5th Dec 2012, 03:56

Nothing like common sense... good job...

19th Dec 2013, 21:30

Have you found the cause of the power surges? I am having the same problem.

29th Dec 2013, 02:27

Hello, I have just bought a 2002 Holden Astra Equipe. I've done a few km, but so far only the issue I have is while idling it surges a bit, and when travelling around town at 50 or 60km/h, the check engine light comes on after 5-10 minutes.

But if I start her up and take it to the highway at 100km/h or 110, no check engine light comes on?

13th Jan 2014, 23:16

Did you end up finding the cause of this, because mine has the same issue and the mechanics can't find the problem.

Did yours have any issues with overheating also?

26th Apr 2014, 16:11

I had the same problem... paid a mechanic to fix it, but I could barely drive it home. So I fixed it myself... changed the spark plugs. Behind the O2 for the air filter (have a good look) there is a black little air line that needs to be reconnected. It will stop the surging and you will be able to start and drive your car again.

6th Jun 2014, 04:06

Hi there. I have a 2001 TS Holden Astra. The engine light is on, but she starts first go, drives fine till half temp, when the thermo fan kicks in, then it starts misfiring, loss of power, and it revs to about 2000 before it even moves. Can anyone maybe help me, or might have had a similar problem?


18th Jun 2014, 11:28

Hello. I bought a Holden Astra 2005 model, auto four door.

I was wondering if someone could help me? When I drive it, it gets stuck let's say in any gear it pleases. Some days it's fine and works like perfect, sometimes it doesn't go, and sometimes it just gets stuck in a gear.

I don't believe it's the gearbox, but maybe a switch inside it that controls the gears or something; not too sure about taking a guess, but any help will be highly appreciated...

18th Jun 2014, 20:19

If it's not shifting the way it should, you might want to start by getting the automatic gearbox serviced. Can you remember when the fluid was last drained and flushed, and the strainer cleaned?

9th Jul 2014, 04:52

I can't open the bonnet of my Holden Astra TS 2002. Have tried one person pulling the lever and another pushing on the bonnet; it just won't open. Any ideas as I need to replace a head light globe?

28th Jul 2014, 04:06

My Holden Astra is in at the Holden dealership at the moment. They can't seem to find anything wrong with it, and they have been driving it round and it hasn't missed a beat. The reason we took it in was because it's been shuddering and switching off randomly while we have been driving; it happens at any time. Sometimes it goes days without happening, but sometimes it happens 5 times a day. The coil pack has been changed and spark plugs too, and a new battery.

3rd Aug 2014, 13:27

The day the TS Astra was un-drivable was the day the wife told me she thought something was wrong... The car had a rough idle and wouldn't accelerate unless you had it flat out, and it still struggled. So I did the code check (easy enough, hold the brake and accelerator pedal flat and then turn the ignition on, count the flashes and there's the code) and checked online for the code definition. The code was 0170, so went to Supercheap and tried the carby cleaner; didn't help. Went to Repco 20% off (lucky) and purchased the oxygen sensor (lambda); $140 plus special socket $10; didn't help. Last chance after the wife said "you can't fix it so take it to the mechanic"; cleaned the air flow meter (MAF), didn't help. Bugger, I am not taking it to the mechanic, so went to Repco and purchased the MAF for $99. Fixed. All working well.

29th Aug 2014, 00:39

Hi, I have a Holden Astra 2001 model. It ran fine, have had issues with sensors in the past, but that's it. I was driving to work one day, cruising along, and all of a sudden I lost all throttle response. Starts first go and idles, but not a single bit of acceleration. Could be something simple, so any help is much appreciated.

Thanks, Luke.

30th Aug 2014, 00:24

Hi Luke,

If the car is otherwise starting and idling normally (not running like an old VW engine with vibrations - which indicates a coil gone bad), check the accelerator cable, or if it's drive-by-wire, perhaps a wire somewhere fell out of its connector, or may have failed. Get it somehow to an independent mechanic (or if you have mobile mechanics), who may be able to spot the problem.


24th Oct 2014, 22:26

I have a 2001 Astra.

Coil pack replaced twice.

Now have the same feeling in the drive, except it happens only when the engine is cold or on the highway between 90 - 110 on a flat road. Noticed this was not a problem when driving down an incline or accelerating up, at these speeds.


26th Oct 2014, 22:00

If it's on an incline, perhaps your fuel tank may need cleaning for sediments. Is your car an automatic? There may be a sensor that detects if the car is on a slope on the gearbox.

29th Oct 2014, 11:26

Hi, did you try reading the manual? There is a small lever on the inside, down below the coin compartment on the driver's side, that you have to pull open first. I'm not sure if it's the same for all models?

23rd Jan 2015, 08:05

Check the coil pack is generating spark for each plug. I had the same issue and did the screwdriver test, PS: be sure to wear insulated gloves, they have quite a kick. Remove the coil pack and sit it on its side on the top of the motor. Position a long screwdriver about 3 mm away from the end of the contacts and get someone to crank the motor for you. If you don't see a spark coming from one of the points that make contact with the spark plugs, you will need to get a new coil pack. Cheap on eBay.

23rd Jan 2015, 12:11


I have a Holden Astra 2005 TS model. I have had trouble with the engine light a couple of times now, and it's really bad at idling, then gets chucky. I replaced a brand new coil pack and spark plugs too, but that didn't work, so I rang the mechanic and the man said "it could be a faulty coil pack", so I took it back to Repco, then got a new coil pack and put petrol cleaner in as well. It was fine after that, and the light went off.

It's been about 3-4 months now, and it's chucky again, and the engine light's back on. Please help, I have no idea what's wrong.

29th Apr 2015, 02:42

Hi. I have a Holden Astra TS 2002, and when I start it for the first time in the day, after about 10 minutes the check engine light comes on and the temperature gauge stays on cold. If you keep driving for about another 10 minutes until the engine has warmed up and turn the car off then back on, the check engine light goes off and the temperature goes up to where it is meant to be, and it works fine until the next day when the car is completely cold.

Do you think it could be the thermostat stuck open? Any suggestions?

I recently had a coolant leak, and the mechanic said the leak was in the heater hose and he would need to pull the dash off but couldn't, so he redirected the water and now I don't have a heater until he can fix it, and now this problem has started.