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HOLDEN COMMODORE SS Used Car Review

The SS badge first appeared on the Commodore in 1982 as part of Holden's process to register the then VH model for touring car racing. Buyers could choose SS variants of the Commodore sedan and ute, and later wagon. SS (and SS-V) eventually came to represent the flagship version of the regular Commodore range before the famous badge was abandoned in late 2017 when Holden's famous large car became an import rather than locally built model.

Pros

Cons

  • Last versions offer especially great bang for your buck
  • Superb ride and handling of VE/VF models (2006-2017)
  • Effortlessly strong V8 performance
  • Not collectors' items yet so affordable used
  • V8 engines not exactly fuel-efficient
  • Fit and finish not perfect on VE-generation models
  • Reliability issues with older V8s (such as 5.7L)
  • Rear-drive Commodore no longer produced, and SS badge gone
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Holden VY SS Commodore ute

  • 247000 km
  • Ute
  • Auto

Holden VY SS commodore S2 ute.. Cosmo purple duco (few scratches but drives, sounds and presents well) 5.7 litre V8 with extractors and 2.5 inch hsv exhaust, has rear air assisted suspension.... Kenwood stereo, double ladder racks with lockable rear roller canopy..... Just had full detail inc cut and polish, full service, all work required ($3000 worth with receipts) and has a current rwc and rego.... Only selling due to moving interstate Laverton 3028

$17,000
Laverton, VIC

9 hours ago

Vu Ss commodore ute 2001

  • 250000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual

Regretful sale Good condition Leather interior Spotless Heaps of extras After market heads / cam/ exhaust Too much to list phone for more info No tyre kickers

$12,000Negotiable
Palm Beach, QLD

23/11/2021

2003 commodore

  • 1111 km

Car has no engine auto transmission has gear box

$1,000
Mardi, NSW

21/11/2021

Wanted: wanted ss commodore

  • 100000 km

wanted ss commodore 15 g to spend travel state wide

$15,000
Brighton, TAS

08/11/2021

Wanted: WANTED: VZ SS commodore/ Calais ls1 or ls2

  • 180000 km
  • Sedan

Looking for a vz ss or Calais Let me know what you have and I'll let you know my budget (I've owned one before so don't offer me your covid taxed 280,000 km beater)

$22,000
Yanco, NSW

04/11/2021

VE SS RED LINE COMMODORE

  • 294388 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

VE SS RED LINE COMMODORE 2 OWNERS FULL HISTORY FROM WHEN CAR WAS PURCHASED 6SPD,6 LITER V8 STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST FROM HEADERS TO TAIL PIPE $28000 ONO. NO LOW BALL OFFERS OR TIME WASTERS

Contactless
$28,000Negotiable
Freeling, SA

28/10/2021

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Overview of the Holden Ss

Overview of the Holden Ss

The SS badge first appeared on the Commodore in 1982 as part of Holden's process to register the then VH model for touring car racing.

Buyers could choose SS variants of the Commodore sedan and ute, and later wagon.

SS (and SS-V) eventually came to represent the flagship version of the regular Commodore range before the famous badge was abandoned in late 2017 when Holden's famous large car became an import rather than locally built model.

HOLDEN COMMODORE SS GENERATIONS (SINCE 2006)

2006-2013

2013-2017

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption (VF generation models)

6.0L V8: 14.3 to 14.6 litres per 100km

6.2L V8: 12.6 to 12.9 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR CARS TO HOLDEN COMMODORE SS

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: HOLDEN COMMODORE SS (VF, 2013 ONWARDS)

The very last of the locally-made Holden SSs were good cars with strong mechanicals and much improved build quality.

The V8 engine was tough and seems well engineered, but the problem of faulty hydraulic lifters continues to confound some owners. Any ticking noise from the engine on start-up is a decent sign that one or more of the lifters is worn and will need replacing.

Conventional wisdom suggests all 16 should be replaced at the same time. The rockers and valve-springs have also been found to be a bit underdone in these engines.

Experience has also shown that this model Commodore can develop corrosion in the wiring harness that controlled the electrically assisted power steering. If moisture did get into the connectors, the power steering could fail.

The car would still have steering, but the effort required from the driver would be much higher. Sometimes, the assistance would return if the car was stopped and restarted.