2005 Holden Astra AH CDXi from Australia and New Zealand - Comments

30th Jun 2009, 11:41

UPDATE : Have just hit 91,000km and have had major service completed at Holden for $480 July special includes OIL, Oil Filter, pollen filter, cam belt pulleys and tensioners replaced, coolant flush. Everything else was checked and topped up if needed and no problems at all...

I am posting these updates at different mileage intervals for all those people that believe Astra's are garbage when in fact they are not, still going strong at 91,000km will give further updates, stay tuned...

9th Dec 2009, 07:17

UPDATE: Just hit 101,000km, all good, only thing that was playing up was the little metal pin that locks the petrol door, and looked at it myself, nut was loose holding the motor that pulls it back and pushes it forward, all good now.

Apart from the minor issue, the car is running like gold...

15th Mar 2010, 22:56

That's great to hear! Well here I am a year and a half after purchasing the Astra CDXI, which has 28000kms on the clock, it has now just hit 49000kms and is the best car I have ever had the privilege of owning. The stereo system is amazing! So sleek and stylish! I thank you once again for helping me choose a quality European motor vehicle, and going by what you have done with yours, it's clear that they really are built to last :)

16th Mar 2010, 13:16

Thanks for the updates. Would like to consider the solid Astra for a next car, but I'm more concerned about the electrics, as the central and rear body computers are weak spots, based on owner experiences in England. But good to know your experience! Keep us posted please, and I hope the car continues to serve you well.

31st Mar 2010, 08:21

Yeah the car is still going well, 108,000 km's now. Just had the battery replaced, tyres changed and brakes done.

Yeah that's a pity about the electric problems, can you elaborate on what is actually the issue with the electrics?

Cheers...

31st Mar 2010, 22:50

Sure -- if you read honestjohn.co.uk, it has very good information on different cars, what's good, what's bad, and what to look out for. For the Astras and Vectras (they're under "Vauxhall"), they mention about the REC and CIM, something to do with the front and rear body computer modules. From memory, one of them resides under the steering column.

I don't know if it's just common in the UK because of adverse weather and cars parked on the street, but it's still good to know if that is the case (dampness, extreme cold weather).

12th Aug 2010, 09:36

Me again, the car has hit 120,000km just the other day and the service required at this mileage has been done. I just fitted new tyres and the car is running like a Swiss watch.

11th Sep 2010, 08:15

I have recently (June '10) purchased a Holden Astra 2005 AH CDXI and I have never driven such a wonderful, smooth, sleek and stylish little car. At the time of purchase it had 97,000 on the meter and is now currently on 104,000, with no issues whatsoever.

The fuel economy value of this car definitely outdoes most vehicles I have owned in the past, I recently drove from Newcastle to Sydney and back on 1/3 of a tank of fuel. I couldn't be happier and looking back on my purchase, it may have cost a little more but it gives back so much, thank you Holden...

25th Nov 2010, 01:06

Hi Astra fans. My grandparents own a 2005 AH hatchback. It has done 34,000kms and the car's electrical system keeps dropping in and out, but the car keeps running and starting, the head lights, dash lights and blinkers seem to be the noticeable electrical problems, but it doesn't do it all the time. Does anyone know about this problem? Your help would be greatly appreciated :)

7th Dec 2010, 04:05

Sorry to hear your troubles. No I have no idea, best to take it to a Holden dealership assuming that with that mileage it would probably be still under warranty.

15th Dec 2010, 03:36

I have MY8.5 CDX Astra since new. No problems at all with the car, been fantastic.

I choose to have it serviced at 7500km intervals - always believed in good air and oil in respect to longevity of a car. The other great thing about Astra is its towing capacity - 630kg unbraked. Most Japanese cars tow only at 500kg.

I would recommend an Astra to anyone.

1st Feb 2011, 14:11

About to buy 05 CDX model with 139,000km. The owner has fixed the air con fault (clutch assembly) and the ignition electrics (when you turn key, nothing happened) are all sorted, and sounds and looks mint! Gonna be very happy very soon!!!

8th Feb 2011, 22:46

I have been reading all the comments on the Holden Astra CDXI 2005 and I agree that it is a fantastic car.

I purchased mine in September 2008 with 44,000kms on the clock. It was in mint condition and now is going in for its 60,000 service.

I can't speak well enough about this little car. Just that it is the best car I have ever owned. It's comfortable, rides well, fuel is great and the sound system is awesome. I have owned Corollas, Commodores and nothing compares to the finish of this little gem.

I just wish Holden had not stopped getting them and changed to the Cruze, as when it comes time to update, it is going to be very hard to replace.

Happy Astra owner.

14th Mar 2011, 05:00

Hi everyone, I've got my 06 model, purchased two years ago. The only did 15000 kms during this time with me.

I had the electrical problem (CIM module), known by Opal and Vauxhaull. I had my fight with Holden and they were kind enough to fix it, even though the car is now out of warranty.

I do have one issue with the car, it uses oil. I will use about 2L of oil every 10000k. While this is below the .6L/1000km mentioned in the manual, I still believe it's excessive. I never had to top up so often with any other car I owned. There are no oil leaks and the car is not blowing smoke. With only 50000k on the clock, I have no idea where the oil is going.

13th May 2011, 00:36

Mine was doing the same; get it looked at it, could be the timing belt or too much sludge build up in the sump. I broke down in peak hour, and had to be towed (nightmare).

My car's back now running brilliantly. FYI the 90,000 km service is going to cost $850 + I just did it.

By the way, I took their loan car, which was a New Holden Cruze... the Astra is definitely a better built car interior and engine wise. The Cruze had no power, and that was just with me (60kg) in it; imagine the family and going up a hill with the aircon on; I would run faster... it's a nice looking car, a little plastic though, and the leather seats aren't stitched well, you can see lumps from the sponge underneath and the seam joins are rough... I must say $28,990 not on road is a lot of money for tacky workmanship and a gutless engine. Makes me wonder if it's a Daewoo, which Holden bought out... Fuel wise it was much better than the Astra.

Love my Astra Coupe.