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ZB In the Real World

Discussion in 'ZB Holden Commodore (2018)' started by LMF 17, Feb 25, 2018.

  1. LMF 17

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    Hopefully I’ll be able to write a real world review on the ZB soon. Finally convinced state office that a Trax is not a Commodore wagon replacement. Have two Falcon sedans up for replacement and a VF2 wagon, was given the choice of Mondeo or ZB wagons, result I have 3 ZB wagons coming and should get the first next week. Will book it for one of my road trips and update with what it’s likeon country roads.
     
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    Company car eh..?

    Spirited driving is a must in such a vehicle....
     
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    ... I have an invite to the official launch of ZB tomorrow at Holdens HQ in Port Melbourne

    after that we get 4 hours to drive all the various models around, will give some feedback
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    as company fleet manager I have been promised one for a week (in about 2 weeks time)
    to drive around and let the co car drivers have a go too
     
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    Yep, pool vehicles just found out yesterday getting a Subaru Liberty as well to replace a Camry. I’ll give that a good run when I next have to to Warrnambool from Ballarat.
     
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    I actually spotted a ZB Commodore in a tyre shop yesterday....They have a big Holden dealership just down the road from them..Is it normal to have cars in yardds for sale prior to these launches?
     
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    yeah... gets interest
    and follows on from the dealer/media launch some weeks ago
    it also allows dealer sales staff to go over it and get familiar with its features

    my local stealership has had one out front for a week or so

    [​IMG]
     
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    I'll have the spitfire GTSR thanks.........
     
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    Oh dear......

    Just crossed my mind.....is someone at that dealership taking the piss ?
     
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    Probably. Without meaning to sound overly sentimental....just have a look at what we had compared to what we are getting...why the hell didn't people buy shedloads more of them? (commodores, not necessarily HSV's). I'll never, ever get it. It's an absolute crying shame..
     
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    Sad days indeed.
     
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    What we are seeing is a beef stew , with mashed potatoes, and peas next to a plate of braised beef cheek on a bed of crushed sweet potato and baby vegetables , and I like both , but it's harder to **** up a beef stew .
     
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    Real world? aaaah yeah... 26 to chose from
    [​IMG]

    I drove 6 different ones over 4 hours today
     
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    And then ?
     
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    I never thought I'd say this but the ZB looks decent from that angle, nicely resolved from the rear door forwards -don't care much for the hatch bit though... The VF looks slightly awkward without a number plate or something... cant really put my finger on it but I've never really loved the VF front end, especially in HSV mode... and that horrible green doesn't help. Still know which car I'd rather though!
     
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    Seeing em like that there is only ONE choice really.
     
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    I went to buy a couple of odds and sods for the Senator today and had a look at the ZB while I was at the yard. Spoke to a young salesman there and even though I made it clear I wasn't in the market, we got chatting and discovered we were both right into cars. Anyway long story short, he was bored because they were in the process of moving premises and no one was around, so he showed me all around a CalaisV. I would have been there for a good hour and a half while I drove it around the yard and he explained the various new features it has over VF.

    One I really liked was a feature that removed any feel of roughness (ie driving over gravel etc) through the steering column, really neat I thought. The car definitely gives the impression of quality and has a feeling of being a generation ahead of VF. The materials, the fit and finish etc is beyond VF, not by a huge margin, but enough.

    In saying that however, it seems almost TOO refined to wear the commodore badge. Our cars have always had a slightly raw feeling about them (I think you all know what I mean), and it's that unique Australian feel about them that made them ours and ours alone. This newcomer, whilst undoubtedly a cracking car in its own right, just doesn't have that same aura about it. But...it is a very good car.

    I think it will sell well, and to be honest, it deserves to. All of us here would still love for Elizabeth to be churning out our favourite car, but we know that's done and dusted. I think we need to look to the future and give this Kraut a go, after all it's the best we are going to get.
     
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    I drove 6 different ones over 4 hours today :)
     
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    Quick verdict Smitty? (Unless you want to post a full review ;)
     
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    Yes, I was interested in your thoughts as well @Smitty .
     
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    quick one

    if you are in the market for a Mazda6 (it is better than that, and better value for$) or a Camry (which is cheaper btw) or optima vehicle
    it is better overall (handling, features, grunt).. certainly the wagon version I would buy for the missus in place of a SUV
    the sedan (aka liftback) obviously the same but its styling means it looks like white goods on wheels
    (as do the others)

    it is in a tuff market but out of the others ( I have not driven the new 2018 Camry yet.. that is next week) it is superior.
    Old time Commodore it is not.. midsize new imported vehicle with a nice range of doodads features it is.
    Calais version is a nice quiet comfy way to get around the 'burbs. Goes OK, even the 2 litre turbo version with auto
    (only trans available) spins the front wheels in the dry in first :D

    As a vehicle for our reps at work?... yes and yes

    final comment... the VXR ? nup no stay away. :mad:
    I drove an opel insignia in Germany 18 months ago. TERRIBLE! I was given an updated one late last year as a loan car, this sold here by
    Holden as the Insignia VXR supposedly updated by holden in relation to steering suspension etc. Naaaah still terrible!
    This one? .. rorty engine noise, shocking seats, ok brakes (despite being brembos) nice transmission (major issue with old model)
    but $60 PLUS on roads? Nup Nyet! Maybe $50 large plus on roads might gather some interest. The Stinger kicks the VXR arse

    final comment... I was asked at the end of the day
    should it be called Commodore?

    I said no... it is imported (so can you really say we have the new IMPORTED Commodore when all previous have been made here) and
    despite what they have done to the Opel design (lots), it does not have the DNA and emotion people attach to the (previous) Commodores .. all of them !
     
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