1998 Holden Barina SB 1.4 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Best bloody car we have ever had!
One or two relatively minor things that I can't recall.
The placement of pedals was a pain. Seemed to be in a really odd position… but you got used to them.
Unbelievably good car.
The car was bought new and was one with German components, so different Barinas over the years have come from different countries, so check! The model directly after ours which has tail lights very high next to the hatch door was also very good apparently and won Wheels' Car of the Year in Australia in I think 2001.
The ride was unbelievable… felt like a much bigger car even though it was tiny! It could be parked virtually anywhere. Narrow lanes or driveways… not an issue!
Had the 60kw engine, but the earlier 3 door model I think was only 33 kw! Ours had heaps of go and cruised on the freeway in 5th gear at 110km/hr easily. A change into 4th for highway hills and you just zoomed up!
Clutch and gearshift action were a gem to use!
A tonne of room… even in the back, although remember it is a narrow car.
Great on fuel… about 6.5L/100 km, although it was driven in the country. Temperature reading was a groovy feature in 1998 with good graphics high in the centre of the dash, and it even flashed with a snow sign if the temperature dropped to 4 Celsius!
Ours was a 3 door and the front doors were huge… a cinch to get in and out of.
Fantastic sound from the radio/cassette. Heating/air conditioning controls were logical and easy to use.
Ours was sold after 10 lovely years, then drove for another few years before a mechanic bought it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th February, 2016