2004 Holden Combo from Australia and New Zealand
Fairly good, but not great
The clutch broke in some manner. Never knew exactly what.
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