Love my beep beep barina
I love my Barina bought new 2008 never let's me down serviced regular it's whole life.. love it !!!! Only replaced the clutch cable had 2 accidents in this car both times repaired and is so reliable
Purchased in December 2008 for A$13,000.00.
This car is a P.O.S light a match and put it in the tank
New timing belt water pump and pulleys front and rear crank and cam seals new clutch rocker seal sump seal gear box seals just to stop it from leaking worst car iv ever brought gonna get rid of it to the next poor joker
Purchased in April 2016 for A$4,999.00.
Excellent for a used car
Bought my manual 2010/my11 hatch 4 years ago for $6000. With regular oil/filter services and general maintenance this car has been a great daily driver for me.
Only just about to do the timing belt and water pump and it's at 206600km.
Have never had a more reliable car, cheap on fuel $48 to fill tank ulp.
It's not huge on grunt but for it's size it can go pretty fast
Purchased in March 2015 for A$6,000.00.
Total piece of crap!
garbage.. lemon.. rubbish.. run away from it.. it'll cost you thousands to fix just to keep it going! burn the crap! i bought one .. timing belt.. wheels.. electronics do crap knows what's going on.. central locking works on its own.. engine lite in.. i hate this red p.o.s!
Purchased in February 2018 for A$4,000.00.
Worst car in the world
This car is the worst car ever made. First the power door stopped working, then a/c stopped working, coolant reservoir needed replacement, had to replace engine mount, and oil light was on with loud rattling engine noise, mechanic said rocker cover needs some work as there were oil leaking up to the spark plugs so changed all the spark plugs and new rocker cover gasket but didn’t fix the problem, after visiting few service centres, mechanics could not fix it so finally had to replace with another 2nd hand engine. The car is still at the mechani...cs. So buying this car was one of the biggest mistake i ever made in my life. I just want to get rid of it. Already spent around $5000 just on repair so I will not spend anymore after this rather sell it to the scrap. Always reminds me of a dude I met at the traffic stop in Sydney who told me about his worst experience with this barina and he finally gave up and sold it. please do not buy this or even take it for free, it is just a trouble.
Terrible a lemon
What a piece of junk , only get 350 klm out of a full tank has oil leaks ,1st service oil was gluggy so needed 3 mthly oil changes , started smoking out of exhaust when 3 yrs old , Holden refused to honour warranty as l missed the 2nd year servicing with Them as went elsewhere , car not quiet or smooth compared to other cars now at 88000 klm on clock there oil under spark plugs and lost compression, was only serviced few mths ago just constant ongoing oil problems never buy a barina again they rubbish
Brought a 2012 black holden barina (sedan) i love it so much! the clutch is very easy to use have had no problems with it all. its good for everyday use easy to steer, radio is easy to use and very convienent with the Bluetooth system and a very spacious boot..
I love my car
Economical on fuel, good little zippy car. Mine is a manual. I only gave it 4 stars as I feel sometimes the car doesn’t feel like it’s on the road, a little too light and not sturdy like it’s solidly on the road. Probably because it is so small.
I love it though. Easy stereo, not too bad blind spots just the panel at your front right makes it hard to see when doing sharp right hand turns but I just sit up and look around more.
It has an excellent turning circle and it’s small so generally it should.
I will buy this same car but in a newer model. I love the Barina!
Vision Issues with Windscreen Glass
I had minor vision issues on the test drive, becoming worse over the years to the extent where I have now only done 8,700km in 6 years. Two problems, Astigmatic Windscreen and ripples, just in from the left edge and top/bottom edges of the windscreen glass. My understanding this is not a Holden issue but an assembly line issue as it occurs at random in many brands. RAC and Holdens talked about decommissioning and recycling the car. The car is now considered unsafe to drive. History: http://www.aveoforum.com/forum/f118/av3o-wa-2011-holden-barina-sedan-garage-entry-17246/
Can't fault it.
Purchased second hand as a daily driver to work due to its fuel efficiency. It is fuel efficient and then some. I would have preferred auto but manuals are cheaper. I was told to keep up to date with services and timing belt changes and I'll never have any issues.
Such a waste of money
Bought it second hand and have to pay over $3000 to get it back to managable condition. The lock actuators are bust, the suspention needs replacing and the engine always smells like burning oil. Be warey one buying 2nd hand because its going to cost you. Save yourself time and money and go for a Mazda.
Brilliant little around town car
I've had my second hand 2010 Barina for quite a while now and it hasn't skipped a beat. I purchased it with 139,000km and all seems well. It has been exceptional on fuel. Whilst it doesn't have the luxury of a Mercedes, it is somewhat nice to drive being quite zippy.
Great first car
Driving experience: very zippy and easy to drive for a number of reasons. Can accelerate very quickly, narrow size (can park easily into small spaces) and great turning circle. Only downside is lack of cruise control which makes longer drivers more tiring.
Interior: dashboard is good aesthetically and the CD player also has aux in capabilities. Missing Bluetooth compatibility however due to age of car, expected.
Reliability: Have had this car for just over 6 years, being the second owner, and had not had any major issues. Most recently, the a...
It's a simple car. What more do you expect?
I remember getting myself a nice sporty red manual one a while back, then we sold it as the new wife didn't drive stick. Anyway, a bit more down the line and we bought another one second hand that was automatic.
Nothing wrong with the car yet. It runs well, is fuel efficient and gets us from A to B with little fuss.
I mean everyone wants a bigger engine so they can cruise the highways without revving so high, but it's a small car. What do you expect?
Would I get it again? Maybe a newer model, but at the price point, there's not many other comparable cars of this calibre.
Fold down back seats adds room to the boot.
Problems, problems and more problems
Bought my Holden Barina 2006 TK Automatic Sedan at 101,000kms in 2014 with no problems (2016 - 133,000kms). I purchased the car as a 16 year old learning to drive from A to B, and now as an 18 year old on my green P's license, I am considering buying a new car because the cons outweigh the pros...
- Window stuck down (Auto-electrical problem)
- Gear stick is stuck. Have to press down on the auto-lock button next to the gear stick to unlock and shift gears.
- Engine light is stuck on. Have had it looked at and there was no apparent pr...
Problematic now after many years of reliable and economical use.
My Barina has been very good to run since buying it in 2008 second hand. 2004 model. No mechanical problems since, but in the last 12 months the indicators and odometer display work intermittently. When they feel like it. The headlights even refused to turn off once. I've taken it to the auto electrician. It has them baffled. Auto electrician says they have never seen anything like it. Holden dealership wanted to charge me an unaffordable price just to test it on a computer before telling me the problem would have to be most likely fixed with s...omething like a new computer control module that controls the entire car. Needless to say, I refuse to spend far, far too many dollars that may or may not fix the problem. Have read bad owner reviews about the model prior to mine and they were all dreadful. Terrible costly problems mine never had. Now I'm on tenterhooks waiting for something else to happen like it did to the many others who had problems with their model. Other than that, my Barina has been a "go everywhere " car. All the simple solutions have failed to fix my electrical problems.
I own the 2012 Holden Barina. Honestly the best car ever!
This is my first car but I have had NO PROBLEMS with it! My friends have all bought cars and have had a lot of issues and some that have bought the new 2015 model and have had issues.
I would highly recommend the 2012 Holden Barina if you are looking for a great trouble free first car.
Uses hardly any petrol as well! Great for traveling, easy to clean inside and out. A great inexpensive car!
Handles great and is very comfortable. (I am the second owner and bought with 26,000km, had it 5 months now it's on 46,000) I love driving it.
- TK (Sedan) (2005-2012)
- Verified purchase
Expensive price tag on a cheap quality parts!
Bought this car brand new in dec2010 from Gibbon Holden gosnells, sine then it gives me nothing but problems. First 6 month it stalled 3 times, break doesn't work well, took it to the dealer as expected they always says nothing is wrong with the car it doesn't run well, not fuel efficient. and just 3 weeks ago one of the mufflers snapped. Brought it to Holden they said the whole exhaust need to be replace. Holden refused to replace it for free even though it's under warranty. When asked how much is it? They were happily gave you a price of $700...+ beware Holden are daylight robbers and overprice their services and products. Did not give an honest diagnose and their after sale service is zero. I went to a different place, they told me to just replace the rear muffler. I don't trust Holden or their dealers anymore and would not recommend them in my lifetime.
Check the brand of engine !!
Just following up on my 2012 review of Bluebell, my Holden Barina. At 60,000 I dutifully went to a friend that is a mechanic and asked him to change the timing belt, as per the maintenance manual. He ordered in the parts, I took the car in and was having a nice cup of coffee. He came in after about 10 minutes, grinning, and said "Well, that's finished". I asked how and he said "You have a Suzuki engine and it doesn't need changing until at least 100,000 kilometres!" He had talked to Holden in Adelaide and they confirmed that my car was manu...factured in a Daiwoo plant in Korea to Holden specifications and had a Suzuki engine!" That's a new kind of hybrid to me.But that explains why I haven't had the motor problems that others have reported I guess. I've now done 75,000 km and am about to put my 3rd set of tyres on as the last 45,000 have been mainly stop/start around town. Oh well, that's not Holden's fault. And, as I said in my last review - I LOVE my Holden Barina !!
This car is a lie, for starters is not a Holden, it's a Daewoo. I had to put a new motor just after the warranty (3 years). The radiator does not last long, changed twice, the water reserve leaking, breaks failing all the time, very unsafe. I bought it brand new. Bad choice, not recommended, never buy Holden again.
Questions & Answers
expected fuel economy for this modle
What is the correct warm idle speed (RPM) in a 2010 TK Holden Barina. When at a set of lights in drive it keeps wanting to stall.
Can anyone tell me what a good idle speed is for a 2010 TK Barina? Having problems while in drive (but stopped - wants to stall). Also idles poorly in neutral.
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