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Hi I am new on here and I am in the process of buying a 2011 exclusive antara with 21000 miles on the clock, last night I looked on the internet to see if it was cam belt or chain and came across so many negative comments on the antara from owners or ex owners ie dpf, fuel consumption, limp mode etc and wondered whether I should forget the antara and look for another make/model, basically I am looking for owners advice/experiences before I commit to buying.

Many thanks in advance Keith
 

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Hi , I'm one of the unlucky ones had DPF troubles but appears to be fixed now . What I would say is all modern turbo diesels that are euro 5 compliant can be troublesome regardless of make . Look on the nissan quashqui or Mazda 6 forums if you need evidence . What I suggest is do not buy an x demonstrator or one that's done short trips. Don't touch one if the DPF light is on or if the change oil light is on . Fuel consumption falls a long way short of claimed figures 30-35 mpg is more realistic forget dreams of 40 mpg unless your on a good run. I don't think the mpg is bad for the size of the vehicle and it is great as a workhorse it tows fantastically well . I don't think I would buy another but that said neither do I know what I would replace it with either ?! For the money they are a good piece of kit however for a bit more money they are alternatives ! Edited by: Rd57chad
 

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Hi thanks for your reply, the vehicle I am looking at belongs to a friend he has part exchange at Vauxhall for another brand new antara, he also tows a caravan as I do and he says it is a great towing car, he regenerates the dpf in a low gear and 3000 revs for about 4 miles and tells me it is the only bug bear, but on reading this and other forums/reviews on all of the problems not just dpfyou start to wonder whether to buy or not as the antara gets some awful reviews from some of the owners, I am buying the car from a Vauxhall dealership where he has part exchanged although only put a £200 deposit down which I would rather lose than throw £12000 away if that is what I am doing, does anyone have any positive things to say about the car sorry for the long explanation
 

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The Antara is no different from any other big soft roader. Mine is a 2.0 ltr '58 reg and is used as a workhorse doing 80 + miles a day. Yes the regens are every 500 miles, but if you don't look for it, you never notice it. Mileage is around 38 miles to gallon and it has never let me down yet ( 9 months of ownership and 12,000 miles covered)

Yes there are better big 4X4'd but stick another £5 - £8k on your budget if you want one or look at 50,000 miles more than your probably wanting to buy one with.


Read all the owners reviews, there are just as many positives and negative's and owners do really like their Antara's, as do I.


If I had a bigger budget, I would still buy a newer version of the Antara as this one has been brilliant and I paid £8.5 K for a '58 with 29,000 miles on the clock and 1 previous owner. They sold the car private as they got nothing in part exchange against a smaller vauxhall, and I'm glad they did as its a good, solid relabble car that copes well with everything I chuck at it.
 

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Thanks jul3s for the reply, the friend swears by his and buying another on his experience of this one it just seems wherever I have read reviews they all seem negative, now they cant all be rubbish can they I won`t get the car until probably mid may as he is still waiting for his new one and then Vauxhall give it a thorough check over, thought we had found the ideal workhorse and a very well looked after car then negative reviews start to cast doubts etc
 

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had my Exclusiv awd since new in Feb 2012, covered 30k miles and tow a caravan.

Plus points - looks good, good towcar, heated seats in winter, wife finds it comfortable on a long run, good off road and good driving position

Minus points - harsh ride on road surfaces in my area, fuel consumption not as claimed as others have also said, fit and finish of dash, seats etc is not that good quality, squeaks, rattles etc I have knocking from front offside suspension, dealer has changed strut, lower arm, drop link, top mount all since last July, knock still there so is frustrating me!(Vauxhall no idea what is causing it and will need at least another 2 round trips)

Would I buy another? honestly - no, these niggly wee things annoy me too much, my old xtrail with 148k on the clock rattles less.
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Hi I purchased my Antara new dec last year. I have now covered 6k miles trouble free, including towing.I was unsure what to buy. I found a car that suited my needs and then looked on the internet for faults. There were many unhappy owners,so I looked at another car - same again. I think people that have issues put then on the web,so nearly all comments are negative on any vehicle you care to name, BMW,Merc, Audi...
I went for a new Antara because it has the 100k ml warranty, price including a good PX. and it suited my needs.
 

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Thanks jul3s for the reply, the friend swears by his and buying another on his experience of this one it just seems wherever I have read reviews they all seem negative, now they cant all be rubbish can they I won`t get the car until probably mid may as he is still waiting for his new one and then Vauxhall give it a thorough check over, thought we had found the ideal workhorse and a very well looked after car then negative reviews start to cast doubts etc
You always get the same on all forums, mostly people posting who want to complain or have problems. The vast majority who are happy and don't have any issues don't post on forums.This meansyou get an unbalanced view, notthe real picture. I have a Swift caravan and it is exactly the same on the Swift members forum. The vast majority of posts are for problems or complaints. FYI, We have a 2008 Antara with 72,000 miles on it and it is still going strong. I did a calculation on the forum a while ago and the extra fuel used during a DPF is not that much. The best thing I have found is to turn of the average MPG display. You will enjoy the cars good points much more and you don't even notice the DPF regens. My wife drives ours mostly and she doesn't even know it does it...

I would buy another.
 

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Thank you all for your replies starting to feel a little more confident about buying the antara as I said in my post it is a friends car and he is trading it in for a new antara as Vauxhall came to him with a good deal he wasn`t looking to change the car as it has only 21,000 on the clock, so he put in a word with the Vauxhall dealers and we said we were interested and did a deal with said dealer, I tend to agree you only mainly here about the negatives so it is nice to know there are some positive reviewers as well.
 

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pdman said:
Thank you all for your replies starting to feel a little more confident about buying the antara as I said in my post it is a friends car and he is trading it in for a new antara as Vauxhall came to him with a good deal he wasn`t looking to change the car as it has only 21,000 on the clock, so he put in a word with the Vauxhall dealers and we said we were interested and did a deal with said dealer, I tend to agree you only mainly here about the negatives so it is nice to know there are some positive reviewers as well.
I think knowing the vehicle is a big big plus. There are probably a lot of dogs out there (of all makes). good luck and keep us posted.
 

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Hi pdman, welcome. to the forum. As already said, the Antara is no different from any other modern diesel. Some with problems and some without. People tend to use forums to vent their anger due to poor customer service etc, belittling the car. I have had mine since new Oct 2012 , the only problem I have had was a little bit of corrosion coming through on the tailgate, this was promptly sorted by my dealer under warranty. You say it is a friends car, could you borrrow it for a couple of days to try it ? Maybe swao your car with him for a day or two?.. Good luck in what ever you decide to do but you will not be disappointed in the Antara.
 

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Yes if you know the history of the vehicle it is indeed a big plus . However I think your friend is mistaken if he thinks the regen takes 4 miles to complete . From my experience it's nearer to 20 mile and happens every 500- 520 mile . In my case once a fortnight but normally when running late for an appointment :-( . Please let us know how you get on .
 

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Thanks for the replies feeling a bit more positive again now, as I said my friend is that impressed with his he has gone out and bought another so can`t be all bad, I won`t get it until the middle of next month as Vauxhall will do a check over and valet we he px it so will let you know when how I get on with it.
 

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We've only had our Antara for a few months (was a 9 month old ex-dealer car).


I think the fit and finish is very reasonable and believe you get a lot of car for the money. Even though ours is "bottom of the range" exclusive you still get an awful lot of toys.



Can't comment on DPF regens as our Antaraisa petrol.





I would add that we also own the Anatara's "cousin"; a Chevrolet Captiva, which we got approx 4 months before the Antara. It's essentially the same car(slightly longer bodyto accomodate 2 extra seats in the boot). I believe the DPF is located in a different position on the Cappy, but I've never had any issues with it. The Cappy only comes with the 184 hp engine map. You don't say if your friend's car is a 163 or 184.





To sum up; the basic platform is fine, if it wasn't we wouldn't have gone and bought essentially the same car twice !



We also read lots of the reviews from the motoring journo's; don't what their day car is, but it must be German and perfect as they seem to sl*g off everything else ! We've moved from a 12 yr old Toyota and 14 yr old Rover - both cars (Anna and Cappy)are supremely comfortable after moving from older vehicles.
 

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We've only had our Antara for a few months (was a 9 month old ex-dealer car).


I think the fit and finish is very reasonable and believe you get a lot of car for the money. Even though ours is "bottom of the range" exclusive you still get an awful lot of toys.



Can't comment on DPF regens as our Antaraisa petrol.





I would add that we also own the Anatara's "cousin"; a Chevrolet Captiva, which we got approx 4 months before the Antara. It's essentially the same car(slightly longer bodyto accomodate 2 extra seats in the boot). I believe the DPF is located in a different position on the Cappy, but I've never had any issues with it. The Cappy only comes with the 184 hp engine map. You don't say if your friend's car is a 163 or 184.





To sum up; the basic platform is fine, if it wasn't we wouldn't have gone and bought essentially the same car twice !



We also read lots of the reviews from the motoring journo's; don't what their day car is, but it must be German and perfect as they seem to sl*g off everything else ! We've moved from a 12 yr old Toyota and 14 yr old Rover - both cars (Anna and Cappy)are supremely comfortable after moving from older vehicles.



 

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Just been away for the week with the caravan and noticed quite a few pulling caravans ,i think they are beginning to catch on now as they are good for towing,in fact passed two going in the opposite direction this morning,i am happy with mine,had it eight months and no problems.
 
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