A car from Germany with excellent design and engineering and SH$% Build quality!
I have had my 2006 Holden Astra Station Wagon for 2.5 years. I purchased this particular vehicle because it is a small wagon with heaps of boot space.
Overall I enjoy driving this car. With the 5 speed, the gear between 2nd and 3rd is short meaning you need to get the revs up to around 2800rpm to drop it into 3rd at 2000rpm for the right speed. Mechanically the car is very fuel efficient. On 98 Octane, it will do city driving around 8.2L/100kms. On country driving I have got just under 7L numerous times.
In the wagon, the rear seats can...be moved so you can completely fold the rear seat flat. It allows you to store a lot of stuff!!! Being a German designed car, the handling is very very good along with the brakes. It's responsive in sharp turns and holds the road well on the standard tyres. It has saved me several times in avoiding cars suddenly coming out of driveways to veer off with no body roll. The engine has good torque but requires some additional push in traffic and on hills (perhaps due to the extra weight of the wagon vs the hatch). It isn't quick by any means. The body quality and interior parts are pretty poor for a car built in 2006. The factory clear coat has completely peeled on the roof and is starting on the bonnet and right side of the car (both drivers and RHS passenger door, front bumper). The left side has no peel. I've seen the clear coat come off other silver wagons but also other AH Astra's in various places (wagon and hatch). It seems to be a problem with early AH models imported into Australia (2005 - 2006). Another common problem is the steering wheel material coming off. You can still use the steering wheel, it just looks like it is falling apart.
Bought second hand 2009 model in 2012 done 57,000K
Run like dream until 2016 at 100,000K. I am a light user
Last year, It has timing belt replace in Jun, air conditioner replace in November. I feel costly then
Other than that it is just fine , I have tyres replaced, always stick to service plan.
So far so good. hope there won't be any major job in the near future.
nothing but problems timming belt cost 2000 what do I do fix it our replace engine can anyone help I like to now what the best opion is or anyone now any machines who cheap fair or might have a payment plan if any one can help please get back
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.
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
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
Not impressed with this good-looking car
I could not wait to buy a convertible but have learned from this car that they're just a bad idea. The roof seals leak during heavy rain which broke my heart, I've taken it back to Holden a few times under warranty (luckily) for an incessant squeak from back windows, flaps that spin out when roof is let down needed oiling two times in 6 months, shade that needs to be pulled out in order for roof to come down snapped back halfway during converting which caused my boot latch to snap - I had to drive around with a boot half way open (backwards!). ...There were a couple of features I did like: the small petrol tank, fairly good on fuel (9.3L/100km), the orange dash lights (different to the usual green), gear changing is a breeze due to light clutch, 6-speed manual rather than just a 5, nice sporty seats with seat warmers, and various other small things like steering wheel buttons etc. The thing that really got to me was that there is NO storage space at all; they could have put a storage box on top of the dash (like the Cruze) or next to the steering wheel (like the Eos) or even either side of the radio (like the hybrid Camry) but all they give you is a slot under the head unit which fits a cigarette lighter and no more! I will never buy a convertible again -- going to get a car with a sunroof instead. Drives well, nice sporty handling, light clutch/easy gear changes, seat warmers Roof seals leak, absolutely no storage space whatsoever, no room in the back, no mp3 decoder or aux port, no auto headlights -- lacking a lot of features that I belive a 2008 model car should carry
Just a adverage car
Good for me to zip around in however really small, and my Key is currently stuck in the ignition and i have to disconnect my battery to turn my car fully off and get my key out, if anyone has had the same problem please tell me what you did or where you went to get this fixed!
the sound system is great!
Lack of cup holders, and tends to lack power when going up hills, lots of problems with the electrics too!
I have an Australian delivered Astra AH 2005 with a water leak prob filling up the aircon/heater fan & flowing all over the floor ( 3 weeks after warrenty expired & 1st problem with the car) . Found the problem was a faulty sealing rubber between the plastic plenium chamber cover & the windscreen causing any water running off the windscreen to run under the plenium chamber cover & directly into the heater / demister inlet vent !!! Great design guys!!!!! , Have placed a plastic bag over the inlet for a temp to keep the car dry & will get a price...asap for a new cover ( clips break on the old one when you try to lift it to inspect under it ( i suspect its a throw away part) but i bet it costs a couple of hundred bucks at least - Hope this saves someone with a similar prob getting stung by a dealer/repairer to fix it by telling you it needs much more to repair ( they tend to tell a few porkies with stuff like this to inflate the bill!..... Good fuel consumption - Good sound system - Drives nice Poor build quality
This is my second Astra in three years. I bought my first one in Oct 06 and then traded it in for a new one in March 08. I have been happy with both of these and have found them reliable and comfortable to drive. I travel about 600km a week just getting to work and back, so I need a safe reliable car that will allow me to do this.
As this is our second car, we have always bought a hatch because it allows us the extra flexibility we need to carry large or bulky objects (such as bikes) that families often need to cart around. We were dis...appointed when we realised that the hatch in the latest model Astra does not have the option of making the floor completely flat. I will be due to upgrade my current car again at the end of this year, but will probably not get another Astra as there are many other good alternatives on the market and it is probably time for the Astra to undergo a revamp to keep it interesting when compared with its competitors. Easy to drive around town, good fuel economy, good basic safety features and range of inclusions Floor in back of hatch does not fold flat like in previous models
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Satisfied with car overall but have some serious concerns about Holden
My husband and I bought the Holden Astra (Automatic) in 2005 - brand new from a Holden dealer. Admittedly, we have had very few problems with the car since we bought it.
However... After buying the car we noticed on several occasions that the horn did not always work. We always had the car serviced at the Holden Service Centre, and every time we took the car to be serviced told them of our concerns about the horn. Every time they told us they had fixed the problem and yet it continued to only work intermittently.
Our car is now out of war...ranty. We received a letter from Holden about 6 months before our warranty ended, telling us that the service center in our area was closing and that our option was to take the car to another service center which is on the other side of the city. I contacted Holden about this and was told by one of their customer service agents that they had received a myriad of complaints from unsatisfied customers who had been put in a similar position. As such we have elected to go elsewhere for our service. When we took the car for the first service away from Holden, we mentioned the fact that we had intermittent problems with the horn. I was told that this is a common problem but that Holden would never admit to it. (Of course I am not able to investigate the truth of this but have read similar comments online from other Astra owners). The horn is now not working at all and I have had three occasions in the last few months where I have been unable to warn a car who is driving dangerously or about to reverse into my car. This is a basic safety issue and I am appalled that Holden has never done anything to rectify it. Has been fairly inexpensive to run. No major repairs in the 5 years of ownership Safety concerns re: horn not working
Good little car to have in the city. I have been happy with fuel consumption, handling, etc. Plus it is quite roomy inside for such a compact vehicle. Getting it serviced at the holden dealership is, of course, not the best idea. Rediculously expensive and two weeks later there were a lot of issues with the 'new' battery'. I had it looked at by a local mechanic and it seems to be fine now.
fuel effecient, compact, good handling
I just purchased a 2007 model built 2006. First impressions I like it. Getting on with day to day use some key design flaws stand out. Little space to put your gadgets, stuff that we carry around today makes it very user unfriendly. A small receptacle near the gear stick doesn't hold anything. Accelerate slowly off the mark and the item placed here is now on the floor. Where to put your mobile? Glove box sound appealing?
The climate control is similarly poorly thought out. Non standard designations mean learning what each thing does and repres...
The Holden Astra is a small sized car and only suitable for a couple of people in the front and small people in the back. There isn't all that much rear leg room nor is there all that much space in the boot. The car is quite well styled and peforms quite well. It stays on the road quite well. The seats are bucket type and can be a bit uncomfortable if you are sitting down for an extended period of time. Overall this is quite a reasonable vehicle to get around in.
Good fuel consumption and zippy car.
Not a bad car
Its not too bad. Good for a small car as its a bit bigger and has a bit more detail. Looking forward to a new car though. Previous owner had timing replaced before i bought it, so i hope thats true. Indicators can get annoying. Head light covers have gone cloudy from sun damage i think.
Good quality for price, looks good, ok to drive, cheap insurance and rego and fuel
No cup holders, seat uncomfortable, fuel gauge out - ran out of fuel twice when it said i still had fuel left, interior light came on one day and wouldnt turn off had to take bulbs out! if i have a bag on the front seat the no seatbelt alarm will go off, theres an awfiul engine rattle im scard about, powerless, head lights are dull.
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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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