2004 Holden Combo XC 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Holden - mainly cheap to buy and terribly expensive to maintain
The biggest shock of all was:- The engine light.
Any warning light on the dash is an instant fail quoted ($2000)! (It is not legal to sell a car registered with the engine light on in Queensland Australia).
What happened was:-
The cheap oil pressure sensor failed - pumping oil through the harness and into the ECU. A very expensive part, & fitting has to be specially programmed to the van, total = $2000 to fix! Holy sh... With no guarantee from the Holden dealer the engine light will not come on for any other reasons (but I know it will...).
An ECU is a type of electronic control unit that controls a series of actuators on an internal combustion engine to ensure optimal engine performance... efficient, but...
GM Holden is crazy to allow a computer (ECU) to be fitted directly to the engine. To vibrate & shake it! And with a $25 oil switch - which failed and destroyed a $2000 item! (Holden vehicles look to have a bad history for ECUs. The Barina ECU is similar to the Combo van - the ECU offers no easy repair option!).
Add wipers ($36), link pins ($291), rear shocks ($575). Total so far $2902.
Plus $947 for the starter motor, service and diagnosis on the engine light, completed before telling me $2000 to fix the ECU - so a grand total of $3849.
But wait, there is more :-
With the exhaust - it showed on the so helpful dash engine light - spanner image - on the 1st service (was intermittent - warning can be reset = no light but still faulty) quoted before at $700 - time to move on & quickly...
As many reviews have already stated - this vehicle requires way too much in repairs!
I do not trust this shockingly poor design, which Holden have continued to sell.
Greatly disappointed... Owners would be losing the value of a 2004 quality looking vehicle to "junk status". Compelled to sell quick and sold as scrap value - junk!
To be legal that is - with no registration plates.
The vehicle looked inviting / mint, and was excellent to begin and only cost $3600.
Warning:- Repairs add up as above you would have to fix it - if a newer vehicle.
$3849 + $700, and the van cost $3600 = $8000+.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th September, 2015