VN deserves credit for being a working, largely-new car over the VL conceived on a budget normally reserved for mid-life facelifts. It is one of the quickest stock Australian cars of all time, alarming economical, and good on the highway. The size was right too, which was the whole point of the exercise.
Why I didn't buy one: refinement is non-existent compared to the EA, Holden prices are absurd (I couldn't even afford a VH SL/E or something for what I paid for the EA) and the VN as a whole will be a much more tinny car. The fact that it was based on the smaller VL chassis and carried over its narrow front suspension, and the decision to change from the Nissan six to the Buick V6 during its conception resulted in a fairly crude car that would take a few years to become worthy of consideration. The later VNs were much improved.
Having said that, no Holden-bashing please.
Jack Travis, E-Series Acting President
1989 Ford Fairmont Ghia turbo/GL replica (underway)
1994 Eunos 800M
1990 Ford Laser S
my dad had a new VN SS V8. practically the first one off the production line. he kept it one year.
the year earlier he had bought a new ZL fairlane. we had that up till 1999 when he purchased an EL.
why did he keep the fairlane and not the VN? insurance and the risk of it being stolen. he couldnt park it anywhere. sat in the driveway.
after that experience in the family, there was no way i was buying a VN.
1992 DC LTD 5.0
Duel exhaust, Genie extractors, Ported E7 heads, ported lower HO inlet, 70mm maf, Underdrive Pullies
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