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QMY2002 TS Holden As­tra has trav­elled al­most 100,000km and though I have found it good to drive, I have had a few me­chan­i­cal prob­lems with it. I amoften told the TS As­tra is no­to­ri­ous for hav­ing is­sues, es­pe­cially af­ter 100,000km. I want a car that will be re­li­able for some time. Is the As­tra likely to be this re­li­able, or should I look else­where? I have been look­ing at other cars, es­pe­cially the MY04 Subaru Im­preza RX, for an up­grade. A. McDon­ald,

email kilo­me­tre you drive is one closer to a ma­jor melt­down. That’s the re­al­ity of own­ing any age­ing car, not just an As­tra. It’s

AEVERYim­pos­si­ble to pre­dict when that might hap­pen. The re­al­ity is your car’s best days are be­hind it. Should you sell? It’s im­pos­si­ble to say. It doesn’t mat­ter what the badge is on the bon­net, your car is six years old, so you should ex­pect a few prob­lems.

Your up­grade op­tion is four years old, and though the Subaru is a good brand and the Im­preza a good model, it is also get­ting on. I would press on with the As­tra, or trade it in on a new car.

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