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I'v just checked the availability of Motability cars, ouy of intrest, and it appeares that the antara is not on option.
 

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They no longer show all the available cars on the motability website. You have to go to the manufacturers website to check out the higher value cars.

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hi there they have taken the antara of because gone over the amount of car that Vauxhall allowed motobilty to have so no more antaras for yes time being
 

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It's not unusual for a maker to remove or add cars from time to time.
If you were looking to get one now, then it seemsyou're out of luck, but they may bring the Antara back again at some point in the future.

Just for interest, these are what the current maximums you can get from Motability. (Excluding wheelchair accessible vehicles).

Old DVLA and new PIP

Maximum advanced payment = £2999.
Maximum listed on site - £1999

War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement

Maximum advanced payment = £2000 approx.
Maximum listed on site - £1013 approx.

The reason for the difference on the war pension is the mobility allowance is a bit higher, so the advanced payment is generally lower than the other allowances.

The cars which are priced above the site price will still be available from Motability, but you have to check the makers site to see which cars are available on the scheme. I wrote to Motability to ask why they have done this and this was their reply.

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change has been made in order to bring ouronlineCar Search in line
with our printed Price Guide, which only shows a selection ofcars
available on the Scheme. The carsthat have been removed can still
be ordered through our Motability Dealerships.
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If you have a medical need for a car that is not listed, you may be able to make a case to get it through Motability.


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Hi I have an antara on Motability and I wish I had never had it. It is to dear to run at 26 mpg at best so please do a lot of research before you order one.
 

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Hi Skodaman
I have had my Antara (SE Nav 184 Auto AWD) since the 07th of May, as a motability car and having only owned SAAB's previously, I have had no problems, at all, with it so am well pleased. I researched the type of vehicle together with similar cars by other manufacturers and decided on the Antara, with no regret.

My brother has a Jaguar and it is intresting to note that he recieved a letter recentlysaying that diesel owners should be aware that the DPF needs to be cleaned out, in a similar way to my car, so other makes of diesel are having DPF issues.
 

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Hi I have an antara on Motability and I wish I had never had it. It is to dear to run at 26 mpg at best so please do a lot of research before you order one.
If you can make a case to Motability that the Antara is not suitable for you, it might be possible to exchange it for a different car. I doubt poor MPG would be a valid reason for exchange though. You might need to get a bit creative on your reason.

I think someone recently did that due to his inability to manage the DPF system.

There may be a charge for doing this, also you wont get any advanced payment on the Antaraback and you would need to pay any advanced payment on the replacement car.

I've had the Antara since March and my mpg has averaged 31 over that time and I've had no problems with the car at all.

You will either have to grin and bear it, or see if Motability will allow you to exchange it for a different car.
 

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"I think someone recently did that due to his inability to manage the DPF system".

That someone I take it is probably myself then Inchy. "Managing" the DPF System myself was not a consideration, my problem was that the DPF ECU Management System as fitted to my particular car, meant that it was, and still is, causing the DPF to have Regens less than 200 miles apart, no matter how I drive the car, which is ridiculous. For instance ; - How can a DPF be full, and require a clean/regen, after a Motorway trip of some 190 miles, at speeds averaging no less than 65mph ?. That's what happened with my car. The DPF had a regen the day before this journey, then went into regen yet again, when I used the car the following day !!. Yet according to Vauxhall, this is "normal" !!!!. Yeah right. Motability never raised an eyelid when I asked to swap the Antara for something else on the scheme, and granted my request straight away when I explained the problems I was/am having with the DPF. I got the distinct impression that it wasn`t the first time they had had such a conversation regarding this particular vehicle !!.
 

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Forums are for people that like to know more about thier car or are needing help with thier car and if you look at othier forums you will defenetly see people thare are having problems with thier car and are not happy with it for what ever reason, fortunately I have not had any problems with my Antara SENAV 184ps auto ( 9 th May 2013)or with our Cheverolet (12th April 2012).
In my opinion these cars a really good for people with mobility problems as I have ( which is getting worse) the hight for getting in and out is a plus for me, the comfort and the good responsive drive (handling) are really good and the room inside is great as we have a very large dog and myself and teenage daughter take everything but the kitchen sink with us when we go out lol.

But like most things we buy there are rotten apples in a barrel or like in a bunch of grapes you always get some bad, and that will be the same as a batch of Antara coming off the production line and unfortunetly get passed on to some buyers, and I a assure you I have had some rotten ones in the past.

But surely if you have your car through motability then the DPF problem is not yours as the car is a retail and the only problem is really the extra expense due to having them ? And that is explained by them on them on the website? Telling you to look at what expenses you can afford before you decide on what car you choose ( my brothers law has a motability car) and yes you might not have expected so many DPF in your desil car but most cars come with thier problems, but this is a big car and with big cars you have more expenses, which perhaps should have been taken into consideration before chosen.

As for motability raising a eyelid when the problems were explained I think that might just be the impression you might want to perseve as my brother in law , explained to me that motability at times just seem to come across as very helpful and understanding when speaking to them.

I feel it comes across that you are a little bitter and upset to what has happened to you and quite rightly so, but there are othiers that still enjoy there Antara and know there are good and bad sides to it just like any other vehical, and forums are good for discussion, and yes I am one that like desscussion/ debate but it is wrong just to try and change othiers vues due to having an experience with the Antara that was not what you expected , and I hope you enjoy your new car when it comes and the new forum you will be joining, and you will probably see people debating what problems they are having or not having with that vehical to.
 

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"I feel it comes across that you are a little bitter and upset to what has happened to you and quite rightly so, but there are othiers that still enjoy there Antara and know there are good and bad sides to it just like any other vehical, and forums are good for discussion, and yes I am one that like desscussion/ debate but it is wrong just to try and change othiers vues due to having an experience with the Antara that was not what you expected".

Wilma, let me make this clear, to both yourself and everyone else. I`m not trying to change anyone`s views on their respective cars, merely relaying information as per my own personal experiences, which is part and parcel of what any "Subjective" Forum should be about. If yourself, and anyone else for that matter has managed to purchase an Antara which has been in the main trouble free, then great, I`m very happy for you, but unfortunately, this has not been my particular experience. If I hadn`t encountered the problems with the DPF on my car that I have done, I would be perfectly happy to keep it, as it fits the bill perfectly for my Physical requirements. There`s not much more that I feel I can add.
 

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Isaac Hunt said:
"I feel it comes across that you are a little bitter and upset to what has happened to you and quite rightly so, but there are othiers that still enjoy there Antara and know there are good and bad sides to it just like any other vehical, and forums are good for discussion, and yes I am one that like desscussion/ debate but it is wrong just to try and change othiers vues due to having an experience with the Antara that was not what you expected".

Wilma, let me make this clear, to both yourself and everyone else. I`m not trying to change anyone`s views on their respective cars, merely relaying information as per my own personal experiences, which is part and parcel of what any "Subjective" Forum should be about. If yourself, and anyone else for that matter has managed to purchase an Antara which has been in the main trouble free, then great, I`m very happy for you, but unfortunately, this has not been my particular experience. If I hadn`t encountered the problems with the DPF on my car that I have done, I would be perfectly happy to keep it, as it fits the bill perfectly for my Physical requirements. There`s not much more that I feel I can add.
The bottom line is Isaac the problems with your Antara were with the dealer who should have tried to look into your problems. Going by the majority of owners what you experienced is not normal..
 

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Isaac Hunt said:
"I feel it comes across that you are a little bitter and upset to what has happened to you and quite rightly so, but there are othiers that still enjoy there Antara and know there are good and bad sides to it just like any other vehical, and forums are good for discussion, and yes I am one that like desscussion/ debate but it is wrong just to try and change othiers vues due to having an experience with the Antara that was not what you expected".

Wilma, let me make this clear, to both yourself and everyone else. I`m not trying to change anyone`s views on their respective cars, merely relaying information as per my own personal experiences, which is part and parcel of what any "Subjective" Forum should be about. If yourself, and anyone else for that matter has managed to purchase an Antara which has been in the main trouble free, then great, I`m very happy for you, but unfortunately, this has not been my particular experience. If I hadn`t encountered the problems with the DPF on my car that I have done, I would be perfectly happy to keep it, as it fits the bill perfectly for my Physical requirements. There`s not much more that I feel I can add.
The bottom line is Isaac the problems with your Antara were with the dealer who should have tried to look into your problems. Going by the majority of owners what you experienced is not normal..
Agreed 100% Grumps, but therein lies the problem, in that trying to get my problem(s) sorted, via my own Dealership, and Vauxhall in general, proved impossible. My car has been back to Vauxhall Five Times since January this year, and they still maintain that it is nothing less than perfect !!. It`s obvious to you, me, uncle Tom Cobley and all, that this is not the case, but what can you do, when you just come up against such a brick wall ??!!. If I had basically paid cash for my car, and owned it outright, there`s no way I would have thrown in the towel as I have done. I would be on to Trading Standards, my M.P, BBC Watchdog, that Dominic Littlewood geezer, and anyone else with any "clout" willing to listen. But, at the end of the day, I`m just glad now to be packing it off, and getting a replacement vehicle, even though it`s hit me unnecessarily hard in the "Wallet". It`s just such a shame that it`s had to come to this, due to the refusal of Vauxhall to either acknowledge, or attempt to rectify my problem, when things could have been so different. I don`t think I would ever go back to driving Vauxhall car again, just out of principal. Edited by: Isaac Hunt
 

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I played the game when I made my dealer come to work on Boxing Day 2012 to order my Antara
On the Motability scheme,as it was 3 months before the end of my lease.
Good job I did as on the 1st April 2013 the Antara 184 SE4awd went up in price,
So I was pleased as it only cost me the extra £1200 on top of my allowances and now they have been taken off the Motability cars available.
 
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