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    Re: GMI Drives: Holden ZB Calais

    Quote Originally Posted by isszy View Post
    Seat warmers in Queensland? You've gone soft mik.
    Coming from Europe, you'd probably have to specify base model seats to avoid heated front seats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikmak View Post
    That's what annoys me most. I get the weight reduction thing, but if I want to fit a full size, it's just not possible. Surely allowing the space for one isn't that much of an impost. They've been doing it for decades. It pretty much strikes them off my list straight away. My wife wants to look at a CX-5 to replace the wagon. I'm hoping it has a space saver.
    It's only going to get worse with electrification - they want that space for batteries.

    Some designs have plenty of rear space, Hyundai Santa Fe has room for full-size spare (albeit underslung) and 3rd-row seats under the boot floor - but my VW Touareg can't offer 3rd-row just a collapsible space-saver - in it's case there's a suitcase of rear silencer under the wheel well.

    If the spare wheel well won't take a full-size, where to you stow the punctured tyre when you need to use the space-saver - tyre strings are your friend!

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    I have been harsh on Ausies , more out of love, for I have a nephew down under, my own blood in his veins.. shares my last name, a child of the British empire, a commonwealth citizen, I got to say, I feel your loss, 8 respect this new dawn, and the nobility of this review, which speaks to the Character of Ausies, reminds me of ANZAC, What a people,what a nation, ..long live Holden, I hope they sell enough to justify assembling down under.. for GM, is American, a child of the empire, when push come to shove, GM, is a product of the empire, and Building down under.. is but a numbers game..

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    I will still take a VF any day. It has been on sale for 6 months and I have only seen 1 on the road and it looks so plain and boring. I would have seen at least 1,000 by now of the older models during their first 6 months on sale.

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    Re: GMI Drives: Holden ZB Calais

    For some reason, my podunk town has several Calais police cars. Perhaps they didn't notice they weren't Impalas.

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    Re: GMI Drives: Holden ZB Calais

    Um wat? How do you have Calais? Or are they Regals


    oh do you mean Caprice?
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    Re: GMI Drives: Holden ZB Calais

    Overall, the OP was a balanced review of the imported Commodore. Any Aussie or Kiwi who is considering the purchase of a new car should find the review helpful in making a buying decision.

    Caveat: I understand the desire for a full-size spare tire. Heck, I am old enough to remember when cars had cranks long after the adoption of electric starter motors. Donut spares, collapsible spares, and emergency inflation kits do not provide the feeling of security that a fifth regular tire provides. But a feeling of security can be a false sense of security. It has been 23 years since I last changed a tire on my own vehicle due to a puncture or other damage. Children not yet born in 1995 are now university graduates without ever having seen me change a tire in an emergency. The weight and space consumed by a full-sized spare would have been 23 years of waste.
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    Nice right up Mick, I'm sure it's a decent car but the spec levels make me want to look elsewhere
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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterMe View Post
    Overall, the OP was a balanced review of the imported Commodore. Any Aussie or Kiwi who is considering the purchase of a new car should find the review helpful in making a buying decision.

    Caveat: I understand the desire for a full-size spare tire. Heck, I am old enough to remember when cars had cranks long after the adoption of electric starter motors. Donut spares, collapsible spares, and emergency inflation kits do not provide the feeling of security that a fifth regular tire provides. But a feeling of security can be a false sense of security. It has been 23 years since I last changed a tire on my own vehicle due to a puncture or other damage. Children not yet born in 1995 are now university graduates without ever having seen me change a tire in an emergency. The weight and space consumed by a full-sized spare would have been 23 years of waste.
    My 1993 Calais still had the factory spare when I sold it last year.

    Then I bought a poobaru which required a new clutch in the first month, and had a puncture the next. You only need a seat belt when you crash...
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    Crappy country roads will make you wish you had a full sized spare......
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    My 1993 Calais still had the factory spare when I sold it last year.

    Then I bought a poobaru which required a new clutch in the first month, and had a puncture the next. You only need a seat belt when you crash...
    yep same with airbags.

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    Crappy country roads will make you wish you had a full sized spare......
    I'd buy one and work out a replacement floor... or just buy something else. That's the thing with these details. When the decision becomes a close call between two products, something this minor costs the brand a $50,000 sale
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    Re: GMI Drives: Holden ZB Calais

    My Falcon wagon is dual fuel so the LPG donut tank is where the spare used to be. I still carry the spare around inside on its cradle even though I have only used it once - surprisingly enough that was in the driveway at home not whilst out and about! I think in 45 years of driving I have used the spare about 5 times. I think I have used it once in every car I have owned except the Beetle where I never used it.

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