idea of a wagon with fold down seats and bigger boot space but also like the look of the sedan and was just wanting to know what would you recommend?
    Also do the SV6 VF's have any major or known problems with them?
    Thanks in Advance.
     
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    I bet you do ;)
    They are Holdens and Holden is no more :oops:

    Check out this site for a list of recalls and faults :rolleyes:
     
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    Big Red VF-SII Go-kart I love puddles.

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    I sleep in the back of my VF SV6 wagon when I'm travelling, and can't make it back to base before getting too tired. Plenty of room with the rear seats folded down. You could have a party in there.
     
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    This is what I was thinking, do you go off road or just where the loose tracks are? And do you have a mattress in the back or just sleep on the back 'floor.' How is parking?

    Sorry about all the questions, I am just trying to suss out my options. Thanks in advance.
     
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    How you plan to use the car will answer your own question....
     
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    This question is suitable for shitbook I mean Facebook. Aka what exhaust is best for my sv6?
     
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    Big Red VF-SII Go-kart I love puddles.

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    No, I do not go off road or on tracks, save for those roads that are well within the normal driving remit of this car, which is not a 4WD nor a Bushmaster. But the VF is not afraid of gravel roads.

    The VFII SV6 has auto park assist, and can park itself parallel or in reverse, with driver prompts (audio and visual). Manual parking is not a problem for experienced drivers. Steering is light and agile, and weighted to speed: light and easy at low speed and for parking, a little more weighted at freeway speeds.

    I have a Sea-to-Summit self-inflating mattress for the folded down seats, an inflatable pillow and my sleeping bag. Oh, and a tablet with 1 gigglebite of data for watching SBS ON DEMAND! I will probably sleep in my alpine-rated tent during the winter months - - warmer and even more room!!
     
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    The stock "wide bore" exhausts it comes with work fine. Makes no noise at all... :p
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    PS: I do not have Faceache™, Instacramp™ or whatnot drivel.
     
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    Thanks all for the replies. I think I might go with a Wagon, For the same price they seem to be the obvious choice. Whats Fuel Like? And what fuel type do you run?
     
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    I run only PULP98 everywhere from around home to major multi-day interstate sorties. I get from 4.2L/100km to 6.6L/100km, variable over 25km benchmark, continuously. Others may be much higher than this but it does reflect driving. A lot of my driving is at 100 to 110km/h over long distances, and the SIDI doesn't gulp and slurp on these runs - - more like taking a sniff and happily 20191127_122446.jpg rolling along. Her she is...
     
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    Looks like a great car! That fuel consumption isn't very bad at all for a commodore then! Have you tried 91 or 95? Also does your model feature the remote start (From they keyfob) - is it useful?). Thanks
     
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    Below all opinion!

    Wagon pros
    - dog/ikea fits in
    - can hear exhaust more?
    - rear wash/wipe
    - wagon cool factor

    Sedan pros
    - cheaper (generally?)
    - better aero
    - better structural rigidity & lower CoG
    - looks better
     
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    I sometimes used 95 in my old wagon (2006 VZ), which being an Alloytec, made as much of the situation as it could, while the SIDI is next level. Only 98 in this car. I may (perish the thought! ) have to put in the gutless OPAL fuel if I head to the NT this winter. Not keen on that stuff at all.

    Yes, remote start on keyfob. Doors must be locked for this to work (security). Useful when the car garaged and getting ready (before I am!) , not in a shopping centre carpark where you could be subject to car-jacking!
     
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    I think that both look just as good, but I really like the features/advancements on the new wagons for easier driving (For example Auto Parking, Lane keep assist, remote start etc). The sedan is also about 2-3k cheaper as well which is a little unfortunate but the wagons as an all rounder are pretty good. Considering they can do so much.
     
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    And the cons??
    Huge blind spots on front pillars. Side blind spots covered by alert in mirrors so not bad there but still need to be watchful.
    Narrow tailgate window takes some getting used to, especially if driver seat is set low.
    Sometimes referred to as being "chunky", but more than makes up for this in finesse - - at least for this driver! :) Some smart arses even remark "that beast must guzzle fuel!..."
    (sigh) I hate to bring tears to a grown man's eyes...
    ..
     
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    I figure the cons of one are the pros of the other!

    "Huge blind spots on front pillars." the same on both?
     
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    This was a thing with the VE back in 2009, too - - my bestie was very critical of the pillars, among other things. Alas, poor VE: he wrecked the car driving on Mount Speculation Road rescuing me after I wandered off and got lost (Easter 2009) in the rough ramparts around Mount Stirling here in Victoria. :confused:
     
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    Thanks for your help. The wagon sounds pretty good and would be pretty good as an all rounder. Whats the features like on the Wagon? As in how often do you use them ? (Auto park, auto start etc). Also have you kept the stock Headunit or replaced it? (If so with what?) Cheers
     
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    Good feature list for me, others may quibble, but overall I am not found wanting particularly. Self-demisting mirrors would be useful I think in winter. These are very useful on the Uni-supplied VW Tourareg that I also drive frequently.

    I used Park Assist on Wednesday, but had to abort it abrubtly when a stupid driver pulled up directly behind me while I was reversing! The VF does not apply the brakes during Park assist - - you do that, with gentle taps or pressure during the movements, then gear changes. It has to be done slowly, as the sensors around the car are flat out keeping track of where the car is going and "watching" front and rear spaces (camera in the rear has proximity lines in yellow, turning to red when a bump is imminent!!). Generally, I can reverse parallel park a bit quicker than the car, but then I have been doing that in many cars, for many years. As a new driver, here is some advice: do not put all of your faith in automation and convenience.

    Other stuff...
    Auto-start is used often when I am driving the VF for the day, first thing in the morning, but not much durimg the day. It's a great bragging rights point among the "less convenienced" crew I hang out with (artists, photographers, writers etc.). Many other cars have this common feature too, like the Tourareg V8 behemoth. Lots and lots of cars.

    No head unit changes. That's not my scene.

    And now I'm heading out for dinner. On foot!

    'Night. :)
     

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