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HOLDEN BARINA Used Car Review

Pros

Cons

  • Neat exterior design
  • RS variant injected some welcome pep into Barina
  • Improved connectivity from 2016 onwards
  • Decent driving manners of XC generation (2001-2005) and latest model
  • Interior quality and equipment lacking prior to 2016
  • 1.6-litre engine is old and lacking performance
  • Struggles to stand out against some strong class contenders
  • Sporty RS was more warm hatch than hot hatch
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Overview of the Holden Barina

Overview of the Holden Barina

HOLDEN BARINA GENERATIONS (SINCE 2001)

2001-2005

2006-2011

2011 onwards

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption

1.6L 4-cylinder: 6.9 to 7.3 litres per 100km

1.4L 4-cylinder turbo (RS): 6.6 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO HOLDEN BARINA

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: HOLDEN BARINA (2011 ON)

The first thing to check on any automatic Barina is that it selects all the gears properly and without hesitation. Count the gears as the car shifts up through them.

Don't forget to make sure Reverse selects promptly from Park, too. On the road, make sure the gearbox isn't slipping or flaring between gears as this is a sure sign of a worn gearbox.

Check the area around the coolant pump for leaks and check that the coolant level is correct in the expansion tank.

Barinas were also hard on engine mounts and a car with a broken mount can often be identified by a clunk when selecting a gear or when driving over a bump that sets up a vibration which feels like it's shaking the whole car.

Check that everything electrical in the Barina works as it should, too.