Used Car Buying Advice. Are Holden Cars Good Buy Atm?

I recently moved to canberra and realized its hard to get around without the car.

Looking for a car to buy.
Rough budget is 5k or around.
Automatic transmission.

I had been looking at Honda, Toyota, Hyundai and Mazda but most of them were of 2005-2009.
Good ones went quick even before I could inspect.

But lately, I can see listings for Holden 2010-2012 around my budget.
Mainly they are Holden Cruz.

Are they good buys at the moment?
Which one are obv I have to avoid buying?
Any other things I need to know before buying them?

Also, I am planning to see couple of them next week in Sydney.

Would like some suggestion if anyone has used car transport service from sydney to canberra?

Thank you in advace to all Ozbargainers

Update: Thanks all for great comments and suggestions.. Will avoid Holden Cruze and captiva

Comments

  • +6 votes

    Holden Cruz weren't good when Holden was still in business - I can't imagine any chance of it being a better buy with the company down the toilet.

  • +3 votes

    Avoid

    A basic Google search would've told you that

    Cruze was plagued with issues from the start. The only half decent ones were the models with the 1.4T engine, as it was locally made

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    Cruze have very well known issues - there are a few, so best to use google.

  • +11 votes

    DON'T BUY A CRUZE

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      There is no font large enough to say that!

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      Buy a captiva instead! :D

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        BUY A CAPTIVA

        not

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    I owned a 2011 Cruze for a short while. If it wasn't for the engine randomly turning off (while driving) or the electrical issues, it was a great, comfy car for the $5k price tag.
    As others have said - avoid!

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      Errr. What happened when the engine turned off? Did it lock up or restart quick?

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        oh no sorry I forgot that it didn't turn off, it just randomly lost all engine power. I think after 5 seconds or so the engine power would return. It's been a while..

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          Oooo a car with a random mode; for the pro driver I'm sure.

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          Glad you survived then. Had something sort of similar when the car's fourth gear wouldn't engage. Scary few seconds.

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    Rough budget is 5k

    Something around that price range would be a grandpa spec VY Series 2 Commodore. Pretty hard to find an unmolested example these days but the right on will go forever.

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    I've been lucky with my 2010 Cruze with only the occasional major mechanical fault, but it's got very low mileage, so plenty of travel left for greater issues.

    I'd personally be looking at a Toyota.

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    Buying Holden is equivalent to burning your money, wasteful and bad for the environment.

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      I’d agree with the exception of commodore and possibly Colorado that is basically an Isuzu wearing a Holden suit. Anything else reasonably modern by Holden is rebadged rubbish.

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    Don’t buy a Cruze - again for emphasis.

    Don’t buy a car from out of your area unless you inspect in person AND are competent at inspecting or have a mechanic do it for you. As for Sydney to Canberra transport, catch a bus and drive it back.

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    Yeah, they're cheap unfortunately for a reason.
    Had a mate limp one to the mechanics, i think the engine/gearbox issues would come to ~$3500 all up (car was only worth about 5k).

    He left it there and pretty much handed them the keys.

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    Holden did some really dodgy stuff in their last years. Almost dishonest to call a Cruze a Holden, it's really a Daewoo. As others have said, avoid. There's no reason to get a Cruze when you have so many other good options in the price bracket. Even something like a 2005 Corolla is probably around your budget.

    That said, a Commodore is still a great buy. Reliable, easy to get parts, pretty easy to learn and work on…etc.

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    I had been looking at Honda, Toyota, Hyundai and Mazda but most of them were of 2005-2009.
    But lately, I can see listings for Holden 2010-2012 around my budget.

    You know the saying, if it is too good to be true…

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    Do not buy Cruze or Captiva. Others are generally fine.

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    Some years ago we had a Nissan Tiida 2010 as a second car. We sold it at 120,000km in 2018 for about $7k. I suppose you can score one around $5/$6k now. Very spacious, plus because it was the Ti it has leather seats and sunroof. ST or STL could certainly be had for just about $5k. We never had any issues with it for the 70,000km we used it for.

    and yes, don't buy a Cruse!

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    Thanks all for great advice.
    Holden on the avoid list now.

    • +2 votes

      It's not that Holden should be on the avoid list: it's the Cruze/Captiva that's on the avoid list….

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      Why Holden on the avoid list? The Cruze is a Daewoo…

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    The Commodore and Colardo are the only decent Holdens to consider. The rest can be bit of a risk.

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    To answer your question Holdens are no longer selling cars in Australia as of next year? so it probably isnt the wises choice to buy one for the long term however if you need a cheap car for now there are some good deals on Holdens.

    To give you some advice DO NOT BUY A HOLDEN CRUZ they are shocking cars between that and the Captiva are the prime reasons Holden went out of business.

    I would advise you get an Astra one of the older ones that were just rebadge Opals at least they were made in Europe back in the day. Might last a little longer and they were certainly more reliable.

    However you might be better off avoiding the brand altogether - with that said 5k doesnt get you much these days - 2nd hand cars imo are overpriced in the current market and have been for at least 5 years now.

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      Holden already aren't selling cars…

      And no, you don't touch the Euro Holdens for similar reasons to why you don't touch Korean Holdens.

      The rest of that is just echoing previous comments

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    Yeah don't touch Holden go Hyundai i30

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    Hmm I have 2014 Holden Cruze (1.8 Petrol) and it has been fine. Very low km (<50k) so maybe I am in for a rough future