2004 Holden Combo from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Fairly good, but not great

Faults:

The clutch broke in some manner. Never knew exactly what.

General Comments:

I think it's good considering I paid just $6000 NZ dollars for a 170 000km 3rd hand van.

The motor, fuel efficiency and lack of oil problems have been a pleasure.

The look and storage capacity are superb assets if that's what you bought it for.

Yes, the seats are not particularly comfy, but an expensive seat liner would improve that. The actual shape of them is fine.

I've had no problems with the heater or radio, but the air con is very poor. It is disappointing for someone who has experienced the equivalent vans in the UK and France (the Renault). This van doesn't match up to those in comfort, nor anything else.

Now for the problems:

The clutch packed up once; not sure what the underlying problem was. Repair was ~$400.

The blind spots are bad sometimes (especially with angled car parks), but I think that is something the driver takes responsibility for. The mirrors that Holden provides are pretty much as big and useful as can be.

The nooks and crannies for storing things are great - the front cabin is almost as useful as the back for storing things.

Overall I'm personally OK to quite happy with this purchase. It hasn't given me any serious mechanical problems, but I must admit, I am not a fussy driver when it comes to home comforts like air conditioning and etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th October, 2014

2001 Holden Combo SB 1.4 EFi unleaded from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

I would own another one. It's the only vehicle I haven't killed

Faults:

Air-con reoccurring electrical fault (due to my bad wiring).

Water pump and timing belt at 115000km (as per the 100000km service I never did).

Thermostat gate valve sticking and was replaced at the same time as the water pump.

Some dash lights not working.

Roof bubble showing some rust.

General Comments:

I have abused this poor little van for 60000km.

Driven half of that distance fast and hard (100kph) on unsealed rutted out bush tracks and roads.

Changed the oil once.

Carried the maximum 500kg load many times.

Hosed the back out, hosed the cab out, including seats and console!

I have hit 2 wallabies and 1 wallaroo on 3 separate occasions, and although they causing extensive front end damage, each time I was able to continue driving safely.

It won't die!

There is a comfort factor of about 0, but that's not why I bought it.

Again. It won't die!

It is totally gutless, goes up hill at 80, still has great gas mileage despite the lack of care and servicing, but can also comfortably cruise at 130kph!

The load area is massive, so if you have lightweight but bulky loads to carry, then it's perfect!

Makes a great camper van, and the overhead storage is cavernous at least!

((((A WORD OF WARNING))))

In Australia at least, these vehicles must be run with light commercial tyres to be compliant. The rubber and side walls on these tyres is much harder than normal and takes a lot longer to wear. If you are NOT under load, there is a tendency for this little van to want to UNDERSTEER BADLY in wet weather or slippery conditions!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2014

2003 Holden Combo from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Do not buy

Faults:

When I bought the Holden Combo from the dealer, it was brand new. When I received the car, I noticed a dent, and I told them about it. The dealer said that if you come for a service, we will fix it. But they didn't when I visited them.

The first problem I encountered was when the petrol pump, petrol tank and computer were gone. It took 2 weeks for the service to fix it, and I was lucky because they were all under warranty.

Second problem was when the shock absorbers were replaced, and the clutch was gone when it was 40 thousand kms. The clutch cylinder was also gone.

This car is a s**t box. I would never recommend it to anyone.

It gave me a heart attack until I sold it. It is an unreliable car, and I lost lots of business.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th February, 2013