Back up service under warranty is disgusting
Our Astra with less than 60 000kms on the clock and still under new car warranty had an orange light pop up saying ESC on the dash. So I rang Col Crawford who were great. I got the car in straight away only to be told that the car needed pistons and rings. Not a problem, I understand that, but the problem is that it took me 4 phone calls, an hour of my time each time and threatening that my solicitor said to send them the bills for a hire car to finally get a replacement car while they try and find pistons which they have no time frame on. Be wary if you plan on buying a Holden.
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.
Ok for the price, especially being a convertible
There are not many convertible 4 seater cars in the market for the price of an Astra. convertible roofs are complex and prone to faults. Astra is not exception. but finding parts for this car is easy in Australia.
My car had these issues since owning it:
- roof stopped working. busted hydraulic pipe cost around 1k to fix
- leaking engine once from rocker gasket and once from oil pressure sensor
- wheel hub and screws and nuts needed replacements
- shock absorbents needed replacement
lots of issues for a car done just 130k. but still cheaper than trying to buy a let's say golf convertible.
The engine is little small, but pretty economic. The interior are really good. I am very enjoy when I drive the car. Nothing have problem. It is a good first car. I guess. I would recommend this car probably. Running cost is not too high. The reliability is good. I guess I would have this car for a while.
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.
Today I got replaced an alternator (new) and cost me 620 AUD dollar (400 for alternator and for fitting it with its supply is 220) moreover I asked for second hand alternator to get it fixed but he said me there wouldn't any warranty on that. I was just wondering either it was really($) that expensive for astra TS 2004 HATCHBACK or mechanic ripped me off. The reason I got it done was my car was acting up for 2 days as it was showing engine, sport (s), emission sing on dashboard moreover after getting start its steering used to get harder than harder after 30 second, at the end I would ask anyone here with same problem or similar bit. Thanks!
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
Traction control light problems
while driving our holden astra the traction light comes on the car loses all power we need to roll the car to the side of the road turn the engine off wait a few minutes start the car again only for it to happen within 10 minutes later, a few mechanics have told us there is nothing wrong with the car, we are scared to drive this car in traffic and at high speeds as I feel my family's safety is at risk . any advise on this problem would be appreciated.
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.
Astra 1.8 CD 2001 Speeedo intermittant - Anyone know why?
We have driven our Astra from 140,000km -197,000 but gave up when the speedo became intermittant then stopped all together. Air con never worked. ABS light came on (and stayed on). Great little s/wagon to drive but reading all the bad wrap am not keen to spend more money on one....
OK but Astranomically Expensive
I got 10 reasonably trouble free years out of my 2000 Astra City but it did cost me quite a lot of money despite looking after it and giving it the "good oil" all it's life. But by the time I sold it at 130,000kms, I felt better about trading it in rather than selling privately to some unlucky smuck that knows my address. I changed the timing belt regularly ($600 a go), replaced the AC condenser ($1100) and the shock absorbers were changed once. Was unimpressed by the Holden dealership services so quick went to someone else. Lots of little nigg...les such as right indicator not returning after completing corner, blown globes behind the centre console, brake lights and head lights constantly blowing, the "leather" around the gear stick looking awfully worn. The deal breaker in the end was the misfiring cylinder - apparently this problem has been surfacing with Holden Cruzes - good luck to you if you have just bought one of them. A car should last longer than 130k in my book. I have put my faith in Mazda now; One Holden is enough. Let's be honest, the Japs do it better! Solid feel, nice interior for its time, good handling and driver dynamics, comfortable. Expensive to service and repair, lots of known faults but a lot intermittent ones that are hard ones to diagnose,
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
Astra cd 2000 Olympic edition
Bought this car second hand in 2007 it had done 60000 k . Fantastic to drive strong as a tank had two accidents in it one backed out carport with back door open , door still opend and closed even though the top of the door was bent in on its self. Rear ended a car on second crash and all they had to replace was the bumper and aircon hose squashed.
Towe truck came and asked where the damaged car was . Bonnet still perfect. So great to drive feel very safe in them good power struggle with steep hills a bit, but not to bad . Down fall electrics ...
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
A smooth drive with underlying issues
I brought an Astra as my first car, it's a 2001 model with 150000km on the clock. It drives smooth and it's powerful for its size however after two weeks of owning it, the engine has just cut out leaving me broken down in the middle of an intersection. Twice. I believe this is a common problem with Astras. The mechanic told me that it is the ECU which needs replacing by a Holden dealer. I wouldn't recommend that anyone buy one as they are unreliable. A bit disappointed because I loved it so much in the first two weeks!
It's good on fuel, very zippy and drives smooth
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!
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...
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
Questions & Answers
My holden astra 2002 main problem is when I stop the car then put the car in parking but engine go high and low
Will a RF door from a '05 Astra fit a '08 model?
Can anyone advise me 'will a 2005 model Astra TS RF door fit a 2008 model Astra? Pl advise......
|Category||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Hatchbacks|
|Transmission||Automatic and Manual||Automatic||Automatic||Manual|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||16" Alloy||17" Alloy||18" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||6.1 L/100km||6.1 L/100km||6.1 L/100km||6.5 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||48 L||48 L||48 L||48 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 1.4L||4 Cylinder 1.4L||4 Cylinder 1.4L||4 Cylinder 1.6L|
|Max Power||110kW @ 6500rpm||110kW @ 6500rpm||110kW @ 6500rpm||147kW @ 5500rpm|
|Max Torque||240Nm @ 2000-4000rpm||240Nm @ 2000-4000rpm||240Nm @ 2000-4000rpm||280Nm @ 1650-3500rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea||Poland|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2017||Jan 2017||Jan 2017||Jan 2016|
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