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Hi all,

Just found this forum the other day while looking for reviews on the Antara, we're currently in the process of looking around to buy one so it's been good to read everyone's experiences of the vehicle. The Antara seems to get really bad reviews in the motoring press but the wife and I really like it - we're probably biased having mainly owned Vauxhalls over the years!


I do wonder though why there seem to be lots of second hand Antara's for sale in the north and very few down south in SE guise (we live just inside the M25).


Anyway, I'll hopefully be back soon with details of our new purchase looking forward to some happy ownership times.


Thanks,
Barry
 

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Welcome to the forum.


We've only had our Antara (petrol)about one month. We also ownher stablemate (Chevrolet Captiva (diesel)), had herfor about 6 months.



Both lovely cars to drive.



Know what you mean about availability of SH ones if you live "darn sarf". When we looked there wasn't much of any trim level available around here.



I largely ignore the "expert" reviews (actual owner review usually more enlightening, though of course these tend to be biased from those who've had issues).



Not sure what these "experts" usually drive, but it must be the perfect vehicle.



Guess your viewpoint maybe affected by what you're moving from, both our previous cars were 10+ yrs old, so Antara/Captiva a great move forward for us.
 

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Hi Baz and welcome to the forum. Like any other vehicle, there are good ones and bad ones. I live on the border of north Warwickshire and have the Ant for its all wheel drive as I use country lanes as well as A roads.
My other reason was because it was a rare suv and I didn't want the same as everyone else, unfortunately not the case anymore.
Having owned my Ant for 2 years(next month), my only real gripe is the pain in the rectum dpfilter but have gotten use to it now and they're on most modern diesels.
I cannot fault the drive as I find it a good all rounder. Faults according to so motoring journalists are suspension harsh compared to likes of qashqui, but down winding country lanes in corners well.
Mpg can differ to driving conditions, but you'll be lucky to see 40.
I will keep it for a good few years as like any large vehicle the depreciation is high.
If I were too buy another, I personally would consider the 163 auto and have the engine upgraded via something like bluefin.
These are my thoughts and others may differ.
P.s. think twice about leather... it's bloody cold in the winter.lol
 

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Hi Baz. Welcome to the forum. I have had my Antara for a year now and have had no problems so far. Initially, I too was put off by the so called expert reviews. I am fairly tall and my first choice was the Qashqai, but found it to be terribly small on the inside and hence went for the Antara instead. Glad I did!
 

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Hi,
The Antara is great value for money if you really must haveAWD traction and the low down grunt of a diesel, if not then a petrol engined 2wd CX-5 or similar may be the a better option being a more modern vehicle it is both a better drive and cheaper to run than a Antara 2.2AWD.

Having said that the Antara is a comfortable cruiser, reasonable well built, all versions are well equipped especially the SE, drives well enough and does come with a lifetime warranty for peace of mind if you intend to keep the vehicle a while.

I have never personally took much notice of professional reviews, many of which are over harsh and seem to relate to the earlier 2.0d models which apparently had many issues,the Antara is neither a bad car but neither is it best in class if I was to score it out of 5 I think a 3 would be realistic.

Mine has been reliable so far apartfroma window motor that needed replacing & servicing costs have not been expensive either.
My main gripe with the vehicle is the poor design and operation of thisparticularDPF system, fuel consumption - published figures are pure fiction which you cannot get anywhere near.

I would go for the SE auto for the extra goodies and as the manual box is a bit agricultural.

All in all not the best in class - but good value for money especially if you must have AWD and a diesel.
 

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I guess the upside to not having many second-hand Antaras in the area means they are a bit more exclusive when on the road compared to many rivals. We're currently have a Zafira B so the Vauxhall interior is a familiar environment but I'll be shipping out my 10+ year old Focus and keeping the Zaf alongside the Antara.

I'd not really considered the petrol version as I've only seen them in base spec models. We'll be using it mainly for local driving and camping holidays with me doing my daily commute (70+ mile round trip) in it once in a while to hopefully keep any DPF issues at bay.


I'm not overly concerned by MPG figures as our annual mileage isn't high enough to see massive swings in cost on the diesel v petrol efficiencies. We only get about 26mpg from the Zaf around town so assuming the diesel will be in the same area and get a better return on runs.


What 'extra goodies' does the auto have over the manual in SE spec?
 

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Baz -the petrol only comes in the bottom spec, Exclusive, and only in 2wd. Having said that it's a pretty well equipped vehicle for all that.




Been a while since I looked at the brochure, but was never convinced diamond was worth the money as you only get about 4 extras above Exclusive.



SE was very well speced. Don't think auto has any more goodies cf the manual.



Break even point - Our Anatara is the local runaround, it will cover about 6k miles/yr. My calculations showed it would take at least 8 years for the diesel to "payback" the difference in purchase price to our petrol.
 

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We love ours. We see posts bout the DPF but ours just gets on with it and don't notice. One problem only is the fuel. Never got better that 39 on the motorway and 35 round town. But what the hell. We love our gas guzzler! :)
 

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HaHa Dilligaf.

Same here. Why have something everyone eles has. (qashqai cough cough
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Dilligaf said:
Hi Baz and welcome to the forum. Like any other vehicle, there are good ones and bad ones. I live on the border of north Warwickshire and have the Ant for its all wheel drive as I use country lanes as well as A roads.
My other reason was because it was a rare suv and I didn't want the same as everyone else, unfortunately not the case anymore.
Having owned my Ant for 2 years(next month), my only real gripe is the pain in the rectum dpfilter but have gotten use to it now and they're on most modern diesels.
I cannot fault the drive as I find it a good all rounder. Faults according to so motoring journalists are suspension harsh compared to likes of qashqui, but down winding country lanes in corners well.
Mpg can differ to driving conditions, but you'll be lucky to see 40.
I will keep it for a good few years as like any large vehicle the depreciation is high.
If I were too buy another, I personally would consider the 163 auto and have the engine upgraded via something like bluefin.
These are my thoughts and others may differ.
P.s. think twice about leather... it's bloody cold in the winter.lol
No it's not heated seats keeps ma ass warm or snugly
 

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More powerful the Nissan !  ;)
Can't remember what the pathfinder was I think it was a 2.4 not sure if the Terrano was the same just rubbish cars never again
 

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Well, the deed is done... Went to a dealer this afternoon to view a 62 plate SE we'd seen on the net, loved it and put a deposit down. Pick it up on Wed and really excited!

Had to travel 60+ miles to view but it was worth the trip - car was immaculate, low mileage, in the right spec and at a great price. Can't wait for Wed and the drive home, may need to take a longer route back!!
 

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Baz said:
Well, the deed is done... Went to a dealer this afternoon to view a 62 plate SE we'd seen on the net, loved it and put a deposit down. Pick it up on Wed and really excited!

Had to travel 60+ miles to view but it was worth the trip - car was immaculate, low mileage, in the right spec and at a great price. Can't wait for Wed and the drive home, may need to take a longer route back!!
Why do you need a car in London you have superb transport compare to were I stay, were the buses don't turn up
 
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