2004 Vauxhall Frontera Review

2004 Vauxhall Frontera Limited 2.2 DTi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.2 DTi turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance123000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Frontera

Summary:

Bang for buck, you can't get better

Faults:

Speedo has moments, but all Type Bs do.

Power sounder replaced.

General Comments:

Had this Frontera 8 months now, and have done nearly 10000 miles with it. I got this one to replace my old SWB petrol Frontera 1996, and I had that for 3 years trouble free, apart from the exhaust, and at 120000 miles, I'm not complaining about it.

So I got another one, this time a LWB oil burner, and so far it's been great. Had it off road a couple of times, took on a couple of hills in the wet that I couldn't even walk up; no problems. My pal's got a Landy 110, and he is shocked by it off road, and it cost only about 75 percent less than his 110.

On road it's comfy, good visibility, less road noise than my dad's Discovery, and the fuel's excellent. I didn't buy a 4x4 and expect it to be good on fuel. My old petrol Frontera got 25mpg max with my dad driving it, 15 to 20 with me driving, and I'm getting 30 to 35 with this one. I'm well chuffed; that's the same MPG as our 2.0 Passat.

Had to replace the power sounder for the alarm; 60GBP from the dealer.

All in all, it's been a good to me so far. Tows our 18ft caravan fine.

Only fault, and it's a minor one; the turning circle isn't that good, even for a LWB.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2010

1st Jul 2011, 06:38

I had 3 Frontera estates, and never had a day's trouble with any of them. Why on earth did they stop making them?

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 1 review