2005 Holden Astra AH 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand
Cheap to run, but a waste of money
Had an oil leak 6 months after buying it.
Front tyres have been replaced; they were wearing on the inside like they're not sitting right.
Dead spot when put into second gear.
Yeah, the car's OK, but I can't wait to sell it; everything on it is so expensive to fix.
A new pair of wipers; you can't just go down to the car shop and buy some. $91.40 for a pair of blades, which is ridiculous.
It runs good, and it gets me from A to B, but I now wish I'd saved my money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th June, 2007
15th Jul 2007, 23:58
Well, the car driven is very well with good handling. but I still have a few problems with it, such as squeaky front brakes, rattling inside especially in winter, and high pitch noise from under the bonnet driving over 60 km/h.
8th Aug 2007, 17:23
To the original reviewer, how can the car be cheap to run if the parts needed to do so cost too much?
26th Sep 2007, 22:37
Cheap to run meaning fuel very cheap on fuel. It still runs when not using window wipers!!!
5th Dec 2008, 00:55
Mate $91 for wiper blade refills is cheap now, I was just quoted $115. Bloody rip off!
9th Feb 2010, 00:40
Wiper blades refills; maybe the place you went to is ripping you off. I got some refills for under $15 for the pair. And the squeaky brakes; you should buy some anti squeak, or get the brake pads checked.
As for the high pitch under the hood; maybe it needs a service or someone to have a look at.
4th May 2013, 22:43
Get Bosch wiper blade refills, about $15...
24th Jul 2014, 00:30
I had the same problem with the wipers; quoted $80 for replacement when only the rubbers were deteriorated. Went to Cheap as Chips and purchased a complete wiper arm for $5, and it was easily adapted. It's still in use after almost two years.