1997 Holden Barina City 1.4 from Australia and New Zealand
Faded Body Plastics.
Engine flat spot at 2000rpm.
Inability to run on regular unleaded.
Squeaky front suspension.
I hated this car from the day I owned it. The biggest problem was that it would not run on regular unleaded very well and I had to run it on premium all the time. In hot weather it couldnt be driven due to this reason.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th June, 2004
You should have bought the repair manual when you bought the car. This Barina has a plug in the engine bay; it's to the right of the driver's front suspension strut top mounting, and the left of the air mass meter, below the brake fluid reservoir, and above the air cleaner assembly. You have to physically unplug it and flip it around when you want to change from 91 octane to 95 octane, and vice versa. The numbers "91" and "95" are written on the plug in letters that are about 15mm high. The mechanics won't tell you that sort of thing, as people like you are their only source of income.
It's common sense to always buy an aftermarket independent repair manual for any car you buy.
I would have thought it would be in the owner's manual.
I have a 1996 SB Barina City and this information is definitely in the factory owner's manual that came with my car. However most buyers of this type of car would not be too mechanically minded, which when reliability problems occur often, then get unfairly blamed on the car rather than the actions (or inaction) of the owner.