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# 208174 30-Jan-2017 14:26
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I'm looking to buy my first new car. In the sub $20K range.

Initially the Holden Spark was my clear #1 choice. Also considered a Suzuki Celerio, and while out of my price range new - I considered a near new Ford Fiesta 1.0 turbo.

As I've got spare time up my sleeve I thought I'd investigate further. I was quite disappointed to discover that even though Holdens NZ website and local sales brochures all show LS manual - they in fact do no bring them into NZ... they are all CVT auto. I called up head office to confirm because I was real surprised they would advertise an unavailable product.

Seems they can be imported on special order, 3 month waiting time. No manual parts in NZ, so if ever needed, a 2 week wait.

What do people think about idea of ordering special import in manual? Apart from a 3 month wait, any good reason I potentially should walk away and investigate the other 2 aforementioned cars?

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  # 1712798 30-Jan-2017 14:41
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We have a couple of Holden Sparks at work... they really are steaming piles of horse manure.


1 totally gutless, I Swear it slows down when you put your foot flat


2 can't get the seat low enough so the mirror doesn't take up 3/4 of the available visibility


3 the mirror cant be adjusted to the right place... the ball is so tight it jumps from one position to the next


4 the reversing camera screen in the mirror is impossible to see in daylight


5 can't turn off the daylight running lights


6 the seat is missing most of the cushioning


7 it screams low tech POS at every opportunity


8 the road noise is deafening


9 It handles exactly the way a go-cart doesn't


10 the brakes...don't


11 My balls shrink slightly every time I drive it


Don't get me wrong... I've driven worse... the other Spark






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