A lot of comfort, practicality and performance in an affordable family car
Power steering hoses replaced.
Air conditioning pump replaced.
Brake disc's warped machined on two occasions to rectify.
Brakes pads rattle.
Rear numberplate light globes keep blowing (6 globes).
First set of factory fitted Bridgestone tyres only lasted 30,000 kms. replaced with Simex probably get a full 45,000 from then.
Being an Australian car the it has been built for the Australian market, cost, quality and availability. In doing so Holden has come up with a good car, solid reliable and at an affordable price.
I do a lot of driving, mostly in regional areas and a bit on dirt, I am surprised at the condition of the car now. I do give it a hard time, but at the end of each trip to the bush it gets a wash and still looks and drives like new, very impresive.
Comfort levels are very adequate on not lacking in any way, comfortable and yet still practical. For cleaning, wear and tear resistance I'll give it a 9/10.
I do however long for a better transmission, this one a 4 speed automatic, seems to be hesitant and indecisive. When overtaking, from 100kms I find pulling it back to 3rd helps. I hope the newer Vz model has this sorted out.
Yes I am happy with car even though I did have some teething problems at the start, but Holden true to their word fixed all with little fuss.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th April, 2005