Re-badged Daewoo rubbish
CD player swallowed CDs.
Plastic trim loose, scratches easily, and on the the odd occasion, falls off.
Auto trans slow to shift, and caused the car to stall suddenly when warm.
The Viva wagon I had was an 2008 silver example, which was a lease company car.
First impressions of the Viva were that it looked quite nice (compared to previous company cars we had). My first ever drive was like, OK, this isn't actually better than my last car (an 04 Corolla GL wagon). Doing the jobs I did in the Viva was OK, but I could only listen to one CD, as I put one in, and it wouldn't give it back (even though I don't have the car anymore, I still don't have my CD back).
The last 3 months I had the Viva, it developed a stalling problem. Sitting at the lights, light goes green, accelerate, car stalls, shift to N, start car, continue on. The Viva would only do this in hot days. The problems were still not rectified by the time the car went back to Holden, so I feel sorry for whomever owns it now :(
For a 1.8, it developed a pitiful amount of power for a car this size. I once got over taken by a car and caravan on a long trip, because the auto wasn't sure what to do, and the car had a full load, which didn't help.
Overall, the Viva is a cheap alternative to something decent. Our company now has Corolla wagons (again); need I say more.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th May, 2011