2002 Holden Astra City 1.8 16v from Australia and New Zealand
Powerful, comfortable, practical, dependable, economical and stylish - why bother with Japanese cars
Nothing as gone wrong with the car. I have owned it for about a month.
Things that needed replacing when I bought it were:
- 3 new wiper blades
- Steering wheel badge (bought replacement from wreckers)
-Front tow hook cover missing (extremely expensive to replace with a brand new part!)
This is an excellent car!
It's European so you can count on it being dependable, powerful, comfortable, practical and stylish. It sure meets every one of those requirements!
The quality of the car is as if it was assembled yesterday; it's 8 years old and has done a few kms, but was ex-council car, so always treated well.
The boot space is excellent! Far better than the Asian alternatives (if you could call them that).
The cabin is far quieter and more refined than the Ford Laser I used to have.
This car is SO economical you wouldn't believe! It's more economical than the 1.3 Laser it replaced!
You can be sure of safety in this car. It features 2 airbags in the front, and all 5 occupants are protected by 5 normal seatbelts, no lap belts here (I noticed my friend's standard GL Corolla still had middle seat lapbelt in 2004!)
Assembled in Germany, you know it will be a beautiful piece of engineering. The powerful 1.8 engine is mind blowing.
This car is a real credit to Holden and General Motors.
Why bother with Japanese cars, when this will do everything better. I really do recommend this car. I will post updates every six months in the comments.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th July, 2010
7th Jul 2010, 22:14
I cannot believe this review. The Astra is an absolute dog compared to almost any other Japanese car, which you will soon find out. What Japanese car needs its timing belt changed every 60,000 km's?
A friend of mine has a 2004 model that has only around 65k on the clock, and has leaked oil since new (Holden can't fix) and has had brake problems amongst other things.
Just read some of the reviews here about replacement costs for things like plastic rear window winder mechanisms, wiper blades, brakes, timing belt changes, it's no wonder Holden don't import them anymore.
And it's no credit to Holden, it's an Opel made in Belgium with Holden badges stuck on. You'll be wishing you bought a Corolla instead soon enough.