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Heyman_526

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Good morning ladies and gentlemen I was wondering if I can get some help please? I'm looking at potentially looking at buying a VE Calais but I don't know much about them I was just wondering what the pros and cons are a price guide what goes well what doesn't common faults and things like that are they worth purchasing in 2020
Needs to be an auto and lowered preferably
Thank you for your time cheers
 

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Good morning ladies and gentlemen I was wondering if I can get some help please? I'm looking at potentially looking at buying a VE Calais but I don't know much about them I was just wondering what the pros and cons are a price guide what goes well what doesn't common faults and things like that are they worth purchasing in 2020
Needs to be an auto and lowered preferably
Thank you for your time cheers

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Heyman_526

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I bought my 2008 VE and the only things that I had to fix were a Oxy sensor battery and oil pressure sender.
Read the manual and stick to what it says re oil, coolant and at what intervals
I use fully synthetic oil and she's done 220,000ks
Auto trans fluid/filter is changed every 2 years
Try and get a car with books helps a lot.

Are they coming down in value at all? I've seen regular VEs in my area for like 2k sometimes less
 

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Not around here but maybe down your way if it was me i would try to find one that has had the timing chains done
 

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Ours has roof mounted dvd. The player is on the fritz. However, it is outdated tech. The kids still enjoyed using it though.

We have a series1 which came with a better suede interior. The door trims are the best of all the years.

Engine wise, V6 have all the same **** going on with them so one is less likely to be better than another.

Look for a V8, you won't be disappointed.

Once bought, do an engine flush and quick successive oil changes for a few cycles. (like 1000-2000k's).
Diff oil change.
Trans service.
New O2's (bosch)
New air filter and cabin filter.

Maybe treat it to a paint correction detail and ceramic coating.

Take a look at doing a aftermarket CarPlay or android auto headunit with the new series 1 HVAC adaptor.

Series 2, radio sounds crap, bluetooth sounds ok. Speakers are good enough, but the headunit isn't as good for sound as the series 1.

Worth getting a wagon, they hold value almost as good as the utes do.
There are Calais V wagons around, V8's even better.
 

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Are you looking for a v6 or v8?
If the one you like has the 6 speed auto check to see if the seals were upgraded. Otherwise you get rough / sloppy changes between 2 and 3. I've got the original seals and just deal with it.
If your looking at s1 check aircon system for any leaks (dye marks will show up) or noise from the bearing.
Otherwise I lovee my international v8. Comfort, luxery, power as good as alot of new cars
 

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Are you looking for a v6 or v8?
If the one you like has the 6 speed auto check to see if the seals were upgraded. Otherwise you get rough / sloppy changes between 2 and 3. I've got the original seals and just deal with it.
If your looking at s1 check aircon system for any leaks (dye marks will show up) or noise from the bearing.
Otherwise I lovee my international v8. Comfort, luxery, power as good as alot of new cars

V6 mate for P's
 
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