2002 Holden Astra SRi 2.2 petrol
Seriously good fun!
Engine mount weakened.
Strut bearing collapsed.
Paint clear coat beginning to peel on bonnet and roof.
I went into the car yard looking for cars for my mother... Next minute I bought the Astra. She's a black SRi 2.2 TS series Astra built in Belgium and she goes like stink. Well built, solid body with smooth performance from the chain driven Z22 series 2.2 engine and 4 speed Borgy transmission. A few general maintenance issues, but parts are pricey for an Opel in Oz.
Seats aren't wearing very well, and the fuel consumption is not that great for a 4 cylinder, but YOU JUST HAVE TO DRIVE ONE! It handles way better than my mate's BMW 3 series, and it cost half as much.
They do not suffer the same timing belt pretensioner troubles as the 1.8 either, which is a BIG PLUS!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd October, 2013
I am the writer of the review above. Just thought I would provide an update since I wrote it.
The Astra is still going great (a horrible grating noise comes from the left front end when you turn right however…) but has had its fair share of issues since October.
Firstly, the power steering pump has given up… it's a slow dying issue, which presents itself firstly with a pulsation issue despite there being plenty of fluid in it. Electric power steering is by no means cheap, especially on an Astra $$$. Despite this, she still has the best road manners of any moderately priced hot hatch of the period. I love my SRi… but I also loath her repair costs at the same time.
The engine in these things are magnificent. All alloy, 16 valves and 2.2 litres of good fun with a smooth as butter 4 speed auto. Drove her to Karratha from Perth a couple months back (that's around 1650km) and she handled it brilliantly. If you are considering a VW Golf GTi of the same era… consider one of these as well… especially the 2.0 litre turbo… those things are fantastic!