2001 Holden Combo SB 1.4 EFi unleaded from Australia and New Zealand
I would own another one. It's the only vehicle I haven't killed
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.
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