2005 Holden Astra TS 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Virtually nothing has gone wrong.
The fake leather handbrake cover has flaked and looks tacky.
It seems a shocker may be on the way out, but at ten years that is expected, and they are all due to be replaced.
I can't believe how good this little car really is. I have had it one year and I have driven just on 30,000 kilometres in that time without an issue. It drives well, it is tight on corners, smooth, quiet and totally reliable. It has no rattles and a very tight undercarriage. Economy is superb, giving me 15 kilometres per litre on trips and 13.5 around town.
A little more power would be nice, but mine is a five-speed manual and I drive it accordingly; with oomph.
This must be the fortieth car I have owned in my life, and few have been better really. I may have been lucky to get a really good one. It was certainly a one-owner with low mileage (average 7,500 km per year) and a good service history when I bought it at nine years old.
This car was unfamiliar to me before I bought it, but now I see them everywhere and I am astounded how at ten years old (and older) the body and paintwork of most I see is excellent.
It is without doubt one of the best small cars I have ever driven, and I have driven well over one million kilometres.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th January, 2015