20th May 2011, 01:45
I bought a 2004 XC Combo in 2009. It had excellent service history and drove perfectly; it seemed like a great car.
6 months later, the gearbox fails and needs replacement. Another 6 months and the computer dies - not just the ECU, but the BCM as well, and Holden still had a monopoly on the manufacture of both - for 5 years after release of model apparently.
Today it has overheated; hopefully it's just a thermostat issue, but even replacing that is a half a day adventure due to its backwards design. It drives OK in a straight line, but the tall, top heavy cart on thin track makes this small car rock like a wayward bus over undulating corners. Worst car I have ever owned, or even heard about.
15th Jan 2016, 02:51
I'm a qualified auto electrician with 16 years experience.
DO NOT BUY AN ASTRA, VECTRA OR COMBO. THE ENGINE COMPUTERS ALWAYS FAIL.