2002 Holden Astra from Australia and New Zealand
2x new tyres + wheel alignment (April 2008)
Ignition barrel replaced, due to seizing up during Summer (January 2009) - also got a bit sticky through the following Summer, probably will not make it through another before needing replacing again.
New radiator fitted, due to leak. (November 2009)
New compressor fitted due to aircon stopped working (November 2009).
New coil pack fitted and spark plugs replaced (February 2010), due to engine light appearing, and the car shuddering terribly and experiencing a loss of power.
Thermostat housing and top radiator hose replaced due to corrosion (September 2010).
Front brake pads and rotors replaced (January 2011).
Back in shop due to engine light again, 2x DTC's codes detected and deleted (June 2011).
Back in shop today (July 2011), again due to engine light problems - have had a call since it's been in the shop, saying the coil pack needs replacing AGAIN.
* Brakes are also making concerning noises AGAIN, and will need to be looked at soon.
Terrible, Terrible, Terrible car!!!
Have had the car only a few years, and have done less than 30,000kms since owning it, yet it has cost approx $5000+ in parts and repairs.
Would never recommend to anybody! I personally will never buy a Holden again, due to this one car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th July, 2011
Hi there, I too own a 2002 Holden Astra. I have owned it for one year exactly.
In that time I have also had to replace my radiator due to a leak in the core, which was not fixable.
I have also had my air conditioning compressor rebuilt at a cost of NZD$991.30. It works beautifully now, and should be good for a further 9 years or more.
I have been experiencing a loss of pixels in my radio, temp, time screen every now and again. Not fun.
I had my cambelt, two idlers and my aux belt replaced in the last fortnight by Holden. They refused to change my water pump and tensioner, as they said I would be wasting my money! How considerate. Ever since I have had a horrible whirr noise. Holden blamed my aux tensioner, which was replaced at NZD$108, which they paid for and didn't fix the problem. They are now blaming my alternator bearings, which I have to pay for!
My father is a mechanic, and he will be doing that job. He doesn't believe it's the alternator, but will remove the aux belt for himself, and if there's no change, then the idiots at Holden will be getting another visit from me with serious demands.
Overall, it's a nice vehicle, but come hell or high water, I will never own another Astra again. Ever.
My next car will definitely be an Australian Holden Cruze.
I also have had the misfortune of owning a 2002 TS CD Holden Astra. I have had it for 9 years, and had nothing but costly break down repairs for the whole time.
Despite regimental servicing, its components were continually breaking down.
Ignition barrel replaced twice.
Air conditioning system stopped working.
Timing belt replaced at 60k.
Radiator cooling system repairs.
Constant wheel alignment problems.
Now there is a horrible rattle in the engine, which I was quoted a minimum of $1000 to repair.
In the last 3 years, just in repairs, I have spent well over $5000.
These cars seem to offer good value, & are reasonably well appointed, however, be warned, if you buy one of these cars, you will be forever forking out. My advice is to stay the hell away from these cars; absolute money pits. Never again.
I have just had the exact thing done to my car due to the same problem that you list above - new coil pack fitted and spark plugs replaced, due to the engine light appearing, and the car shuddering terribly and experiencing a loss of power.
Did your mechanic tell you why this happened to you?
Exactly the same thing happened to me, so the coil pack and spark plugs have been replaced. But now my Astra's turning off randomly with all lights on the dash flashing.