2004 Holden Barina Reviews - Page 2 of 3

2004 Holden Barina XC 1.4 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore


Hugely disappointing


A squeak in rear brakes upon getting in and out of the car, took to Dealer and they packed brake backing plate with grease which stopped the problem for 2 months.

Damage to fuel line after servicing, lost all fuel and sat by side of road waiting for 5 hours for a tow.

Noticed left back tyre wear on inside of tyre and having a solid axle this should not have occurred. We were told to get a wheel alignment ourselves as Holden would not do this for us. Found it was 2 degrees negative camber and 7 degrees toe in, which means the whole back axle and locating bars were bent and had to be replaced.

This has since led to the steering column and now the steering rack having to be replaced and it is not hard to draw a connection there.

All in all we have had 27 visits in the 2 years we have owned the car and are still fighting Holden over the rear brake squeak, the unadjustable hatch and the tyre wear that has been created that they don't want to own up to. They state that this is normal for this vehicle. Yeah right!

General Comments:

The car drives well and has only broken down when the fuel line was blown off as the clips were broken, it has good economy and looks good, but with the multitude of warranty problems and the warranty about to expire we are wondering how deep our pockets will have to be to keep this car running safely. Plus the squeak is driving us crazy.

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

Review Date: 12th January, 2007

13th Sep 2010, 23:59

Total crap. Same brake problem in the rear brakes. Timing chain noise. Now idling badly. Lots of other problems with this car. A total lemon. And Holden should have done a recall on this model.

For me, this car goes in for trade in on the weekend and I will never ever buy another Holden.

30th May 2014, 02:03

Sorry you were not happy with the car. Ours has been a dream; yes the brakes squeal when backing out of the drive, but braking is not affected by it.

Motor has had the timing chain done and is as sweet as the day we picked it up. Has done 150,000 km, after initial service, all servicing done by me, dealers can't be trusted. I do oil, fuel and air filters, second set of spark plugs still in it, regular oil changes.

15 inch low profile tyres are ridiculously expensive, and Hankook were duds, out of round. Pirellis are too expensive to think of using.

In its tenth year we have just had the nylon gear selector gates replaced, as 1st, 2nd and reverse were difficult to select without lifting the collar.

Overall, very happy with the car, has been good value, mostly because it wasn't serviced by dealers.

2004 Holden Barina SXi 1.4 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100 kilometres
Most recent distance19850 kilometres
Previous carNissan Skyline


Big fun for little money


Horn button connection on right side.

Right side indicator relay.

General Comments:

This car has been brilliant from day one. The horror stories I have read about buying a car brand new have (so far) been unfounded. I bought it in August 2004 when they were on run out, so the price was very good. They were normally NZ$23,000, but I got this one for NZ$16,000. It was the last of the NZ spec Barinas (Opel Corsa), with the 15" alloys, rear disc brakes etc. I replaced the 185/55R15 Pirelli P6000 tyres with Bridgestone Grid III's - I would definitely recommend it. Grip increases by 100% and noise decreases by the same - just the finishing touch to the car's impressive dynamics. Steering, gearchange, comfort and interior space all very good, engine willing, not a rocketship, but not a slouch, either. Fuel economy is magic. 500km-plus around town, over 700km on a long drive. Big fun in corners, you can just give it heaps through the bends and you can actually get oversteer out of it. Yes, oversteer. There is none of the old-school FWD ploughing. Car feels solid, well built. Dealer service very good, too. Doors close with a nice thunk, not a Korean ting. Unfortunately, Holden decided to replace the European Barina with a 3 year old Daewoo (Kalos). They are UGLY. This is the reason I selected "Don't know", nothing to do with the car itself.

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

Review Date: 21st November, 2005

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 7 reviews