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Holden Cruze 2003

The 2003 Holden Cruze range of configurations is currently priced from $2,970.

This is what Ewan Kennedy liked most about this particular version of the Holden Cruze: Holden design, Standard features, Value used

The 2003 Holden Cruze carries a braked towing capacity of up to 800 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

The Holden Cruze is also known as the Daewoo Lacetti Premiere in markets outside Australia.

Holden Cruze 2003 Q&As

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

  • What can I do if the transmission in my 2012 Holden Cruze has failed?

    I’d definitely be talking to Holden’s customer service department. I agree that 92,000km is a long way short of what I’d consider to be the lifespan of a modern motor vehicle, even if it has taken you more than five years to reach that mileage. In any case, nobody will be buying new Holdens any longer as the brand no longer exists.

    Meanwhile, you’re right, transmission failures are a well known fault with this make and model and Holden did extend the factory warranty on them to 130,000km. Unfortunately, the five-year limit also applied which is where you’ve run out of time. I would hate to think that Holden’s demise as a brand will leave existing owners high and dry, but I can imagine that’s just how you’re feeling. Without an active factory presence in Australia, though, it might be difficult to get much joy from Holden.

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  • Holden Cruze Bluetooth: How to Use Bluetooth in a Holden Cruze?

    To connect your mobile phone to the Holden Cruze’s optional Bluetooth system for hands-free phone operation, the first step is to check your phone settings to ensure that Bluetooth is enabled and that the phone is `visible’ or `discoverable’.

    From the info-screen in the car, select Add Device (Handsfree) at which point the car’s Bluetooth system will search for and find the signal from your mobile phone. When that happens, a four-digit code should be displayed on the screen which is then keyed into the phone’s keypad to make the connection. The car will then ask you if you want to pair your phone and you press `Yes’ to complete the pairing process.

    As many as five mobile phones can be connected to the Holden Cruze Bluetooth system. You can then choose a different phone to pair by choosing one from the device list displayed on the info-screen. Once the connection is established, you can operate many of the phone’s functions through the car’s information screen including your address book and adjusting the volume of the phone call.

    For more instructions on how to play music through the system, more setup options, and troubleshooting problems, refer to the vehicle’s owner’s manual.


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  • Are there any issues with a Holden Cruze 1.6 petrol turbo from 2015 onwards?

    The turbocharged petrol-engined Cruze was the pick of the bunch; smoother and sweeter than the turbo-diesel and packing a lot more punch than the non-turbo petrol version. But they’re not without their potential traps.

    The good news is that the car you’re considering is a 2015 model, so it got the bigger 1.6-litre turbocharged engine and a build date that should have put it beyond the earlier transmission failures of some Cruzes. The earlier, 1.4-litre engine was known for coolant leaks from the water pump, although the later 1.6-litre also seems susceptible to overheating. Some Cruzes with this engine required new thermostat housings to be fitted to correct this, so make sure this has been done by a previous owner.

    The 1.6 turbo also showed problems with the cooling system for the turbocharger unit (as distinct from the above cooling problems). It seems as though the coolant hoses for the turbocharger were underdone when it came to Australian underbonnet heat levels, and a leak could ensue.

    To be completely honest, these cars were a Daewoo design (even though they were built by Holden in Adelaide after 2011) and they seemed a bit short on engineering in some areas. They’re also a car that will become more problematic – relative to some of the competition - as they age. It wouldn’t be my pick for a long-term purchase.

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  • Why did I loose acceleration in my 2012 Holden Cruze even though I still had revs?

    If the engine is still revving up but the car isn’t moving, logic says you have a transmission (gearbox) problem. Transmission problems are very well known in the Holden Cruze, and must surely be classified as an inherent fault. Fundamentally, the automatic transmission in your car was a dud from day one, and Holden even announced an extended warranty for it as part of a special service program to replace consumer confidence in the unit. It didn’t work.

    Many Cruzes exhibited the precise behaviour you experienced, and the loss of all drive as well as the check-engine light illuminating are classic indicators of a transmission that either needs new components such as sensors, a valve body or torque converter, or is totally done and needs to be completely replaced. An inspection will be able to determine this. Error code P0776 is what I’m tipping the car will offer up when it’s electronically scanned (which should be your next step).

    Once Holden had fixed these transmissions, it was extending the warranty to five years from when the car first entered service or 150,000km, whichever came first. Obviously, your car is older than that, but it has covered low kilometres and since you’ve had it from new and can verify its service history with a Holden dealer, I reckon it would be worth your while to contact Holden’s customer service division and state your case. Let’s face it, less than 120,000km on a modern car before the transmission blows up is not really good enough, is it?

    You may not get anywhere, but even if you can convince Holden to help with the cost of parts (labour would be nice, too) the financial picture changes dramatically. Without a bit of help from Holden, it may just be that the cost of repairs will be higher than the actual value of the car itself.

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Holden Cruze 2003 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 2003 Holden Cruze 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 Cruze spans from 15x5.5 inches.

Holden Cruze Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
base SUV 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches
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Holden Cruze 2003 Price and Specs

The Holden Cruze 2003 is currently available from $2,970 for the Cruze (base) up to $6,990 for the Cruze (base).

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(base) SUV 1.5L ULP 4 SP AUTO $2,400 $4,070
(base) SUV 1.5L ULP 5 SP MAN $2,600 $4,400
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Holden Cruze 2003 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 2003 Holden Cruze is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Holden Cruze currently offers fuel consumption from 6 to 6.3L/100km. The Holden Cruze is available with the following fuel type: ULP.

Holden Cruze Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
base SUV 1.5L,ULP,5 SP MAN 6L/100km
base SUV 1.5L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 6.3L/100km
base SUV 1.5L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 6.3L/100km
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Holden Cruze 2003 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2003 Holden Cruze are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1640mm x 1605mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Holden Cruze 2003 Dimensions  include 1605mm height, 1640mm width, 3625mm length.
Holden Cruze Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
base SUV 1605x1640x3625 mm 180 mm
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Holden Cruze 2003 Towing capacity

The Holden Cruze has maximum towing capacity of 800kg. 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 Cruze Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
base SUV 1.5L,ULP,5 SP MAN 800kg
base SUV 1.5L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 800kg
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