I have an Antara 184 SE AWD Manual in Carbon Black, which Ive had since it was 12 months old, and it is a great family car. It has been really reliable so far, only requiring service parts etc.
I had my first major breakdown a couple of weeks back, and it was a costly one!
I had just returned from a lengthy drive back from the Lakes (to Northants) and as I came off the M1 and on to the A road home, the car jumped out of 3rd gear with a bit of a bang. Obviously quite worrying but I wondered if it was because of the lengthy drive and gearbox getting hot. I limped it home and tried it again in the morning but it was still jumping out of gear under heavy acceleration. I had a sneaking suspicion that this was going to be a worn synchromesh gear.....and hence costly.
I dropped the car into the VX dealer later that day and they did a test drive. Fortunately for me, the gearbox fully packed up on the test drive and they ended up rolling it straight into the workshop. I ended up returning home in the Danetre courtesy car, which I kept for 2 weeks whilst the gearbox was rebuilt. I also had a new clutch and flywheel fitted as the gearbox was out of the car and, with 50k on the clock, it was probably worth doing.
Anyway - for those that may have a similar issue, the important thing to note was the cost, which surprised me slightly. The gearbox rebuild was £600 and the clutch/flywheel was £700. With parts and labour, the total bill came to over £2k so was one that required a stiff drink.
Hope this doesn't happen to you (the guys at the VX dealer advised that this isn't a common issue). I have since heard that the M32 gearbox has a few issues along these lines so probably one to keep an eye on.
Antara 184 SE AWD Manual in Carbon Black