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Hi All just in the process of maybe purchasing an Antara 2.2 CDTi SE Nav Start stop heading for a test drive later today!!Currently drive Hyundai Santa Fe petrol which is now 10 years old
Any advice you could give would be great!!

Can I check that the car doesn't have a spare tyre and if not is there space for one??
Been reading some of the topics and wondered what DPF stands for?
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Welcome to the forum Delta1.
Most Antara owners on here are having positive experiences with the car. Like any car, there are a few exceptions.

The car does not come with a spare. It has a puncture repair kit. You can remove part of the boot underfloor to make room for a spare wheel. This is what I have done.

The DPF stands for Diesel Particulate Filter. This is part of the exhaust system and is there to filter out most of the harmful soot particles that are produced by diesel engines. The problem some people have with it relate to how often the DPF goes through a regeneration cycle which cleans the filter. The way Vauxhall has implemented this, at least in the Antara, seems not to be as good as some other makes of car, but I find it is manageable with a little care. There are plenty of posts on here about this subject which may provide you with more information.

As for your test drive, just make sure you give it a good test and put the car under some stress. Get a feel for how it corners and accelerates. Get on as many different road surfaces as you can and see if you can force the AWD and stability controlto kick in to test stability. You don't say how long a test drive you have, but use whatever you have got to test the things which are important to you in your cars.

I've had mine for just over 3 months now and I can honestly say I'm happy with the car. I get a DPF regen about every 520 miles and my average MPG over the 3000+ miles I've driven since new is 31.
 

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I've had my antara for 3 months and its done just over 1500 miles. Last week myself and the family drove to Manchester Airport. It was a distance of 250 miles. I can only say I was very impressed. The car was fully loaded but the journey was effortless. I'm currently averaging 35 mpg. This is with mixed driving of short and longer journeys. I have nothing but praise for the Antara so far and long may it continue
 

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Hi and welcome

Check the Radio / CD unit is a CD40 and not a CD30.
CD40 has Bluetooth and is fitted to 2013 models.
CD30 does not have Bluetooth.


If you want a spare - I posted what I had done on these forums.
Basically remove the foam section > buy a steel rim > fit a 215 x 70 x 16 tyre.
Total cost = £150
You will need a jack and wheel brace too.


I consider this essential if you are considering towing.
 

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KenB said:
Check the Radio / CD unit is a CD40 and not a CD30.
CD40 has Bluetooth and is fitted to 2013 models.
CD30  does not have Bluetooth.
It's the SE Nav they are looking at, will have the Touch and Connect system, easiest way to check if its a 2012 or 2013 is if it has dual zone climate control.

If you are willing to take something off a dealers stock list there are good savings to be had
 

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Hi AllWent for a test drive in the Antara and was really pleased with how it drives,so impressed i am now a fellow Antara owner !
Thank you to all who gave the advice prior to me buying the car it was much appreciated and certainly helped and gave me confidence when buying the car,I am in the process of sorting the spare wheel out as I tow a caravan and feel safer having the spare as a back up.
Looking forward to communicating with the members on the forum.
Hopefully pick the car up later on in the week.
 

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Good to hear - what model did you go for in the end and colour?

I can recommend mud flaps and side steps - all from shops on eBay and feel they finish the outside of the car off perfectly and relatively easy to fit.
 

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Went for theAntara 2.2 CDTi SE NavThanx will have a look on e bay,any particular e bay shops you would recommend ?
 

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Good to hear - what model did you go for in the end and colour?

I can recommend mud flaps and side steps - all from shops on eBay and feel they finish the outside of the car off perfectly and relatively easy to fit.
I'll second that. My mudflaps are vauxhall but side bars are maxx (I think) ones same as jr123's. even the dealer was impressed with the bars, they are practical and make the car look so much better, for £200 you can't go wrong!!
 

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I think my mudflaps came from Perrys shop on ebay and are genuine Vauxhall parts.

My mats are the velour Vauxhall ones and again came from an ebay shop

Both considerable cheaper than the dealer offered.

The bars are aftermarket ones from JSG I think they were called on ebay - they have them listed with best offer, my best offer was accepted - it had a 1, 6 and 0 in the price if that helps! They were a bit of a pain to get fitted and the brackets required a bit of fetling with a decent drill bit and round file.Edited by: JR123
 

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Hi PPicked up the new car this afternoon and I am really impressed,it was quite a picture with me not being used to the eco stop/start feature, thinking I had either stalled it ,or something was seriously wrong with the engine,even though I knew it had this facility it still kept confusing me for a few seconds !
Looking forward to towing the caravan will let you know how I get on.again thanks for the warm welcome and all the advice given by the members.
 

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Yip JR123 the Eco does give a problem with the torque of the car, I turn it off and on when need be if I know that there is an idiot on the road I tend to switch it off and speed away, as the excellaration is far better without it, I also noticed when driving up and I mean up large hills on holiday in Whitby and surrounding areas I had to switch it off, as excellaration was effected, I have an automatic 184bps SENAV May 2013, so I do not have start stop I think that would be a pain in the butt if you want to excellerate away fast from a stop position, I have not noticed any problems with regens and find the car comfortable and a pleasure to drive just like my husbands Chevrolet Captiva.
 
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