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VAUXHALL FRONTERA 4x4 1991‑2003
29 owner reviews for VAUXHALL FRONTERA 4x4 1991‑2003
Great, cheap, practical
VAUXHALL FRONTERA 2.8 TD 5dr (Review date: 24th March '13)
This is my 2nd Frontera, both with the great 2.8 Isuzu engine.
The first was the first 4x4 I'd owned. Iused it mainly for towing my caravan. After a saloon and estate Omega it was a revelation. Towed my caravan effortlessly with only a slight increase in fuel consumption.
I've had this one for 10 months it came with 94k on the clock MOT 2 months ago....It needed a number plate bulb. Around town it returns 28 to 30MPG, on long runs 34 to 36 dependent on driving style. Towing a medium sized caravan you should get 28 MPG. Very good for a 17 year old vehicle.
Not the fastest 4X4 on the road but mine is used as a workhorse, what they are intended for
Vauxhall Frontera 3.2 V6 Auto - mixed feelings
VAUXHALL FRONTERA 3.2 V6 Limited 5dr Auto (Review date: 24th February '13)
I bought my bargain Frontera in Winter 2011 as an emergency Winter 4x4. It had a Full Service History and had been excellently maintained. The car was a Metallic Black Limited Model. I was warned against Frontera by a friend who hated her 1993 model but I felt it had been improved in the upgraded model but was still way behind its peers.
(1) 3.2 V6 Isuzu engine was smooth, powerful and surprisingly economical especially on long runs even when combined with the automatic gearbox
(2) Excellent bodywork and interior for its age and not a sign of rust anywhere
(3) At 11 years old this car still looked brand new and turned heads especially from other Frontera owners
(4) Fantastic boot space and with folding rear seats one could carry very large items
(5) After a long journey I still felt fairly comfortable but the seats could have been more supportive
(6) Excellent sound from the Radio/CD
(7) Brilliant interior space
(8) For such a large 4x4 it handled well in corners
(1) Soon after purchase the automatic gearbox started to jerk, the engine management light came on and the EGR valve failed repeatedly. I gave up after 6 months and scrapped the car because the torque converter in the gearbox had been leaking oil for a while leading to catastrophic failure of the gearbox (a common problem apparently due to cheap rubber seals). Even the new EGR valve failed (another well known problem)
(2) Soon after purchase the alarm kept going off and I replaced the whole unit at a main dealer as recommended by the dealer but the new alarm continued to malfunction. The dealer was uninterested and I simply gave up and left the car unlocked permanently, hoping that no-one stole it
(3) A glass sunroof would have lightened the interior
(4) Multifunction display unit/ computer lost most of its pixels
(5) Frontera was awful to drive in high winds but you got used to it
(6) The ride was bouncy and fidgety but you got used to it
(7) Side steps fittings rusted away from the main body
Generally a disappointing, outclassed 4x4 that cost me more in 6 months than what it cost to purchase. But I enjoyed the sound and power of the V6 petrol engine and the sheer size and presence of the car.
Frontera 2.2 DTI Olympus
VAUXHALL FRONTERA 2.2 DTi Limited Olympus 5dr (Review date: 21st August '12)
I've had my Frontera since it was one year old. It had 10K on the clock when I bought it and it's now 8 year old with 66K on the clock. During that time it's had a new mid section exhaust and apart from regular servicing and tyres, very little else.
It takes me to work and back every day and tows an Ifor Williams 510 horse trailer with no problem, although with 2 large horses you have to work the gears a bit on inclines. With only one large horse it doesn't flinch. It also carries all the tack (saddles etc), water for the horse and anything else we might need for the day. I have fitted secondary rear springs to stop it oscilating at the tow hitch which provides a smoother ride for the horses.
All in all it's a workhorse and has never let me down. During the winter of 2010 it got us to the livery yard (in the middle of nowhere) and coped with the deep snow with ease, and that's with road tyres fitted.
Watch out for steering column play on older vehicles.
If you need a workhorse and can find one that hasn't been abused, they're well worth considering.
Great car and value for money for a large 4x4
VAUXHALL FRONTERA 3.2 V6 Limited 5dr (Review date: 8th August '12)
The 3.2V6 is the best engine to chose. It is an Isuzu engine and bulletproof.
Great for towing, they will pull anything.
They are so smooth and powerful. (202BHP)
Not as bad on fuel consumption as you would think.
The diesels are slow, under powered,sluggish and unreliable.
My choice would be the 3.2V6 anytime.
I have owned 4 of them and used for towing a car trailer and caravan.
My wife and I both own one.
A lot of car for your money.
Shame they don't stiil make them.
It's a big truck you get what you expect
VAUXHALL FRONTERA 2.2 DTi Limited 5dr (Review date: 10th February '12)
The frontera is not what you could call a refined car but it is a good load carrier and apart from a few niggles has been utterly reliable. Although mine has been reliable there are a few components that can be less than reliable and as a make it has had a few issues. The vacuum controlled throttle components being at the head of the list. Economy is relatively OK for a car of this size, 32 mpg. It drives OK for a big 4x4, it bounces over bumps and leans in the bends (they all do) and it does require a degree of care on twisty roads. Interior space is good and it can swallow a lot of stuff. Reasonably comfortable even on long jounrneys but it is never going to be as comfortable as a saloon car. It is nearly unstoppable in everyday use and has not had any problems in the winter snow and ice. It is only extreme off road use that would see it come unstuck.
You get alot for your money
VAUXHALL FRONTERA 2.2 DTi Limited 5dr (Review date: 19th January '12)
I have had my Frontera 2.2DTi for well over a year now and its been great. I do about 30k miles a year in it, mostly on road, but I do, do alot of offroading in it too. - and its great offroad too :P
Because its a Vauxhall its cheap to buy, cheap to fix, cheap to insure and it gets between 30 and 35MPG average, so its cheap to run for a 4x4.
I would point out to anyone thinking of buying a frontera, dont run them out of fuel, it kills the fuel pump and that costs at best about £300 to fix, other than that its a solid truck, probably because its actually a isuzu rodeo (Japanese) with a Vauxhall badge on it (google it).
VAUXHALL FRONTERA 2.2 DTi Limited Olympus 5dr (Review date: 15th August '11)
Very spacious, reliable vehicle that drives very well. It is group 10 insurance and just falls below the higher tax band, so for the added space, comfort and extras it is well worth it. It's easy to drive,good visability, great in the winter weather with easy shift to 4 wheel drive. An enormous boot and roof rails means it would suit a family or business use.
VAUXHALL FRONTERA 2.0i Sport Apache 3dr (Review date: 1st July '11)
i have had the car for 7 yrs and in that time it has been very reliable ,i have covered about 45000 miles and apart from 7 exhausts it has been good car with only the second set of tyres havesbeen fitted . the fuel consumstion is crap wiyh it only doing about 20 miles to the gallon but apart from this it has been a good car