Re: Looking for a Commodore
The thing that happened in all the older commodores that we have owned is the heater core bursting, so obviously check for rust and stuff in teh cooling system. The 253 is a useless motor. Just stick to the 202, there is less go and alot less economy in a 253 than there is in a 250xflow in the Falcons, but thats a different story. Basically, dont go any lower than a 202 (Avoid the crappy Starfire 4cyl Commodores like the plague)
some commodores, I consider reasonable enouggh would probably be a
-VK Berlina, they have velour interiors, some gain the EFI, which is good on those older cars, helps the economy along, major things to go wrong with electrics though, as in tail lights, power windows if you get them. Those sort of things..
-VH SL/X the slightly upmarket model, few nicetys like airconditioning and power steering. Again the economy of the carby 202 will be the downfall on this car
Basically, if she is dead set on an older Commodore, realistically you should find without too much hassle, a decent enough VC/VH, and a ok VK, and a very rough VL. SA is a good place to look for older commodores as everyone is sellin them at the moment lookin for newer cars.. haha
Sorry for hte long post