2000 Holden Astra City 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Good value


1. Worn front shocks.

2. Some missing trim.

3. Some issue with the stereo (it sounds crappy).

General Comments:

I bought my 2000 Astra City just a few days ago.

Not having driven one before, these are my first impressions.

The body feels tight. The thing handles quite well, despite having badly worn shocks on the front; these will be replaced within the month, but they're priced a bit on the high side at $265 each.

For the age of the car at this time (14 years), the mileage is not considered excessive. The paperwork that I received with the car shows it's had its timing belt done at 230,000, and the coil pack and airflow sensor have been replaced in the last 12 months.

The paintwork, while not being pristine, has held up well. The car at some point has had a minor bingle, and has had the boot lid and rear bar repainted by a colour blind monkey; it's nowhere near a good match, and the finish is poor, but I have a trained eye for paint finish. The rest of the car has had the usual small scratches etc that I have been able to buff out as easy as pie.

One of the headlights has a water leak and is sun crazed. This is something that I should be able to fix easily enough. The other one seems to have been replaced at some stage as it's clear and bright.

My overall impression of it at this point is "It represents great value for the price".

The price I paid was just $1,300.

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Review Date: 11th September, 2014

2000 Holden Astra City 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand


Good ordinary car


Seatbelt pretensioner, causing the airbag light to turn on.

Windscreen washer pump replaced ($170 that was not necessary - blocked filter was the actual problem!).

Timing belt changes ($600 each time).

Brake discs replaced (by previous owner).

A/C condenser ($1200).

Suspension coils replaced ($1200).

Left indicator sticks when warm.

Fuel indicator light faulty.

Thing with the stereo volume has happened once or twice.

Brake and headlights blow quite often, but it's easy/cheap to replace bulbs.

General Comments:

Despite its faults, it is a good car to drive; nice handling, smart interior, and most importantly, has never let me down.

I have had this car for about 11 years now, and have been doing many more kilometres over the last couple of years than previously. The car has always had a couple of niggles, but never anything catastrophic. The timing belt replacement issue is well documented, so ignore it at your peril. Poor quality A/C condensers fitted on these cars are bound to fail at some point and are an expensive fix. It's important to do the regular servicing, and stay well away from any Holden dealership mechanics as a rule of thumb.

But despite these issues, they are nice cars to drive. Very solid for a car of its size, and very nice build finish and handling, which is what attracted me to the car in the first place. Engine performance and cornering are great, and using PULP does make a difference.

The dash and instrumentation doesn't look too dated, despite this car first being released in 1998. The interior of a Ford Falcon of the same vintage looks positively stone-aged in comparison. A couple of rattles behind the dash, but what do you expect for a car this age?

The exterior has held up quite well too, though I have seen other Astras on the road looking very shabby with paint peeling off the roof and bonnet. The black paint on my car is still perfect, but some of the plastic door protector strips are looking quite sun faded. Headlight covers are hazy also from UV exposure. I only just changed the original tyres that came with the car this year.

These cars apparently have a lot of onboard computer modules (24 separate ones I believe) and they can cost a bit to replace, but never had any problems with mine. Inexperienced mechanics can blow the engine management module, which is a $3000+ replacement. This happened to a friend of mine.

I don't regret buying this car; it has served me well. They are not worth very much at this age, and weighing up repair cost against buying something else is always a question worth asking, but mechanically they're very sound if you get one assembled from the right country. Probably wouldn't buy a Holden or Opel ever again though. There are better cars out there than what Holden currently have in their showroom, and Opel have left the building!

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Review Date: 22nd March, 2014