2002 Holden Astra TS 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand


Will never buy one again, or recommend to anyone


Have owned this car for very painfully expensive years.

Had to replace wheel bearing 2 months after buying; $1000.

Air con stopped working; $1000 +

4 sets of tyres.

Rotors and brake pads replaced.

Ignition barrel twice.

Central locking doesn't work.

Boot lock sometime doesn't unlock.

Stereo jumps to max volume just by touching volume knob.

That's off the top of my head, since my books are in my car, which is stuck at the shops with an ignition barrel gone again; not ringing a locksmith on a Sunday!!!

General Comments:

The only positive things I have to say are.

Handles well.

Gets up hills really good without losing speed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th April, 2008

2002 Holden Astra CD 1.8L from Australia and New Zealand


Very very disappointed


BOTH sets of brake pads replaced by 62,000kms (brakes always squealed from new – was told by Holden this was a common problem with Astras – what the…?!!)

SIX new tyres by 65,000kms.

Major electrical part required replacing at 60,000kms costing $240 (exc installation by auto electrician).

Major service at 60,000kms …..$840 later!


General Comments:

After numerous problems, I opted out of using Holden for servicing altogether, and chose to wear the cost with my local mechanic (who has since advised that it would be in my interest to sell the vehicle before anything else goes wrong - claiming it’s only a matter of time until it does).

Clearly naïve to expect nothing major to go wrong with my Astra in its 3 year warranty period, I have vowed never to own another Holden! I never expected to hand over $25,000 for a new car, to have it cost me so dearly in such a short space of time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th December, 2005

30th Dec 2005, 22:01

Six new tyres by 62000km? Sounds like they were never rotated regularly - otherwise all 4 should have needed replacing at roughly the same time. This should be done every 10000km along with a wheel alignment check. The Astra, Barina and Vectra all run negative camber and toe out (these are factory settings, all three have a firm (ish) ride with a bias towards handling). This coupled with the usual FWD forward weight bias means if left unchecked, tyre wear will go through the roof!

As for the brake pads, maybe you should have tried a different compound pad?? At 20000km per year, that doesn't sound too horrendous to me. In any case, tyres, brakes and servicing (even the $840 ones) are NOT warranty items - simply wear and tear.

The electrical component should have been replaced under warranty though! (Assuming it was inside the 3 years).

2002 Holden Astra Equipe 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand


Like the car, but very disappointed with the cost to keep it on the road


I like my Astra Equipe, but as per one of the other reviews, I too had a steering column lock which had to be replaced under warranty, a colleague told me he had the same problem on his Astra.

It has been back to the dealer twice for an engine error light with no fault found having crawled there at a dangerously slow speed on a highway; as per the handbook instructions.

In addition I was not made aware when purchasing that I would need a costly timing belt replacement on the 60,000k service.

At 62,769k I have just been told that I need both front shock-absorbers replaced which will cost me approximately $800.00 which I am told is virtually unheard of.

All brakes have also be replaced and the brake dust makes the mag wheels a waste of time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th July, 2005

2002 Holden Astra TS from Australia and New Zealand


Sporty and Functional


Fog lights blew very early on and ashtray hinge broke, although was quickly fixed under warranty by Holden.

Seats tend to be quite uncomfortable on long trips with most passengers complaining of back aches.

Cruise control stopped working for 3 weeks, but recommenced by itself.

General Comments:

This car is very zippy around town and generally is very good on petrol on the open highway.

Has a roomy boot that can fit quite a bit of luggage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2005