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“When I bought my fronters, I was not to impressed by...”

Written on: 12/06/2010

When I bought my fronters, I was not to impressed by the stering , a little bit to light, till I got used to it, now I love it, use it to tow a caravan, brilliant, struggles a little on the hills, but gets there no problem, use it on the fields fantastic,also got an Audi A4, which one I prefar, well , you guess… Read Full Review

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“We bought a 1994 model to tow our caravan after owning...”

Written on: 19/07/2009

We bought a 1994 model to tow our caravan after owning a 3 door Frontera Sport. They are excellent tow cars with good pulling power. The build quality is good so even if you do buy an oldie, you should have a good workshorse. We had a Range Rover prior to our Fronteras and that was so thirsty on petrol it had to go. By comparison, the Fronteras are a much better ride aswell.
We have been so impressed that we now have a newer 2.2 'facelift' model which is equally as good, although slightly less… Read Full Review

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“My present Frontera, a 3:2 V6 Petrol has it all,...”

Written on: 13/03/2008

My present Frontera, a 3:2 V6 Petrol has it all, Leather, Air-con. Radio/CD, Spots, Side runners, Adjustable steering wheel etc. My 6th Frontera, but by far the Best.
Also,mustn't forget the SWITCHED 2 to 4 < in Motion>system… Read Full Review

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“We bought our 2.2DTI Frontera new in 2002. It is our...”

Written on: 31/03/2006 by Bob Esler (1 review written)

We bought our 2.2DTI Frontera new in 2002. It is our third Frontera and the best so far. The old 2.5TDS had great torque and was quicker but the new engine is more refined and has better mpg. We have taken the car to France on 3 trips and the cabin space is great. The huge boot eats up luggage and boxes of wine on the return. We use the car on the farm for towing and it excells when hitched up. Took two big cows to market and out pulled 2.8 Shogun over the hill. Have recently had new Shogun… Read Full Review

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“I've got an M reg 2ltr sport. Not amazingly fast, but...”

Written on: 27/11/2005 by djmike2006 (1 review written)

I've got an M reg 2ltr sport. Not amazingly fast, but plenty fast enough. If you want performance get an Astra!
Good looking, great fun, and very reliable.
I do all my own servicing - so costs peanuts to run.
Styling is unique, and i'm never gonna get rid of mine. Why would I want to?
To anyone who's maybe looking to get one, do not dally around, get out there and buy one!
Just do all the normal used car checks first... I promise you will not be disappointed!… Read Full Review

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“I picked up my P-97 Vauxhall Frontera 2.2 LWB 4x4 with...”

Written on: 21/01/2005 by the gazman (1 review written)

I picked up my P-97 Vauxhall Frontera 2.2 LWB 4x4 with only 64k on the clock for 5k. The body is mint, Spectral Blue paint job (nice colour) when I had this motor I had it fully serviced inc cam belt + rollers, all fluids replaced, new tyres and put a few bits on it to brighten the look up a bit. Done 10k miles when the cam belt snapped @80 on the M27 resulting in totaling a perfectly good engine, I had it recovered and sent to vauxhall for inspection where they told me the belt had not been… Read Full Review

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“I have an X reg Vauxhall Frontera, that hasn't let me...”

Written on: 25/11/2004 by deanla51 (1 review written)

I have an X reg Vauxhall Frontera, that hasn't let me down so far. I had a crash where a guy crashed into the back of my towbar and it stood that. The car is rather good and as I picked mine up for ten grand I am rather pleased with it… Read Full Review

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“Taste is individual but my Vauxhall Frontera 2.0 Sport...”

Written on: 14/08/2004 by Stephie (1 review written)

Taste is individual but my Vauxhall Frontera 2.0 Sport 4x4 is great. We tow with it very adequately, have rescued cars from the tide in Cornwall with the 4wd, used it open top on any warm day, and my kids have more leg room than they would get in a limo. When we bought the car I had to sell my husband the benefits as he wanted a BMW, he grudgingly gave in and is now converted. I sold cars for years before having kids and so have a good idea of what reviews the Frontera was getting. This is… Read Full Review

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“Altogether i really like the look of my 1997 2.2...”

Written on: 01/08/2004 by jo bloggs (1 review written)

Altogether i really like the look of my 1997 2.2 Vauxhall Frontera 4x4, but as soon as i picked it up the first thing that struck me was the complete lack of power.
The most worrying thing is when you are at a junction and see a gap that you think you can get out of but cant risk it incase it does its usual and completely loses all power and struggles to even move.
Parts are quite reasonable as we just had the brakes done and that only cost 80 quid!
Overall i like the car but i really wish it… Read Full Review

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Growbag's Response to jo bloggs's Review

Written on: 31/08/2004

I've had my 3.2 V6 LWB Limited Edition Auto 51 reg for about 2 years now. Fantastic engine - goes like the clappers, and smooth too. Only criticism of the vehicle is the ominous low banging underneath on bumps that even the Vauxhall garage can't explain!

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The Gazman's Response to jo bloggs's Review

Written on: 21/01/2005

You only need the air flow meter cleaning out and the co resetting. I had the lack of power thing with mine since I had it sorted it's really fast for a big 4x4 with only a 2.2 engine.

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“I've had a Vauxhall frontera 2 door for 5 years 2.0 R...”

Written on: 17/04/2004 by erkut (1 review written)

I've had a Vauxhall frontera 2 door for 5 years 2.0 R reg had no problem with in that time, except a few accidents. It was a strong car until the last hit, now it is scraped. Next day I bought Vauxhall Frontera 2.2RS 2 door 16V. So far so good… Read Full Review

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“I have just traded in a Vauxhall Frontera (M reg)...”

Written on: 05/02/2004 by jonesra (1 review written)

I have just traded in a Vauxhall Frontera (M reg) after only 3 months. It was very comfortable inside and didn't have a patch of rust.

Mr Frontera was costing me a fortune to use as a run-around.
I travelled about 17 miles a day every day and it was costing me £55 per week every week. Yes ! I did have it serviced, which incidently cost me £170 for a basic oil/air filter and window wiper blades.

The most important point I would like to make though is that in wet/snowy weather it slipped and… Read Full Review

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“I`ve owned my Frontera (2.0 Niagra Sport) for 3 years...”

Written on: 09/01/2004 by divedog (2 reviews written)

I`ve owned my Frontera (2.0 Niagra Sport) for 3 years & 20k(67k on the clock now), and apart from servicing & tyre replacements it`s been ace. The biggest problem for me has been the lack of luggage space. I was going to buy a Freelander, but have decided to get a LWB Diesel Frontera now.

Buy one, but make sure it has a good service history… Read Full Review

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“IV HAD MY Vauxhall Frontera 2.2 16v ABS LWB 4X4 M REG...”

Written on: 29/10/2003 by adam01 (1 review written)

IV HAD MY Vauxhall Frontera 2.2 16v ABS LWB 4X4 M REG 2DOOR FOR 2MTHS NOW AND AM VERRY HAPPY.BUT WHEN I FIRST GOT IT I WAS WORRIED ON THE STEARING AS IT SOMETIMES GO'S A LITTLE SIDE TO SIDE ON THE MOTORWAY,BUT I HAD IT ALL CHECK OUT AND IT WAS A1.IT'S ONE OF FRONTERAS LITTLE THINGS AS THE STEARING IS A NOT THE SAME AS A NORMAL CAR,ECT.
BUT NOW USED TO IT.EVERY LOOKS AT YOU AS DRIVING A 4X4 IT THE THING A ROUND MY AREA .I JUST LOVE IT NEED I SAY ANY MORE… Read Full Review

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Awg's Response to adam01's Review

Written on: 26/12/2003

I think I was the very first to post under Frontera on this site (2.0 Sport). Reading the reviews here it seems clear to me that if you get a GOOD Frontera then you'll have years of reliable, fun motoring out of it. However, there seem to be cars that have been nothing but trouble since leaving the plant at Luton. These examples have made the Frontera one of the most argued over, contentious vehicles in the UK. We all know to avoid ANY Freelander (especially the 1.8) - we all know that ANY Mazda should be a good one! If only manufacturers could maintain standards of workmanship each and every day in UK car plants it would be so nice! On the subject of steering. Yes, Fronteras need constant "correcting" - but there is nothing wrong here. The huge tyres and rims are in fact more cosmetic than functional as the Frontera would still be an able off road vehicle on narrower rims (but not have that "look"). Keep them serviced (the Haynes Manual to 98 is really good), and once again, look out for noisy diffs., failed heater matrix, engine management faults; and frequent oil, filter changes, and cambelt (where fitted - some diesels have a chain).

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Stuartturrell's Response to adam01's Review

Written on: 13/01/2004

why you say only 6 for practicle?
<br>They are rather big, so they must be able to carry a lot!
Do they take up too much space?

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“I have a '99 Diesel Automatic Limited Estate with Sun...”

Written on: 16/05/2003 by Richard. (1 review written)

I have a '99 Diesel Automatic Limited Estate with Sun Roof. Silver. Prior to this I had a '96 Diesel manual Estate.

This car is 100% improvement on the '96 model. Much less like a truck. It is great looking even though the design is old. It has done 52,000 miles and has served us well. The first four years of it's life it was my company car, then I bought it.

Main issue is it has a history of major failures. Specifically, in chronological order...

1 - Electric Sun Roof packed up. Needed… Read Full Review

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“i've had a vauxhall frontera for 2 years now and...”

Written on: 23/01/2003 by lee. (1 review written)

i've had a vauxhall frontera for 2 years now and there's no problems with it. I haven't spent much on it. It has loads of extras. It's a 1993 k reg with 95,000 miles on it. Best jeep around… Read Full Review

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“I had an older one which was horrendous and this is...”

Written on: 18/01/2003 by boof. (1 review written)

I had an older one which was horrendous and this is just so much a better car. I love it and if you have the money buy one and try one… Read Full Review

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Big-Keith.'s Response to boof.'s Review

Written on: 20/01/2003

I agree totally.
this new fronty is total value for money and a great car to drive around in. A little bit on the juicy side. But who cares. If you have 19k to buy one you should'nt have to worry about feeding the baby

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81294_Stevo.'s Response to boof.'s Review

Written on: 19/03/2003

Looking at buying a Frontera - 2.5 Turbo Diesel...
<br>any ideas A) what the power is like and B) what fuel consumption is like??
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<br>Thanks!
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“i have had my Vauxhall Fronty for over a year now and...”

Written on: 23/10/2002 by Chris. (1 review written)

i have had my Vauxhall Fronty for over a year now and apart from the normal service items, (brakes etc) i have had no major expence on it. As soon as i got it (67k on it) i changed the cam belt and roller kit, serviced it and the old beast has never let me down!
I tow a 1200kg caravan with mine and it doesn't really know it's there. Also i can still beat an xr3i from the lights (not that impressive but it is a 1900kg car!). Off road again i can't complain due to the fact that i have never got… Read Full Review

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“The 2.2 16 valve engine on the Vauxhall Frontera is...”

Written on: 18/08/2002 by Leo. (1 review written)

The 2.2 16 valve engine on the Vauxhall Frontera is far too small for that big "jeep".
The interior is bland. Uncomforable ride. Very hard suspension. Fuel economy for that size engine could be better. Expensive to maintain. Unreliable… Read Full Review

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“I've had my Vauxhall Frontera 2.2 16v ABS LWB now for...”

Written on: 12/06/2002 by Frank E. (1 review written)

I've had my Vauxhall Frontera 2.2 16v ABS LWB now for around 7 months without a hitch. I've used it to tow my speed boat around, carry my mates and usual town/motorway driving.

However i've never really used it off road so i couldn't comment on that area, but i have got exactly what i wanted from this car.

Interior could be a bit more up to scratch but that's about it… Read Full Review

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33485_Ag.'s Response to Frank E.'s Review

Written on: 16/08/2002

This is a typical Vauxhall Frontera review, - they are neither exciting or emotive cars to own but generally work well. What I cannot understand is why General Motors, the biggest car manufacturer in the world could not kit out the Luton works in England to make a NEW 4x4 model to beat the pants off poor reliability Landrover products at Solihull. It seems all too easy for GM to use other designs - i.e. Isuzu MU (Frontera), Bedford Rascal (Suzuki Supercarry), Vauxhall Agila (Suzuki Wagon R). Incidentally, I've owned a Frontera for 4 years. Also have a Suzuki Vitara. If I replaced the Frontera it would be with a Toyota/Mitsubishi/Isuzu 4x4. If I replaced the Suzuki I would not hesitate buying another.

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“This Vauxhall Frontera 2.2l 16v LWB was the worst...”

Written on: 07/05/2002 by scum. (1 review written)

This Vauxhall Frontera 2.2l 16v LWB was the worst vehicle ever. I bought a 97 model with 80,000 miles. I had a mechanic pick over it with a tooth combe. We changed all tyres, all brake discs and pads, General purpose belt pulleys and tensioners, cam belt and pulleys and tensioners, dismantled and rebuilt the tailgate, lights, new exhaust manifold etc. It was serviced regularly. but....the ECU light flickered on now and then (error code - engine knocking). Dealer could never solve it. When it… Read Full Review

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26425_Arry.'s Response to 22692_scum.'s Review

Written on: 04/06/2002

One sentence required - "dont ever buy a frontera!"
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<br>simple as that really

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Roger B's Response to 22692_scum.'s Review

Written on: 24/08/2005

I bought a 1998 2.2 DTI Limited (new shape) LWB 2 months ago. Since then I have done 6000miles and the only thing gone wrong is the air flow meter which is common failure on ALL vauxhall 2.2 diesels. It is comfortable, it sits at motorway speeds easily if a bit noisy. I even sleep in the back on an air bed when im away working. AND it gives me 35 mpg. They do have their bad points and little 'quirks' but overall not worth their bad reputation.

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167561_Fastrax's Response to 22692_scum.'s Review

Written on: 27/08/2004

i have just bought a lwb 1994 2.4i frontera, the reverse gear seems abit stiff to get in. has anyone had this trouble? Also it seems to struggle in 1st setting off. Is there anything i need to keep an eye on, also the alarm only turns off with the ignition, should there be a fob with it?

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Bob White.'s Response to 22692_scum.'s Review

Written on: 28/03/2003

I've been driving a Y reg Frontera 2.2 Limited for about a month now and I love it. It's comfortable to drive. (Did a 7 hour journey non-stop [apart from refuelling] and I felt like I'd been sat in an armchair). Roadholding is excellent, although it does bounce about a bit. I have no complaints about the fuel consumption either. I've done just under 1500 miles, both motorway and city driving, and I've returned 26 mpg. I reckon that's pretty good for a car this size. Going to try towing in the next couple of weeks but with a kerbweight of nearly 1800kg, and a caravan weighing in at 1150kg, I do not anticipate any problems. I would heartily recommend this vehicle to anyone!

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Coffeeman.'s Response to 22692_scum.'s Review

Written on: 03/02/2003

I have a 2.2 Frontera LWB on an N Reg and have been pretty pleased with it although it has needed a few repairs, but tensioners and belts should be replaced on any car at 80K unless you want to risk pistons in the passenger cabin! It's also a good off roader, although I reckon the Sport versions are probably a bit more agile. By the way, don't forget that the Frontera is actually an ISUZU with a different badge and not really a vauxhall...... Enjoy your trooper.

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67230_Richie.'s Response to 22692_scum.'s Review

Written on: 22/01/2003

I've had a 2.2 16V LWB Frontera (1996) for a week now. I cannot fault it. Yes it is heavier on fuel than some but at about 25 miles to the gallon it is definately not the worst. Excellent off road and for towing a caravan.
<br>Gaz, if you put £10 of fuel in and did 60 miles then you actually got 20 MPG which is not unreasonable if are heavy on the gas pedal.

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Magaluj.'s Response to 22692_scum.'s Review

Written on: 15/12/2002

Perhaps these guys should do a little research
before buying a vehicle
I am very pleased with my Frontera 2.2i 16v Sport
Ok the Japs can do one better but very costly
to maintain and a friend of mine's new iSUZU
BLEW UP after 2500 miles!!!
I tried varying off roaders and found this
to have a nice smooth engine, gets around
effortlessly and feels safe to drive on and
off road.
I think Vauxhall have done their homework
and improved the Frontera, I know there has
been probs with the earlier models, but hey
give the guys a chance. I think they have
got it right now!!
Chill, and enjoy!

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33394_Gaz.'s Response to 22692_scum.'s Review

Written on: 16/08/2002

Vauxhall frontera is a dreadful car!! I had a 1995 2.2 16v long wheel base for about a year and must have spent over £1000 fixing the various problems with it. Depriciation on this car is dreadful! It must get about 12 miles to the gallon...... in mine i found that £10 of petrol would get me about 60 miles! If you are thinking of getting one, DONT do it!! You would be much better off financialy if you didnt.

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