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    Aussie VE/VF owners

    Looking for some opinions/thoughts from those that have owned 1 or both.

    Im tossing up between a VE series 2 Calais V or a VF SV6 for my next car, the VE im looking at is a MY12.5, the VF a 2014, so im just wondering if there were any early build issues on the VF's? Im assuming with the MY12.5 being last of the VE's build quality might have been better, but with both being 5-6 years old now it might not make much diff anymore. 1 thing that has me curious, the VF is listed as build date november 2013 but release date october 2014, why the big gap??

    Having trouble deciding which to go for, love the look of the Calais V, the SV6 looks awesome to, just the VE interior is way behind the VF.

    So if you have owned or driven one or both, would love to hear your opinion on them. Im finally upgrading from my VT, which ive loved, so no doubt both will feel like major step up.

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    Re: Aussie VE/VF owners

    I hear people complain about the HVAC in VF's as the heater unit is not Aussie made so complete rubbish

    The Calais V should have a fairly decent infotainment interface if that interests you at all as the only real advantage to VF is a nicer looking interface

    If they're both V6's there is pretty much zero difference

    The only way I'd buy a VF over a VE would be mileage and if its a V8 you could get an LS3 vs an L98
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    Re: Aussie VE/VF owners

    Just upgraded my 2007 VE Calais V to low km 2014 Calais V. Very happy with the car although a couple of small things annoy.
    I personally didn't like the interior changes they did with VE Series 2, looked quite cheap compared to the Series 1 VE Calais.
    Haven't driven a Series 2 VE on the softer suspension change but can say on the odd occasion I wish my VF was a touch firmer. SV6 might be the way to go, although I find that model a bit basic feature wise compared to Calais V

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    Probably too late to the party. I've owned MY11 VEII SV6 and MY15 VFII Black edition SV6. I always but series II just to make sure they've had ample time to fix version gremlins. VFII is much more responsive and sounds sweeter than VEII but I like the older version seats, and steering. Both are softer than I would like and I don't like the bling on the VF (which is why I bought a black edition. For me, the Calais V would be the pick and I'd just live with the older interior design. Having said that, I also don't really fancy the chrome trim on the front.

    In short, the VEII feels a little more analogue than VF, but I could live with it because of the cleaner design and slight better feel.
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    Re: Aussie VE/VF owners

    Quote Originally Posted by mikmak View Post
    Probably too late to the party. I've owned MY11 VEII SV6 and MY15 VFII Black edition SV6. I always but series II just to make sure they've had ample time to fix version gremlins. VFII is much more responsive and sounds sweeter than VEII but I like the older version seats, and steering. Both are softer than I would like and I don't like the bling on the VF (which is why I bought a black edition. For me, the Calais V would be the pick and I'd just live with the older interior design. Having said that, I also don't really fancy the chrome trim on the front.

    In short, the VEII feels a little more analogue than VF, but I could live with it because of the cleaner design and slight better feel.
    Its all good i appreciate the reply, im still looking actually, i decided on the VE over the VF, always wanted to own a Calais, within few days of deciding, the VF got sold and i was unable to go see the VE till following week it sold that weekend lol but its all good, the Calais was white and ive owned a white VT for nearly 10 years now so i can keep looking for the karma colour i really want and there really isnt many in series 2, even less with the white interior option id like to have to.

    Since you got both a VE and VF, is the mylink in the VE good? I know they changed it in VF, i heard there had been some issues with it.

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    They're both average! I seem to remember the VE dropping out more often, but VF seems to have problems with recognising phones after a service. I did like that the VE had an internal hard drive to store music.
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    Probably too late to the party. I've owned MY11 VEII SV6 and MY15 VFII Black edition SV6. I always but series II just to make sure they've had ample time to fix version gremlins. VFII is much more responsive and sounds sweeter than VEII but I like the older version seats, and steering. Both are softer than I would like and I don't like the bling on the VF (which is why I bought a black edition. For me, the Calais V would be the pick and I'd just live with the older interior design. Having said that, I also don't really fancy the chrome trim on the front.

    In short, the VEII feels a little more analogue than VF, but I could live with it because of the cleaner design and slight better feel.
    Its all good i appreciate the reply, im still looking actually, i decided on the VE over the VF, always wanted to own a Calais, within few days of deciding, the VF got sold and i was unable to go see the VE till following week it sold that weekend lol but its all good, the Calais was white and ive owned a white VT for nearly 10 years now so i can keep looking for the karma colour i really want and there really isnt many in series 2, even less with the white interior option id like to have to.

    Since you got both a VE and VF, is the mylink in the VE good? I know they changed it in VF, i heard there had been some issues with it.
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    I went VE2 SV6 to VF Calais v6 both sedans, to VF2 SV6 wagon.

    Either of those 2 sedans are my best ever car, toss a coin. If pushed I might go to the Calais for the win.
    If reality didn’t intrude I’d be looking for a VF Calais V V8 to replace my current SV6 wagon... just to keep forever and drive to bowls if I ever take that up.
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    Re: Aussie VE/VF owners

    Update. After getting a service, the VF doesn't pair with my Huawei P30 Spy phone. It works with my wifes Galaxy S9.
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    I miss my VE Redline ute. Probably the best car I'll ever own. When I consider how much it costs, and what cars cost now, I realise what we lost.
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    Re: Aussie VE/VF owners

    I had a manual VF S1 SV6. I loved it, but it was spoiled by the electric park brake (stupid idea on a manual) and crappy HVAC. I loved the interior, the autoclose sunroof. I would have loved the HUD, which my wife has in her 318. I didn't mind Mylink, I think it was easier to use than the Audi and BMW versions my wife has had, and was more useable than the Subaru/Toyota version in my WRX.

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