Holden Adventra (2004–2006)

What's good

Big, tough, honest-to-goodness Aussie estate.

What to watch out for

Power steering pump problem fixed with the VZ models introduced late 2004. "Alloytec" 3.6 litre V6 with 175kw or 190kw replaced ancient Buick based 3.8 litre OHV V6. Alloytec V6 DOHC with 24 valves, 190kw with variable timing. Adventra with V6 is getting good press in Oz.

Production of Monaros in Australia ended autumn 2005.

"The farewell CV8-Z declares its presence with an all-new Holden col-our called Fusion; an orange-based metallic delivermg sharp gold high-lights through to darker bronzed drop-out. Exterior features include factory fitted by Holden: Design sunroof, black bonnet scoop accents, machined 18-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels with one spoke embossed with the CV8-Z logo, modified rear lamps and unique gun metal chrome CV8-Z badgihg on the rear."

CV8-Z priced from $60,490, the same recommended retail price as VZ Monaro. Sales from early August 2005 with planned production 1200 units supplied only to Australian and NZ market.

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