2002 Holden Astra TS CD from Australia and New Zealand


More expensive as time goes by


Timing belt and pulleys changed every 60000k; $700 each.

Stereo is erratic and turns up on its own.

Ignition barrel sticking - key stuck.

Front brakes, $750.

Coil pack, $450.

Radiator replaced.

Air con condenser leaking at 120000k.

Water pump leaking, $700, 120k.

Water hose leak at the rear of the engine - 120k.

My mechanic refuses to work on another one of these leaking water pipes, as it took him 4 days to replace one before. Never again he said!

General Comments:

Heavy on fuel.

Electrics are erratic.

Many mechanical faults and repairs.

Costly wheel alignments.

Expensive services for timing belt and pulley replacement every 60k.

Very hot interior in the summer sun.

Air con never was very good.

Cannot do any work on the car, as all nuts and bolts are a special type, only accessible with specialised tools.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd August, 2012

8th Aug 2012, 00:13

Did you seriously get all those problems, or are you just quoting the issues other people had?

2002 Holden Astra CD TS 1.6L petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Do not buy an Astra!


First, the key barrel seized up 3 months after getting the car. Have to get it replaced AGAIN, as it is doing the same thing 9 months later. $200.

Computer has been replaced, a nice $2500, and they had my car for a month!

Boot leaks (haven't yet found the problem).

Dash lights randomly come on (electrical, but still can't find where).

Display doesn't work where the clock and date is shown (again, electrical).

Car completely stopped when I was on the freeway. Don't know why!

Revs WAY too high.

Cruise sometimes doesn't work.

Slips from D into 3 a lot.

Paint has gone bubbly/rough, but only on the front of the car, just under the grille.

Headlights 'cloud' over. I have owned the car for just over a year (first got it from my aunty), and have replaced them twice!

VERY noisy/rattly when driving on the freeway.

Remote/keyless doesn't work.

Something wrong with the exhaust, sounds like I have a damn V8!

General Comments:

Fuel consumption is good.

Speakers are good.

I was so happy when I first got the car, but now I wish I hadn't. My aunty had 0 problems with it, then I got it, and BAM, everything goes wrong.

Since getting the car, I have ended up spending $3000 plus getting it repaired or looked at, for them to tell me they can't find the problem.

Such a disappointment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd May, 2012

2002 Holden Astra TS CD 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Good quality


Engine sender unit under warranty.

Battery at four years.

Rear shocks and springs at 8 years.

Front shocks/struts at 9 years.

Usual brake noise from the rear when reversing.

And an interesting one I have not read about on this site, and I wonder if anyone has a fix... When parking on a hill (front end up and rear end down) with anything less than a quarter of a tank of fuel, the fuel drains out of all the pipes and the car will not start. Holden and its dealers have no fix, but helpfully suggested to park on the level, or maintain a fuel level at fuller than a quarter.

General Comments:

Good car, runs well, and even better on a higher octane fuel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2012

7th May 2012, 08:48

Yes, this has been experienced with the SRi model.

1st Oct 2012, 18:15

I found your comment when researching why my daughter's Astra would not start when parked on a hill (exactly as you described). The NRMA advised to roll the car down to level ground, wait a few minutes, and then attempt to start it. Both you and the NRMA are spot on. Evidently the petrol drains from the fuel line and the fuel pump does not have the capacity to correct this. Once on level ground, it started OK. Sorry, but I cannot say I would buy another Astra.

27th Dec 2012, 18:49

My Nov 2002 Astra has just done 150,000 km. I guess I've been more lucky so far than some. Have only had to replace the water pump.

Yes, the key barrel is sticky, but rather than force it, I just 'feel' it gently and it's fine.

Headlights fogged over, but that's probably because I didn't clean them properly when I washed it... you should always use glass cleaner to delay headlights getting fine build up, which is very hard to remove once it's there. I park on a hill facing down. Try parking on the other side of the road perhaps.