Emission and TCS light always on, pressing gas takes long time to increase speed and noisy engine
Hi, I just bought an old car and just recently it has some problems:
* Emission and TCS light always on
* Whenever speed back to 0 (red light, traffic), pressing gas takes long time to increase speed
* Engine has a weird noise
Can someone please help and let me know what's going on?
Thanks in advance.
No help given
Reported that my dash panel not working eg temp fuel and speedo not working I was told to see a auto electrician I have already done that I was looking for advice of what was wrong with electric system not to contact auto electrician that was no help at all
Holden Astra 2005
Bought the car in Feb 2006 new from the dealer has only done 40,000k, the paintwork is now shocking. I have 2 lines down the roof where the paint has faded and peeled off, this is also starting to happen on the boot and bonnet. Holdens Customer Care response (once they saw the cost of the repairs) is that this is sun damage and its an old car !! Really? We have a 15yr old Pajero with no such fading or chipping......but what do Holden care, they have my money now and can hide behind the 'out of warranty' statement. Would never buy another as clearly the paint is not up to the climate the car is being sold in.
Great to drive but not to own!
We bought this 2004 TS Astra CD 1.8L auto hatch new from a Holden dealer. The car was well specified and included ABS brakes and traction control. Had some early quality problems (incl the child lock on a rear door) which were all fixed by the dealer. The car was great to drive with good performance and great handling. The car was used mainly for local commuting. We planned to keep the car long term but an increasing range of unexpected and potentially expensive problems have caused us to sell it now. These included an early wheel alignme...nt issue which contributed to the first set of tyres only lasting 30,000km. At this time we were shocked to find the front brake pads also needed to be replaced (not cheap!). Other issues included an intermittent dash warning light (traction control?) coming on under normal driving conditions and the aircon/fan not working at all on very hot days! The aircon was otherwise increasingly noisy (compressor on the way out?). The windscreen washers also ceased to function (difficult to fix due to the location of the washer bottle) and the ashtray would not close (spring missing). Much black deposit on the alloy wheels made these almost impossible to clean properly. Lint on the velour seats was also difficult to remove. The car was serviced by the book and the timing belt was replaced as required and we had no mechanical problems. Difficult car to sell with much depreciation! Would never buy another Holden small car!! Great to drive with good performance and handling Poor quality, unexpected repairs and high depreciation
My 2008 Astra is second hand first couple years it was fine and around 2 years ago the problems started. It suddenly went dead while driving home TWICE, engine problems, warning lights coming on for no reason, and recently speaking from somewhere my son thinks it might be the suspension.
Big boot, good braking nice sized car.
Everything that isn't the inside of the car
Astra 2004 TS
Very basic cars, I owned one for 6 years
-60,000km intervals for timing belts. In addition you should be replacing water pump and the kit
-Brakes have to be changed every 25,000km
-Thermostat sensor brakes, leading to overheating, costing $250
-Air Compressor failure
-Trip Computer replacement
Sold it with 130,000km on the clock ...There is nothing Holden about this car, it is expensive european junk. Cheap for a runabout but don't expect it to be problem free or cheap to repair. Avoid the OPEL's, just buy a Toyota if you want a reliable and cheap car. Relatively fuel efficent 8.3lt per 100km Expensive and frequent repairs due to a poor build
Asera 2002 1.8 ltr
Having owned this car for 3 weeks I bought it second hand ,big mistake .changed the battery in the remote control ,As only 1 key worked .now .car turns over but wont start have had auto eletrician here for 4 days on and off trying to reprogram the car ,biggest piece of rubbish Ive owned since the 1998 Landrover freelander .both cars designers should have there engineers strung up and whipped.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The stupid computers designed to make people money, unworkable ,
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 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...
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.
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.
We used to have an Astra, 2008 60th anniversary model. Gladly sold it. Opel cars are very expensive for parts and to repair. The engine oil cost us $80.00 and was needing a top up very often. The battery cost us $250.00. The timing belt needs to be replaced at around 90000 km, which isn't cheap. Windscreen wipers cost $70 to replace, which is ridiculous! There is nothing wrong with Holden, the "opel" cars have very expensive parts and it is really surprising for a small hatchback. I did not find this car to be fuel efficient either. I have a Su...baru Forester which uses less fuel and has plenty of room for the kids and passengers. Would not recommend to my worst enemy. Fuel efficiency, parts cost is ridiculous compared to any Japanese car. Cost is the same as maintaining large car!
I would never get an astra again
I got my 2001 cd hatch about 18 months ago. I got it secondhand from the dealer, full service history with it.
Doesnt feel like a small car, lots of boot space
Have spent a lot of money on astra 'faults'. Rear power windows broke, timing belt went and cost $2000, new radiator, ignition barrel, thermostat and ac isn't that great. I had an old holden commodore and i have nearly spent as much money on my astra as I did the holden. Had to get a new water pump and bearings in the engine when the timing belt went.
I have changed almost everything under the Hood. I have replaced the motor when the car was only 3 years old I think that was at 65000km. The engine was "faulty" a piston came loose and went through the side of the motor. I have replaced 2 coils, 3 ignition barrels, the radiator, the thermostat, the alternator was the last to go. I have also fixed 3 out of 4 electric windows. It has become a joke within my family of what will go wrong next. I am religious with the services as well to no avail apparently. I am replacing this car this weekend. Only thing good with it is when it goes it goes like a dream.
Stylish, drives well.
Never buy an Astra
First of all the Astra has enough power and is great for fuel. But my car fishtails on a straight highway all the time I have had the tyres and everything looked at and nothing seems to be broken. My bestfriend also had a major car accident in her 2002 Astra and almost died because it fishtailed onto an embankment causing her to be horrified. If you are a parent looking for a first car for your teens, Please do not buy this car. I would recommend buying a ford focus or fiesta over the Holden Astra.
Reliable, fuel efficient.
parts are expensive, fishtails, unsafe!
I'm looking to get rid of it at 110,000kms. I do like it but there are a lot of common problems that just shouldn't happen so soon in so many of the Astras. I will NEVER buy another one. I'm thinking a Corolla would have been a better buy.
I am quite attached to my 2000 Astra City hatch. It is comfortable and smooth to drive and feels safe for a small car. I have always had it regularly serviced and kept in garaged all the time.
My air con went at about 6 years, the key gets stuck in the ignition on hot days, my timing belt busted at 110,000kms...
I would never recommend Holden Astras, too many problems and Dealerships that don't care. Service departments in Holden dealerships were the biggest issue for me. I do understand that sometimes there are problems in brand new cars and providing me with another car (considering my car was 6 weeks old) was not unreasonable in my estimation. However the service manager didn't feel the same way. Astra's have too many problems to be serviced by dealerships who really don't care.
I like that it feels like a solid car, safe even. It is a good size fo...
bought the car new, within 2 months the "emission control light" came on and the car wouldn't start without a jump, took it back to holden and was told it's a common fault fixed under warranty. same thing happened 6 weeks out of waranty same symtoms but apparenty different problem. Brakes needed early work. cars now 7 years with only 70,000 on the clock and the computer just died "these things just happen". The wiring is getting intermittent faults and the fan blower had to be replaced, I've spoken to a few different mechanics who wouldn't touc...h an astra thats out of warranty with a barge pole! watch out for the ignition barrel fault - if it gets stuck in the start position it'll fry the starter engine. gorgeous little car, nice ride quality, solid construction, no hassles with the body work or interior EVERYTHING starts to go wrong around 60,000-80,000km (engine seems fine though) make sure the timing belt gets changed at 60,000. it'll snap at 80,000
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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