Holden Camira JE

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Holden Camira

Holden Camira JE

1987 - 1989
Country:
Australia
Engine:
4 cyl. SOHC
Capacity:
2000cc
Power:
85kw
Transmission:
5 spd. man.; 3 spd. Auto
Top Speed:
n/a
Number Built:
29,129
Collectability:
0 star
Holden Camira JE
Holden Camira JE
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Introduction



When, in 1987, the JE Camira was introduced the reliability and build quality issues that had plagued the previous models were to tarnish the reputation of a car that was much improved. Featuring a new 2 litre EFI engine, the JE also had upgraded suspension, enhanced noise reduction refined design ques on the exterior.

For those that noted the disappearance of the grille on the previous JD model and wondered how a "facelift" could be executed, well in the case of the JE Holden simply put it back, albiet a very small one.

The JE kept the wonderfully modern (for the time) sloping bonet, while interior trim levels were improved and higher quality switch gear was introduced.

The JE was, for a short time, even available as a limited-edition "Vacationer" - a moniker previously reserved for the traditional family sized Kingswoods and Commodores.

The Camira was soon to suffer the same fate as the Gemini. During the mid to late 80's the then Federal Minister for Trade and Industry John Button was restructuring the local motor industry, and this involved local manufacturers sharing models.

The JE was replaced by the Toyota Camry and re-badged as a Holden Apollo. Some said not a minute too soon - but this criticism was a little harsh to be directed toward the JE.
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lee
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This rubbish car summed up holden in one stroke!!! GARBAGE! !!
Tom
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I owned a JE Executive and it was a good car. The small weight of the body (about 900-odd Kg) meant that the power and torque of the 2L engine could shuffle the car along very nicely. I won many a traffic light derby against VH and VK six cylinder Commodores and some XD and XE Falcons. If you floored the accelerator from rest the car would literally bolt like a startled race horse,
The bad things about the car were the iffy paint job, the dreadful quality of the exterior plastics ( nearly every rear bumper developed the white bloom from the plasticiser leaching out), the poor quality engine mounts and the ECU which could fail without giving the driver any semblance of a limp home mode.
In the long run, problems aside, the car was a terrific performer and the engine just kept going. GMH had solved the oil burning prevalent in the 1.6 and 1.8 Camiras with the net result being that the 2L didn't burn oil and neither did it smoke.
 
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