My ownership experience
Was the owner of a red 2017 Astra r+ Auto . Bought with 6,500 kays on it from a private seller. I like the design, build and features for the price. Thats where the good points end. I was very disappointed on such a new car the amount of rattles coming from interior trims coming from the dash, door area and seatbelt area. As I put more Kays on it I noticed how soft the paint was with many stone chips. I even had one on the roof!. I had engine problems when going up hills a clicking sound happen like the sound of a piece of tin in a coke can rat...tling and loose power for a moment or to. The transmission wasnt very smooth you could hear it clunk into second gear and would jolt. 1 year and 20,000km later I decided to trade it in for a older car and lost money as these Astra do not hold there value at all.
Purchased in June 2017.
Purchased new in April 2018 for just over 20 thou. for the R+.
Has done over 30,000 Kims now.
This car has been quite reliable and economical. Plenty of go in the 1.4 Ltd donk.
Has excellent handling and good onboard tech. Although the forward collision alert seems to come on at odd times. But very comfortable car to drive.
Well worth the purchase price.
Good car but not without quality niggles
Have had a 2018 Astra R+ hatchback for under 2 years with 11k kms on the clock so far.
Pros- it’s a drives like a dream with excellent ride, handling with decent power and kit. Good value for money
Cons- very bad paint quality, chips very easily, almost as if they used crayons for paint.
Headlights are extremely inadequate out of the city or on dark unlit roads
The placement of the reverse camera and the resolution are causes for limited utility
Questions & Answers
Wondering what experience others have had with turnaround under warranty. Under 2 yo Astra r+ has so far had confirmed blown piston and cracked piston head - currently investigating whether its damaged the bore - to which Ive been told thisll mean a full engine replacement (26k on the engine!!). Im pushing for a courtesy car because Im stuck 30ks from the service centre with 3 kids and no car. while Im giving the dealer the chance to get things done (they havent finished their warranty process yet - but Ive been told their warranty lady goes on leave tomorrow) Im worried if I dont start to push Ill be stuffed for at least another week. Would appreciate some guidance on a way to expedite the process - no doubt Holden hasnt even had anything through from the dealer as yet.
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