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Reliable, but bad paint work
I own a 2006 Astra CDX, bought it new. It was silver, now patchy silver. Very disappointed with the paintwork on it, because it's a great, solid, mechanically sound car, but was worth nothing because of the paint when I tried to trade it in a couple of years ago (decided to keep it).
Also, a few days after the warranty ran out, the compressor for the air conditioner blew up, costing me $500 to replace it. The dealer I bought it from said I could 'try' applying for goodwill from Holden, but 'good luck with that'.
Besides that and the pain...t, it's been a good, reliable car. It's got 100K on the clock and the only money I've had to spend on it was the timing belt and new brakes, not unusual or unexpected in a car of its age. I chose this car over a VW Polo TDi, due to the solid feel of the car. You do feel safe in it.
excellent build quality and reliability
I owned my ah astra cd coupe for four years.apart from servicing and replacing front brake pads nothing else needed doing.It had 110000 on the clock when I bought it and 175000 when I sold it.It was a pleasure to drive being a 5 speed manual was fun and zippy couldn't really fault this car I've owned 8 previous cars and this was by far the best!
Dont buy one and if you have one sell it now
Bought a second hand 2005 AH Astra auto for my daughter.
First the horn wasnt working - turned out to be the CIM module. At the same time the auto gears were not changing properly. Luckily these both got fixed under the dealer warranty.
A year later the gearbox had issues and would not change above 2nd. Caused by the transmission fluid being diluted by coolant as the design is such that gearbox coolant flows through the radiator and any failure causes this catastrophic result. End result the clutches etc in the gearbox were ruined and neede...d a complete rebuild. Say goodbye to over 4 grand. That was 2 weeks ago. Now tonight the motor has developed a horrible misfire and has complete loss of power. I'm hoping its just the coil pack but who knows - could be a complete engine rebuild knowing my luck. If you have one of these bucket of bolts get rid of it before it sends you broke.
Who says European cars are unreliable?
I bought my Astra CD as a used car and owned it for 2 years and 8 months. I really like that car because the way it handles, the practicality with the fold-able backseats and that is one of Holden's best known models. What made me choose this model over other makes and models? Well, it's pretty difficult to keep it simple. It's a good honest European built model, it isn't too expensive compared with other European small cars (mine has, 4 airbags, ABS brakes, cruise control, alloy wheels). So far, my Astra has be very reliable, servicing costs a...re reasonable and better still, Holden manufacture spare parts for Astras and as far as fuel goes, I use 95 PULP and it costs around $57 to fill up and fuel consumption i've managed to get 7.2L/100 km (compared to 7.8L/100 km on normal unleaded). I had no issues whatsoever and I shall keep it until it gets worn down.
2005 Holden Astra AH CD - excellent car
I bought my Astra hatch almost 3 years ago at a Brisbane dealership when it had just under 25,000kms on the clock. I needed something small-ish that was comfortable and economic. After test driving both the Mazda 3 and the Astra hatch I much preferred the Astra - it was far more comfortable to drive. It's been a fantastic car. I moved interstate to Canberra about a week after I bought it and was pleasantly surprised by how well it handled the long drive - since then it's frequently driven back and forth to Sydney and has always gone well. Fuel ...consumption has always been really good. Only small issue I am dealing with now is that the power steering fluid is starting to leak and no mechanic can seem to find where it is leaking to. Doesn't affect the driving as long as the fluid is kept topped up.
Fantastic family car
I have owned my 2008 cdx wagon for 6 yrs i have had no problems with this car, it's been fantastic it has a luxury cabin with leather seats and seat warmers very good for the winter. It is a very economical car it is very roomy inside as well.
2009 Astra 1.9CDTI Manual
It's not helpful that ProductReview lumps all the models together. I think the diesel, especially the manual, is a much different car to the petrols.
I bought my car second hand at 18 months old with 13000km, for two-thids of the new price (not including on-road costs, which would have pushed the new price higher). It's about to have its 120,000km service. Timing belt still not needed.
Superb to drive - really quick.
Prone to electrical glitches - it constantly warns me the coolant is low, when it isn't. Interior light does not come o...n when you open the door, and even though it was still under Warranty Holden were unable to fix it. It's surprisingly annoying! Once it went into limp mode, and I was only a few km from home so was able to limp home. Diagnostics said it a a problem with the accelerator. The problem went away after a few days of attempting test drives, and has never come back.
Bought the car brand new - 08 CDX wagon. Have not had a problem with it in 6 years. Very economical, very reliable. Would definitely recommend.
SRI Turbo is a great car, vey fun to drive
I bought a 2007 model manual Astra Coupe Turbo with 60000kms on it, have had it for 3 years now and it's up to 78000kms.
This turbo model is a lot of fun and great to drive. It's better that you select 'Sports' mode when you drive it as that improves its handling immensely. In normal mode it can understeer a bit and especially in the wet.
The interior has a nice fit and feel to it and the car outside and in still looks great 7 years later.
So far it has been completely reliable with no major faults, there is a bit of rumour on AH Astras w...
Solid and good looking. Mechanically soul destroying.
The Astra was such a love/hate car for our family. The love comes from the fact that all of the Astra’s are good to drive. They feel solid, hold the road well, have aged well so still look good and, most of all, have that definite European feel about them. The fact that Holden switched it out for something as dull and generic as the Cruze will, for them at least, go down in history as a fatal mistake.
With this in mind it pains me to admit that we have never been happier than the day we walked into a dealership (not a Holden dealership) and ...parted company with this vehicle. From start to finish it was an absolute nightmare. To be fair, the problems experienced were largely attributable to the fact that we bought the diesel car. It was the first diesel we owned and the performance of the manual car (the auto has a lower spec motor) was downright impressive. Whilst first impressions were heavenly, the AH diesel Astra is an absolute lemon. The engine is actually a Fiat motor. It pops up in numerous Fiat, Opel (Holden), Saab and Alfa Romeo vehicles. And. Everything they say about Italian cars being unreliable to the point of absurdity is quantified by this engine. We bought our bright red Astra with 5000 kilometres on the clock (2008 model) and sold it with just over 85000km on the dial. We have never parted with a vehicle with such low mileage but it was pretty clear to us that holding onto it for any longer would be a fatal mistake financially. Without the factory warranty the bills this vehicle could serve up were nothing short of staggering. The first major issue was at 20,000kms. A complete failure of the dual mass flywheel in the vehicle. The car was off the road for three weeks whilst Holden messed around trying to diagnose the fault and then tried to avoid paying for it (approximately $4000.00). Apparently the “first time” the problem had occurred but when Google actually auto-fills a car complaint when you search it then it generally means that the problem is a big one. A global one.
Fuel efficient, but has its issues
I have a 2004 automatic astra city . I have had it just over a year and all it has done is cause me trouble, I bought it with 107,187km on the clock. My timing belt went 2 weeks after. at 115,000 my transmission started to play up, it took me a whole light set to get through one set of lights and I was the first car, I took it to get scanned and nothing turned up. It has since cost me over $1000 to get the transmission replaced because it kept doing it. At 123,000 my speedo dropped out and didn't want to work when doing 100km down the freeway....I have my car serviced every 7000km and now it seems to be a problem with my cv joint. I am a careful driver and would recommend if buying 2nd hand get at least 2 mechanics to check the car out before buying. I seriously believe this car wasn't treated the best before I bought it, although my brother, my good mate (mechanic) and myself checked it out before buying. handles well, fuel efficient. transmission, speedo
Fantastic little car
We have had our AH ASTRA CDXi since brand new in 2005 when we purchased it in August.
This has been a very reliable little car and apart from the cam belt changes and water pump that is done at the same time servicing is quite the norm as with any car,brakes do wear a little quicker but we are not too easy on our brakes anyway.
Battery has been replaced once,air con re-gassed and I have upgraded the standard 16inch wheels to Factory 18 inch Astra SRI Turbo wheels that feel nice and solid with the wider tyres.
Fuel consumption is still ...good considering it is now on 198,000km ,idles beautifully still and air con is still icy cold. Paint finish on these cars is typical of a European made car ,thick paint and top quality clear coat,still turns heads as it is the rare breeze blue colour that looks so nice on a sunny day.
Good for a first car
This is my first car and have found it very reliable. Purchased second hand at 60,000k. Easy to maintain/service, although at around 100,000km the timing belt needs replacing and this can be pricey- so be wary if purchasing one around 90,000k. Cruise control is a breeze, very good on petrol, handles well. Not sure about other models but my car has full airbags including curtain airbags.
If you are outside the car and hold the unlock button down all the windows go down/ go up when you hold down lock. Cool trick and can close the windows once you've left the car.
Only one cupholder, no console/elbow rest.
Still not sure...
I bought my 2006 Holden Astra CDTI second hand only ever owned by one other owner as my first car.
The first 5 months of having the car were fantastic. It did everything I needed it to do and more. The reverse sensors were super handy, the fog lights were great and the Diesel engine was a dream.
It wasn't long until my little Astra took a massive turn down hill. I was driving on the highway when all of a sudden my battery warning light came on. As this was my first car I had no idea what this meant but did the right thing and tried to pu...ll over. It was only 2 minutes when all of a sudden all the power to my car cut out. My breaks were no longer working as apparently this happens with the diesels and my steering locked up. If it wasn't for my car being a manual I would have driven straight into on coming traffic. When I managed to get my car to the mechanics I was told my alternator had busted. Luckily it was covered in the warranty. After the repair my lights started blowing and would cut out randomly in second gear. My radio also cut out and it was as if my car was losing power almost instantly for only seconds. 3 months later I took a trip to New Castle (8 hours away) and half way there my car started making really weird ticking like noises. I got the NRMA out as soon as I arrived and they told me it was again the alternator. I wasn't going to make it home and instead spent my holiday carless. My lights are still blowing but everything else is healthy. I'm now just waiting for the 4th alternator to make its appearance. My mechanic has been so great and super reliable and has told me to get rid of the car ASAP as all Holden CDTI Astras have this major issue. Please don't buy the diesel Astra. Size, look, reverse sensor, great fuel economy, 6 speed manual transmission, sports mode, drives really really well Alternator, expensive to fix if not in warranty, blowing lights, always on edge about the alternator
We like it ...
We really like our Astra Twin Top. It had a few issues when it was brand new such as having to have the fuel pump replaced 3 times. This issue ended up being an issue that they recalled all the Twin Tops to fix. But now that is all sorted its a great car. It looks great and drives really well.
Sunny days with the top down
the roof takes a fair while to go up and down.
Great car! I wish i did more research though.
I recently bought a 2006 Astra AH with an optional extras pack including 15" alloys, power windows for all doors, reverse parking sensors and cruise control.
Excellent car, looks good, drives really well and is reasonably fuel efficient with low maintenance costs.
In terms of power, it is a little sluggish when over taking but you can get around that by pressing the "Sport" mode button on the dash which allows you to rev higher through the gears and sharpens throttle response.
The only downside I have come across with the 2006 model is aft...er purchasing it and doing more research I found out that the 2007 models and after were built with a Z18XER engine putting out around 103 KW as opposed to the Z18XE in 2006 and earlier models which only puts out 90 KW. The later model engine also gets 7.8 L P/100 KM where as the earlier engine gets 8.2 L P/100 KM average. Bottom line is if you had the opportunity to get the later model engine do it! but other wise it isn't a huge sacrifice as the earlier models are still a great car and you may be able to get them cheaper and with added extras like I did. Looks Great, Reliable, Low running cost's, decent efficiency models before 2007 are built with a less powerful and less efficient engine
I have a loved twin top that had cost me a small fortune with engine chain mounts falling off, roof needing repair etc. have just had cable in door handle snap and am told No Parts are available in Australia for this car??? Holden service excellence? I also checked for recalls as the Holden dealership failed to check. Found 3 outstanding including a brake hose. I booked car back in to have recalls done and was told the car would have to remain off road for up to three months while they sourced parts from Europe but could not guarantee they coul...d get any?? Sadly I will be buying anything but another one of these as I want a car that can be mended for more than 3 years. Drive and size love the options of using the back seats Parts not available repairs lengthy and recalls not done because no parts can be found to do them
The best car I have owned
This is the best car I've owned by far. We bought it brand new in 2005 and it has served us well doing 160,000 km. It is very easy on fuel compared to my son's Mazda 3. He probably has thrashed that though. It has very thick doors compared to our japanese cars and has 6 airbags traction control,abs and many other more safety features that our japanese cars did not have. I have the Automatic which probably needs another gear on the freeway but nothing I can't live with. I bought this for my daughter new but she was given a company car straight a...fter Uni. I loved it so much we kept it and sold my car. It has given me no problems at all. It feels rock solid on the road, like a large saloon and I love the brakes on this car. It is very easy to clean the interior compared with other cars because of the fabric used . It only needs a service once a year compared with every six months like a mazda or toyota of similar vintage so I use my expensive oil filters and spark plugs. Accessories and parts are very cheap if you buy these from the UK or other EU websites. I bought the official vauxhall roof racks and boot protector. I also bought a replacement heated electric mirror I ripped off reversing up my narrow driveway for $80 from ebay.co.uk. I think the paint is much better than our japanese cars because our other car is parked in a similar place and is subject to bird dropping damage but the Astra's paint looks brand new . It still looks modern compared with some similarly aged cars. The polycarbonate headlight lenses have gone hazy and yellow. Fuel efficiency only 12 monthly service intervals not 6 months the polycarbonate headlight lenses went yellow and needed to be cleaned
Finally got my dream car!
Purchased the '09 model secondhand in 2011 & couldn't be happier, from the price to the color - just perfect. Drives beautifully & is good on fuel. I can still fit my suitcase in the boot even with the top down & when the top is up the boot is bigger than many sedans. Glad I waited for the hardtop just because I feel more secure in it.
Leather seats that hug you, heated seats, rear park assist, how quick & easy it is for the hardtop to open & close, awesome stereo.
Not enough cup holders.
Pleasantly surprised ! Best twin top in its class.
Bought a very nice condition MY2007 this year (2012) as I wanted to have a convertible and I am over my 4x4 phase :)
Didn't really know what to buy to fit my budget (< 20k), so I tested the Renault Megane twin top, the volvo 93, fold focus. Also drove a Astra soft top as comparison.
The AH twin top beats all of those hands down. By far the best engine - the 2.2L is just so much fun to drive, especially in sports mode. Best features - computers everywhere, everything electric, leather, heated seats, park assist - all stuff which is usually f...ound in more expensive cars. Handeling is sensational - 6 gear manual gearbox a blast. And then of course the top, which is nothing short of sensational ! And the styling is a sure head-turner. Cant share the criticism of some others - at least not yet anyways. Everything works flawlessly, including the opening / closing of the roof. No leaks, squeeks etc. Things I would like to see improved: Add electric seats /w memory. More storage and cup holders. Probably a bit more horsepower. All in all a very very nice car. I am pleasantly surprise how much I love it beyond the twin top (which was the main reason why I bought it.).
7 years old, One lady owner since new, its been trashed and bashed and still looks like new. Rarely serviced but never missed a beat, rear ended twice, first time sitting at traffic lights, 4 wheel drive slams into the back of me, I get out and see its lost its bumper and one light,,,, my car,no damage but a crumpled number plate, its like it springs back into shape. I Will keep this car for a long time, as its pretty has held its value and a potential classic.
after seven years and 140000km nothing has broken or worn in the interior and it has never broken down.
2009 Holden Astra Hatch
I've always had my car serviced by Holden, they're overpriced but didn't want to void the warranty. 2 services prior to new car warranty expiry I noticed the coolant warning come up occasionally on the computer dashboard so had Holden check it out twice and both times they said it was fine. As soon as it was out of warranty and I took it for it's next service they said the sensor is faulty and will cost me to replace it!
I refused saying I had brought it to their attention twice while it was under warranty but they said it didn't show up a...s faulty when they conducted the tests under warranty. Still refused to pay for it so now I have to put up with a faulty sensor. About 3 months after that service my car was running quite rough and the engine light was staying on so took it back yet again and was charged $400 so they could tell me they couldn't find anything wrong with it and the engine light isn't staying on anymore! Ran okay for a couple of months after that until 19th Jan when the same thing happened again; it was running so rough at one point I struggled to get my car up to 60kmh and now that engine light is back on. Had other minor cosmetic issues also. Stay away from Holden. Seat warmers Engine and electricals. No centre console. Lack of cupholders. Cosmetic faults.
My wife brought her 2007 Sri brand new. My wife is a conservative driver never crashed, i often get mad while driving with her because she is like a grandma. To begin this car goes through a new set of front tyres every year which is crazy. Even if you get them alligned, balanced and get decent tyres they still wear unbeliveably fast.
The car was regularly serviced but not at holden dealership. At 23000 kms a gasket leaked and pumped water into transmission. We took back to Holden an they said it is because we didn't get it serviced by them,...
- Astra AH (2004-2009)
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One of the best cars I've owned
I have the 2005 AH wagon and 2008 60th Anniversary Wagon. Both automatics.
Both a reliable, zippy and plenty of room with the wagon.
All I have had done is the battery at 60,000kms, timing belt on the 2005 at 100,000kms. Yes, you only need to do this at 100,000kms. It's the same engine as in the UK and their handbook states 100,000. That was $800. I have never had a problem with the electrics.
I buy my air and pollen filters online from the UK and save heaps. I've even bought the sparkies from there.
I'm looking to upgrade the 200...5 to a 2009. I love these cars. They do the job and do it well with a lot of small but useful extras. Solid inside and out, power, handling, safety, sound system, fuel economy, steering wheel controls Lack of cup holders, glass protector on lights at front fade, no lighting above rear seats
Small car that drives like a big car
Bought the 2004 AH Astra CD new and have done 145,000km now and still going well, It replaced the big Falcons we had previously and gave fantastic fuel consumption and great on road feel, it drove on the highways like a big car. It has a good quality finish and feels like a European car inside.
It has towed a Camping trailer all over Eastern Australia. Towed trailer loads of sand, sheep and hay brilliant. It travelled 25k a year for the first few while still taking kids around to sport. Have serviced it at Holden’s the whole time (15k s...ervices) a new water pump at 90k with the change in belt and a new computer management chip at 135k being the only issues apart from regular tyres and brakes. New battery in 2009 and now uses a little bit of oil. Would recommend and will look at the new Opel Astra now it is available. Replaced a big car with a small one that did everything for less Faded glass on front light over time and stitching on back seat going over time
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