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