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.
I have had noting but problems with my BK Astra Has only done 25,000 klms. Water level topped up at every service, Blind spot mirrors warning coming on together, Vibration on gear changes ,Irregular gear changes, Red warning light keeps coming on for no reason. Evaporative solenoid replaced.
Never will I buy another Astra/ Holden
Purchased in June 2017 for $29,000.00.
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.
Purchased in July 2018 at Col Crawford for $14,500.00.
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.
Purchased a 2007 SRi Astra off the showroom floor from Von Bibra Robina. The car was impressive to start off with, but many issues have tainted my enthusiasm over Holden.
All the problems seem to be recurring, but no product recalls at any point!
First the aircon compressor packed up. Took it to 2 different technicians: "Usual issue with Atra." $550 to replace/repair compressor clutch coil thermal fuse.
Then, at about 120,000km the gearbox started whining in 6th gear. You guessed it! Two different gearbox specialists said it was a recurrin...
A car from Germany with excellent design and engineering and SH$% 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.
Better now Holden dont touch it
I could have boght a new car with the money I've spent on it. Without fail every 6 months it cost between $800 and $2000 at dealership to fix. Dudded me an ignition barrel under warranty as they couldn't get it to fault until warranty ended that is. Electrical fault twice a year like clockwork UNTIL I STOPPED GOING TO DEALER.
Been great since taking it elsewhere, no fault liggts just regular servicing and maintenance. Coincidence???? Not likely!!!!
Previous review mentiined front tyre wear is excessive and I'd agree with that but I do ...like a softer ride and use a bridgestone rally tyre which never lasts the suggested kms but they drive well. If I had my time over I would NOT buy an astra and definitely NOT take it to holden. I always thought a holden would be the best car I could have as the family have had them for generations. WRONG.
The engine is little small, but pretty economic. The interior are really good. I am very enjoy when I drive the car. Nothing have problem. It is a good first car. I guess. I would recommend this car probably. Running cost is not too high. The reliability is good. I guess I would have this car for a while.
No help given
Reported that my dash panel not working eg temp fuel and speedo not working I was told to see a auto electrician I have already done that I was looking for advice of what was wrong with electric system not to contact auto electrician that was no help at all
Bought second hand 2009 model in 2012 done 57,000K
Run like dream until 2016 at 100,000K. I am a light user
Last year, It has timing belt replace in Jun, air conditioner replace in November. I feel costly then
Other than that it is just fine , I have tyres replaced, always stick to service plan.
So far so good. hope there won't be any major job in the near future.
Today I got replaced an alternator (new) and cost me 620 AUD dollar (400 for alternator and for fitting it with its supply is 220) moreover I asked for second hand alternator to get it fixed but he said me there wouldn't any warranty on that. I was just wondering either it was really($) 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.
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.
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,
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
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
Questions & Answers
My speedometer is not working on my Holden Astra TS series 2004 what is the problem with it.
Hi i have 2008 astra automatic and sometimes the car wont start until i tap the gear shift lever. When it dosent start the electrics come on, it just wont turn over. No warning light come either. Any ideas?
The gear shift handle isn't quite closing the circuit to allow start. It's just a fraction of a millimetre out of alignment. Not worth fixing.
Just keep tapping it when it won't start.
Hi, 2005 Holden Astra CD AH Automatic, seems to be try to take off in 3rd or 4th. I change it manually and it runs fine. Occasionally All the gear selection lights All light up when selecting gears . There are No noises or gear slip. It has derated a few times, won't go over 80 kph, and won't go over 30 kph. Shut it down for 10 minutes and it starts and runs fine again. Cheers Roy
|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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