Vauxhall Frontera

Hey guys,
I'm currently sharing a car with my partner and, since she stumped up most of the readies, she got the choice. A peugeot 206 hard-top convertible which she went on to gucci up with pink steering wheel cover and the obligatory '..powered by fairy-dust' sticker on the back. Needless to say, the peasant carrier to work is sometimes by far the most preferable option.

However, having successfully got her into diving and through her PADI advanced she is keen to roam the length and breadth of the land with me in pursuit of our hobby however trying to fit all that lot into a 206 aint going to hapen. I've never had a 4x4 before and am impressed by the size of the Frontera and also by the fact I can pick up a half decent one for about 2k - insurence also seems pretty reasonable.

We are also discussing getting some huskies, so a 4x4 would definately be the way to go. Also, whatever we get, if I ever find a 'powered by fairy-dust ' sticker on the back she will be looking for a new Jerome sausage.

Anyway guys - anyone out there had any experience, or comments / advice on the Vauxhall Frontera. Good cheap all rounder or will I be lumbering myself. I'm not interested in prestige badges or re-sale value - just a relaible cavernous beast.

Appreciate all input guys, have a great week.

Good god no. No. Please no.

All mid-90s 4x4s are - without exception - terrible to drive and uneconomical.
If all you're interested in is space and practicality, get an estate (406, Mondeo, Accord, etc) - you'll thank me when you have to do an emergency stop whilst swerving in the wet.
The reason they are two grand is they're not great
Diesel estate will massively increase your MPG, or even a big saloon for security of kit, something like a Volvo S80 D5, safe solid nippy comfy as your armchair for long trips and will do 50 mpg
Ingredients 1 Vauxhall Frontera, Petrol (1 Gallon), Matchess or a Lighter.

Method, apply flammable liquid, ignite retire to safe distance.
I'm ex 14, so my Porsche Carrera is cammed up to look like a
52 plate Renault Kangoo, stops the inevitable questions.
Not the most reliable of vehicles, had numerous problems throughout the production run which ended in 2003. There are 11 commons faults to check for:

4 engine issues
1 Interior issue
2 wear item(s) to spot on the suspension

4 Recalls:
1.BONNET MAY FLY OPEN INADVERTENTLY - replacement bonnet catch should have been fitted
2.LACK OF WELD PENETRATION OF ROADWHEEL SEAM WELDS - wheels should have been changed
3.FUEL TANK PROTECTION - installation of a protective shield over the fuel tank.
4.STEERING COUPLING BOLT SECURITY CONCERN - alignment between the transfer box and steering rack should have been checked and realigned if necessary. Fit new coupling bolts should have been fitted.

If these recalls are NOT in the "Service History" run away very fast!! Vehicle did not sell very well here in Brittany, farmers who bought them had nothing but trouble.
Does it have to be 4X4? Thats adding a grand on, and you need it about 1 week of the year in the UK on normal roads. For 2k I would plumb for a Mondeo TDCi that had been to the moon and back numerous times, probably get a 55 plater for that money at auction.
My mate drove his Frontera, fully laden from Winchester to Bulgaria (where he now lives). It had a gas conversion, so cheaper than petrol. Once in Bulgaria we took it off road, through rivers, up mountains etc, and it never let us down.

Not saying I'd own one, but if it ticks the boxes......
If you hadn't already gathered, Fronterrors are bloody terrible. And don't even consider a mark 1 Land Rover Freelander either, as these are possibly even worse.

Consider a late model, 5 door 2 litre Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin. A couple of my mates have them for OOH ARR Farmer Brown duties, and they seem pretty tough. None of your push-button terrain selection shite, these have proper levers that make big oily bits move in the transmission.
Weren't these Isuzu Tropers with an Opel/Vauxhall Badge? They certainly are if we are talking '90s. Second the Subaru verdict, much much much more reliable, in fact impossible to kill.

The Vauxhall/Opel version of the Trooper was the Monterey, not the Frontbottom. The Frontbottom was an Isuzu Wizard. They rot like fuck, have weak drivetrains and iffy axle articulation.


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The Isuzu equivalent was the Rodeo, at least for the frontera b series.

I have one that's done 223k miles and still gets about 30+ mpg, but it is a diesel. The petrol V6 is a nice car, but you won't get more than 25 mpg out of it, so probably best to put it on gas if you can.

Problems I have seen with it are:

Dash dials failing thanks to dry joints in the trip reset switch, easy fix involving a soldering iron.

Diesel leak-off pipes splitting, easy fix with standard fuel hose.

Brake pipes corroding, ok, that was expensive, and it also has a habit of going through callipers.

EGR valve does stick a bit too, but that's and easy fix with carb cleaner.

Other than that, it's a good car. It's pretty comfy, spacious, and it still works. It only cost me 600 quid too, so not bad.
^^ for £600, well worth a punt. You could get about half that back if you lobbed it over the bridge! I'd say if they're that cheap, go for a 3.2MV6 and spend the other grand-odds on petrol.

Don't deserve the poor rep to be honest. I've got a LWB A Series, 2.8 TDi, currently around the 168k mark. It does around 500 miles a week at between 32 to 34mpg and so far hasnt given any trouble.

Underneath it's an ISUZU and shares a lot of mech bits (okay most) with the Trooper. Tough as old boots.

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