2000 Holden Astra TS 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand
A pint sized rocket, with high finish levels and a cornering ability that demands respect
Developed a faulty Air Bag sensor. This was a loose connection and was fixed at service.
Driver's side door and window seemed to rattle a bit. This was fixed during 1st service.
Tapes very hard to eject from cassette player.
I try to use optimax, it seems to give the best fuel economy. Best range so far is 650km on a tank. I also have shell helix ultra (grey pack) as my oil.
I think this combination, while expensive is the best.
The front wheels seem to develop a lot of brake dust/road grime. I need to clean these on average every 2 weeks to avoid the brake squeal.
The Michelin tyres fitted are very good, however the hub caps are very difficult to remove.
Headlights are excellent. Front fog/driving lights are very costly to add. The manual doesn't describe globe sizes, these however can be found on the headlight lip cover.
The Polar Sea (Blue) paint finish seems to turn purple in the late afternoon sun, an interesting fun part.
I really like the fully adjustable steering wheel. The wheel itself is very good to hold, however the black finish shows the dirt.
Speed sensitive stereo is very enjoyable on long distance trips, and changes according to road surface. EG tarmac to concrete.
Cornering at high/low speeds is the best feeling. The feedback is very good.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th November, 2002
I am thinking about buying an Astra and am wondering what the **** does the cars speed do to the stereo? HELP!!!
Considering that I am Going to buy an Astra, I would like to know what all the readers of this comment think: which model should I get? A CD or a Convertible, as they both seem to have faults and strong points...
The speed sensitive stereo used in the Astra has 5 levels of adjustment. Basically the stereo will increase in sound when a certain speed level is reached. The amount it increases can be adjusted (5 levels) or You can turn it off.
For example when 100 km/h is reached the sound level will rise slightly.
Also it allows for changes in surface for example: concrete highways to normal tarmac.
Hi everyone, judging from a few reviews, the Astra does have a few strengths and weaknesses, however they are quite cheap and efficient. Would the Astra be a good first car for a young driver?
I'm looking at the Astra TS Olympic City to buy in the next few weeks... just wondering if anyone has any feedback on it?
OK. I bought a TS City too. Where I buying the car again, I would buy the CD model. It has many more upgrade potentials catered for in its wiring loom. You may not ever want to do upgrades... fine. Go for it. If you do (like cruise at some point), with the CD, you would only have to buy the different indicator stalk and plug it in inside the steering column. Done. Same with many other things. With the City, you have to do the entire thing yourself.
So, you be the judge. Drive wise, my car is brilliant, and very mechanically sound, which is the main thing. Just one thing. Check the service records for the vehicle to see when it last had its timing belt done. You need to do those every 50-60,000 km, and that will cost you like 600. If you don't do it, it'll cost you a lot more.