Likes

  • Affordable to own, service and work on
  • Excellent practicality and reliability
  • Some examples are becoming collectable
  • Superb bang for your buck

Dislikes

  • Higher chance performance models have been abused
  • Ageing infotainment and safety technology
  • Can be very thirsty
  • Manual transmission can feel crude

Stuff you should know

With a development and engineering program reported to cost over $1 billion dollars (AUD), the introduction of the virtually all-new VE Commodore in 2006 saw the iconic Australian car receive a design that was clearly influenced by its European competitors and real enhancements to the ride, handling, performance and build quality.

In fire-breathing V8 form, the SS, when new, was a celebrated and revered car, offering immense performance from its 6.0-litre LS V8, excellent chassis balance and dynamics with a near 50:50 weight distribution and a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension set-up.

Receiving continual updates during its production run, most notably the Series II update late in 2010, now the VE range in general is pushing a decade old, are they still worthy of their accolades and should you buy one? Read on.

What goes wrong

  • Early VE SS Commodores had a clutch that was troublesome with slave cylinder-related issues
  • Rocker bearings can develop a sideways slop which can damage engine valve tops
  • Lifters are the achilles heal of these engines and some have had failed lifters
  • Six-speed automatics can slip and cause harsh shifts
  • Lower interior trim panels and glove box parts known to fail and fall out in early cars
  • Check for worn sway-bar bushes and suspension strut mounting plates
  • Radiator end plates may wear, requiring a new radiator
  • It is essential that these engines have frequent oil changes to protect their bearings and lifters from premature wear and failure
  • It should be noted that the V8 was far more reliable than the Alloytec/SIDI V6 in cheaper model grades and in general, is a tough and reliable power plant
  • Early VE SS Commodores had a clutch that was troublesome with slave cylinder-related issues
  • Rocker bearings can develop a sideways slop which can damage engine valve tops
  • Lifters are the achilles heal of these engines and some have had failed lifters
  • Six-speed automatics can slip and cause harsh shifts
  • Lower interior trim panels and glove box parts known to fail and fall out in early cars
  • Check for worn sway-bar bushes and suspension strut mounting plates
  • Radiator end plates may wear, requiring a new radiator
  • It is essential that these engines have frequent oil changes to protect their bearings and lifters from premature wear and failure
  • It should be noted that the V8 was far more reliable than the Alloytec/SIDI V6 in cheaper model grades and in general, is a tough and reliable power plant
  • Early VE SS Commodores had a clutch that was troublesome with slave cylinder-related issues
  • Rocker bearings can develop a sideways slop which can damage engine valve tops
  • Lifters are the achilles heal of these engines and some have had failed lifters
  • Six-speed automatics can slip and cause harsh shifts
  • Lower interior trim panels and glove box parts known to fail and fall out in early cars
  • Check for worn sway-bar bushes and suspension strut mounting plates
  • Radiator end plates may wear, requiring a new radiator
  • It is essential that these engines have frequent oil changes to protect their bearings and lifters from premature wear and failure
  • It should be noted that the V8 was far more reliable than the Alloytec/SIDI V6 in cheaper model grades and in general, is a tough and reliable power plant

Should you buy it

The VE SS Commodore, in all its various iterations, is a simple, solid and reliable vehicle.

However, it’s not perfect and we don’t think it necessarily deserves the cult-like status it seems to receive but there is no question that from a value-for-money perspective, very few vehicles offer the sheer bang for your buck with genuine practical appeal the VE SS provides.

Find a stock, low-kilometre example with a solid service history and yes, you should buy one.

The VE SS Commodore, in all its various iterations, is a simple, solid and reliable vehicle.

However, it’s not perfect and we don’t think it necessarily deserves the cult-like status it seems to receive but there is no question that from a value-for-money perspective, very few vehicles offer the sheer bang for your buck with genuine practical appeal the VE SS provides.

Find a stock, low-kilometre example with a solid service history and yes, you should buy one.

Should you buy it

The VE SS Commodore, in all its various iterations, is a simple, solid and reliable vehicle.

However, it’s not perfect and we don’t think it necessarily deserves the cult-like status it seems to receive but there is no question that from a value-for-money perspective, very few vehicles offer the sheer bang for your buck with genuine practical appeal the VE SS provides.

Find a stock, low-kilometre example with a solid service history and yes, you should buy one.

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Models, pricing & features

Holden Commodore SS ute-17

Omega

Price when new: $34,490 - $39,990

Price used: $2,600 - $10,800

Equipment

  • 4 Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
  • 6 Speaker Stereo
  • ABS (Antilock Brakes)
  • Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
  • Airbag – Driver
  • Airbag – Passenger
  • Alarm
  • Armrest – Front Centre (Shared)
  • Audio – Aux Input Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette)
  • Body Colour – Bumpers
  • Brake Assist
  • CD Player
  • Calipers – Front 2 Spot
  • Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
  • Clear Side Indicator Lenses
  • Control – Electronic Stability
  • Control – Traction
  • Cruise Control
  • Cup Holders – 1st Row
  • Drive By Wire (Electronic Throttle Control)
  • EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
  • Electric Seat – Drivers
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • Exhaust – Stainless Steel Single System
  • Headlamps – See me home
  • Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)
  • Headrests – Integrated 2nd Row
  • Independent Rear Suspension
  • Intermittent Wipers – Variable
  • Multi-function Steering Wheel
  • On-board Computer
  • Power Antenna
  • Power Door Mirrors
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows – Front & Rear
  • Remote Boot/Hatch Release
  • Remote Fuel Lid Release
  • Seat – Drivers Lumbar Adjustment Manual
  • Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 5 seats
  • Seats – Anti-submarining 1st Row (Front)
  • Speed Dependant Volume Stereo
  • Speed Dependant Wipers
  • Steering Wheel – Illuminated
  • Sunglass Holder
  • Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Driver
  • Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Passenger
  • Tacho
  • Trim – Cloth
  • Trip Computer
  • Wheel Covers – Full

MY09 update

  • 16″ Alloy Wheels

MY12 update

  • Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
  • Disc Brakes Rear Ventilated
  • Exhaust System – Dual
  • Seat – Rear Opening for Skis/boot access
  • Storage Compartment – Centre Console 1st Row
  • Warning – Speed Alert

V

Price when new: $34,990

Price used: $2,900 - $4,600

Adds

  • 17″ Alloy Wheels
  • Body Colour – Door Handles
  • Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
  • Control – Corner Braking
  • Spoiler – Rear

SV6

Price when new: $39,990 - $42,790

Price used: $6,900 - $14,900

Adds

  • 18″ Alloy Wheels
  • 7 Speaker Stereo
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
  • Bluetooth System
  • Body Kit – F&R Spoilers
  • Skirts
  • Rear Apron
  • Chrome Door Handles – Interior
  • Chrome Exhaust Tip(s)
  • Exhaust – Stainless Steel Dual System
  • Fog Lamps – Front
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Seat – Passenger Lumbar Adjustment Manual
  • Seatbelt – Adjustable Height 1st Row
  • Suspension – Sports

MY12 update

  • Chrome Grille Surround

SS

Price when new: $44,990 - $47,790

Price used: $16,700 - $23,300

Adds

  • Armrest – Rear Centre (Shared)
  • CD Stacker – 6 disc In Dash/Cabin
  • Limited Slip Diff
  • Spoiler – Rear High Rise
  • Sports Seats – 1st Row (Front)

SS V

Price when new: $51,990 - $55,290

Price used: $18,400 - $27,600

Adds

  • 11 Speaker Stereo
  • 19″ Alloy Wheels
  • Air Cond. – Climate Control 2 Zone
  • Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
  • Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
  • Flip/Fold Out Key
  • Gauges – Coloured Dials
  • Headlamps – Blacked Out Surrounds
  • Leather Gear Knob
  • Leather Inserts in doors
  • Leather Seats
  • Multi-function Control Screen – Colour
  • Pedals – Sports
  • Sports Instruments
  • Steering Wheel – Sports
  • Subwoofer
  • Tail Lamps – Tinted

Lumina

Price when new: $32,990

Price used: $3,900 - $5,600

Adds

  • Control – Park Distance Rear
  • Metallic Finish Front Grille

60th Anniversary

Price when new: $33,490

Price used: $3,800 - $5,300

Adds

  • Chrome Grille
  • Leather Seats – Partial
  • Metallic Finish Dash Board

International

Price when new: $33,990 - $36,490

Price used: $3,800 - $7,600

SS V 60th Anniversary

Price when new: $55,790

Price used: $20,000 - $23,600

Adds

  • 20″ Alloy Wheels
  • Chrome Door Handles – Exterior
  • Floor Mats – Custom
  • Sunroof – Electric

SS V Special Edition

Price when new: $55,290

Price used: $21,200 - $24,800

Adds

  • Bonnet Scoop(s)

SS V Redline

Price when new: $57,790

Price used: $23,000 - $28,600

Adds

  • Calipers – Front 4 Spot
  • Calipers – Painted Front
  • Chrome Window Surrounds – Exterior
  • Disc Brakes Front Vented Drilled/Grooved
  • Performance Brakes
  • Polished Wheels

MY12 update

  • Suspension – Race

Equipe

Price when new: $36,990

Price used: $8,000 - $10,000

Adds

  • Chrome Fog Lamp Bezels/surrounds
  • Chrome Ringed Instruments
  • Paint – Metallic

Z Series

Price when new: $37,990

Price used: $9,500 - $11,500

Adds

  • Chrome Interior highlights
  • Floor Mats

SV6 Z Series

Price when new: $42,790

Price used: $13,000 - $15,400

SS Z Series

Price when new: $47,790

Price used: $22,800 - $26,200

SS V Z Series

Price when new: $55,290

Price used: $26,300 - $29,900

Tech Specs

Body Styles

  • 4 door Sedan
  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 180kW / 330Nm (Omega 2006 – 2008, V 2006 – 2007, Lumina 2007 – 2008, 60th Anniversary 2008)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 195kW / 340Nm (SV6 2006 – 2009)
  • 6.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 270kW / 530Nm (SS 2006 – 2012, SS V 2006 – 2012, SS V 60th Anniversary 2008, SS V Special Edition 2009 – 2010, SS V Redline 2010 – 2012, SS Z Series 2012 – 2013, SS V Z Series 2012 – 2013)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 175kW / 325Nm (Omega 2008 – 2009, 60th Anniversary 2008 – 2009, International 2009)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 175kW / 318Nm (Omega 2008 – 2011, 60th Anniversary 2008 – 2009, International 2009 – 2010)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 175kW / 330Nm (International 2008 – 2009)
  • 6.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 260kW / 517Nm (SS 2009 – 2012, SS V 2009 – 2012, SS V Special Edition 2009 – 2010, SS V Redline 2010 – 2012, SS Z Series 2012 – 2013, SS V Z Series 2012 – 2013)
  • 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 190kW / 290Nm (Omega 2009 – 2013, International 2009 – 2010, Equipe 2011 – 2012, Z Series 2012 – 2013)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 210kW / 350Nm (SV6 2009 – 2013, SV6 Z Series 2012 – 2013)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder , 180kW / 320Nm (Omega 2012 – 2013, Equipe 2012, SV6 2012 – 2013, Z Series 2012 – 2013, SV6 Z Series

Body Styles

  • 4 door Sedan
  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 180kW / 330Nm (Omega 2006 – 2008, V 2006 – 2007, Lumina 2007 – 2008, 60th Anniversary 2008)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 195kW / 340Nm (SV6 2006 – 2009)
  • 6.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 270kW / 530Nm (SS 2006 – 2012, SS V 2006 – 2012, SS V 60th Anniversary 2008, SS V Special Edition 2009 – 2010, SS V Redline 2010 – 2012, SS Z Series 2012 – 2013, SS V Z Series 2012 – 2013)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 175kW / 325Nm (Omega 2008 – 2009, 60th Anniversary 2008 – 2009, International 2009)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 175kW / 318Nm (Omega 2008 – 2011, 60th Anniversary 2008 – 2009, International 2009 – 2010)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 175kW / 330Nm (International 2008 – 2009)
  • 6.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 260kW / 517Nm (SS 2009 – 2012, SS V 2009 – 2012, SS V Special Edition 2009 – 2010, SS V Redline 2010 – 2012, SS Z Series 2012 – 2013, SS V Z Series 2012 – 2013)
  • 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 190kW / 290Nm (Omega 2009 – 2013, International 2009 – 2010, Equipe 2011 – 2012, Z Series 2012 – 2013)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 210kW / 350Nm (SV6 2009 – 2013, SV6 Z Series 2012 – 2013)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder , 180kW / 320Nm (Omega 2012 – 2013, Equipe 2012, SV6 2012 – 2013, Z Series 2012 – 2013, SV6 Z Series 2012 – 2013)

Transmission

  • 4-speed Automatic (Omega, V, Lumina, 60th Anniversary, International)
  • 6-speed Manual (SV6, SS, SS V, SS V 60th Anniversary, SS V Special Edition, SS V Redline, SV6 Z Series, SS Z Series, SS V Z Series)
  • 5-speed Sports Automatic (SV6)
  • 6-speed Sports Automatic (SS, SS V, SS V 60th Anniversary, Omega, International, SV6, SS V Special Edition, SS V Redline, Equipe, Z Series, SV6 Z Series, SS Z Series, SS V Z Series)

Fuel Consumption

  • 10.0 – 16.2 / 100km (Omega, SV6, Equipe, Z Series, SV6 Z Series)
  • 9.3 – 17.4 / 100km (SS, SS V, SS V Redline, SS Z Series, SS V Z Series)
  • 8.6 – 14.5 / 100km (60th Anniversary)
  • 7.3 – 12.7 / 100km (International)
  • 9.3 – 18.3 / 100km (SS V Special Edition)

Length

  • 4894mm – 4903mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 4896mm – 4905mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

  • 1899mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1471mm – 1477mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 1470mm – 1479mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

  • 2915mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • 1805kg (4 door Sedan)
  • 1896kg (5 door Wagon)

Towing

  • Unknown kg (unbraked) – 2100kg (braked) (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • 4 stars (Omega, V, SV6, SS, SS V, Lumina, 60th Anniversary, SS V 60th Anniversary, SS V Redline)
  • 5 stars (Omega, 60th Anniversary, International, SV6, SS, SS V, SS V Special Edition, SS V Redline, Equipe, Z Series, SV6 Z Series, SS Z Series, SS V Z Series)

Body Styles

  • 4 door Sedan
  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 180kW / 330Nm (Omega 2006 – 2008, V 2006 – 2007, Lumina 2007 – 2008, 60th Anniversary 2008)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 195kW / 340Nm (SV6 2006 – 2009)
  • 6.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 270kW / 530Nm (SS 2006 – 2012, SS V 2006 – 2012, SS V 60th Anniversary 2008, SS V Special Edition 2009 – 2010, SS V Redline 2010 – 2012, SS Z Series 2012 – 2013, SS V Z Series 2012 – 2013)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 175kW / 325Nm (Omega 2008 – 2009, 60th Anniversary 2008 – 2009, International 2009)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 175kW / 318Nm (Omega 2008 – 2011, 60th Anniversary 2008 – 2009, International 2009 – 2010)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 175kW / 330Nm (International 2008 – 2009)
  • 6.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 260kW / 517Nm (SS 2009 – 2012, SS V 2009 – 2012, SS V Special Edition 2009 – 2010, SS V Redline 2010 – 2012, SS Z Series 2012 – 2013, SS V Z Series 2012 – 2013)
  • 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 190kW / 290Nm (Omega 2009 – 2013, International 2009 – 2010, Equipe 2011 – 2012, Z Series 2012 – 2013)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 210kW / 350Nm (SV6 2009 – 2013, SV6 Z Series 2012 – 2013)
  • 3.6 litre, 6-cylinder , 180kW / 320Nm (Omega 2012 – 2013, Equipe 2012, SV6 2012 – 2013, Z Series 2012 – 2013, SV6 Z Series 2012 – 2013)

Transmission

  • 4-speed Automatic (Omega, V, Lumina, 60th Anniversary, International)
  • 6-speed Manual (SV6, SS, SS V, SS V 60th Anniversary, SS V Special Edition, SS V Redline, SV6 Z Series, SS Z Series, SS V Z Series)
  • 5-speed Sports Automatic (SV6)
  • 6-speed Sports Automatic (SS, SS V, SS V 60th Anniversary, Omega, International, SV6, SS V Special Edition, SS V Redline, Equipe, Z Series, SV6 Z Series, SS Z Series, SS V Z Series)

Fuel Consumption

  • 10.0 – 16.2 / 100km (Omega, SV6, Equipe, Z Series, SV6 Z Series)
  • 9.3 – 17.4 / 100km (SS, SS V, SS V Redline, SS Z Series, SS V Z Series)
  • 8.6 – 14.5 / 100km (60th Anniversary)
  • 7.3 – 12.7 / 100km (International)
  • 9.3 – 18.3 / 100km (SS V Special Edition)

Length

  • 4894mm – 4903mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 4896mm – 4905mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

  • 1899mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1471mm – 1477mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 1470mm – 1479mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

  • 2915mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • 1805kg (4 door Sedan)
  • 1896kg (5 door Wagon)

Towing

  • Unknown kg (unbraked) – 2100kg (braked) (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • 4 stars (Omega, V, SV6, SS, SS V, Lumina, 60th Anniversary, SS V 60th Anniversary, SS V Redline)
  • 5 stars (Omega, 60th Anniversary, International, SV6, SS, SS V, SS V Special Edition, SS V Redline, Equipe, Z Series, SV6 Z Series, SS Z Series, SS V Z Series)

Warranty & servicing

Warranty

  • 3 years / 100,000 km (All Models)

Servicing

  • 15,000 km / 12 months (Omega, V, SV6, SS, SS V, Lumina, 60th Anniversary, International, SS V 60th Anniversary, SS V Special Edition, SS V Redline, Equipe)
  • 15,000 km / 9 months (Omega, Equipe, SV6, SS, SS V, SS V Redline, Z Series, SV6 Z Series, SS Z Series, SS V Z Series)

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