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Russell's 2003 CV8R Monaro

I bought this car approximately 2 years ago in Sydney

It was advertised on Carsales and after some negotiations I finalised a deal with the owner’s representative (the owner was away at the time).

 The price was about $15,000 and James Meehan and myself flew to Sydney to pick it up and drive back to Melbourne. It is a one owner car with original purchase receipt and service records. It had been used a s a company car for long trips by its Building Surveyor owner. It had 177,000 km on the clock when purchased

The Version 2 Series 2 CV8R Monaro is one of the rarest Monaros ever built. Only 350 examples of this model were produced and only 120 of these had the 6 speed manual transmission which my one has. It was also the only Monaro to that date that had a two tone black and white leather interior which looks very special. Being a Series 2 it had all the VY upgrades together with the improved LS1 V8 engine to eliminate excessive oil burning and other problems that had been experienced with the Series 1 V8 engines

I did very little to this car for the first 8000 km with the exception of servicing and normal maintenance. Front bushes, windscreen replacement, new tyres etc had to be fixed for the Victorian Roadworthy Certificate. The car went very well and was very economical on the highway in sixth gear.

After this time with the car approaching 190,000 km things started to go wrong and I also decided on a few improvements. The following items have now been done to this car which has now done 205,000 km:

  • (1)    New radiator and hoses and new heater hoses.
  • (2)    New neoprene tie rod bushes
  • (3)    New sump gasket and rocker cover gaskets
  • (4)    New ABS module
  • (5)    New light globes
  • (6)    Air conditioner regas
  • (7)    Clutch and brake fluid replacement
  • (8)    New radiator coolant bottle
  • (9)    New front discs and pads
  • (10)New starter motor and new alternator
  • (11)New remote controls
  • (12)New electric aerial
  • (13)Whole car had all external dents removed using paintless method.
  • (14)Respray front bonnet, front bumper and part of front guards to remove stone chips. Machine cut rest of car
  • (15)Remove standard radio/CD player and install new Pioneer system with sat nav, digital radio, reversing camera, front camera and apple car play.

All in all I have now spent around $10,000 on this car. It is now a modern car which looks good, goes well and has most of the latest accessories. I hope to use it as a daily driver on occasions. One thing is certain I will not be selling it at any time soon. It is a Monaro which I hope to keep for a long time.

Russell Dunstan – Life Member
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