2008 Holden Viva Wagon 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand
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
11th May 2011, 06:13
Totally agree with everything here after my experiences with my partner's Viva hatch in Brisbane. However the only time it stalled was when it dumped all its coolant on the road at traffic lights. I have a review on it here. As I said in my review, buy a Corolla instead!! These Daewoo Holdens are rubbish.
24th Jul 2013, 05:41
Can anyone tell me what type of low beam bulb (outboard) is used on a Holden Viva? Is it an H7 55w? The manual doesn't provide bulb specifications.
7th May 2019, 14:04
Yes, it is an H7, both inboard and outboard lights use the H7. Suggest you replace with the H7 +100 or +120. Much better lighting.