My DH and I own 2 commodores 2001 & 2002 models and we service them religiously at home. And we have had no problems with ours
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10-05-2012 19:43 #11
10-05-2012 19:49 #12
The old Barinas are not the same as the new ones. They are now made by daewoo. Before it was opal (opal Barinas in Europe are fantastic) before that it was suzuki.
The newish ones are crap and I would never buy one... Ever.
If you are after something very small go for a Suzuki swift, Toyota yaris, Honda jazz, Mazda 2, even a Nissan Micra.
Stay away from any new Barinas you will only cause yourself grief.
10-05-2012 19:50 #13Senior Member
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I have a 2005 Commodore which I've had for 2 years and would never buy another. I get it serviced every 10,000 - 15,000 klms (sorry can't remember without going and looking) and I've had to spend thousands on mechanical issues. Before I bought the Commodore I owned a Subaru WRX and can tell you that the Commodore definitely does not feel like a safe car to drive after owning a Subaru. I'm selling my in the next couple of months to get a better car.
10-05-2012 19:55 #14
We've owned 3 commodores. An '89, '97 and '02. We still have the '97 and '02.
Never had a problem with them. They are fantastic cars, my hubby does all the maintenance in them. My '02 car never been to the mechanic for repairs. DH does the services and that's all we've ever needed. My one problem with this car is it seems to go through tyres like nothing I've ever seen before! But that may also be due to the 18" mags?
The '97 commodore we had to get a fair chunk of work done to the suspension and shocks. But DH drove it over farms and dirt roads day in day out for 3 years and they were bad roads!
The '89 commodore got defected by the police and we couldn't be bothered fixing all the issues. We couldn't kill that car if we tried! We wanted it to die so we could buy a newer car.
My BFF owns a falcon and my Dhs mate owns owns a xr6 turbo and they have both had their cars in numerous times to get fixed. The steering went on both cars.
Will never buy a ford, and stick to Holdens.
10-05-2012 20:00 #15
We will never buy a Holden again. My DF has a Holden 4wd that we bought brand new and to be quite honest it's a heap of crap!
10-05-2012 20:00 #16
We have a 09 Commodore SV6 and a 11 Commodore SSV ute and we have had no problems at all. I have never had the SV6 back to Holden. We would buy another one for sure :-)
10-05-2012 20:08 #17
Ok, too scared to even think of a Holden now LOL. Sure maybe we could get a good one but way too many bad ones and this would be our first NEW car and we want it to last forever or as close to forever as we can get. LOL Or maybe we will do near new now.
10-05-2012 20:09 #18
We have always had commodores they are really good cars parts are very cheap for them, dh had a old 91 commodore as his first car it had 500k on the clock before he sold it and it's still hanging around. Dont know anything about the Barinas though sorry.
10-05-2012 20:15 #19Senior Member
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I have a 2010 Holden cruze we bought new. Ive done 30,000kms in 17 months & no issues. I had a 2000 Astra before that and had a tonne of problems with it.
10-05-2012 20:15 #20
I had an 08 barina and got rid of it after just 9mths. It had no 'recall' issues but had 4 warranty jobs in that time. It had its services as required in that 9mths, was obviously just a lemon. It has unfortunately deterred me from buying a holden again.
I know you get what you pay for but still...
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