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Old 25 Dec 2019, 21:00 (Ref:3948563)   #91
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The mighty Camira, what a heap of junk!

Working for Coles Myer in the mid 80ís one of there gifted geniuses in the fleet department purchased some of these at a bargain price for lower management to drive. Unfortunately they did not have any air conditioning fitted so that had to be retrofitted, which was great because as soon as you turned that on, you didnít need to use the brakes to slow down.

Not to mention the usual GMH, build and quality control issues!

Perhaps we could get a special run of those ZZZ Geminiís!
Motoring Year 1982/3 is full of praise for the Camira, with only a hint of the disaster about to unfold.
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Old 25 Dec 2019, 21:46 (Ref:3948564)   #92
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I remember when my brother's girlfriend crashed their Camira in the late 80s.
She was fine. The car was not.
Seeing him being told the car was a write-off and the insurance company was paying was like watching someone win a million dollar lottery...
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Old 26 Dec 2019, 09:09 (Ref:3948590)   #93
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The mighty Camira, what a heap of junk!

Working for Coles Myer in the mid 80ís one of there gifted geniuses in the fleet department purchased some of these at a bargain price for lower management to drive. Unfortunately they did not have any air conditioning fitted so that had to be retrofitted, which was great because as soon as you turned that on, you didnít need to use the brakes to slow down.

Not to mention the usual GMH, build and quality control issues!

Perhaps we could get a special run of those ZZZ Geminiís!
Much like the AU Falcon
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Old 26 Dec 2019, 11:13 (Ref:3948605)   #94
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Much like the AU Falcon
Not really, actually, not at all. The Camira was meant to fit in between the Gemini and the not-so-big Commodore.

It stole buyers away from both, particularly from the Commodore.

The AU's legacy was it was designed and built too damn tough - but that's another story.
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Old 26 Dec 2019, 17:32 (Ref:3948619)   #95
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Much like the AU Falcon
the single biggest issue with the AU was the front, the car itself was fantastic, one of the best they built - In fact with the upgrade from the AU to BA they really out changed the front and rear cosmetics

sorry, but NO-ONE ever will say the same for the Camira - it was just junk
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Old 26 Dec 2019, 23:43 (Ref:3948639)   #96
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the single biggest issue with the AU was the front, the car itself was fantastic, one of the best they built - In fact with the upgrade from the AU to BA they really out changed the front and rear cosmetics

sorry, but NO-ONE ever will say the same for the Camira - it was just junk
Totally agree, just poking the bear.
The Camira was a disaster.
The AU just looked hideous.
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Old 27 Dec 2019, 04:13 (Ref:3948657)   #97
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My first car was a Gemini and then I moved up to an SLE Camira and then a string of Commodores. So for me the Camira was a nice stepping stone up to the big boys I couldn't afford at the time. It may well have been junk, but it was my junk and I loved it.
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Old 29 Dec 2019, 07:42 (Ref:3948904)   #99
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Motoring Year 1982/3 is full of praise for the Camira, with only a hint of the disaster about to unfold.
Going from vague memory one of the models had something like 20 coolant hoses that could leak and when we did an engine change we replaced them all no matter what the customer said.
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Old 29 Dec 2019, 09:31 (Ref:3948912)   #100
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My first car was a Gemini and then I moved up to an SLE Camira and then a string of Commodores. So for me the Camira was a nice stepping stone up to the big boys I couldn't afford at the time. It may well have been junk, but it was my junk and I loved it.
Whatever you say about the early ones mu family owned 2 for a long time with no trouble, the 2L in a manual was a very nice thing compared to many comparable cars. The one my dad owned is still running around and the new owner never took off his personalised plates!
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Old 29 Dec 2019, 21:16 (Ref:3948983)   #101
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Whatever you say about the early ones mu family owned 2 for a long time with no trouble, the 2L in a manual was a very nice thing compared to many comparable cars. The one my dad owned is still running around and the new owner never took off his personalised plates!
My dad had a 2 litre manual Camira as a work car with the SECV.

It certainly wasn't lacking performance compared to its contemporaries.
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Old 29 Dec 2019, 22:12 (Ref:3948989)   #102
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Ballarat light car club had one as a junior development car. Would place top five in autocrosses with the right kid driving.
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Old 6 Jan 2020, 18:12 (Ref:3950069)   #104
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