2001 Holden Astra Sedan Equipe 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Nice car, badly let down by reliability and Holdens refusal to back their product
Ignition key jams and will not turn. This has now happened twice and is not cheap to fix. Stranded on the side of the road with a baby. Tow truck job. Holden Roadside Assistance just expired with no reminder to renew and refusal to sign up over the phone. Thank you NRMA Service above and beyond the call of duty.
Burnt out starter motor, believed to be due to ignition switch. $700.
Holden care factor: 0.
Fuel Economy: Very good ~6-6.5 L/100km.
Trim standard: Good, but some rattles and vibrations.
Performance: Good, but there's a rather unusual feel to the clutch and throttle that takes a little getting used to for smooth gear changes.
Service costs: Very high for the type of car. Parts are expensive and they seem to wear out faster than usual.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd February, 2007