1993 Vauxhall Frontera Reviews

1993 Vauxhall Frontera Sport 2lt from UK and Ireland

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2lt Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance88500 miles
Previous carDatsun Cherry Estate

Summary:

Absolutley flipping brilliant

Faults:

Wing mirror motors have just given up.

General Comments:

Absolutley fantastic vehicle off road it's proved itself time and time again without any hesitation at all.

On the tarmac it's the same story.

I'm sorry to disapoint all you green oval brigade, but the Frontera is just a fantastic motor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2006

1993 Vauxhall Frontera Sport 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

Fun off road car

Faults:

Fuel line leaked due to perished material at 130,000 miles.

Fuel pump packed up at 135,000 miles.

I think the previous owner replaced the gear box shortly before I brought the vehicle from him.

Side steps fell off as they rusted through, increased ground clearance now:)...

Drivers side door fell off, fixing bolts just pulled straight through the pillar due to the weight of the door, or could have sustained damage before I brought it.

General Comments:

All in all, very happy with this vehicle, could do with a more powerful engine and stiffer steering and a diff lock, but just have to be careful to drive off road within it's capabilities.

Love taking the rear roof off and all the rear windows out on a hot sunny day. Then playing in the mud.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2004

1993 Vauxhall Frontera LWB 2.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.4 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired114000 miles
Most recent distance117000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Vectra

Summary:

Poor performance and miserable fuel economy

Faults:

Exhaust manifold gasket.

Central locking on rear doors - tabs don't always pop up.

Bonnet release mechanism jammed.

Rattles from interior trim.

General Comments:

This cars performance is disappointing, struggles to keep at 70mph on the motorway, even small slopes mean a drop into 4th gear. Engine does not seem powerful enough to pull the weight of the car. As a tow car it is a disaster! Go for the 2.8 TDi if you want reasonable performance, you will not regret it.

The fuel economy varies between 15-20 miles per gallon, you will get only 235 miles out of your 80 litre tank.

The general build quality is okay, there was no signs of rust and the interior was still tidy at 117000 miles, just had to tolerate a few squeaks from the interior trim.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2002

1993 Vauxhall Frontera Estate 5 door 2.3 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance92300 miles
Previous carSuzuki 410

Summary:

Great in the country, not for the town

Faults:

Oil cooler pipe burst, fixed under warranty at about 30,000 miles.

Rubber suspension bushes replaced at 50,000 miles.

Alternator belt needs regular tightening.

Steering wanders to the left.

Heater matrix now leaking at 90,000 miles.

General Comments:

Tough rural transport which would be awkward in town. The turning circle is huge but off road ability is excellent.

Economy is good for its size but this is no racing car.

The interior is comfortable and suffers children and dogs well.

A great car for country dwellers but in town it would be difficult to see its good points.

Our's suffered a hard rear-end shunt which wrote off the offending Rover, the Frontera was only lightly damaged.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th December, 2000

13th Dec 2000, 13:46

The steering does play around and you don't feel that safe - in fact I had an accident when I took my eyes off the road for a second and the car veered to the left.

My Frontera 2.3 TD does on average 24 mpg - how does that compare? In Malta driving is almost all urban - short distances and constantly changing gears.

I don't feel safe turning corners at speeds of say 40 mph.

Mine is a 1993 model but it has only been with me since Sept 99.

Regards, Jeremy Gambin.

31st Dec 2000, 06:36

I have owned my 95, 2.8 TDi Estate Frontera for 3 months and have found it to be the worst car I have ever driven. With problems like poor starting, extremely poor steering, noisy engine when cold, smoking, all of which the diesel specialist dealer told me were normal for these cars.

The car was bought for towing, for which I find it underpowered. It has only covered 44k but drives like 90k. This car has constantly been back at the dealers for repairs, only to be taken back due to poor quality service. I need a 4x4 for towing, but I will not get another Frontera.

Regards.......

Phil.

21st Apr 2005, 01:57

I have just recently purchased a 5dr Frontera estate and very fortunately for me it has the Isuzu Trooper 2.8TD engine fitted. Annoyingly this does render some of the dials obsolete like the rev counter and oil pressure.

The good points here are that I now have a car that I find for such a large 4x4 handles well on the road, and has a very reliable and recommended engine and because of the change I got it cheap.

You can feel the wheels moving around inside of the tyres when driving because they are such big fat things, but this does not make me feel uneasy in cornering, my previous car was a Punto and I still corner at the same speeds in the Frontera.

I wanted a car that drove like a car, but would pull a trailer with both my horses in through a muddy field and still be economical. The Frontera drives like my Punto (bit harder to park and atrocious turning circle aside) will pull through a field and does around 30mpg.

Loving it - absolute bargain.

1993 Vauxhall Frontera Sport 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10

Faults:

Oil leaks : Rear drive shaft (both ends), Rear Diff and Sump gasket - All repaired under warranty. The car has covered 53000 miles reliably.

General Comments:

Fun Fun Fun. Don't believe Jeremy Clarkson. It's cheap to buy and run (for a 4x4) and handles better that the Range Rover and Discovery on the road (both cost considerably more). They do suffer from wind noise more than normal cars, but with the aerodymanics of a brick, this should be expected. The ride can get 'bouncy' over rough roads so if you want a smooth drive buy a Lexus or something.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 1997

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 5 reviews