Horrible car, noisy and unreliable
My brother bought a Holden AH astra diesel on the back of the proviso of quality European/German engineering and build quality from a car salesman that recommended it. My brother also liked it and thought it was a good car. After paying $21,000 for it secondhand, the emission control system started acting up, clouds of bluish white smoke, engine misfiring, and going into limp mode, gearbox issues involving not staying in 5th gear, (kept going into 4th and staying there with the engine running at high speed. Only after 80km/h, the ability to hol...d 5th gear actually occurred. The dealer support was awful. No interest at all in helping him with the problems at all. The car went through 4 alternators, and 8 batteries in the space of 8 years, cause the car was alwys going flat. (it kept needing to be charged with a battery charger and was a complete loss of $21,000. My brother was ripped off badly, and the service contract that was supposed to be a savior? that was a joke. No help at all. Stay away from Holden products out of Europe, especially Europe. South Korean cars from Holden maybe better, but my brother was taken down. Don't touch it with a ten foot pole.
Purchased in May 2009 at Hyundai Dealers for $21,000.
DON'T BUY THIS TRASH
Bought this car in 2014 for $7000 however, I had to spend another $4000 repairs
The car shakes/judders when driving at 60km or higher. The sports button makes the car undrivable. Another typical European Holden, nothing but problems.
Avoid at all costs especially L and P platers as we don't have that much money to spend.
Worst car ive ever owned. I cant believe there are reviews stating astras are great little cars far from it. I got the wagon 2006 model for 6grand. The horn stoped working after the first week. Then only 1 year later replaced the brake pads but there aas a major problems so from a $300 job it turned into $1000. And just only after that the coil pack went and the parts for the astra wagon are so expensive seriously guys this is the worst type of car and now i have a new problem and j dont know what has happened for ages it keeps cutting out after i try to turn it on and its not the starter motor or the alternator
Worst car of all award goes to Astra
Worst car of all. Coolant started leaking just at 70000km and again at 120000k, head gasket failed at 150000K, Transmission failed at 160000K, now at 170000k engine has starting misfiring. Had to change front wheel bearings, power window motor, sway bar links. Should have gone for Japanese car.
Dealers were worse then the car itself. Rear Power window weren't working so went it to have it checked. Dealer said we need to replace the electric motor cost estimate ($900). The best part was that I had already checked and the motor was working fine, it was the window regulator that was broken cost estimate ($50). Bought it over ebay and fixed it myself rather get duped for $900. What a farce.
Holden Astra Sucks
After 13 fixes $41,000 later the judge says no money just 1 more fix
Watever big business sux
So 6 years later I'm supposed to be patient for one more time so the judge can say you've had the cat for 7 years you've used it right?
No I've had Anxiety each time i opened the roof.
June 6th 2018 Update: Holden Astra was so bad it hit discontinued... not only that some parts you cannot get
If you want to spend 45K then sob for the following years... deal with holden! I regretted having ever dealt with them and the last straw was to find out some parts have been totally discontinued.... joke
The times I was left by the way side - rained on ... how infuriating.
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.
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.
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,...
I regret the day that I drove out of the dealership!
I purchased this vehichle at 60,000 kms. It seemed to have been well maintained by the previous owner and as such I did not think that I would have too much to worry about.... And I was right until I got to 120,000kms and was informed by the Holden dealership that this vehichle didn't seem to have had the timing belt replaced at the 60,000km service.. And I was lucky it had made it to 121,000kms (double its life expectancy) Of course I was shocked, because the dealership had assured me that everything on the handbook service had been completed....I immediately had this timing belt replaced and thought right....that should last me to 180,000kms. Then at 121,300kms the problems started... I started to hear this tap tap tap sound after driving home from Townsville where I had had it serviced so I headed straight to my local mechanic.... Turns out that the oil had been dumped in TSV and the guys who had serviced it at Holden, had either not refilled it, or had not put the sump back in properly....and I had no oil... my mechanic said I was lucky that the engine had not seized and he called the Holden dealership and gave them a serving. I probably should have taken them to court or at least fought for my money back on that service. Luckily after a close inspection my mechanic was confident that there was not any major damage and he sent me on my way and because I felt that there was no major damage I let the whole experience slide and simply promised myself that I would never go to that service centre in Townsville again. I followed up with the mechanic in Airlie Beach and had regular services every 10,000kms and kept a very close eye on the oil!! At 140,000kms the car lost all power when I was driving one day, was a flat battery caused by the alternator regulator or something... Being a girl I did the google thing and accepted that it was going to be another rather expensive bill from the new mechanic as I was now in Mission Beach.. Can you imagine my horror when it was over $1,000 to get the car running....plus a new battery. When the car really started playing up at 145,000kms and was reving irratically I could have cried.... another $1,200 and the car was running fine again.
I only had it for two weeks (rental) & I'd never driven a vehicle that modern, so I don't know what people normally accept (CD system, air vents, door hinges). If it's an example of Holden, I will never buy or rent any of their vehicles and I wouldn't recommend people under 5'6" to use it if they value their spine unless they have very long legs! It might be okay if you only use it for short journeys, but not for constant use.
It was easy to handle & could take a decent load (I'm a courier). I loved the CD player, the volume dampener when you h...
I purchased a 2004 Holden Astra AH (used) October 2007 still under warranty. Started having electrical problems such as horn not working and stereo controls on steering wheel playing up not long after the purchase...
Come December 2008 when the car is no longer under warranty my first big repair bill with the car occured ($3000) gearbox. Wasnt prepared to fork out $6000+ for a new one so went second hand. After that experience I learned that If anymore problems to occur would be costly as the car is made in belgium!
So promptly advertised th...
I would never recommend this model to anyone. Within one month of owning the car the boot sensor was broken (it would not register that the boot was closed and made the beeping alarm continually). This took 2 attempts (and 2 different Holden dealers) to be repaired, the first attempt was not installed properly. Following this was the service that left my car dented and me car-less whilst that was being repaired (Holden did pay for that error). The car was 4 yrs old and had only done 60,000kms when the front wheel bearings had to be replaced. Th...e moral of this is, drive the crap out of your Holden to reach your 100,000kms in the warranty period! I liked it's shape and overall look I dislike that after only 60,000kms the front wheel bearings had to replaced at a cost of $3000, and because there is no temperature guide when it overheats you damage the engine (also ridiculously expensive to repair - still awaiting this bill somewhere between $3000-$6000).
Having managed fleets for many years I can say the Holden Astra has to be the most unreliable car we have had, no other car in the mid-ranged field has had so many electrical problems and breakdowns, I would not recommend this car for these points. However if you are still interested in what I have to say Holden fixed all the issues under warranty and never once ripped me off, the services were I felt expensive, but now the Astra is no longer imported into Australia long live the Cruze which will be made in Australia in 2011
Firm ride, sharp handling
Not reliable, expensive to service
VERY cranky with the performance. It is very sad that it is only a bit over 3 years old and it is falling apart. The problems also all occur after your waranty expires. In my opinion no one should buy one. I can't sell my car cause I cant lie and dont want someone else to experience pain. Stupid Holden.
It LOOKS cute and nice. Too bad it is a chicks car and they suck us in and have it fall apart.
I dont like that the car falls to bits. Talk to any service person away from HOLDEN and they will tell you all the problems associated with Astra's an...
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|Category||Cars, Convertibles and Hatchbacks|
|Transmission||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Fuel Type||Diesel and Petrol|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||4 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||7.8 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||52 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 1.8L|
|Max Power||103kW @ 6300rpm|
|Max Torque||170Nm @ 3800rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Belgium|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2004|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2009|
|Replaced by||Holden Astra PJ|
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