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Car has 63k on it and regularly serviced. Next annual due next month. Wife calls me to say it won't drive.
Slipping like mad but drives for a little distance after cooling. Towed to garage and ATF change via plug at bottom of box. This is approx 1/2 capacity 4 litres. Got a bit further this time say 400m but same problem with slipping. After talking to several specialists decided to pass on this vehicle for salvage. After reading so many problems with this car (particularly tranfer boxes) decided time to move on. According to the service schedule due an ATF change at 96k. Garage reported the fluid as "black as black can be" with bits in it. This, IMHO, needs to be at least a 3 year ( say 30k) change item. Appalling and therefore no more Vauxhalls for me....ever.
 

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Car has 63k on it and regularly serviced. Next annual due next month. Wife calls me to say it won't drive.
Slipping like mad but drives for a little distance after cooling. Towed to garage and ATF change via plug at bottom of box. This is approx 1/2 capacity 4 litres. Got a bit further this time say 400m but same problem with slipping. After talking to several specialists decided to pass on this vehicle for salvage. After reading so many problems with this car (particularly tranfer boxes) decided time to move on. According to the service schedule due an ATF change at 96k. Garage reported the fluid as "black as black can be" with bits in it. This, IMHO, needs to be at least a 3 year ( say 30k) change item. Appalling and therefore no more Vauxhalls for me....ever.
Sorry to hear about your troubles Chris. They fitted the 6T40 auto transmission to the earlier Series 2 Antaras (2.2 diesel engines) but it wasn’t really up to it, particularly with the 184ps and especially with the 4X4 versions. They actually did a recall to detune some of these engines by remapping to reduce the torque but the real answer was to fit the 6T50 box.

Didn’t matter anyway, with the manual transmissions the owner had the dual mass flywheel and clutch problems to contend with and they both had the transfer box problems. Maybe if they’d called out a transmission oil change much earlier (and I’d agree with your 30k for heavy duty use) there would have been fewer problems.

When I think about it all the diesel versions also had the DPF problems so unfortunately the Antara doesn’t have a great reputation. Yet, when it’s going right, it’s still a great car to drive and the caravan owners loved it.

Best of luck with whatever you choose to go with.
 

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Thanks for your reply Victor.
Yes, during my investigations I came across the 6T40/45 issues. Mine actually had the uprated 6T50 box fitted on a 163ps engine...and it had never towed a caravan only an occassional small domestic trailer. An automatic box that was never abused has simply failed on a fully serviced car at 63k. That is a terrible indictment. That, along with the DPF and transfer box issues eventually forced my hand. I didn't believe my eyes when the car was reversed unassisted at full pelt onto the top deck of the transporter. Knowing it's slipping history, rather him than me! Time to move on. Sigh!
 
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