Dannielle, I personally have a Subaru impreza which I love, but the parts are expensive, and it's expensive to service. I drive an i30 for work, and I love it...very nice to drive, fuel efficient, small but not tiny...
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10-05-2012 20:16 #21
10-05-2012 20:24 #22
We love Holdens. I have owned 2 commodores, my latest is a 2008 model. And my first car was a near new Barina. We always maintain our cars, regular services etc, and to be honest, I have had not one single problem with any if them.
10-05-2012 20:45 #23
We used to always have Fords and had nothing but trouble with them. Then we had a car accident in the last one and got a Holden because the Ford was written off. We've had no major issues and we havn't been to the mechanic in ages. When we had the Fords we were always at a mechanic or like Repco or somewhere like that.
Plus we find the Holdens more fuel efficient.
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10-05-2012 20:56 #24
Great on fuel, no mechanical issues, cheap parts etc.
Alternatively a Honda jazz - more roomy inside then you would think.
I stay away from holdens, they are not all bad and the very old models are good but I'm not one for risks when it comes to having to fork out $$$ for repairs.
Im also not a fan of Fords. I stick with the Japanese when it comes to cars...and food.. Lol
10-05-2012 21:16 #25
Another bad Holden experience! I have an Astra and its just problem after problem - ill never buy Holden again!
11-05-2012 06:13 #26
I bought a brand new barina a few years back. It had so many issues. It was forever at holden having some sort of warranty work done.
I guess the only upside was that holden were always happy to fix any issues.
As for those recommending the i30, I say stay away from them. I bought one brand new. It's had a lot of issues. Biggest issue being that the gearbox died just after the 60k km service. Hyundai are horrible about it too. I went 5 weeks without my car, I got it back and the gearbox was still stuffed. They slugged me for the hire car they provided me with. They dealt with the whole issue in an appauling manner.
Other issues the car has had is dodgy seat belts that fail to latch, won't start for no reason, central locking not working, service staff breaking pieces while servicing and not replacing them, it's had issues with the throttle actuator (whatever that is). Thats to name a few.
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11-05-2012 06:41 #27Senior Member
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I've had my commodore (VZ 2006) for 4 years and it's been great. I've had no big issues.. The only annoying thing was having to get a new key which was $160 :-/
A friend bought a brand new barina last at the beginning of 2011 and has had nothing but trouble with it.
11-05-2012 06:53 #28
DH is driving me nuts. He read the replies and says see they aren't all bad and yeah well he did know some commodores had problems but we aren't looking at a commodore. Then he argues that if its brand new it wont have problems because why would they make them otherwise. Grrr But I'm scared of Holden's now and knowing my luck if we did we would get a dud.
Maybe I should stick with Japanese. I have had 2x Honda and a Mazda. Oh, and a Nissan.
I thought the Honda Jazz was really teeny?
I really do like Toyota Corolla's. Wish I could do a new Corolla but need cheaper. Now I'm wondering if we would be better off with an older Toyota Corolla but DH wanted new. That's why he wanted me to look at the Holdens as they are so cheap. Hmmm wonder if the Yaris Sedans are too small.
DH just see's the price and says that will do. No DH it wont if it's not reliable.
11-05-2012 07:13 #29
We have a commodore and love it, I have heard Barinas are really bad though ( I work for a large organization that has a fleet inc a mechanic dept - they call the barinas bump bump)
Our organization has switched to the I30'. They are good little cars and very fuel efficient
11-05-2012 07:15 #30
The Honda Jazz was small, but seems massive on the inside. Honda have a great skill at that!
I didn't realise you had no car seats. In that case, I'd go a Mazda 3 like I have. It comfortably fits 3 in the back and Mazda's really are the best.
DPs dad will only buy Japanese or European cars. He helped us choose the Mazda 3, and reckons Mazda's are up there in the best cars.
Not to mention you can get a new Mazda 3 from $22k...
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