I'm a little surprised by the What Car review. I purchased my 2.5 TDS in 2003 and have used it both as a daily transport and farm vehicle. Over the years I've travelled to Austria / Hungary / France / Germany / Slovenia etc without a hitch, and have pulled horse boxes, 2.7T trailer etc over farmland every day. I've only ever serviced the car myself. It's not the best 4x4 I've ever driven, but was extremely good value for money when I purchased it, and has prooved practical and reliable. On the open road it requires patience, which is rewarded with reasonable fuel economy. I did have an engine management issue, the light continues to come on occationally - but I decided long ago I would just continue driving it until it croaked. 10 years later it's still going strong and I'm only forced to change it now because the mud will no longer wash off. I will be replaceing it with a Frontera 2.2DTI, which also appears seriously undervalued in the marketplace.
What a load of c$%P. 2.2 Sport RS owned for 5 years. Now done 66,000 miles. Had to change the head gasket, fuel pump, radiator, instrument cluster doesnt work. Pretty poor for a car thats done under 100k Drives nicely, interior nice, good cruiser. Appalling fuel economy. 22mpg round town. Better on long runs, have seen 30mpg touring. Good off road.
i own 2 fronteras a 2.2 rs sport petrol (opel)which i have owned for 8 years since from new & a vauxhall 2.2 olympus diesal lwb . the petrol has been to spain and back and towed a caravan to the french alps, the diesal is now doing the towing again to the alps, both are fantastic vehicles and do not deserve the comments people givr them.
Had this car for almost three years and it,s been wonderful. There appears to be an ongoing conspiracy amongst the so-called independant motoring reviewers whose wise words are supposed to enlighten us. If I took any notice of their reviews I would have missed out on buying a stylish,reliable, practical, cost-effective vehicle. Maybe Vauxhall aren,t providing these spoilt twerps with the right inducements, eh! Know what I mean! There again, Vauxhall need their backsides kicking for ceasing production of this lovely motor. Instead of continuing straight into an enhanced, up to date version, they seem to have listened to all the dishonest reviews and produced some sort of clone that they think will appease the most number of average buyers. I say to Vauxhall; let your moderate Antara slowly fade from view and bring into production a new Frontera that will challenge the tuareg and the discovery on all but price. If you can,t do that, then you shouldn,t be in the car making industry. KISS.
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