This was my first Holden car. I will never buy an Astra or Holden again due to this LEMON. I highly recommend others consider these words.
I sold the car the day after the warranty expired due to the engine troubles. The local dealer like us because it gave their service department work. The 5 unsheduled visits plus the 3 sheduled visits meant we saw the service people 8 times in the first 3 years.
Good handling, suspension. Steering very intuitive for effortless drving. Like all small cars it has a small front end which makes it easier tha...
I wouldnt buy a Holden again, I think they have too many problems. I sold the car soon after the extended warranty expired (six years).
Good solid car when comparing to athor small cars, good handling, suspension. Excellent braking and handling. Makes for nice easy drving. It's a good size car for city parking and can pack a fair bit in the boot.
Had afew things wrong with it: Had to replace the fuel injectors and key barrel. It took afew visits to the service department to repair the problem with starting up the engine as it would turn over about 15 to 20 times before it would start up. It needed the extra three year warrantee I took up after the problems started.
DO NOT BUY THIS CAR. Has regular problems. Expensive to fix. Also, my experience with Hunter Holden was poor. They over-charge for as little work as possible. They try and over-charge by trying to up-sell the service and accessories.
Its got 4 wheels. Not much else
Where do i start ? Gear box is some cheap belgium crap. It seized up 1 week after purchase. Hunter Holden didn't replace it, but said they bled air out of it, and changed the computer configuration to discharge power slowly in first gear. Should have replaced the gear box. But Holden...
This car would have been a great car if it not for all the plague of problems. i dont think ill ever buy another holden again. i might have to settle for a Jap car as they are more reliable and better built than most holdens.
handling, power,interior is very ergonomic,you can hardly hear the road noise, good sound system,
Gee . . . lets see where do i start... (In order)*first to go was my back right suspension $230 for the part and $120 for labour.*4 months later the left suspension went had to fork out another $350*Exhaust started to rattle ...
I strongly suggest not buying one unless you feel like burning a hole in you pocket! simply putting it they are the worst cars ever to be made.
I got my astra without realizing that it was coming up to its 120.000 km service. First Big blow. almost 1000 dollars later for all timing belt and driving chain and general servicing. Since then and only 10 thousands Kilometers later, a warning light came on and it was chugging and backfiring really bad. Took it to mechanic.. 700 dollars later apparently coil pack went and needed to be r...
All looked good up until the 7yr old mark and generally am concerned about any more costly repairs required, in particular in view of the negative reports/reviews I am reading/hearing about these Astra vehicles........am considering trading in
I bought my wife an Astra City hatch new in 2002, looks great,drives and handles well, good performance,fuel consumption OK, solid feel....generally we have been happy with the car
All OK with reliability up until about last June at the 50000klms mark -(she does'nt go very far) ....timing belt/water pump/alternator changed.Air conditioning packed in December 2009, new compressor required, am now advised that engine mounts are broken and need replacing.
I got my Astra in 2005, and it is a 2004 model. I had very few problems with it mechanically for the first 3 years, however there has been a constant rattle in the dash which despite several attempts to fix has never gone away! After the warranty period (3 years) expired I've had nothing but problems with it - not major safety things but the car has just needed constant repairs and new parts. The timing belt was the first thing that needed replacing - at the 65000km mark -an expense I was not expecting! Then the thermostat broke, and the engine...kept getting quite hot so the cooling system had a service and the thermostat was replaced. At my 5 year service, I was told that my front and back brakes needed replacing - an extra $1000 on top of the service. I'm also finding that it isn't as fuel efficient as it used to be, and I'm not driving any differently so it must simply be the engine is not as efficient as it ages. So I'm very dissappointed with the Astra, and I'm looking to replace it soon. The moral of the story - if you own an Astra, sell it as soon as the warranty expires! Nice to drive, good size car for city driving See below...
The first thing I did was to find out how much Holden charged for servicing, I then went to a local mechanic. My local bloke charges 50% tp 70% lower than that of Holden. My 60K service (major) was $460 at Holden they wanted $780, a mate's parents in a capital City paid $1400. In other words you need to look around, AND DON'T USE HOLDEN SERVICING.
The car is great, heaps of power, strong chassis and body. The doors are one piece not like the Ford or Mazda where the door is made of two pieces. Disc brakes all round.
The only problem I h...
Overall, I can't complain about my 2003 Holden Astra City. It is very reliable, very smooth to drive and is a good size for living in the 'burbs and near the city.
The only major issue I've had is the air con blowing - I don't know anything about cars so that could be normal. It cost almost a grand to fix which wasn't fun.
- Reasonably cheap to run.- Not too many issues in 7 years.- Very smooth to drive.
- The air con blew after 5 years (no idea if that is unreasonable).- Cds sometimes get stuck in the player.
I brought a MY08.5 CDX manual astra. Has been a great car. Only issue was a temperature sensor that was replaced under warranty. I have had the car serviced every 7500km and I believe this has made the difference. I would not hesitate in buying another one--except of course-they are not sold here now. Like the Cruze--but will give it a few more years --so they iron the "bugs" out of the system
solid, safe handles well
heavy on petrol in the city
Dont buy a Holden
I have an 05 Astra CD. Loved my Astra at first but then stupid stuff started breaking and going wrong, stuff that shouldnt happen to a 4-5 yr old car!
Will prob be trading it in soon as Im worried more stuff will go wrong with it.
Cheap on petrol, quite roomy inside, good size boot for a hatchback, smooth drive
Where do I start.. air con died when the car was only 3 yrs old, then it was the coil pack needing replacing which cost in excess of $600 to be replaced (both the air con and coil packs are common Astra problems), then it was the brake rotors that needed replacing, and the Astra brake rotors are very expensive. I was quoted from $600 to $1000 to get these replaced.
Do not buy an Astra!
I would not recommend this car to anyone! I bought my Astra second hand about 3 years ago (2005 model) and for the first year it was great, nice and roomy and cheap on petrol. For the last 2 years i have been constantly handing out money for repairs and parts. Firstly parts for this car are ridiculously expensive! A new battery set me back $200, the brakes have screwed up twice in the last 9 months costing me a fortune, the rear passenger side window broke recently another $250, the front of the car is basically made out of plastic and seriousl...y low to the ground and completely tore off when I reversed out of a driveway costing a couple of hundred to fix, the radio broke costing $300, the air con also broke a couple of months ago there's another couple of hundred and to top it off mine broke down the other day which I got quoted $1000 to fix. Considering I have regular services every 6 months these kinds of thing really shouldn't be happening to a car that's only a few years old. I'm a student with this car so I really do not recommend this car to any first car buyers or parent's looking to buy there kids their first car because it is a seriously expensive car to take care of. So unless you have a lot of money and don't mind paying for regular services and repairs I would look elsewhere as there are so many better cars on the market! Reasonably cheap on fuel Expensive parts, constant repairs, not built well, parts always seem to break.
I love my car, best car ive been in
The astra is a perfect car for any season..... Its fun yet reliable .. I have a 2003 model and i love it more then my boyfriend.
Fun, safe , reliable and inexpensive if kept well
Makes others green with envy
I really love my Astra Convertible , all I think bad about it is the boot space. I love everything else . So I guess it's bye for now.
I purchased my 2004 Astra Convertible two years ago and the whole reason I like it is because of the amazing acceleration and ride comfort.
There is only one con in my Astra Convertible , it is that there is hardly any boot space with the top up or down.
Good experience, can recommend it.
I bought new 2004 Astra CD auto and really can't complain. I do my own service except time belt change. Even battery is original after 8 years plus. Only problem was direction indicator failed and flusher unit had to be replaced at $ 160.00. Drives well and is economical on fuel. Poor performance on E10, better on regular and best using super petrol. No rust, solidly built to compete with WV Golf. Seats attract lint and had to cover front and back seats for easier cleaning. 60K timing belt change unusual. So far I have been happy with Astra, done 90K mainly country driving.
Zippy engine, suspension, practicality of it, economical to run.
new flesher unit had to be replaced at 65K
I have had my 2001 Astra CD Manual Hatch since new and its now tipping the 120,000km mark and what a fantastic car. Treat this car well and it'll treat you back well. This car is comfortable, quick, stylish and great on fuel. I have also done some visual modifications to it (lowering, new rims (turbo model), coloured calipers, exhaust) and it looks fantastic. Despite having to replace the a/c compressor at 110,000kms im extremely happy with this car. For people expressing their disgust about this car should perhaps take more care in general mai...ntenance. If you pop the hood every month check oil and fluids, listen for any faults and drive the car with care it wont skip a beat. Also when you're getting the car serviced take it to an independent mechanic (not holden as they overprice) and perhaps source your own parts for the mechanic to use. Sourcing brake pads and discs can save you upwards of $200. - Great Looks - Cheap to run - Has plenty of grunt for a 1.8L - Advanced features (for its time) - Great on highway - Stock speakers are quite good - Interior rattles - Holden overprice everything for this car - Had to replace A/C compressor at 110,000km
was ok in the beginning
i purchased this car (sri 2.2) in 2005 it was 3 years old with 36000kays on the clock. ran fine for years.
once they kms got past 200000 i started to have a few minor problems, key kept getting stuck in barrel, transponder in key failed and i couldnt start the car in the middle of no where after having a wee at 3 am at the roadside lol, the high beam switchgear failed and was flashing people whenever i went over a bump, then the timing chain failed and destroyed the engine which was uber expensive to replace. so cut my losses and sold it damag...
Despite the cons, I like my car and will keep trying to find someone who can replace the electronic display for less than Holden's quote and get further info on the extended warranty cover.
Needed a change after years of work & was told by my daughter that I deserved the 2004 yr model.Totally agreed after the test drive in Apri 2008 so I went ahead with the purchase. It is so "cool" with the hood down.
Purchased at just undre 50k from Springwood and brakes had to be replaced after 6 months - was not impressed & Holden's quote to replace was $10...
Not made for warm climates!
When I first purchased this car it was used (a good 8 or 9 years old). It seemed to drive fine, although it was my first car, so I didn't have too much experience in test driving cars. It began with the roof headliner sagging, and needing to be replaced (2 days after purchase!)
It was approximately 1 month after I bought it, that I started having problems. I had driven to a friends house, and when I went to leave it wouldn't start. I did eventually get it to start, although at the time I didn't realise that my problems with this car had just...began. A few months later I had moved out to acreage, so the car was only really being used on open roads going into town etc. Everything went fine as winter passed, then as it began to warm up I started having problems again. I had only been driving the car for about 10km's when it lost power, suddenly, without warning. I had pulled over and tried to start it over and over, but Nothing worked. I ended up having to call RACQ out (The first of many times). They couldn't tell me what was wrong. The tested my battery (which was better than new), and about an hour later it started. I drove it around the corner and parked it. Over the next few months I took it to many mechanics, however no one could tell me what the problem was. It worked fine for a few weeks before the problems continued. It cold started every time, however it was once the engine was hot, that it could not start. This also meant that it would cut out in less than favourable circumstances. For example whilst waiting at traffic lights, round a bouts, or just in traffic. It usually began with the rev counter going crazy (without me touching anything), before the engine stalled.
- Astra TS (1998-2005)
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Best 1st car - common mechanical issues are no worry with extended warranty via a wholesale dealer
I bought a 2003 cdx with only 105,000km in near new condition from Rockdale Wholesale Auto Traders in Sydney back in 2010. I now have just hit 165,000km. Replacing the tensioner assembly every 60,000 (major service) could hurt - but I was smart enough to befriend one of the local apprentices at Holden and he the parts for my 120,000km service only cost $300. I paid him $200 cash to do it as he was saving me a massive amount on the labour (I had quotes ranging from $1100 - $1800 through a dealer or local mechanics).
I took the car in its s...tock form to 200km an hour on a track and with some weight in it to stiffen the suspension it was smooth as anything. No shudders shakes or anything. The 1.8L engine took it from 0-100km/hr in just over 9.5 seconds. Completely stock. And on the other end - I have averaged consumption of 4.8L per 100km on a hilly road at 80kmh. This was achieved simply by driving gently and taking it out of gear to coast on the down hills (can save an average of 2L per 100km on longer smooth trips). The air con compressor coil went at about 130,000km. The fuel gauge was faulty when I bought it - but with the trip computer calculating fuel range electronically it doesn't matter. Otherwise it is brilliant car.
Questions & Answers
I'm changing the alternator in my 2001 TS Astra, but cant get the plug undone that connects to the old alternator. Any tips on how to get this undone? The cord for the plug is very short so i cant pull the alternator out to see how the plug works
make of 2003 2.0 litre turbo astra, is it Vauxhall or Holden and country of origin please ???
Hi I have a 03 1.8 astra I had engine light come on had it scanned and came up with crank Angel sensor replaced it with a new one drove ok for about 1k then engine light came on again with the same code
|Category||Cars, Convertibles, Hatchbacks and Sedans|
|Transmission||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Fuel Consumption||8.2 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||52 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.2L|
|Max Power||108kW @ 5800rpm|
|Max Torque||203Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Belgium|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 1998|
|Discontinuation date||Jan 2005|
|Replaced by||Holden Astra AH|
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