Holden Trax Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Holden Trax reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

What are the pros and cons of a 2018 MG ZS?

Answered by CarsGuide 9 Sep 2020

ZS pros include cheap pricing, an easy driving experience and a comparatively spacious interior compared to other direct rivals like a Mazda CX-3. The dash is pleasant, there is a decent amount of equipment and the controls are all simple to use. It should also be fairly inexpensive to run and service, though earlier ZSs like yours require six-monthly rather than 12-monthly service intervals.

There are two engine options - a 1.5-litre four-cylinder model with a four-speed auto on the base Excite, or a 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder version on higher-specification Excite Plus and Essence grades with a six-speed auto. Note that the latter powertrain is more expensive to service.

Plus, there's still a fair chunk of the manufacturer's warranty left, which is seven years, while capped-price servicing is also offered.

But the ZS does not offer AEB Autonomous Emergency Braking, so only rates a four-star ANCAP crash-test rating.

Additionally, the ZS's suspension is on the firm side in terms of dealing with road bumps, which might upset some occupants, yet there is not much of the 'fun factor' in regards to steering and handling finesse that rivals like the CX-3, Suzuki Vitara, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Venue, Holden Trax, Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Kona offer in spades.

We've also heard complaints about the interior's perceived quality being sub-par, cabin storage isn't generous and Android Auto isn't supported (though Apple CarPlay is).

Finally, the ZS' resale value trails all of the aforementioned competitors by a significant margin, meaning it's on track to be worth less when the time comes to on-sell it.

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Holden Trax 2015: What fuel is best?

Answered by CarsGuide 12 Oct 2018

If it’s a 1.4-litre turbo you should be using 95-octane PULP, if it’s a 1.8-litre you can use 91-octane unleaded.

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Holden Trax 2014: Various problems

Answered by CarsGuide 18 May 2018

For starters it’s not a new car now, it’s four years old, so problems car arise with it. It’s possible you have a worn ignition switch, or it could be an electrical problem that’s behind your starting issue. Take it back to your dealer, or a mechanic to have it checked and fixed.

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What car has a higher rating than the Holden Trax that is similar in size and price?

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Feb 2018

Our top pick among the Trax's rivals is the Honda HR-V. It's an excellent little SUV, with plenty of interior space and practicality. Check out our small SUV buying guide for all the details.

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Holden Trax 2015: Flaking paint

Answered by CarsGuide 10 Jul 2017

Are they saying their paint isn't capable of withstanding the odd drop of bird poo? Holden’s response is unsatisfactory. Seek the help of a paint specialist who should be able to give you an assessment of what caused the flaking, and then take that assessment to Holden. Another option is to take your claim to VCAT.

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What cars are easy to get in and out of?

Answered by CarsGuide 19 May 2017

It’s a common problem for us as we get older, but there are no sedans or hatches that have the sort of higher driving seat that you want. The best option would be a small SUV, such as a Holden Trax, Toyota C-HR, Ford Kuga, or Suzuki S-Cross.

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Best SUV under $25k?

Answered by CarsGuide 3 Feb 2017

The Trax is good value for money and stacks up well against all comers in the class. The 1.4 turbo is the best engine, and it has a conventional auto instead of a CVT that most of its rivals have. Others to look at are the Suzuki S-Cross, Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-5 and Subaru XV.

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Holden Trax 2015: Tailgate sealant

Answered by CarsGuide 6 Dec 2016

There are a lot of sealers and glues used in today's cars, so what you've got is common. You haven't been sold a bodged-up car.

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Holden Trax 2016: Should I buy it?

Answered by CarsGuide 14 Oct 2016

Check out the reports and comparos on our website where our road testers have consistently praised it in its class. I can only back up what has been reported, that it has decent fuel consumption, 5-star safety, and is well tuned to our roads.

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Holden Trax 2014: Problem with ignition barrel

Answered by CarsGuide 12 Aug 2016

No, it's not normal. Holden recalled a number of Trax SUVs in 2014 for problems with the ignition barrel. Although the recall doesn't specifically mention then problem you are reporting I suspect it could be related.

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