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the 1st vauxhall garage quoted me £6000 then i rang another who has quoted £4500 so with the discount for vx masterfit takes it to around £3400. still to dear so unless vx help out I'm doing it privatelyfor around £2000 to £2600
 

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I have a 13 plate Antara 34000 miles transfer box went while on holiday.Luckily I had lifetime warranty so was covered.
Was just on holiday in bath and met an owner of a 14 plate his went while on holiday in Italy.
I spoke to A1 transmissions as I wondered what would the cost be when my warranty run out.
They said £2500 approx. As the parts are nearly impossible to get.
Repair kit for a freelander is £129.00 can you believe it .
 

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Bell Engineering are the guys to go to for repaired transfer boxes on Freelander's.
I'm beginning to think they're missing a lucrative market with the Antara and Captives.
 

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I think the problem is that when they go it pierces hole in casing??
 

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Did these events happen during solo driving or when towing a trailer or driving off road?
 

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We have only towed once but had 4 passengers plus driver at the time of the transfer box breaking.
It had never been used off road, only towed once and was driven locally.
 

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My transfer box has just gone bang same two holes each side of the casing. My tyres are all within 1 mm of each other. The car has full main dealer service history and has just reached 30,000 miles.
Luckily I have lifetime warranty and Vauxhall's have agreed to pay the full cost which was over £5000.
Think I'm going to get sell soon and go back to something more commercial. These are just not strong enough in my mind.
I've done with Vauxhall's altogether
 

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No doubt there's problems with the Antara transfer box but what you gonna buy to heul a 5 berth caravan that is guaranteed to give you no transmission problems? Maybe a Scammell or a Diamond T?

Remember Vauxhall isn't part of GM any more, it's now owned by Peugeot / PSA and it's getting harder to buy a car that doesn't have some PSA mechanicals about it.
 

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Transfer box reports always set a chill in the heart. There has been a number of catastrophic failures in the past couple of years but in percentage terms it is probably quite small. When they fail they fall to bits. The cost estimates for replacement vary wildly and it seems that Vauxhall will assist in certain cases - perhaps as a goodwill gesture if you have been a good customer and done everything by the book. However, it appears that checking or replacing the transfer box fluid is not on the service schedule and the fluid can only be bought from Vauxhall - no-one else produces it for sale to the general public. There must be an underlying fault or maintenance issue somewhere that causes these failures and BJS has made numerous posts on the subject.

Victor's point is relevant as there are not many capable towcars about at a reasonable price, in both terms of kerbweight and engine 'grunt'. I was in a Mercedes showroom the other week and there was a nice big saloon car for about £50k that wasn't heavy enough to tow my caravan.......I bought a Smart ForTwo for running around in and will preserve the Antara for longer hauls.
 

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Dulac said:
I was in a Mercedes showroom the other week and there was a nice big saloon car for about £50k that wasn't heavy enough to tow my caravan....... I bought a Smart ForTwo for running around in and will preserve the Antara for longer hauls.
Better make sure you do the re-fuelling pf the Smart For Two Dulac, can't trust this type of thing to women.

 

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Oh and the link to read the whole story:
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Thanks for that, Victor. You know the saying "if you don't do anything you can't make a mistake"! In fact, there is a similar sized 'flap' on the opposite side of the car, except it isn't a flap - its an air intake (I think) that is louvred. I wonder how many people are aware of the symbol on the fuel gauge of most cars showing which side the filler cap is on?
 

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Hi, we're still fighting our argument over the transfer box and am interested if anyone wouldn't mind getting in touch over this.
It is clear to see that GM have recognised a fault here yet Vx won't. I am happy to fight this all the way as I'm sure anyone in our situation would agree that paying £4000 plus for one part is absolutely ridiculous and unreasonable for such a young car.
Please get in touch if you would like to support this
Hi GemUGE, please can you advise how you got on with GM? I have tried to email Rory Harvey but the email address bounces back. My Chevrolet Captiva 2013 model 2.2 diesel has just had the transferbox go on me despite there only being 40,000 miles on the clock!? £5,000 quote to replace it!! Thanks Karen
 

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I recall that Mr Harvey left Vauxhall earlier this year at about the time of the Peugeot announcement.

I see that, since this forum changed ownership and its format was 'improved', so many queries raised by owners with problems are going unanswered. Before the change, help from other members was more or less instantaneous. Why is this? I suspect that the core of those who offered advice to others has moved across to antaraowners.proboards.com as a consequence of the changes being introduced in a 'take it or leave it' manner by the new operators. It is a great pity but we are encouraged to "switch" in other aspects of our lives as consumers. The only consolation for troubled owners is that the people and their information and experiences are still out there if you look.

Good Luck
 

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Replacement transfer boxes for this model are available to purchase at The Gearbox Centre.

Delivery available to mainland UK.

Price per unit is £1200plus VAT, sold on an exchange basis with £100 Delivery costs (includes both delivery and collection of old unit).

Please call Marc on 01795 700168 mon-fri 8am-5pm for more details, or visit thegearboxcentre.com
 

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What are the signs/symptoms of these bearings wearing? My 2013 Antara is making a grumbling, kind of muted grinding noise under load.
 

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Replacement transfer boxes for this model are available to purchase at The Gearbox Centre.

Delivery available to mainland UK.

Price per unit is £1200plus VAT, sold on an exchange basis with £100 Delivery costs (includes both delivery and collection of old unit).

Please call Marc on 01795 700168 mon-fri 8am-5pm for more details, or visit thegearboxcentre.com
Is that for a new one or reconditioned one.
 

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Mine has gone to it’s done 83k I took out an extended warranty with Warrantywise wasn’t worth bothering they said it was going before I took the warranty out what a load of **** for you guys who know it’s goes in the matter of a few miles it’s not at Vauxhall £4.5k to fix it

There was a post on here with a guy called Matt who can fix and make them FWD only does anyone know him and where he is based ???
 
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