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Holden Astra 1996

The 1996 Holden Astra range of configurations is currently priced from $1,800. Our most recent review of the 1996 Holden Astra resulted in a score of 3 out of 10 for that particular example. You can read the full review here.

This is what Graham Smith liked most about this particular version of the Holden Astra: Robust and reliable, Plenty of space, Good ride and handling

The 1996 Holden Astra carries a braked towing capacity of up to 1000 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

Holden Astra 1996 Price and Specs

The Holden Astra 1996 is currently available from $1,800 for the Astra City up to $4,070 for the Astra GSi.

Pricing guides

$2,935
Based on third party pricing data
Lowest Price
$1,800
Highest Price
$4,070
Holden Astra Model Body Type Specs Price from Price to
City Hatchback 1.6L ULP 4 SP AUTO $1,800 $3,080
City Hatchback 1.6L ULP 5 SP MAN $1,800 $3,080
GL Hatchback 1.8L ULP 4 SP AUTO $2,100 $3,630
GL Hatchback 1.8L ULP 5 SP MAN $1,900 $3,300
City Sedan 1.6L ULP 4 SP AUTO $1,800 $3,080
City Sedan 1.6L ULP 5 SP MAN $1,800 $3,080
GL Sedan 1.8L ULP 4 SP AUTO $2,100 $3,630
GL Sedan 1.8L ULP 5 SP MAN $1,900 $3,300
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Holden Astra 1996 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Holden Astra here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Why is the coolant in my 2007 Holden Astra a milky colour?

    The first response of most mechanics on this would be that you have a head gasket leak in the engine. Coolant in the oil and/or oil in the coolant are classic symptoms of this. It happens because the faulty head gasket allows the two fluids to mix but, depending on exactly where the gasket fails, you don’t necessary get both symptoms. A workshop can pressure test the engine’s cooling system and perform what’s called a TK test to show up any contaminants in the coolant that have found their way there via a blown head gasket.

    But before you go tearing into the engine, check the service records to find out how old the coolant is. Coolant will discolour over time and kilometres and what you’re seeing as a `milky colour’ might simply be old coolant that has gone cloudy and needs changing.

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  • Why does my 2017 Holden Astra jerk when I put it in reverse?

    The jerk when you select reverse sometimes is definitely worth having diagnosed properly as it shouldn’t be that way. Scanning the car (which I’ll presume the dealership did to arrive at its answer) doesn’t always show up all faults, so just because the computer says there’s nothing wrong, doesn’t mean there isn’t. There are plenty of reasons for a car to jerk into a particular gear, but the good news is that the Astra uses a conventional, torque-converter automatic, not one of the vastly more troublesome double-clutch units.

    Your second problem, however, may not be a problem at all. In fact, the gearbox in the Astra is smart enough to know that you’re coasting down a hill and will actually shift down a gear or two to take the strain off the brakes while still maintaining your speed. As it shifts down gears, the engine revs will rise; that’s absolutely normal and part of the way the car is designed to operate.

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  • Why does the clock in my 2004 Holden Astra CD keep resetting?

    My first thought is that your car’s battery is on the way out. Are there any other symptoms of this (slow cranking etc)? Essentially, a battery that isn’t fully charged or is a bit wonky can start to shed its responsibilities one by one as it wears out. In this case, you might find that maintaining the clock’s memory/time isn’t programmed into the car as a major priority, so it switches that circuit off as a means of saving every available volt and ampere for actually starting the car (which is the point at which the maximum strain is placed on a battery).

    Beyond that, you could have a dodgy ignition barrel that isn’t making all the necessary contacts when you insert and turn the key each time. I’ve heard of applying a liberal coating of acetone (or a solvent such as carby cleaner or WD40 should also work) and inserting the key a few times in succession. This is sometimes enough to clean the contacts and restore full functionality.

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  • Why does my 2009 Holden Astra have trouble starting after sitting overnight?

    These cars used a fairly simply check-valve on the fuel pump to prevent fuel draining back into the tank when the car was parked. As the car ages, this valve wears to the point where it won’t maintain fuel in the lines going to the engine. If that happens, it will take some time and cranking to get fuel from the tank to the engine. This is the delay you’re experiencing.

    The worn valve is only allowing a small amount of fuel to drain back which is why you need to wait six hours or so for the problem to show up. A new fuel pump will fix it.

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Holden Astra 1996 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 1996 Holden Astra is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Holden Astra currently offers fuel consumption from 7.3 to 7.5L/100km. The Holden Astra is available with the following fuel types: ULP and PULP.

Holden Astra Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
City Hatchback 1.6L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 7.4L/100km
GSI Hatchback 2.0L,PULP,5 SP MAN 7.4L/100km
City Sedan 1.6L,ULP,5 SP MAN 7.3L/100km
City Sedan 1.6L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 7.4L/100km
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Holden Astra 1996 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 1996 Holden Astra will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted. Standard wheel sizes on the Holden Astra vary from 14x5.5 inches to 15x5.5 inches.

Holden Astra Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
City Hatchback 14x5.5 inches 14x5.5 inches
GL Hatchback 14x5.5 inches 14x5.5 inches
GSI Hatchback 15x5.5 inches 15x5.5 inches
City Sedan 14x5.5 inches 14x5.5 inches
GL Sedan 14x5.5 inches 14x5.5 inches
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Holden Astra 1996 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 1996 Holden Astra are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1696mm x 1410mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Holden Astra 1996 Dimensions  include 1410mm height, 1696mm width, 4051mm length.
Holden Astra Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
City Hatchback 1410x1696x4051 mm
GL Hatchback 1410x1696x4051 mm
GSI Hatchback 1410x1696x4051 mm
City Sedan 1410x1696x4239 mm
GL Sedan 1410x1696x4239 mm
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Holden Astra 1996 Towing capacity

The Holden Astra has maximum towing capacity of 1000kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Holden Astra Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
City Hatchback 1.6L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1000kg
City Hatchback 1.6L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 1000kg
GL Hatchback 1.8L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1000kg
GL Hatchback 1.8L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 1000kg
City Sedan 1.6L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1000kg
City Sedan 1.6L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 1000kg
GL Sedan 1.8L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1000kg
GL Sedan 1.8L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 1000kg
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