1998 Holden Barina 1.4 City 1.4 from Australia and New Zealand
This car is great as a second car, for commuting economically and with great reliability
Only a few minor electrical items such as rear bulbs and switchgear lighting.
Regular servicing items such as brake pads, tyres, battery and wiper blades have been replaced, however no major items have given any trouble at all, despite a high mileage.
The rear wheel bearings are beginning to get noisy and will need replacing within the next 50,000km.
This car has been completely reliable and still travels approx 800 - 1000km per week.
Performance is adequate for my type of driving, however I have found that it gets a lot worse in the hot weather. This is nothing to do with the air conditioner, as this is on nearly all the time. It just seems much more sluggish when the temp gets above about 28 degrees C.
Paintwork on my silver car is looking pretty shabby, with quite a bit of fading and scuff marks.
Economical to run.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th March, 2004