2001 Holden Barina XC - 5 Door 1.4 Ecotec from Australia and New Zealand
As much as I hate having to get this car repaired all the time, the positives outweigh the negatives
Ignition barrel needed to be replaced twice.
Disc brake rotors have needed to be replaced twice, originals too soft so replaced with harder aftermarket ones, no problems since.
EGR valve clogged constantly and has been replaced, with no more problems.
Timing belt changed 3 times already. Cam belt twice.
Plastic trim under front bumper torn off after a few months.
Interior plastic mouldings are starting to tear off... Drivers door handle pulled away from door... Front window winders snapped off.
Metallic paint now fading badly. (Car is kept garaged at home, but is in the full sun at work)
Ignition accessory module now needs replacing.
Very low running costs, if you don't take into account repairs. 10-12km/Litre.
For a 1.4L car it has some serious zip.
Steering wheel controls for the stereo are excellently placed, and not as "touchy" as some other cars.
This was a re-badged Opel; the original battery and some of the internals still had the Opel logo.
However bad the "what has gone wrong with your car" section is, I have driven it pretty hard for the last 7 years. I'm merely stating the things that have gone wrong. I really enjoy driving this car, and that is what keeps it in my garage, despite the numerous repairs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 3rd February, 2008