1995 Opel Frontera Sport 2.0i from F.Y.R.O. Macedonia

Summary:

It does its job

Faults:

I put LPG in it, and soon the fuel pump was dead.

Expansion tank blew a small crack and loses antifreeze.

Oxygen sensor died at 138000 km.

General Comments:

Very good off roader, and on road it's fine comparing to other similar cars.

Roomy cabin, and comfortable.

Nice look, just like it should.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2009

1999 Opel Frontera from Spain

Summary:

Nice looking comfortable car

Faults:

The car when driving over 50 miles an hour kept loosing power. The small engine icon keept lighting up on the display panel. The car has been into the Opel garage 3 times for the same problem. Then after going 5 miles smoke was billowing from the exhaust and the car lost all power. There was no steam from the engine and the display panel failed to light up any problem. We have now got a bill for 4.000 euros as the garage is saying the water pipe is split and has resulted in us needing a new engine. The dealer we bought it from is refusing to honor our warranty as he says the water pipe is not a mechanical part and it is negligence on our part. Can anyone please advise on this.

General Comments:

The car has plenty of room inside and is very comfortable to drive.

However there is not a lot of all round visibility.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd October, 2007

1993 Opel Frontera Sport 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

If you are cheap transport a little different from the norm, I would recommend it

Faults:

At 55,000 miles the head gasket blew.

At 62,000 miles the camshaft needed replacing along with all the lifters and valves (€1500)

Heater controls broke, but easy fix myself.

Fuel line into the tank perished, easy fix myself.

Driver's passenger window electrics fail intermittently.

Suspension needs replacing (Shocks and Bushes) but can live with it for a while as it makes little impact on day to day use.

General Comments:

Performance is terrible, the car is flat out at 80mph and it's always a close race between myself and buses as the lights change green.

I get a decent car allowance with my work and eyebrows are always raised as I pull into the company car park in it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th March, 2003

26th Dec 2004, 10:39

Sounds like you got the Australian-made 4-cylinder petrol motor, which was OK in a sedan, but seriously underpowered in the Frontera (which is a surprising heavy beast for its size). If you want to retain the sexy Frontera look, but want some decent power, look around for an Isuzu MU (Mysterious Utility) which would be a "grey import". The earlier ones were fitted with a 2.8 turbodiesel, from '93 a terrific 3.1 t/d powered them along nicely.

Aside from the exaggerated spares problems with "imports", the only other issue I've found is the lack of colours, the Japanese having conservative (and rather boring) tastes in colours. Thankfully the MU comes in some comparatively funky colours, as well as the usual drab white, black and gunmetal grey.

23rd Jul 2005, 06:58

Japanese?

24th Jun 2006, 04:23

Anyone know of after-market suspension for the 2l Sport? I find it very hard and uncomfortable, and as we live in Spain with a lot of very poor roads, would welcome any comments.

20th Oct 2007, 14:12

Has anyone any experience of Frontera 2.2 diesel (1998) producing a lot of blue smoke at 2000 rpm only. Seems fine above and below. also engine sounds rough at that RPM.

1999 Opel Frontera TDI 2.2 turbo diesel from Norway

Summary:

The mule that never fails

Faults:

Battery short circuited.

General Comments:

Excellent SUV. Lots of space in the back.

No flashy gadgets, just a thoroughly solid car with a quick and strong engine.

Handles beautifully, and is surprisingly comfortable for long drives.

Perfect for tough winters!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2002

10th Feb 2003, 12:39

Please remember to check the air filter after driving on bad roads. A woman destroyed her engine in Norway due to a clogged air filter (after 60000 km) a couple of years ago (shown on national television, TV2). This fault was not covered by the warranty.