Recently purchased an Astra RSV and absolutely love it. This car ticks all the boxes for me (particularly with the 147kw engine) and is a pleasure to drive. It's comfortable and has all the safety and comfort features that I require. The car handles well and the bonus of 5 years warranty and three years free servicing is a plus. Holden has a winner with this car!
Best of 10 cars I ever owned
Amazing handling like a sports car -solid build throughout- pretty reliable over 10 years - large boot space -perfect dimension vehicle and perfect size for parking - good road-holding dynamics -running costs fair- easily accessible engine- had to replace electric window control, boot lid struts and plastic coolant bottle in engine after nine years.
Great Smart Car
The driving experience is awesome. It didn't take long to get used to the car turning the engine off when stationary.
Car is very comfortable with a lot of tech and smart capabilities.
Running costs are very efficient and can afford to but PULP as it travels longer than most sedans.
So happy with the latest offerings from Holden too.
Car is great
Reliable...zippy...good fuel economy
After time the interior door panels came loose.
The colour and exterior has withstood the elements well.
Strangely the clutch and brake pedals feel incredibly close together and I would prefer it had some cup holders. But generally a gregreat car. Although a manual car in the city can be tough going in the traffic.
Reliable, zippy and attractive model
I'm on my 2nd Holden Astra (after losing the first one in a crash - unrelated to vehicle performance) because I just could not find a different hatchback I liked as much as the Astra. I've owned a 2006 5 door petrol hatch and now have a 2009 5 door petrol hatch and both have been delights. A really solid car that drives smoothly, no shakiness or heaviness especially on corners. Fittings and metal body are of good quality - tried a Fiesta and actually put a handprint in the metal panelling trying to close the bonnet! Very comfortable and spaciou...s for a medium hatch - plenty of boot space that has done many a house move and airport run - you can cram it full of people or things without losing power. Fairly economical on petrol - about $40-$50 AUD for full tank. I preferred my fabric seats of the first car over the leather in my current, leather has just started to wear on the driver right hand side but very easy to clean and doesn't get overly hot if left out in the sun. Common Astra problems include timing belt, but seems to be more grievances about the TS model as opposed to the AH model. Will be hard to find something to replace the Astra when it's finally time!
Recently purchased an Astra RSV and could not be happier. Powerful turbo engine yet economical. Very stylish dash with everything at your finger tips. One of the things that stood out is how well the car handles and steers which is an improvement over the Hyundai i30. Quiet inside and love the safety kit together with adaptive cruise control. Car came with free servicing for 3 years and 5 year warranty. Never considered a Holden before but the Astra is a gem!
Generally good, but problems appear with age
Bought this car new in 2002 and still have it. It currently has 165,000 kms on the clock. Used to love this car, but age (the car's, not mine :) ) has somewhat changed my opinion. Apart from the frequent timing belt changes, I am on my 4th coil pack, 3rd thermostat, 2nd water pump, and the air conditioning hasn't worked for 3 years (too expensive to fix). And I had to replace the ECU 4 months ago (why would ANYONE bolt sensitive electronic components onto the engine block??? (vibration and extreme heat)). Other than that, it is a joy to drive, ...has very reasonable fuel economy, plenty of legroom front and back, plenty of space in the boot, and the hatch is really useful. Oh, and some grub drew circles with a sharp implement on all panels down the nearside. Can't understand such mentality.
Best little car I have ever driven.
Bought our Astra2005 new . Best little car ever. Handles like a dream seems to hug the road . Best fuel consumption I have ever had. Only issue is the paint work is now getting sunburnt and patchy
- Astra PJ
- Verified purchase
the wild woman of street cars
these cars are made in Poland as opels (gm) and are popular in the UK but are not to popular in Australia (maybe we like cars to be over 25 years in design?) but that's good for me because i purchased a demo for only 31k(aud) while full retail was 45k(aud) and still got 175k(klm) warranty,
so i think its grate value for a car that is a turbo charge 2 liter 206kw (276hp) rocket that eats wrx's and xr4's for lunch and then eats mazda 6's for diner, if you read journalist reviews they will bang on about it not having a reverse camera and no touch...
- BK (Hatchback) R
- Verified purchase
Absolutely impressed & exceptional safety!
The 2017 Astra R driving experience is 10/10. For a small car, the performance puts the vehicle in front of all other small-medium car options with the other standard features an added bonus. During front impact the Astra proved significantly sturdy and prevented harsh impact on the driver & passengers.
The interior is stylish, sleek and classy and the Apple/Android car play increases the driving pleasure.
The Astra R fuel economy and other running cost are minimial and overall a high five to Holden for this excellent car!
This is a well made car. Did really well in my crash.
We brought a new Holden Astra R hatch & had it for two weeks when I was driving through an intersection with a green traffic light & another vehicle traveling the opposite direction ran a red turn arrow & run straight into the front end of my vehicle. I didn't even have time to brake, I struck this other vehicle at about 60 km/h. The airbags went off & the vehicle came to an immediate stop. The front end folded as it's meant to do to keep me safe. I was able to get out of the car with no injuries. I was very impressed with how well the car did in my crash. The car is a write off & we are waiting for our new Astra to arrive.
Great car, sweet to drive
I loved this car. Been very reliable and is a sweet car to drive, I loved it so much. Purchased second hand, was my very first car. Had a Holden Astra 2003 Manual. I found it easy to drive, changing gears was pretty easy to learn in and I felt very safe driving it. Great for learners or first car or just a round around. I wouldn't say it is the best for doing long distances, but still goes pretty strong witj no issues!
Have had no major issues apart from replacing the starter motor which was fairly cheap, otherwise I seriously had no problems!! It was my pride and joy, handles pretty well. The only thing was the air-con was pretty dodgy and got hot, but otherwise was great.
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.
Coil pack misfire
Bought it in early 2011 in Pickle Aution OD: 41000km, running very well for small car, happy with the fuel consumption. full tank 42-45L can run 520 - 560km.
2015 found it engine misfire, change the coil pack at Motors, cost around $600 and fixed problem.
2016 replace new battery.
Will keep this car till new born baby arrive, thinking to upgrade to SUV or bigger family car.
Great car and hard to find any comparative with half the options..
CDX Coupe! great looking car 2006 even now still looks modern and drives like new.
Many features even in high end luxury cars don't match. eg. both front seats are fully adjustable for high AND tilt!
No issues at all.
Great car and no issues. would be perfect if rear suspension was independent and had a toe adjustment but for the price and at the time it was the best.
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.
Bottomless money pit.
Had this car for four years. Performed the required services but alas, the problems continued to mount. Two ecu's, two coils packs, brake rotors and pads not lasting, engine overheating and doing the head. Thousands of dollars and mechanics who haven't a clue how to diagnose a problem, I've had enough. The car has gone into limp mode again because it is misfiring. Time for another car.
I brought my 2005 Astra used in roughly 2008-2009.
I love this car. It has been mostly reliable. The only real issue I had was that I needed to replace the timing belt but I was told upon purchase that this was a common issue in Astra's. Also, I didn't like my local Holden's customer service.
Driving experience is good. It handles well with little noise. Sometimes it lags a little uphill but that's it. It's good on long trips and I find it comfortable to drive. There could be some improvement in legroom in the back but it isn't terrible.... The interior is nice and at the time of buying had the usual features in its price range. Running costs are great! i dont spend a lot to fill the tank and I don't need to fill it often when just driving around town. Long trips doesn't use a lot compared to similiar small cars either.
12 years of ownership
Bought my Astra AH new 12 years ago. Just done 100,000km, so relatively low mileage. Apart from replacing usuals such as tyres, brakes etc, the only unusual one was to replace the air-con unit with a recon from 'Natrad', (they have them on the shelf), and recently replaced the coil pack (after market is cheap $55) which was a very simple DIY job. I have had a couple of sensors replaced, but considering the age, and German electrics/electronics is not unusual. The 1.8 petrol engine & manual gearbox will go on forever, just keep them serviced..., replace the cam belt every 60k and you have a solid & safe workhorse. They are a well-built car, feels safe, and the doors shut with a solid clunk. Headlight lenses are acrylic and will become opaque overtime if left in the sun. One lens is clear the other opaque. Most parts are now 'after market' and cheap anyway so only go to Holden as a last resort.
Don't buy this car !!! Nothing but trouble
I brought a 2000 Holden Astra it did last me only 5 years but during that time every 6 months something would go it cost so much money to fix and most mechanic can never fix the problem it lacked guts very slow take off , the car shook every-time I stopped or it would turn of on hills , then got that fixed other things went wrong the radio would be so loud every time I turned the car on even tho I never turned it up , oil light would stay on even tho there was no oil leaks and always oil in it faulty dash lights!
I would never ever buy this car again nothing but trouble
The only thing I like it just got me from a to b just .
Questions & Answers
Hi my astra roof switches are dead with no beep the back windows won't go down but the front do and my boot lock won't lock it's as if there is no power to the hood just wondering if it's a fuse or relay any help would be great
removing the stereo, but someone previously stuffed with it. looking for a workshop manual to see how it was originally
2001 holden astra
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