Said 'goodbye' to the Antara...
So... A few things drove me to my decision to say goodbye to the Antara last week:
i) recent injector and radiator repair bill of well over £1k and the constant worry of more injector issues (was still getting similar levels of smoke from the exhaust)
ii) upcoming work needing to be completed - 2 front tyres needed, glow plug replacement
iii)we sold our caravan last year so no need for a big towing vehicle
iv) ...and the best/worst for last - it started leaking oil all over my drive from several places around the engine bay - could have been several, expensive items to repair!
Overall, we've had 5+ years of relatively trouble free, enjoyable motoring with the Antara and I genuinely think it is exceptional value for money for a car, especially if you are towing; which it does effortlessly. But, with 2 breakdowns and a couple of big repair bills over the past 9 months (over £3k - melted fuse box, failed injector, replacement radiator, replacement air-con condenser...) I kept waiting for the next big thing to happen as the 'trouble-free' days seem to have passed.
Since we no longer tow and the main duties for the car are my commute to work and ferrying kids to footy practice/matches, we popped out and exchanged it for a BMW 116d Sport on Friday - obviously the size difference is going to take some getting used to, but the refinement of the engine compared to the Antara is fantastic (I realise they are aimed at doing completely different things!).
Got screwed on the part-ex price but it was a relieve to not have the worry of an impending engine failure or expensive repair bill - so peace of mind and practicality won the day.
I've not been the most active here, but have enjoyed taking part in several conversations and getting great feedback when asking questions...