Holden Astra began its story as a mimic of the local Australian Produced 1984 Nissan Pulsar. Then succeed by another famed Australian mimic the 1989 Holden Nova. It wasn't until 1995 Holden took note of the Opel Astra that was being sold in New Zealand bearing the name Holden Astra. The following year Opel Astra F was found cruising down Russell St under the name Holden Astra TR. Deeming the end of the Nova line. With 5 Generations of the Opel Astra being sold under Holden Astra, It seems Holden has found its medium with the Opel Astra. Due to its popularity and ease of maintenance if interested in getting your hands a little dirty. eManualOnline houses (as of now) F, G, H, and J Holden Astra Repair Manual.
Astra F was released 1995-1998 as the 3rd generation, succeeding the Holden Nova. Supporting two distinctive body styles the 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback with 3 submodels to choose: City, GL, GSi. Proving to be a huge success for Holden they continued with Opel to the next gen. The Astra G released 1998-2005, packing a 1.8 liter or 2.2 liter adding 2 more body styles, 2-door convertible and a 3-door hatchback. The 5th and final generation under the Holden brand was released 2004-2009, Due to its average level of safety and poor build quality the Astra H received unfavorable resale value and was disbanded in 2009.
The Astra J was released at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show with previously known “High Options” now featured as standard application. In 2010 the Astra J came 3rd in European Car of the Year. Proving Holden making a terrible mistake. The largest engine fitted in the Astra J was a 276 hp 295 lb-ft of torque Turbo 2.0 liter. Proving to not only be designed for economy but as a symbol of sportsmanship.
The Holden Astra began as a mimic of the Nissan Pulsar N12, searching for economy and reliability for the Australian public. More than 30 years and 5 generations later the Astra has not only become a Economic, Reliable Commonality but a true connoisseur of horsepower torque and speed. Being the perfect car for the get up and go lifestyle. Even though your Astra is extremely reliable, maintenance will be needed. If your a do it yourself brake job, oil change, alternator replacement kind of individual who likes saving some buckaroos; get your hands on a Holden Astra Workshop Manual from eManualOnline.