Just been talking to my friend and ended up wondering how many caravanners are in the club and what youre outfits are. Sorry if topic already exists. I couldn't find one. My outfit is 2014white exclusive and compass venture 5 berth.
i joined the club having brought a 2009 antara 2lt diesel, to tow my bailey Indiana 2008 1500cwt only kept the antara 9months to expensive to run could'nt pass a filling station it drunk fuel like it was going out of fashion,
gone and bought a nissan x-trail it knocks spots of the antara in fuel comsumption and towing never again buy antara again.
its a shame the antara is a nice looking motor but to expensive to run in my opinion.
has i said its just my opinion I know i spent over a £1000.00 in repair bills in the 9 months of ownership with the antara.
I was putting £75.00 a week in fuel to fill up, now itthat hashalf with the x-trail which is 173bhp as said everyone as there own opinion
I know that I get the fuel consumption which Nissan claim which I did'nt with theVauxhall claim.
I would put my x-trail up against any Antara with the same weight of caravan. plus a small wager.
My outfit 2011 white antara exclusive dragging behind it a 2012 elddis avante 540 . I bought the antara with towing in mind and it makes easy work of it . That said if I decide to sell the caravan I would also be looking for another vehicle .
We have a 2013 184 bhp manual and tow a compass corona 540 at 1500 kg. I have towed a lot of trailers and caravans over the years and the antara is the best thing I have ever towed with. But the gear box has just started whining and got a rumble from the back and turbo whistle with only 5000 mile on it. If vauxhall fix it all ok if not it will have to go.
Love the car but not that much.
It does have a lot of power but might be to much for the cheap vauxhall parts they use. We are going to France in September but not sure about taking the antara what is it like to get it fixed over there under warranty . We didn't get it from are local dealer but they are happy to help sort it out.
We have a 2007 Auto SE pulling our 2014 Swift Celebration 524. Tows like a dream. Yes would like better fuel consumption - averages 21mpg with the van on the back - but would consider a newer Antara with 2.2 engine as and when we can change.
Also tow with my company Insignia 160bhp ecoflex which is a good towcar but not in the Antara's league although I achieve 33mpg on average. Even taking into account higher fuel consumption would still choose Antara over Insignia