21 May 2013
I have had my Antara for 10 months. In this time the auto head light adjuster failed costing £600, the sensor in the gear box that releases the key stopped working and locked the key in the ignition costing £250, the engine service light kept coming on costing £120, and if that’s not enough the wife went out to start the car to go to work and suddenly the engine sounded like it was firing on only 2 cylinders and then conked out! We got it to our Vauxhall dealer who found that the can followers had disintegrated and damaged the camshaft filling the engine with metal shavings. We spoke to Vauxhall as advised by the mechanic as there was no reason for this to happen. Vauxhall’s response is that due to the age and mileage there was nothing they could do - the car is only 5 yeas old and has 74000 miles on the clock. So I take it from that, that Vauxhall only expect their cars to run for 4-5 years. The bill to fix is £2500 so I am going to go back to Vauxhall quoting the Sale Of Goods act 1979 and the item that explains that all good sold should be fit for purpose and last in good condition for a satisfactory period of time, I feel 5 years for a nearly £30000 car is not satisfactory.
We took receipt of our Antara beginning of January 2013. At the moment we are getting around 35 mpg in town and 43mpg on longer journeys which is pretty good for journeying round the hills of mid Wales. The heated seats were a welcome luxury this winter as was the AWD start/stop feature. I have had no problem driving on hilly farm tracks and the ride is very comfortable. For the money this is a very capable car and it is unfair to compare it to off roaders like Land Rover (I learned to drive in a Land Rover and although it was more capable off road, it did not have the comfort of the Antara). All in all the Antara value for money vehicle is a capable vehicle if driven correctly.
Two new cluch kits needed so far at only 26,000miles!
Fuel comsumption is a disgrace for a modern diesel. Printed figures are pure fiction. The true figures are: Urban 27/30; Combined 30/34; Extra urban 42/46. Sad bit is Vauxahll could not care less. Customer services is a total joke as they’re not interested in anything.
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You are lucky 2.2 163 auto getting under 19 mpg at the moment best has been 22.7 - Neil from Yorkshire
The good news if you want any cheap accessories there are loads on ebay as people are selling these joke cars. It appears they can’t wait to get rid - Tony Johnson from Yorkshire
These cars are the pits. DPF went into regeneration as I pulled onto my drive. They advise you not to interrupt the process and run the engine at 2000 revs plus. So I have just sat on my driveway, revved the engine to 2500 and held it there for 15 minutes. What a load of rubbish - Tony Johnson from England
I bought the car on the 23/8/12. The DPF light comes on at a weekly basis and so I am having to drive my car on the motorway, sometimes within a space of five days. The engine light has come on twice within a week. Vauxhall dealership in Wimbledon state this is NORMAL and so does head office; they are only interested in selling cars no matter how bad or faulty they are, they do not want to know. Customer care is non existant in this company. We were even mislead when purchasing the car and given wrong information as this DPF light according to the rep was only supposed to come on every 3 months approx not every week. It is obvious that if we were given the correct info about this DPF we would not have purchased this car. Consumers should be protected in these circumstances as we are talking about large sums of money. Now we are stuck with a faulty car (as I do not believe this is normal) that is worth £6,000 less. In three months we have lost an amount which will take us 2 years to save.
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Hi. I had the same problem with my #Antara, only worse, it was doig a #DPF regeneration almost EVERY day or at least every 100 miles. The General manager @ #LOOKERS Yardley, who sold me the car just basically told me to GO AWAY, and stop moaning. Disgusting customer service! With the help of the Service dept (who agreed it wasn’t right) I took my complaint to the top, Vauxhall HO. A very helpful lady in complaint esculations had my car back to Luton (6 weeks) for testing. It had a MAJOR software upgrade (all that was admitted) and has been right as rain ever since! I was getting on average 25mpg or less with the problem now I’m getting 33mpg average and up to 48mpg on some motorway journeys. It only took 11 months to get this fault rectified, so keep complaining! Demand the ECU’s (all of em) are upgraded to the latest software. I also had the alarm problems from new but since upgrade no more of that either. Hope it helps you, I’m now enjoying my Antara, shame it took 11 months to do so, with so much stress and arguing to get it rectified - Mike Pugh from Worcestershire
DPF light should not be coming on unless in extreme circumstances. Your comments about Vauxhall not being bothered is spot on. I need a fuel tanker to follow mine because of the pathetic fuel consumption.vehicle is a total nightmare. No wonder they haven’t sold many - Carl Jones from Derbyshire
This business of driving on motorways appears to be " the answer to everything ". It’s a complete load of rubbish. Does this mean that Vauxhall vehicles with a DPF are unsuitable for use on the island of Jersey due to the fact that the maximum speed limit on the island is 40 mph? Tony Johnson from Yorkshire
Vauxhall Customer Care appears not to be Vauxhall as such, I am lead to believe it is actually a call centre in Carlisle run by a company called EMC. This probably explains why they talk a lot but don’t understand what they are talking about. Probably reading it off a question and answer sheet. Pity the call centre isn’t in Mumbai as I think you would probably get more sense from them - Tony Johnson from England
I have had the car 6 months and have broken down at the side of the road twice. I had to wait six weeks for parts. The mpg is very poor. I am 6 feet tall and the seats give me leg pain. The windscreen wash on the driver’s side fails. The gear change is bad. The ride is poor to hard for lanes in shropshire and the list goes on and on...
I have just had a new ECU unit put in my Astra at a cost of £1,300. My car has only 22000 on clock and I have been told that this years model (2006) had a bad batch.
I bought an Antara in Feb 08, but I had a private plate put on as 57 with my initials. The car was fine for the first 3 years, but just as its first MOT came up the alarm started going off all the time and then all my console dials went wrong. After a fight with Vauxhall they finally reset the car and disconected the interior sensor for the alarm. Now almost a year to the day it’s started again, with the alarm going off when it fancies it (seems to hate very hot or very cold weather) and now no dials. So yet again I don’t know what speed I’m doing, how much diesel I’ve got etc. Will Vauxhall repair again I wonder, as this must be an inherent fault surely?
I’m Very impressed with the car so far. It is particularly pleasing to drive, with great handling and very good performance from a really good diesel engine. It’s comfortable and quiet. I find the gear box fine although I never use 6th until I am traveling in excess of 50MPH. The cruise control is really useful through the almost permanent 50MPH zones on the motorways around Bristol! Not sure on fuel usage yet. 400 miles on the first tank (60ltr) of diesel seems about the same as my old Merc E class 3 litre Turbo diesel E300. I expect it will improve as the engine/gearbox loosens up after a 1000 miles or so. I think it is reasonable for what is quite a large 4x4. Plus Points: Taught and easy to drive, comfortable, fast and responsive engine, lots of pulling power 4x4 (when needed) - We live on a large hilly area so hopefully will not be cut off as much this winter! Plenty of interior space, plenty of toys (air con, cruise control, MP3 i/F, 12V sockets, trip computer, parking sensors, 6 speed gear box). Fold flat rear seats provides massive space for shopping/DIY trips etc. Roof bars, arm rest and slide back drinks holders to reveal more storage space. It looks great in metallic black with blacked out rear windows and 18inch alloys! Pricing - a lot of car for the money! Minus Points: Boot slightly cramped, but if you remove the middle foam pad under the boot floor you can fit a couple of small suitcases and bags under there. Wish it did not share the same body shell as the Chevy!
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Have just bought a 62 plate Antara 163 manual and the fuel consumption is diabolical... Figures quoted in the brochure are not achievable... Am very disappointed!!! Chris Bennett from England
Just tried the 4x4 on my 62 plate Antara on small incline which was a bit muddy but at to get towed up by a 51 plate Nissan X-Trail - Richard Small from Rhondda Cynon Taff
Try learning to drive! My Antara easily stomps up mud covered hills, and when covered in snow and ice the 4x4 system is superb when driven properly and within its limits. XTRAIL IS A WOMANS SCHOOL RUN CAR LIKE THE HONDA CRV, should of bought a Corsa not a 1.8 ton 4x4; what do you expect? And don’t floor it everywhere - Fred Willis from Yorkshire
Good review. The 163 bhp SE Nav is beautiful to drive on all road surfaces, loads of pull in all gears. Mine does 34 mpg average on school run and commute, 40mpg average on longer runs. This is good for a large powerful 4x4 SUV. Like all modern diesel cars thanks to European legislation the Antara has a DPF. Understanding how it works is key to getting good mpg figures. Guidance can be found in the manual and in the owner forums - Dave R from Durham
A nice car to drive, but I’ve been back to Eden Vauxhall, more times than I can remember. The windscreen demister is very poor along with the fuel returning 34mpg at best. The shift up light doesn’t work and the first and second gear change is bad, the list goes on! It’s due to go back again for noisy steering, but I must say Eden Vauxhall, have been top class with me as I am very picky.
Had my Antara six months now with no major problems. It is fitted with twenty inch alloys and has also been re-mapped to 180 bhp, which makes a big difference to the fuel consumption. The only problem I have had is the oil change light coming on, but this is an easy problem to fix. A very good 4x4, so I give it full marks.
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Colin, where did you have your motor remapped? I have the 2012 163bhp and when you say affected mpg good or bad cheers - Frazer Morgan from Yorkshire
Our Anatara was brilliant and we had no problems until it went in for its first annual service. A week later, the clutch failed, and they have said its the master cyclinder. Really annoyed with the way it was handled, they let us drive it away and it barely managed one journey, before we had to take it back. Also the replacement hire car they provided isn’t a 4x4, isn’t a diesel, and doesn’t have parking sensors. I will be taking this up with them. It also has a £500 excess. Vauxhall can expect to see me in court for the difference should I have an accident. They can’t even tell us when the part will arrive and it’s been three weeks now. I’m seriously wondering if they ripped the parts off our car to put on someone else’s that was already failing as they really seem clueless about getting it fixed!
We have a noisy car too ;-( and have been told this is the way the car runs. We also have problems with the fuel and gauge and have been told that this is not a reported fault and there are no recalls so they will not look at it. I have had no rear window wiper for months and they still have not repaired it, and this morning I was driving to work and I lost everything; speedometer, fuel gage rev count, shift indicator. I have just had a call from Vauxhall Phoenix, Wimbedlon, to say it’s not under warranty (only bought in in Jan) and they want £500 because it could have happened going over a pot hole. They have also said that it was loose wires? If everyone else is game I will report it to watchdog; if there are enough of us hopefully we may get some help!
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With regard to the dials etc going off all you have to do is disconnect the battery, wait a couple of minutes then reconnect. Apparently it is a normal problem. hope this helps if it happens again - Glenn West from Warwickshire
You need to disconnect the battery for 10 mins then reconnect and it should reset the instrument panel and be fine - costs nothing! j s from Surrey
Apart from the economy we are enjoying the Antara. We picked it up on the 2nd of March and have just passed 2000 miles. This is what the computer is telling me: 2089 miles at an average of 23mph, with 78.9 gallons used returning 25.7 mpg, so it’s nowhere near the quoted figures.
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I got one and haven’t looked back! Yes, it likes gas, but hey, wise up, if you’re gonna buy one then your bank acount should support it. stop winging and get on with it. A great SUV that does the job!
The fuel consumption is certainly not as advertised as I’m averaging about 32mpg driving very carefully. I am now having reoccurring problems, the fuel consumption goes through the floor, to an average of 18, but an absolute maximum of 24mpg. Once the ignition is turned off the engine fan comes on quite aggressively and the car is hot and smells of burning. I have opened the bonnet and found the engine bay very hot. Apparently the ECG is doing an emmissions system clean. The car has only done 900 miles. From reading on the net it effects the Captiva as well, which has the same engine the new 2.2d. This surely should not be happening with such low mileage? I Was not told that this would hapen when I bought the car. So be aware this will happen!
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This is the Diesel Partuculate Filter being cleaned, Unfortunately Vauxhall never provided a dash lamp for this which would have been handy, and I will shake the hand of someone from Vauxhall who can answer any real questions about this process. Basically approximately every 400 miles the Diesel Particulate filter requires cleaning, this is achieved by the engine management system changing the system mapping to force more fuel to be burnt late in the combustion cycle to achieve maximum heat in the exhaust manifold, this cleaning the filter. (a bit like burning your barbeque off). This cleaning process last about 15 miles/minutes and Vauxhal advise that you should attempt to keep the engine revs above 2000 and not switch off until cleaning is complete. Not always possible, bet they never though of that when they designed it. During the cleaning, the average fule consumption is circa 20 mpg, depending on speed at the time. It becomes obvious when cleaning is complete as the fuel economy returns to normal, again a lamp would have helped. Note you can’t cheat the system, if you turn the engine off during the cleaning, the cleaning will be reattempted when you during you next journey. Steve from Surrey.
I am having the SAME issue. My Antara is currently at the head office being tested (1 month so far) bought new december 2011 performed great for the first 1500 miles then it stared going the DPF regens every 250 miles. Then broke down needing a new EGR valve fitting, back 2 hours and broke again, new diesel water sensor fitted. Antara then started doing a regen every 200 miles then 150 miles now every 100 miles or less with the flashing DPF dashborad symbol (means full). I have had to rant at dealer (don’t wanna know) had independant tech look at it who said return the vehicle as its doing it too often. After writing to Vauxhall HO MD, finally got them too take another look, but from report I had back today it looks like they are still trying to say its NORMAL, what a load of BULL. Get onto them email is email@example.com quote my ref as being the same fault, srno:489214-599157894 the more of us that complain directly to the top the more likely we will get re-dress! I’ve had the alarm problem too mentioned elsewhere along with numerous other small faults. My average mpg is low 20s. I can attain 44mpg on a 50 mile Mway run which is then wiped out and dropped to 20mpg when the DPF regen kicks in!! Cost per mile when new was 13p per mile NOW 22p per mile !!!!! My old Frontera 2.2dti cost 16p per mile, wish I hadn’t changed the car!! firstname.lastname@example.org - should anyone want my vauxhall contact details etc to persue directly - Mike Pugh from Worcestershire
DPF Issue appears cured. Antara returned from Luton after 6 weeks away. It had a major software upgrade and now after driving it for 3 weeks its ONLY done 1 Regeneration, and MPG is up from 23 aveage to 33 average with some journeys attaining 45mpg or higher. IF YOU are having the DPF regenerate too often (mine was doing it almost everyday or at least every 100 miles) GET YOUR DEALER TO UPGRADE ECU SOFTWARE. It should be FREE. Only took them 10 months to cure it (head office), dealer LOOKERS didn’t want to know. Don’t let them fob you off - Mike Pugh from Worcestershire
Ok, not as smooth a gear selection as I would like, but you can adjust your driving to get a smooth change, it just takes a while to get used to. On the whole I’m delighted with the quality of ride and very responsive steering, it feels fun to drive. I know there are better 4x4s on the road, but for less than 20,000 its brilliant. I have tried the Kia, Mitsubusi, Hyrudia i130 and none of these matched the ride quality and low cabin noise levels. None of these also give a lifetime warranty or 100,000 miles. Average mpg is 35 which is well below the government figures of 42.8, but I have checked with friends who own an Audio Q5 and they only get 37 mpg against the advertised 48 mpg. This seems to be the same story amongst most manufacturers and it’s about time we were told the truth!
I’m gobsmacked reading all the reviews on here, I also had major problems with the alarm and tonight all the dash has decided to stop working whilst I was coming into work. I know I’ve got juice in it to get me home but I’ll not have a clue what speed I’m driving at. What’s the bet that when I ring Vauxhall up tomorrow the warranty has run out and I’ll have to fork money out to get it fixed?!
I had alarm problems from day one. A brand new vehicle (July 2011), but as soon as I parked it on the drive at home the alarm went off. After it going off another 3 times within the hour I called the Crawley branch and I was advised to leave the vehicle unalarmed or unlocked!! Yes seriously. Needless to say it went back to the Crawley branch and I said they could have the alarm going off on their forecourt until it is fixed. I picked it up on the Monday allegedly fixed. Wrong. I took it back again and they found a fault with the interior sensor and the siren so replaced them both. I have had no alarm problems since. The fuel consumption is certainly not as advertised as I’m averaging about 33mpg driving very carefully. I am now having reoccurring problems with the ECG; every so often (I think I am pinpointing this down to when the car has been in a heavy downpour) whilst driving, the fuel consumption goes through the floor, to an average of 11 but absolute maximum of 20mpg. Once the ignition is turned off, the engine fan comes on quite aggressively and the car is hot and smells of burning. The vehicle has been back 4 times to be looked at (no problem found) and it was only on the 4th occasion that they said they had looked at the ECG log, which could explain all the symptoms. Apparantly the ECG is meant to do that and routinely does a emmissions system clean. It will use more fuel and cause the fan to go etc. So, yesterday my car did this 8 times!!! Has anyone else had anything similar? This surely cannot be whats meant to happen?!
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I bought an Antara 4x4 in November 2011 and my fuel has been dreadful. I am averaging 28mpg at most and that’s driving sensible! I have been having these problems with the fans also! My fans must have went five times in one day aggressively. I only have to travel 5 minutes down the road and the fans are going mad. Took it to the garage and like you say, there is nothing wrong with it. I just don’t know what to do with this car! - Jonny Scott from England
I bought a Vauxhall Antara 2007 model and the car has been nothing but trouble! It went into Burnham garage on many occasions as it had a really noisy engine. vauxhall really didn’t want to know and now my Antara now stands in my driveway, where it’s been for over a year now, broken. I will never buy another Vauxhall!
Vauxhall customer services have not responded after 4 weeks of collecting the car. The faults are: No day running lights, front door lights and radio fuse incorrectly fitted. The car drives very well, but I would not buy another one due to Vauxhall customer service and its dealership not being capable of carrying out a PDI correctly.
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I had a 2.2 SE in July. My daytime lights and auto lights don’t work, my fuel economy for a manual is very poor - 32 mpg on a run. I doubt my low fuel light works and my shift light does not work either. Nice car practically just waiting to notice the next thing not to work. I don’t even have a bulb socket in my door lights! - Jon Dean from England
I bought a new Antara 2.2 cdti se manual in Aug 2011. The Antara press releases, brochure and owner’s manual detail how the upshift indicator aids fuel economy. The upshift indicator does not work on my Antara or the four other vehicles the dealer examined. My local dealer spent hours trying to rectify the fault and have worked very hard on my behalf to get an answer from Vauxhall. Vauxhall have confirmed that the fault is present because the software/hardware will not be fitted to Antara until model year builds started after 6/1/2012. Other misreprentation included in the owner’s manual descibes how front door lights operate and details how to change the door light bulbs however these are now reflectors and not lights. The daylight running lights only operate if you switch the lighting switch to the auto position. I don’t know what you could do if you didn’t have auto lights. Vauxhall should be very embarrassed over this and get a fix quickly to put these matters right for the loyal current Vauxhall customers who have spent a lot of money on the new Antara - Thomas Graham from County Antrim
I have just puchased an Antara SE nav and found the same faults, no gear shift indicator, no door lights. I have also had a towbar fitted and the trailer attached light does not work, my fitter says it’s not connected. I really like the car but these issues should be highlighted not left for you to find out yourself - Dave Hodgkinson from England
I have been in contact with Vauxhall customer care. It has become apparent that the gear shift indicator light will not be fitted until 2012. If this is the case then why does it clearly state in the sales brochure that gear shift indicator fitted as standard? i think this is totally disgraceful and disloyal to a Vauxhall customer. I’m beginning to wish I’d bought a Kia. Thought I’d try my cruise control out while on the motorway, and guess what? It don’t work. This just gets better - Dave Hodgkinson from Derbyshire
I bought an 08 plate Antara last August and had exactly the same problem with the fuel gauge as described by Paul of Rotherham. The Vauxhall dealership identified the problem as a faulty sender unit in the tank and replaced this part, which fixed the problem. I have now sold the Antara, although apart from the problem specified I found it a fairly competent, if not terribly exciting car.
Bought my Antara from new, I have never experienced any faults or problems. Only downside is fuel consumption it is a gas guzzler. Brilliant in snow, 4WD is great.
The fuel gauge is inaccurate which affects the fuel consumption computer. The gauge will read half full after the fuel tank has been filled up. It sometimes corrects itself and other times read a quarter full after travelling 100 miles from a re-fuel. When the vehicle is stationary it will show different readings when the ignition is switched on. It is definitely faulty. I was told by the service manager at the Vauxhall dealership that there is no fault and that the gauge will give different reading when the fuel is disturbed by movement in the tank. He told me instead of relying on the fuel gauge, perhaps record mileage on the trip to work out when a refuel is required? Utter tosh!!! I believe this may be an inherent problem with the Antara which GM are aware of? Perhaps they don’t want the expense of a re-call. Same as the faulty handbrake on the 2006 Vectra - took Ann Robinson on BBC Watchdog to get GM to take responsibility. Other problems I had with the Antara include faulty fog lights and electrics not working properly on tow-bar fitted by the dealership. Vehicle has gone back to dealership 4 separate times to try and sort out the problems. On one occasion the Antara was sent to GM’s technical centre. In fairness to the dealership, they did provide me with a loan vehicle whilst I was without the use of the Antara.
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Jeez, I was going to test drive an Antara tomorrow, 08 plate, 33,000 miles, £13,495. After reading all these reviews, I really don’t know what to do. Is there anybody out there that doesn’t regret buying one?!? Any opinions welcome - Sim Gar from Lincolnshire
I had my 09 plate Anatra 6 days and was enjoying every minute driving it when one evening after finishing work I got in the car to find it would not even turn over. I called the AA they diagnosed the alternator. The garage has has it days and say it’s the battery and most definitely is not the alternator. I have ordered a new battery - let’s wait and see.
Having read all these negative reports on the Antara, I cannot understand why Vauxhall has been allowed to get away with such a disgraceful vehicle and customer service. I pray that someone from the media will read the letters sent to this site and come to our rescue by confronting Vauxhall on T.V. or somewhere they can be brought to account. Personaly I am sick to the teeth with the response I get from Vauxhall and my dealer. Please someone help us. Here’s an idea I’ve just thought of. If you are an unhappy owner of an Antara send in your complaint to G.M. tv. The sheer volume of mail should make something happen.
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I fail to understand so many complaints. All cars have problems, some more than others. I have had my ’09 Antara since April 2011 and not a single problem with it. It even pulls our Fleetwood Heritage caravan without any real stress. Of course, it goes without saying that the new model with a 2.2litre diesel engine will be better than my modest 2litre. Carry on doing what you do best, Vauxhall - Colin Hall from Lancashire
Do you work for Vauxhall by any chance? - john bowen from England
Just read all (yes all) the reviews and seems we have bought a second hand bundle of trouble. Last night at 3am then 4.30am car alarm went off. The car just came back from main Belfast, Vauxhall dealer after all electrics completely shutdown whilst driving along the road; no speedo, rev counter, clock, lights, lucky it was during day. It appears to have been rectified by a software update that was completed by dealer. The Antara has also got the wettest interior of any car that I have driven. During the bad spell of weather at the Christmas period it appeared that moisture had got into the lining of the roof, via the pollen filter being defective. Turning corners or braking caused a heavy downpour from the sunvisor and centre console to pour onto my lap soaking my trousers. With the replacement part now fitted I hope this is the last of the leaky problems (how long will I have to wait?) Love the comfort levels and driveability but one question DO I CHANGE?
Purchased Antara in 2009. All well for 4/5 weeks then drivers window refused to stay closed. Dealer repaired,then OK for 4/5 weeks then same again. Dealer repaired, OK for another 4/5 weeks then back to Dealers for same fault. Worst still to come. After 10600 miles and without any prior warning the clutch burnt out as I was driving on the motorway (frightening) RAC towed it to the dealers who stripped it and informed me that there was no evidence of a fault or faulty parts and therefore suggested it was the drivers fault. Having 50 years driving experience and not once having to have a clutch replaced I find this quite insulting. I would like to hear from anyone who has experienced similar problems.
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We have a Antara 2L diesel manual and have just had the clutch burn out after 26,000 miles whilst driving along. We do not ride the clutch and Vauxhall have suggested that it is us as when they stripped it down and replaced it they could find no fault. They also had to replace the flywheel which cost over £1,500. We tried to speak to someone higher up in the company who would not listen or admit that they had a fault with this car. I have traced at least five others who have had this same problem but also had no joy with the company. I have never had any clutch problems with any car in my 35 years of driving and find it hard to believe that this is acceptable - Mandy Thornley from Buckinghamshire
I’ve had my Antara for a month now and have so far been very happy with it apart from a highly annoying intermittent alarm problem. The dealer had it back last week, told me that a problem was found and it had been fixed, but since then it’s gone off 3 times. I’m not very propular in my road at the moment. I’ve tried all sorts, am always careful about locking doors and windows, closing vents etc... all to no avail so far. I see some reviewers have disconnected it, my dealer tells me I can’t do that but obviously I can! Will someone tell me how to do it please, is it just pulling out the fuse?
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We had same problem this year. Took our Antara to be repaired, got the car back, apparently fixed and it still had exactly the same problem (ours is an Antara 2007 reg)! My partner guessed it was a fault with the interior movement sensor and (in the end) Vauxhall agreed and finally it was repaired! Have read about so many similar faults and wonder why Vauxhall haven’t acknowledged this?? Best of luck... Charlotte from Dorset
I’ve had my Antara 2 years now and love it but last week my alarm kept going off for no reason so I took it back to the dealers to be fixed. I must say the service I got from my dealers was 1st class - they had it for a week of which I had a brand new loan car, they replaced the inclanation sensor and put a whole new radio system in and so far the alarm has’nt gone off. Hope this will help - Gary from Dorset
Bought my 2.0 lt auto E Antara from dealer in Motherwell march 2009 due to it being heavily discounted. Although I like the car in general I too have had constant problems with the alarm and now the dashboard including the speedo looks as though it has lost the power feed and all gauges show zero. I’m not looking forward to returning it to Peter Vardy as I have been less than impressed with the dealership during buying the vehicle and servicing. Reading the previous reviews it looks as though I’m in for problems awaiting a repair. Has anyone else had the dashboard problem fixed satisfactorily and was the work completed under warranty?
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We had problem with alarm and dashboard this year (amongst other problems!). Finally, managed to get repaired under warranty but it was a real effort on our part! Best of luck... Charlotte from Dorset
Hi. I have the same problem with my Antra, no dash. Did you get to the bottom of the problem? - Steve O`Connor from Essex
Reading these reports, I feel I am one of the lucky ones. Bought the car in Chelmsford Essex in March 2009 and I’ve never had problem with it. Took it to Scotland straight from the dealers, gave it a run on a few dodgy roads and tracks, all fine. OK. It does drink diesel and the sat nav tries to take you down every footpath, but that’s about it. I’ve finally worked out the the auto settings for the environment: they are not the best so use the manual settings, especially on hot days. Had the first service, and the recall fix, and the car still feels good to drive and I like it. I did have one random incident with the alarm, but only once that I know of and put it down to a solar flare :). My only beef is the automatic gear takes a bit of forcing to put into P, with the brake pedal having to be firmly pushed.
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Bill, Like you I purchased my 09 Antara E Auto from PV in Motherwell due to the heavy discount and also leg room. I’m 6’9" and the Antara was (at the time) the only car I could be comfortable in, get in and out of easily and afford. The economy specs were good and I thought I was onto a winner, how wrong was I! For the first three months I suffered with the alarm going off on hot days, middle of the night, car parks etc. Despite several return trips to PV and their assurances each time that the alarm issue was resolved (new alarm battery, foam pads on sensors, wiring kits, sensor positions, tilt sensor adjustment etc) it would still go off. (see my previous posts below!) I then demanded they take the car back and if not fixed I would get my full money back as I was climbing the walls. After 3 weeks and parts from Germany (so I was told) I received the car and the alarm has behaved ever since. In all credit to PV they did agree to a full refund if they could not fix the car but it did take them a full three months to resolve! I then had further electrical problems with the heating, wipers not working at any other speed than full and a speedometer that would cut out and return to zero at any time! I would be driving to work and suddenly be doing 0mph! It was horrible, especially on the M8. Again, lots of moaning at PV and eventually after "special parts from Germany" the car was returned fine. I have had the car 18 months now, 22k miles and it’s been fine. I have however always asked PV and even Vauxhall directly why the consumption seems a lot higher than stated in the guide when I bought it? I keep getting statements thrown at me such as it relates to my driving style, road conditions etc. but I can only ever manage 350 to 380 miles MAX out of a tank, in the summer months, with no air con and seriously light pedal work. Now that it’s cold, I am down to 300 miles +/- 20 miles per tank, which at the current diesel rates is horrifying! No one cares when you drive a 4x4 but when you struggle to get in and out of smaller cars it’s a tax I grudge paying! As such I have just sold the car for an excellent price. People are going mad for true 4x4 cars just now with the weather for some stupid reason. Perhaps they think it will improve their chances in the snow? If the traffic isn’t moving neither are you no matter what you drive. If you know how to drive in the snow then you also dont need a 4x4 unless you live in the country side! I found that out the hard way Monday this week (6/12/10) - 35 miles and 1/4 a tank of fuel is an expensive short travel to nowhere! The car is to go as soon as the weather picks up as I’ve traded it for a Mitsubishi ASX which is more comfortable and has a far higher economy than the Antara (on paper I know but even during the test drive it was seriously impressive). After all the faults and niggles with the Antara, the poor level of equipment and quality of materials (seats and dash) combined with the squeaks and rattles that I now have, I will certainly never recommend or buy a Vauxhall again. One thing which I would add is the fuel gauge. Has anyone experienced the following: Fill the car to the brim and then the first quarter will get 120 miles but only drop away from MAX at around 70 miles to just above the first mark to then stay there until 120? The same thing follows, the needle hovers around the white quarter marks for a while but then dives to the next one down very suddenly. I always get the following - First quarter @ 120miles, second @ 200miles, third @ 300miles, with the last quarter lasting 50 to 80 miles before the needles is down PAST the red zone (not above, below!) Is this a "feature" of my Antara or do others experience this also? If like me you want rid of the high running costs and have started to notice flaws and quality issues, do yourself a favour and sell now whilst these cars are in demand. No doubt the wonderful government we now have picking our pockets at every chance will next year reduce the CO2 emission brackets and then decide that the 225g/km for the auto (currently 1g/km under the £400 road tax band) will be in fact included in the £400 per year (or more if they decide to increase that too). Diesel prices are also at a record high in my area and set to rise further next year, so running this thirsty machine will cost you a packet next year no matter how light footed you are! Kevin from Lanarkshire
I bought this vehicle in December 2007 and within two weeks it was back in the dealership. The alarm kept going off constantly, much to the annoyance of my neighbours and me of course. Skurrays in Swindon have had the vehicle back in and replaced the sensors many times along with trying other things but the only way I can get it to stop going off is to de-activate it from inside when I park up everynight - I won’t tell my insurance company that then............ From the beginning, my car has had many other problems, they are: Losing all power - normally when I am on the school run with my 6 year old twins. I am quite quick thinking so can normally act quickly to avert a mass pile-up. Twice, lorries have had to actually swerve around me on roundabouts as my car just dies. The service manager did reassure me though, he said "Never mind, at least nothing bad happened as you do have a few seconds to react". Tell that to the other drivers or to my husband when I phone him to say the car has been taken out along with the twins.... At least the twins come in useful when my car loses all power - no indicators, speedo, petrol etc. This has happened three times and the kids take it in turns to stick their arms out of the windows to let other drivers know if we want to turn left or right. Isn’t it against the law to not have a working speedo???? Vauxhall don’t seem to mind so let the police speak to them instead of the poor person who was foolish enough to trust Vauxhall in the first place (my hand is up as well). Skurrays Swindon have had my car in numerous times over the 3 years (in November 2010) and have now refused to extend my warranty by three years as the electric panels I have had, 4 in 2+ years at a cost of £771.00 each, have a 12 month warranty. I did go to court with the finance company over my vehicle and the judge said he had never seen a new vehicle with so many faults and would be interested in hearing the case should I ever take Vauxhall Skurrays to court - that’s an idea. The Area Manager has refused to meet with me to discuss the problems, Vauxhall Head Office don’t want to know and can’t see why I am making such a fuss as they "fix the car every time". Yes you may fix it, for a week if i’m lucky. They just don’t get it. If I had seen all the complaints on this make of vehicle before I had been stupid enough to buy my death trap, then I would have gone to elsewhere. My only advice is, stay away from the Antara - they are death-traps on wheels and Vauxhall are a bunch of fools who are only interested in your money.
I bought this vehicle in August last year from the Peter Vardy dealership in Perth Scotland. It has been back to various Vardy dealerships 8 times. I had a dashboard that would light up like a Xmas tree; I had a sign telling me it (wasn’t ready) and this totally shut everything down; the engine wouldn’t turn over and if left overnight it would sort itself out the next day. Sometimes. I had brake problems twice and was advised to replace rear pads and they would cost me almost £200. A local garage cleaned out the dust and said pad replacement wasn’t needed. I have to travel 30 miles to this dealership and the cost of fuel is a BIG problem. I am registered disabled and my money must be spent wisely. I have had 8 courtesy cars from them since all this started, the latest an Astra. The reason I bought an Antara was because I have difficulty getting in and out of small cars but an Astra was all they had this time. The heater is the latest in a long line of problems and it has been back 4 times for this problem; on hot it is fine but as soon as I move it back one click (about a milimetre) it blows cold. They have another one in their workshop with the same problem, but when I picked up my car yerterday they told me that wouldn’t be a problem as they had sussed out the problem on mine so they would know what to do to repair the one in their workshop. My car was away for 2 weeks this time, it has been in their garage more times than it has mine. I called them yesterday after getting home and let them know their 2 week’s work was a waste of their time, the problem is still there. Thank god the work I have had done was under warranty or I would be bankrupt by now. I told them yesterday my next move was getting in touch with Trading Standards and going from there. I like the car and have spent a fortune on Irmcher extras etc but enough is enough.
Antara E reg Jan 2009 purchased May 2009 ex. demonstrator. Alarm started going off for no apparen reason I took it back to dealer in July 2009. They had it in 4 times and it also went to Vauxhall Technical Workshop for 6 weeks but they SAY they haven’t heard it. Have they got cotton wool in their ears? At one stage the dealer said that Vauxhall are aware there is a problem with these. I also showed them these reviews but now they say there is no problem with MY vehicle. I have several witness’ to these events but it also goes off away from my house. I have written to Vauxhall twice but they are washing their hands of it and I am the one left with the alarm still going off when it feels like it, upsetting both me and my neighbours. Also the dealer has refused to do anymore to it as they say it is now out of warranty but this is ongoing since July 2009. Vauxhall suggest I take it back to dealer although I have made it clear that the dealer doesn’t want to know. Anybody out there wanting to buy one of these MINE IS FOR SALE (with an alarm!) Only 8000 miles! Can we all get together and let the alarms compete with the vuvuzelas? I bet the alarms would win!
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In addition to the previous report I would like to show what has been done to my car regarding the alarm problem. The dealer states the following have been replaced 1) Inclination/Tilt Sensor. 2) Body Control Module. 3) Internal Ultra Sonics. Also the Technical Centre state these items have also been replaced by them 1) Rear Quarter Glasses. 2) Heater Panel. I requested a suitable replacement car or my money back under the sale of goods act as the car is not suitable for purpose but it seems they doubt my word as to the alarm problems. I GOT NOWHERE AND STILL THE ALARM GOES OFF. I have had eleven Vauxhall/GM vehicles since 1978 but this will be the last. Sue Ramos from Northamptonshire
UPDATE: Further to my previous report regarding alarm problem. Two weeks ago we had cause to call out the RAC after my husband (thankfully not me) ran the battery flat by leaving the doors open. All was sorted. Ten out of ten for the RAC. We talked to the man about the alarm he was more interested than the dealer and vauxhall put together. He made a few suggestions which we have already tried but one suggestion he made was to close off the air vents when leaving the vehicle. When you think about it this makes sense. Now we are monitoring the situation and keeping our fingers crossed. It would be nice for me and others with the same problem if this RAC man has finally cracked it! - Sue Ramos from Northamptonshire
Don’t touch it. I’ve had the car for 18months and it has been in and out of the dealer most of this time. It loses power and the dash lights up like a Christmas tree with ABS and descent control coming on. Still not fixed. I am getting rid of it so my advice is stay clear of any Vauxhall Antara.
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Having the same problem, been in and out of dealership numerous times, had practically all of the wiring replaced. Just received back from the Luton factory after them having it for five weeks. I only drove it for five days and problem came back. Back in with dealership - Andy H from Cheshire
Delivered on Thursday evening, returned to the dealears friday morning with steering noise. First they replaced bearings on the suspension then found the fault was the steering rack itself. Only 54 miles on it when it was returned and I wanted to reject. Vauxhall seem to think it wasn’t a major component fault just a noise problem. I probably wouldn’t touch these cars again and will look at Honda.
We purchased a used, 2 year old Antara at the end of October and are at the end of our tether, having had nothing but problems with it. First of all, the dashboard electronics failed suddenly whilst driving (total loss of speedo, fuel gage, parking sensors etc). We took the car to Vauxhall to be checked/ repaired and they finally confirmed it was a fault covered under warranty. However, we were kept waiting ages for the ’replacement part’ and had to go back again for it to be fixed . We then got the recall for the ’steering shaft’ and returned (again!), to Vauxhall. A few weeks later, the alarm kept going off for absolutely no reason, day and night - no laughing matter at 3am....3.30am....3.35am....3.52am.... Again we took it back to Vauxhall and they said they couldn’t find any fault! This saga continued and was extremely stressful (upsetting us and our neighbours) and no one at Vauxhall seemed to understand that it was causing us a major problem! Finally, Vauxhall claimed to have fixed the fault, only for us to be woken that night by the bl**dy alarm again! We even asked Vauxhall if it was a common fault on Antara’s - which they denied but having read the other comments on here, it obviously is! It was my partner who realised that the fault was related to the interior movement sensor - (not the highly trained mechanics at Vauxhall!) and finally, they agreed this was the fault and repaired it. This week, there is suddenly a problem with the clutch/gearbox......another trip to Vauxhall...£46 to check for a fault.......£366 to ’further investigate’ and then goodness knows what........Can’t drive the car at the moment (although used to this given the amount of time it’s spent at the Vauxhall service department!), as it’s too dangerous. Have had the car for 7 months and loved it- for all of a few weeks........am totally fed up with it now and the warranty runs out next month and am dreading what else will go wrong with it. Have spent a lot of time etc., returning the vehicle for repair and would not recommend anyone buy this car!!!!! Vauxhall are hopeless, they deny knowledge of common Antara faults, seem unable to diagnose Antara faults and keep you waiting ages for parts.
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OOOOHHH......... forgot to mention the ’oil change’ warning light which came on not long after we collected the car - this apparently was related to the ’dashboard failure’ and was a false reading - good job we didn’t pay out fot it... Vauxhall also told us our brake pads were ’low’ and dangerous for a long journey, but a subsequent visit gave a different reading and we have had two different readings since!!! DON’T TRUST THEM... I nearly paid them for a job which they have now admitted doesn’t need doing!!!!
With less than 2 months of warranty and another stint in the service department, now advised the ’flying wheel’ and clutch need replacing. Apparently flying wheel replacement costs £1325 but is covered under warrantee (thank goodness) and clutch (at 20,000 miles) is £472.06! Car went in on Tuesday and still waiting for it back, though not sure we actually want it... - Charlotte from Dorset
Well, our Antara went back to Vauxhall days after a Flying wheel and clutch replacement with exactly the same problem/symptoms as we took it in for.....it’s been there 3 weeks tomorrow !!! Have now contacted Head Office as this is beyond a joke - Charlotte from Dorset
UPDATE: After almost a month with the Vauxhall dealer (and intervention from Vauxhall Head Office), we finally got our car back today. They rang to say it was ready and we still waited nearly 2 hours at dealership! Apparently the problem was Master cylinder and Slave cylinder...... watch this space! - Charlotte from Dorset
I have had the misfortune to own a Antara for 12 months now, when I picked it up it was dirty and had no drivers manual, the idle speed was irreqular, the SE badge was missing. I booked it back into the dealers for the said repairs, they cleaned it and said they had done the idle repair, replaced the SE badge but they had no manuals. Like all your comments it started with the alarm going off, the front parking sensors going off even when the key was out the ignition took it back to the dealer, after two weeks they could not find a fault on the parking sensors but found the alarm battery was not charging, but due to the delivery date they did not know when a replacement would be found. Then the poor exceleration and fuel comsumption they could not find anything wrong?. Then the idle problem returned and the ESP light came on they found a fault with the carburettor gasket, which they had no replacement and had to use it from another vehicle (chevrolet). Another 2 weeks in the workshop, still poor exceleration and now cold start problems, heated rear window not working and the wheel sensers faulty only reading 3 wheels, which is OK according to the manager!!!! After a new sensor was fitted it takes upto 50 miles for the senser to charge up. all this time backwards and forwards to the dealer in the first 6 months it was back 7 times still have a few faults but they have worn me down and I lost money from work having to take it back all the time complained to the manager 3 seperate letters with no reply. I complained to GM motors who were very sympathetic and offered me a free service but I wanted my money back as it was not fit for the purpose it was intended, they said they were only obliged to fix the car while under warranty, which they were doing. I could go on about its poor performance for ever but I won’t. The car is just 12 months old and I want shut of it so I have been looking at other manufactures, the problem is they can’t give me a price on part ex as none of the 10 Vauxhall dealers they rang want it, nobody wants the damn thing.
I was one of those unlucky ones to pick the Antara. I have had nothing but headache from the car and dealer. The first 6 months or owning the car it spent 18 weeks in the work shop having it’s many faults "rectified" The MPG is rubbish nothing like stated, I was even taken on a driving lesson to be shown by the dealer how to achieve the figures, no joke we were going so slow on the motorway we got stopped and asked if we had a problem!?!?!?! Even driving at a silly speed, with everything and I mean everything off (they even made me take items out of the boot including a child seat) we still only reached 35 MPG Extra urban, nothing like the 41.5 in black and white. Customer services are poor... As I write this guess where the Antra is??????? Has been recalled for the driving shafts. We have now placed this in the hand of our solicitor and trading standards are investigating under the sales of goods act and trades descriptions. my advice DONT BUY AN ANTARA and my advice to my dealer? LOOK UP CUSTOMER SERVICES!
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Hi Trudy. Had my Antara one year in March 2010. At first it was fab, although it does seem to drink diesel ! Then I started experiencing a sort of ’clunking or knocking feeling’ near the pedal and steering area. The car went it six times and was test driven by virtually every mechanic at WJ Kings in Bromley, Kent. Nobody could experience this knocking/clunking feeling....I am female but very into cars and I’m not stupid. Then a couple of months ago, a recall notice from Vauxhall arrived stating that the Steering Intermediate Shaft had a possible fault, which in its worse case could mean losing steering completely. Oh how we laughed when I took it in to have the rectification work done!! All the mechanics had obviously sat round drinking tea and said "ere, remember that woman who keeps coming in with the Antara and we can’t find anything wrong with it- bet it’s the steering intermediate shaft!" The bolt was taken out, cleaned and put back in with loc tite. Afterwards the problem was completely gone. Guess what? It has come back! The garage don’t want to say its the bolt again, and could I bring it in so that they can experience this knocking feeling on a road test. Give me strength! I have even given up on the minor faults, like hydraulic boot struts no longer go up to the top so you bang your head or that the fan comes on and runs on even when the engine is cold. One day it got so loud and the smell of burning was so intense, the RAC man escorted me to the garage, but it stopped doing it just as we got there, therefore, there is no fault.. I loved this car, but am rapidly falling out of love with it - Fionna Parker from Kent
I have had my brand new Antara for 3 weeks. I was very impressed with the drive and comfort as I proudly drove it home from the dealers. The car looks great and the build quaility is first class. Great great value for money, or so I thought!!! After just 3 days the alarm went off at 23.00, I could not turn it off no matter what I did. It only stopped after the battery flattened (after upsetting the neighbours of course). The AA arrived the next day and declared that I had not closed the tailgate properly causing the battery to drain triggering the alarm. Although thinking it strange as I had checked all doors before I left it prior to the problem I was happy all seemed ok. Now, needless to say the alarm has since activated itself on many subsquent occasions. This week I took it to the local Vauxhall dealer who told me that he had not heard of this type of problem. After 3 hrs in the workshop I am told that a new alarm box has to be order which will take at least a week to obtain after which they will arrange to take it in to fit the part, so say 2 weeks at best. In the meantime I switch the alarm off all the time but with concern over insurance issues should the vehicle be stolen. Having read about your similar problems on this site I am now depressed. I wonder how Vauxhall can allow this problem to continue to run unchecked, surely it only serves to damage the reputation of what in all other aspects appears a good car. Come on GM give us a solution to this problem, it can’t be that difficult.
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I bought my Antara 15 months ago. It at first was a pleasure to drive, but in July when the weather started to get hot, the alarm started to go off non-stop, which was annoying an disturbed the neighbours. Now I just lock the doors and don’t put on the alarm, which concerns me so took the car to the (Vauxhall)maindealer who said there is nothing wrong with it. I noticed on the internet there is alot of people with similar problems concerning the alarm, is there any advice for me concerning this? - Mr G from London
I have found a solution for the Vauxhall Antara alarm problem. It is a button where the mirror is. There is a button which you press near the mirror on the dashboard side. Press the button second button from left. Get out put alarm on job done; alarm problem solved - Mr Gemgunal from South East London
My God - this works! Thank you so much! At least it de-activates the alarm (and needless to say there is nothing in the Antara owner’s manual to point you in this direction). There must still be a problem with a sensor as the alarm was starting to go off left, right and centre, but at least I can go to sleep without worrying about what the neighbours would be thinking - Phil Kidd from Northumberland
I am having problems with the heating system. One minute boiling hot when the setting is on cold and then later when on a hot setting it goes cold and stays cold. Car been in five times but Vauxhall dealers thinks this is fine. Clearly they don’t like warranty problems that involve spending money.
Could anyone tell me if you can update the software so that I can put postcodes in. As I do a lot of travelling it is a bit of a pain not being able to put in postcodes.
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Hi any joy on putting in postcodes as I still can’t work out how to do it?? - Judy from Sussex
Car came back that afternoon to be told that the brake fulid was low, it hadn’t got a leak and it was all sorted out. Vauxhall customer service is still rubish THEY JUST DON’T CARE!!!!!
Hi, I am back!! Yes, the Antara’s back in the workshop. Had been enjoying the car for the past couple of months and began to think the worst was over. Wrong. Last week the wife was driving the car when the ESP light comes on for no reason, then minutes later the ESP turned off light came on as well. The car was left overnight and in the morning it would appear that the Fairs had fixed the problem for us. Used the car on Saturday and yes you guess it both lights come on again, but this time they did not re-set. Monday comes along and the Antara disco gives us another light show; now the parking light is on even with the handbrake off along with both ESP lights. The car went back to the dealership tonight, so they have it for the morning to work on. Normal great service; the Workshop manager sees me walk towards the service centre and runs for cover, when I asked to speak with him told he’s in a meeting. Then the woman on the count say "Ok Mr Dunk we will carry out a diagnostic check and that will be £59 and we will contact you tomorrow to tell you what the fault is. To which I reply "I don’t think so, this is the seventh time this so called brand new car has been back". Perhaps 3,400 miles in six months is too much for a car like this to cope with. I wonder if hire car I will be offered this time! Update to follow along with the book and DVD.
Driving an 07 Antara and in less than one year, the ecu light came on 7 times. 3 times on one day then goes in to safe mode. Can you get speeding ticket for driving to slow by the look of things? I may get quite a few. One other thing I would like to mention when I left it in dealers woorkshop there was 7,000miles on clock when I got it back the salesman told me he put the miles back to 3,000miles. I asked him why he done this and he said not to worry as this was their display vehicle it would not come up on the computer. I am starting to wonder was there some other reason for doing this and was there only 7,000 on this when I purchased this vehicle? I suppose I only have the dealership’s word.
Hi, yeah I am back! Sorry for the delay but I am not going to say it too loud... the Antara appears to running fine now, Yes, I can’t believe it. At last the problem with the alarm that happened back on the 19th June like I said in my last report had returned. Well this time when the car was calling out to us we decided to video the events and show the footage to the Workshop Manager. This time straight away he stated he knew what it was and that this was the same type of alarm fault that some of the Astra’s have had. This time they replaced the alarm sensor and so far it’s been fine. As it’s been just over two months of trouble free motoring in the Antara I feel that I am in some sort of position the review the car now. It’s now got two and half thousand miles on the clock and I can say that the fuel consumption is nothing like Vauxhall states I am getting about 28 to 30 mpg. But it’s a great car to drive its comfortable, lots of vision, the Auto box is great, money well spent. Last week I drove to Disneyland Paris and it was a pleasure to drive, got to use the cruise control and that was great. The extra I paid for the parking sensors is not worth it, they peep at everything. When I back off the drive it peeps at the kerb stones between my drive and next-door. I think they are more trouble that they are worth. When I drive the car I have them turned off most of the time. All in all I did wonder what I had purchased at first but touch wood everything appears sorted now and I am starting to enjoy driving the car, the wife loves driving it, in fact she drives the car most of the time, unlike our old VW Passat when she said that was to big! The kids love going out in it and after the drive to Paris and back this year we are thinking about driving down to the South of France next year in it. One little problem is that the boot is a bit small or is it that we take too much junk away on holiday with us? Considering purchasing a roof box for next year, any recommendations? As for Vauxhall after care they are rubbish, still trying to get compensation out of them after all the problems. STEVE from Kent as for your question, what was the dealer I purchased it from? If I was to say that it can be found on the A2 in Bapchild that might help!
I have had this car for 5 months, and have done 10000 miles with no problems. Good SUV on and off road, and for distance driving (600miles in one trip) again no problem. I’m 6ft 3in and find this car very comfortable, and very good value for money.
To look at and drive, the car is wonderful. However I find the fuel consumption is very very poor. My previous car was a Hyundai Santa Fe whch on a long journey returned 44/45 mpg. Acccording to the MANY on-board computers, the Antara showed 31.5 mpg. Doing manual tests, full tank to full tank over a measured mileage it was 36 mpg. Better, but still disappointing. Another downside is that you cannot turn of the screen display! Who wants to see the main computer or Vodafone sign. If you want the sat nav on, then you have to have the audio system on as well. There are times when I prefer to drive in silence. OK, I can turn the volume down, but surely that defeats the object of it all. So, computer systems that are useless, audio/sat nav systems turns an otherwise excellent car into a source of annoyance.
A little update on my alarm issues... I got the car back on Sat 1st Aug and was told that after 2.5 days the alarm was fine and there were no problems. It looked like faulty "over sensitive" tilt sensors. They had been reseated in some "special foam". Sounded like a load of bull to me but as long as the car no longer screamed for attention whilst parked, I would be a very happy man. 5am this morning I was rudely awoken by my car alarm going off, and I’m a heavy sleeper, so who knows how long it had been going off for before I woke up! I was straight back onto the phone this morning to the dealer and I’m awaiting a call back to get it booked back in. Does anyone know if escalating this to Vauxhall will help or hinder my relationship with the dealer/ get the problem sorted?
I’ve had this car about 3 months now. I have the SE model which is fully loaded, and at £240 a month lease it is a bargain for what you get. Wery smooth ride, lovely and comfortable with full leather interior, great bluetooth sound system that allows you to use your phone hands free and sat nav that is very good also. My only bug bear was that it seems very gutsy on diesel, whilst it seems as if there was is some sort of acceleration surge intermittently. I have just had it back from main dealer after asking them to look at this problem for me. When I picked it up I was informed that Vauxhall know about this small problem as they have had a few like it. All that needed doing they said was a SOFTWARE UPDATE. So if anybody has this sort of problem then get it in to be done free of charge. Apart from that everything is as I expected and I look forward to having 3 years problem free motoring. Fingers crossed.
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Hi, we are looking at doing a lease deal on an Antara. Does this £240 include VAT? If so, who did you get this deal through? Thanks, Anthony - Anthony from Kent
I’m having similar problems to Andy Dunk, Kent. My alarm keeps going off but only on hot days? Not extremely hot days mind you, just about 18 degress and over. The hotter the day the more the alarm goes bananas! Only had the car 6 weeks now and covered 2,500 miles. Some of the worst days I would hear the alarm going off several times. When you’re in a meeting and your new pride and joy is parked near the window screaming, its not fun! So far the car has been in 3 times, including right now! The first time was a "reset" of the alarm. Second time after running my weekend up north with family and much complaining to the dealer I got an entire new alarm (or so I’m told). Two days after the "new alarm" and I’m right back to square one, great! I gave up and yanked out the fuse, so peace and quiet for the past few days whilst I waited for a slot for a courtesy car from the dealer. The dealer called today to advise that some sort of foam has reportedly been causing the alarm problems as when the interior of the car heats up it in turn warms up the sensor, therefore thinking someone is in the car. The foam has now been replaced and the car will be taken home and monitored by their head technician tonight. I did explain that the alarm is fine over night due to the temps, but they still wanted to test it themselves. Im rather dubious of insulation being the cause and wondered if anyone else has had this excuse used? Another strange thing is that my fuel gauge doesn’t illuminate when I am in the red? At what point should it go on or does it not? All cars I have been in have illuminated on the dash a symbol to tell you you are running low, along with usually an audio alarm or beep. My Antara has neither and I’ve tried running it down to near the two red bars, which Im assuming to be empty and still nothing! I’m loving the car as I’m 6’9" tall, and leg room is a serious issue for me in almost every car I get into. The Antara isn’t 100% perfect but I am very comfortable, love driving position and styling. Not sure about the fuel economy though. I have the diesel auto and its pretty heavy, although saying that I am finding a quick improvement in economy. The first £20 lasted 75 miles, OUCH! I’m now getting about 350 miles to the tank, but it’s still getting run in and I’ve read some reviews stating it will go up to 540 - 550 miles per tank. Any advice regarding my alarm and fuel gauge would be appreciated.
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My alarm would go off when the dogs were left inside. If you switch interior detector off (switch above interior mirror, second from left) this would solve the problem - Colin from Moray (Elgin) and Nairn Shire
Same problem with car alarm, likes going off in the middle of the night for no reason. Has spent two weeks at the dealer with no fix in sight. How did they resolve the problem with your car? They have changed sensors and replaced the keys etc.- John Leask from Fife and Kinross Shires
Kevin, I have a Chevrolet Captiva with the same alarm problem. I thought about pulling the fuse as well to disable the alarm but could not figure out which fuse to pull. I think the Chevrolet and Vauxhall have a lot of the same parts in them. What fuse did you pull? It might be the same in mine - Mark Maguire from Ireland
Great car with Xenons, leather, heated seats, European sat nav, bluetooth all as standard. Upgraded 20" wheels with irmscher chrome side steps. Been to Disneyland - sat nav a joy. Guided us in Paris, found restaurants, petrol stations and general points of interest. Not great on fuel but it depends what you compare it to. I manage approx 26 - 28mpg. Not bad for a big truck. Kids love it as does the wife who has a Chevrolet Captiva LTX auto. She needs the seven seats apparently. To summarise: try and find the same spec as standard on the opposition and then check the price.
My wife and I love this car; excellent value for money BUT haven’t had the car a year yet and completely out of the blue, 3.30pm on a Friday the alarm starting going off. The car was in the garage so I thought a fly or spider must be creeping about in the car setting off the sensors, it went off about 3 annoying times, checked car windows, boot, etc then thought no more then 3am next morning off she went again, again many times we read the handbook again to try solve it but no luck, so we took it back to the dealership in Canterbury who’s workshops said they were too busy to look at it but finally told the service man that we will give the number of the showroom to our tired and stressed neighbours for him to explain. Anyway, took car in workshop, put machine on it and according to them the machine indicated that the alarm HAD NOT gone off and all was well, but our tyres had 9mm of tread! What’s our tyres to do with anything? So have got to try tomorrow to get booked into another Vauxhall dealership - Caffyns and wait to see their outcome! who advised us to leave the car unlocked which is the only way to stop the alarm trying to reset itself. I would like to add that our Antara is good on fuel also, Andy Dunk of Kent - which dealership are you using please? Andy, our dealership advised AA assist and it appears that they dont know one end from the other!
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Steve , sorry for the big delay, just posted another review, have a look a my response to your question there - Andy Dunk from Kent
Yes me again! Well the tilt sensor was re-set and the car is collected at 16.30hrs on Friday 5th June. Saturday the 6th June 02.47hrs woken up again with the sounds of the Bloody Antara’s alarm going off, manage to turn it off a bit of sleep then 05.50hrs yes the alarm goes’ off yet again. 08.20hrs the car is back in the workshop at my so called Vauxhall dealership. Oh guest what my Zafira is waiting for me. Workshop manager tells me that they will change the Tilt Sensor so leave the car with them. Five days pass with no updates decide to ring to find out what is happening. Informed that alarm has been re-set and the car left on various different area’s of the forecourt and for five days it has not gone off. When asked why the Tilt Sensor had not been changed was told that it didn’t need changing as it has not gone off. Pick the car up on Thursday 11th June 17.30hrs and manage to use the car for a few days and manage to get the mileage up to 500miles I AM STARTING TO ENJOY THE CAR and trying to put all the problems behind me. Thursday 18th June laying in bed trying to get some sleep as I am up at 04.00hrs on an early shift in the morning, just fall asleep when I am woken up a 23.30hrs to the sound of the cars F*$%^@g alarm going off again. Manage to re set it yet again. Friday 19th June drive to work and back, 80miles round trip , been home for ten minutes after a fourteen hour day when yes the alarm activates yet again. Guess where I’m off in the morning!!!!!!!!!! LOOKING FORWARD TO THE ZAFIRA AGAIN.
Hi - ready for another interesting instalment on my Antara Nightmare? Well, after my last two reports things have moved on somewhat. After nearly three weeks with out my brand new Antara I was given the good news that Vauxhall had agreed to replace the car for another branded new one - HURRAY! Nearly another two weeks past before I could pick up the replacement one. Last Saturday came, I arrived at my local Vauxhall dealership at the time agreed , signed the paperwork then the salesman disappears for sometime after say he was going to bring the car around. After twenty minute the salesman was seen talking to one of the managers then they disappear into the office of the dealership owner. Another couple of minutes past then I am informed that the vehicle had not been taxed and that the admin lady was off - they could not tax it as the computer had gone down. I’m about explode and I have informed them that if I didn’t collect the car today then I would be leaving with my money, but luckily they managed to contact the lady concerned and the matter of tax was resolved. So off I went with my lovely new Antara happy once again. Didn’t use the car Saturday as a BBQ and beer was the order of the day. Sunday; went out for a drive with the family the car was great, it was everything we expected comfortable and nice to drive. Monday and Tuesday used the car for work and got to play with some of the toys in it, the cruise control, the auto light and wipers. The auto box was proving to be money well spent , but the parking sensors were proving to be c@*p. Got home from work Tuesday afternoon, parked up, leaving the car on the drive. Then all of a sudden the alarm came on. I’ve managed to turn it off and didn’t think much over it. So that evening we drove to the beach and had fish & chips on the sea front then drove home. Wednesday came, the wife had the car she went out in it and loved it. She would never drive the old Passat saying it was too big! But the Antara she love’s. The only moan at this point was that it drinks fuel. Wednesday afternoon about 4pm the alarm sounds on the car. Go to check on it find nothing wrong with it. Alarm reset; twenty minutes pasts the alarm goes off again. This time it would not reset. Bleeps, flashing indicator, lights etc and continue about every 20 minutes for three hours. Not happy now I call out the AA (Vauxhall Assist) the AA man arrives, looks at the car say "What’s this?". Having never seen or worked on an Antara before. He admits that the AA has no information about them, but to take it back to Vauxhall in the morning. So we could get some sleep that night the battery was disconnected. Thursday morning forced to take a day off work, call the after sales manager tell him the problem, told that it just needed an alarm re set and to bring it down straight away. Drive down they check the ECU and tell me that the alarm tilt sensor was the problem then hand me a set of keys for yet another Zafira this time a petrol one great (yes like the diesel its c*@p). I was told to go home and they would ring later. Well later that afternoon the after sales manager rings, leaving a message on the answer phone advising me that it is a problem with the tilt sensor and they will be working on it in the morning and will ring lunch time on Friday with an update. So since place my order for the car on the 14/4/2008, which was picked up the on the 28/04/2008 which lasted one day (45miles) before it broke down. Then picking up the replacement vehicle on the 30/05/2009 which lasted five days (220 miles) before braking down. I am left wondering what I have done. Vauxhall / the dealership so far have had no offers of compensation for what I have been through I am still waiting to see if Vauxhall will cover the months insurance which I paid for a vehicle I didn’t have and the cost of the admin fee that I was forced to pay to change the registration on my insurance policy for the replacement vehicle. I can’t say very much more than if you want to be out of pocket, have permanent stress then the Antara is the car for you!!!!!!!!!!! In August I am meant to be driving down to Disneyland Paris I don’t think I can trust the Antara making the journey, so it’s looking like more expense to change my travel plans. I have sought legal advice and we are now thinking out having a refund and taking legal action, because I have lost all faith with the Vauxhall and the Antara. What should I do? Because of the Vauxhall Partners deal I won’t be able to buy the same type of new vehicle with the same spec for that type of money. Any suggestions?
C**p on fuel, and I mean C**P!
Yes it’s me again with my Antara update. Well Saturday has come and yes still no Antara. The Service Manager contacted me in the week to tell me the Cam Shaft sense has been changed, but this has only caused Pandora’s Box to be opened. The car has some many faults on it that I have been advised to reject the car and send it back to Vauxhall. So it is now being dealt with by the gods at GM Motors as to if they will replace the car with another new one. What do I do?
After seeing a used 08 Antara S Auto on the forecourt of our local Vauxhall dealership, I thought what a great looking SUV and at a good price. But at that point I had no intention of changing my VW Passat but still went ahead and booked a test drive. I went on the test drive taking my wife and family. After the drive we all agreed that it was a great family SUV and was impressed with box standard features, so much so I that I ordered a brand new Antara S Auto. I was told that my order would take about two weeks before it would be ready for collection, so in that time I started reading various reviews on net. Most of the reviews I read made the car sound good but concerns were raised about MPG. Last Wednesday came, blue sky, warm, a great day to collect our brand new Antara, with five miles on the clock; only my second ever brand new car. I was like a little boy again with a new toy. I was impressed, the ride was great, it was comfortable and the automatic box was proving to be money well spent. I was that impressed I drove the twenty miles to my mother-in-laws just to show her the car. She was impressed so much so she asked to go for a drive in it. On my return home the kids had come home from school they saw the car and asked to go out in it. So off we went driving two miles to the local petrol station... I filled up, got back in, three attempts to start the thing up, didn’t think much of it at this point. Go off for a drive doing about ten miles before stopping to collect a takeaway pizza. Whilst the wife is collecting the pizza one of my children ask to sit up front and experience the heated front seats after hearing about their mother switching them on during the day causing my bum to become a bit warm. So I went to start the car... nothing - the engine turns but does not fire up. After fifteen minutes I managed to get the car going and drove home. Thinking that it might be the chip in the ignition key causing the immobiliser to stay on I have decided to try the spare key to see if that solved the problem. Wrong! No it didn’t. So what started out to be a great day ended up with me thinking - what I have done? The next morning jump in the car to see what happens with a cold start. Straight away the engine starts and this happened on three occasions but the engine management light was now on. Now very p@#+~d off with the car. I have telephoned the dealership telling them I was not happy and that I was wanting the problem sorted out. The salesman, with his tail between his legs, comes out speaks to me... a mechanic comes out to have a look at the car. Now, with the engine warm again, it won’t start. The CMU is downloaded and a SENSOR on the CAMSHAFT has developed a fault and will need to be changed. So my brand new car that I have owned for less that 24 hours, with only 45 miles on the clock is in the workshop. Having spoke to the Servicing Manager this morning (Saturday) I have been informed that the part is on order and will not be delivered until next Wednesday as it is being shipped from Germany and I properly won’t have the car back until NEXT Saturday. What have I purchased? I can’t review the car anymore as I haven’t got it. This explains why you don’t see many Antara’s on the road. What I can review is the 09 Zafira 1.9 CDTi - the loan car - it is c**p. HOPEFULLY IF I GET THE ANTARA BACK I MIGHT BE ABLE TO REVIEW THE CAR IN A BETTER WAY. If not the VW 1.9TDI 130 Saloon is a fantastic family car that does on average 620miles on a tank of diesel (62 LITRES). I WANT IT BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m pleased with this new car, it’s much better than I expected. This is a company car and as such it offers a very flexible working and family car. It has all mod cons and drives well enough. Would I buy one? Probably not. Although there is nothing dreadfully wrong with it, there’s nothing that exciting about it either and price wise I think there are more exciting cars on offer.
We test drove the Antara and were very impressed with it. After also test driving the C Crosser and Outlander Captivia we have ordered ours and are looking forward to taking delivery of the car.
I have had an Antara for a year now and it has performed perfectly everyone who travels in it is impressed by its ride qualities and interior space, off road it is more that capable as an SUV and despite getting it very muddy it has never got stuck, I would recommend anyone looking for this type of vehicle to consider one.
I’ve not had my Antara long so can’t give it top marks...yet. So far it has delivered on every level with a very smooth and comfortable ride and excellent mpg for a car of it’s size. It looks more stylish than a lot of 4x4s out there and is priced very well for the market.
2011 - As mid-life updates go, the Vauxhall Antara’s is as comprehensive as they come. Along with revised exterior and interior looks, there are new engines and a reworked chassis. Together, they make the Antara a more appealing proposition in a talent-packed class. Vauxhall has also priced its compact SUV [...]
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