Holden Astra 1998 350x240

The second generation General Motors Astra (G/B) is the successor of the F/A Astra. It's more safer and refined than its predecessor and is sold in various continents excluding North America and Asia. It won two Australia's Best Cars awards in 2002 and 2003.

See also the main fact sheets for the General Motors G/B Astra.

High PointsEdit

  • Great styling
  • Tight, rattle-free body
  • Good corrosion protection
  • Zippy four-cylinder motor
  • Miserly fuel consumption

Low PointsEdit

  • Clunky gearshift
  • Cam belt problem

Performance and HandlingEdit

With the European-designed chassis, the ride is firm but is excellent for road-holding abilities with minimum body roll. The hydro/electic power steering is precise and offers good road feel.

Gas MileageEdit

For fuel consumptions of 1998 Holden Astra, follow this link.

Fuel Consumption Guide for 1998 TS Astra


The G/B Astra underwent EuroNCAP crash testing and earned 25 points out of 32 (4 stars) for occupant protection but scored 7 points (1 star) for pedestrian safety.

EuroNCAP 1999 Opel/Vauxhall Astra Result

The Holden Astra was offered 4 stars and is less likely to cause harm to other motorists according to the Used Car Safety Rating.

UCSR Safety Report: 1998-2006 Holden Astra

Reliability and MaintenanceEdit

G/B Astras are generably reliable and not many faults have been reported. However, a design fault of the cam belt tensioner can cause the belt to become loose, skip a tooth or two or break. It's recommended that the timing belt should be changed every 60,000 kilometres (32,500 miles).

Interior and ComfortsEdit


Styles and OptionsEdit

Opel AstraEdit

Vauxhall AstraEdit

Holden AstraEdit


  • Adjustable (tilt/reach) steering column
  • Dual front airbags
  • 8 speaker Blaupunkt stereo system with CD Player


  • 15 inch Alloy wheels
  • ABS
  • Dual airbags
  • 8 speaker Blaupunkt stereo system with CD Player
  • Suede-appointed seats


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