2002 Holden Astra TS 5 door hatch 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand
Value for money
I found that at 60,000 K's, my service will cost me between $750 - $800. This seems a bit expensive and I was wondering if others owners have had this problem. I was told the timing belt needs to be changed. Would this be worth $600.
Also have a lot of road noise.
No head rests on back seats.
Always hot inside car.
Beautiful car to drive. Handles beautifully.
Great on fuel consumption.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 1st March, 2005
I have a 2002 Astra Equipe and have just booked it in for my 60 000km service. I have been quoted at $720 from my Holden dealer which I thought was a bit too much too. I was told it is around $420 for changing the timing belts and $300 for the "normal" service.
I called the family mechanic (non-Holden) for their advice. They said it would cost around that much and I would be better off taking it to Holden to have it done. They said they had another car at the moment having its belts changed and it was at 100 000km. I've been checking a few Astra reviews and I think it's pretty standard to have them changed every 60 000km - more frequently than a lot of other cars. But going through my owner's manual, it says that only in the 1.8L engine that it needs replacing that often.
I own a 1999 Holden Vectra 2.2, and I too was told I had to replace the timing belt at 60000km. At first I thought it was an April fools joke, but after hearing the stories of horrendously expensive engine damage if I chose to ignore this issue, I reluctantly replaced the belt at 80000km. It's just another example of Holden fitting cheap poor quality parts (Holden builds the engine in Melbourne).
From what I have read it is VERY important that the Astra's timing belt is replaced on or prior to 60,000km (though I thought it was 80,000km).
Further advice I have read is that if you look to buy a car and this belt has not been changed on time - walk away.