2002 Holden Barina Reviews

2002 Holden Barina from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Previous carHolden Astra

Summary:

OK

Faults:

Holden should call back all Barinas and change the EGR valve. They know it is faulty, and it is not fair to the customer.

I have asked many Barina owners, and they have the same problem. Sometimes dealers have no idea as to what is wrong with the car. I think it is because this car is not made by Holden.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th December, 2006

17th Feb 2008, 22:05

I also have just had to have a replacement EGR valve. I have had issues with the starting of the car for the last 2 years - interestingly this seems to have improved with the replacement EGR valve. I have had problems with the steering also - apparently the steering is electric in these cars and can be adjusted.

I enjoy driving the car when it runs well, but I have to say I would not purchase another with the problems I have had to date.

2002 Holden Barina XC EQUIPE 1.4 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 kilometres
Most recent distance65000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Camira

Summary:

Cute, but unreliable..

Faults:

Engine problems at 64,000km.

Oil leak at 65,000.

General Comments:

The appearance of the car really appealed to me and it is a pleasure to drive.

However, given that I have had to spend over $1000 to repair the vehicle after having it less than a year and having driven it less than 10,000 kms... i would say this car is a 'NO GO.'

Additionally, this car was purchased from Holden with a 3-year warranty and RACV check... NOT HAPPY!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th February, 2006

2002 Holden Barina Equipe 5 Door. 1.4 etrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4 etrol Automatic
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired34 kilometres
Most recent distance21457 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Accent

Summary:

This car is streets ahead of our previous 2001 Hyundai Accent auto

Faults:

No faults at all.

General Comments:

Surprisingly responsive to drive considering it is an automatic with only 66 kilowatts of power.

Being heavier than most cars of a similar size contributes to the excellent stability, ride and quietness.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2005

2002 Holden Barina SRi 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired2 kilometres
Most recent distance36705 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Best Bang for the Buck

Faults:

Exterior front wheel arch plastic moulds fall off whenever driving in wet weather.

Interior passenger door trim scuff guard fell off. One week after delivery. Rectified at first service.

Instrument cluster plastic cover has stress fracture across the middle. Dealership service advisor first claimed this was not uncommon in Barina and Astra models. Later called back and said warranty would not cover part as this part is not meant to break. Ongoing battle with Holden and dealership over this. Has anyone else experienced this?

Rear stereo speaker failure at 5000km. Rectified under warranty.

Exhaust manifold cover comes loose, and starts making annoying metallic rattle at idle. Tightened at each service, but starts rattling again after about 1000km of driving.

General Comments:

This little car is the definitive pocket rocket. There isn't another car on the market that gives such performance or standard features for the money.

Acceleration is very brisk, and the traction control is unobtrusive. A smooth torque curve that gives strong pull all the way to redline. A very smooth short shifting transmission, and controlled suspension gives excellent handling.

The ride is firm, but the car can comfortably fit four adults. Five adults is a squeeze, but passenger carrying capability is not the vehicles main objective. Air conditioning is strong in all, but the hottest of weather (40 degrees plus).

Standard power windows, mirrors, cruise control, remote central locking, alloy wheels, fog lamps, body kit, external temperature reading, CD with steering wheel controls, ABS, dual airbags, traction control and four wheel disc brakes, all for under A$22,000 make the Barina SRi a very attractive proposition.

Front air dam is very low to the ground and caution must be observed when going over driveways or speed bumps. Alloy wheels are attractive, but also easily damaged unless care is taken when parallel parking.

Moderate cost to insure, but not bad considering the performance. Servicing costs are also moderate. Brake pads required replacing after 20,000kms and brake discs are too thin to be machined, meaning they must be replaced. This can be rather expensive at A$1000 for a full pad and disc replacement.

Overall a great little car let down by some niggling build quality issues, but these can be overlooked for how well the car goes. This car is regularly underestimated, but never fails to impress.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2005

2002 Holden Barina 1.4 DOHC from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired11000 kilometres
Most recent distance28500 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Comfortable and reliable

Faults:

Condensation formed in one of the head lights due to a faulty seal.

The bottom plastic moulding keeps coming off over bumps.

General Comments:

One of the best looking small cars ever built.

It handles like a sedan.

Interior trim is a bit drab, it could do with better fabric.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2004

2002 Holden Barina xc equipe from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance15000 miles
Previous carHolden Barina

Summary:

Excellent features on a top performer

Faults:

Front skirt of bumper is plastic and low and scrapes on gutters when entering driveways. Have had to have it put back on twice in 2 years.

General Comments:

Very easy to drive with easy to use controls.

Lacks power on fast take offs when air conditioning is being used. Good overall performance.

For a small car a good size interior comfortably seating 4 people.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2004

2002 Holden Barina XC 1.4 Ecotech DOHC from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 Ecotech DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired32 kilometres
Most recent distance10649 kilometres

Summary:

Champagne at a Home Brew Price

Faults:

- Very low clearance which meant that when I gently hit a curb parking the plastic duco broke off.

- The centre cup holder is very small. 600ml Coke bottles don't fit in it. Something more like the cup holder in recent Commodores would be better.

General Comments:

- Very easy and fun car to drive.

- Very low running costs.

- The sound system is great and easy to use. Plus CD player and steering wheel stereo controls are standard.

- Barina is quick for it's engine size.

- Impressive standard safety features including driver's and passenger's air bags.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2003

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 7 reviews