VP Commodore

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The VP Commodore is a minor face lift of the VN Commodore. There were a number of cosmetic changes made and a number of refinements to the engine as well as the ride and handling of the car. The VQ Statesman and Caprice were continued throughout the VP range. The VP is quite similar to the VN, but with a number of subtle changes.


The VP Commodore was in production for 22 months (September 1991 – July 1993) with the VP Series 2 released in January 1993.


Cosmetically, the VP had side indicators, a clear grille on the base models and a coloured solid grille on the Berlina and Calais variants. It had new badges and it had a new back panel running in between the tail lights.


Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) was introduced in the VP but was not standard. Power windows became standard fitment, although the Executive and Berlina would still have winders for the rear windows.


The VP was the first Commodore to only be assembled at one location (Elizabeth, South Australia). 


 Stock Holden VP Commodore


A total of 92 860 VP Commodores were produced in its 22 months in production.


The transmission choices in the VP were the same as the VN Commodore with the option of either a 4 speed automatic or a 5 speed manual transmission.


The engines were slightly tweaked to produced more power and an HSV enhanced V8 was available in HSV Models:

               V6 3.8L 127kW (170hp)

                V8 5.0L 165kW (221hp)

                V8 5.0L 180kW (241hp) HSV Enhanced HEC


 A VP Ute was also available.


Despite the fact that less than 90 000 VP's were produced (consider that there had been over 200 000 VN's produced) there are still a number of VP's around and many can be picked up cheaply. The VN and the VP use the same engines. Some of the more common complaints from the VP on the mechanical side are over heating when sitting in traffic and engine noise such as noisy water pumps or power steering pumps. A previously well maintained engine will be less likely to have these problems. The overheating could be the result of a cracked or faulty thermostat and the noises could mean that engine parts need replacing. The transmission is also known to slip in some cars around the 200 000 mark.


The VP is also one of the first Commodores to really utilise electronics throughout the car. Examples include power windows, power mirrors, central locking and trip computers. These often go before the engine does. They are often too fidgety to be fixed by yourself and often not worth the hassle or expense in taking it to someone else to do it for you. If you are buying a VP, maybe look to avoid the ones with power options. The roof lining is also prone to sagging in the VP Commodore, not a major issue but it is quite common and unsightly.


VP parts are plentiful and cheap. Look to find one that has been well maintained as the engines can give you a long life with comparatively little maintenance




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