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Opel Astra CD/battery problem

Hi guys.

Do you know anything about a "known" problem with 2005 model Opel Astras whereby the motor in the console mounted CD player stays on when the ignition is off and eventually drains the battery? I know two family members suffering the same problem. Do you know if there is anything that can be done to fix it?

The only option Opel gave is to replace the whole console, but the problem will eventually happen again. Both cars are out of warranty so Opel dealers don't want to know and have only offered to replace the console at huge cost. Any ideas lads?

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Filed under fault - Asked by Thomas Leonard (Laytown) - Mon, 16 May 2011 20:33


Hi Tom,

This is something that we have heard of before, but what we were told is that it was the radio at fault, as it switched itself on randomly and therefore drained the battery that way.

We found a UK thread on the topic

Let us contact Opel on your behalf and see if they have a solution and we will come back to you on it.

Answered by: Complete Car Adviser

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UPDATE: Hi Tom - we have since had this from Opel Ireland: "We recognise that 2005 Astra H model radios have been switching on independently of the ignition being started. The cause of this is a malfunction is the "CD-In-Recognition" switch of the CD drive built into the radio unit itself. To ensure our customers' satisfaction, all 2005 Astra H customers who experienced this problem were given an extended 5 year/100,000kms warranty on the radio unit to have the cost of the repairs covered within their first five years of ownership. This is an extension of the standard two year Opel warranty on their vehicle. We would recommend any customers still affected by this to have a new radio device with a newly designed "CD-In-Recognition" switch fitted to their vehicles. The problem will not recur with the new unit. We're unfortunately unable to extend the warranty any further, however we'll look at this on a case by case basis, to see if any further assistance can be offered from Opel to ensure complete satisfaction with their vehicle."

Posted by Paddy Comyn (Drogheda) - Fri, 20 May 2011 13:45:01