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    Hi, wondered if anyone in the know so to speak could help. My partner is possibly looking to purchase a frontera, so i wondered if anyone here had any experience or advice re which model is best/worst etc. age of vehicle prob 95-98.

    Cheers Russ

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    I had a LWB 97 model and wouldn't recommend one tbh. Mine needed rewired in certain places as it nearly caught fire due to cables rubbing. I would recommend a 3.0 isuzu trooper which i have also owned and it was an excellent vehicle.

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    I would go for the facelift model, after 1999/2000. The missis has a 2.2dti Frontera Sport and in the five years she has owned it, it has only cost her for servicing and a couple of tyres and has been very reliable. The pre facelift did suffer many issues, not least that the are on leaf springs and handle like a tractor.

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    I think the last facelift change was from 2002 model onwards.. (bonnet and grill revamped & different alloys) and they look the best in my opinion.. But if you need cheaper older one, then I'd say get a late 98 onwards model.. DTI's can be mappped I beleive for extra oomph.. Petrol ones Ive been told are very reliable and not too bad fuel wise, except the 3litre V6 which is really thirsty..

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    Vehicle : Facelift Insignia/Corsa D

    Trim : LE/VXR

    Engine : 2.0 cdti/1.6 Turbo

    Year : 13/07

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    98 on is the way to go. The early ones were really bad

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    On the whole, many mechanics view the Frontera as a cow to work on...

    As already said, try to aim for as recent as possible (facelift), however for true reliability, go for the Duty Trooper... say..the 2.8 TDi

    Alternatively there is the Long wheelbase Trooper Citation, which is the equivalent of the Vauxhall Monteray.

    For economy aim for a mid-size diesel... too small, and progress will be sluggish... on the bigger engines, then economy will obviously be poor. And petrol - well get a mortgage for that !!

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    I had a 2.2 dti it had the isuzu chassis along with there suspension (all parts stamped isuzu) it was s898 tcr star silver lwb & it was great!, our family loved it, i wished id kept it longer but i always say that, i tend to be lucky & that was no exception! i replaced the rear dics & pads! thats it, brought with 100k sold at 132. gone but not forgotten.

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    spent 16 years working at ibc where they were made
    the best engine by far was the 2.8 turbo diesel - good economy for a big engine and enough power to pull the 1.5 tonnes of vehicle

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    I had a 2L petrol Frontera Sport with the soft top.

    Great looking car but extremely gutless and the interior build quality was not very good. For some reason the indicator stalk was on the right instead of the left. A funny thing to mention but it kept catching me out!

    On the plus side it had cool alloys and fat tyres. I thought I looked the business (I was 18 at the time!)




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    i owned the lwb 2.2 and it was ok the normal run of the mill parts was all that mine ever needed only problem was the springs were a problem on them they used to sag to 1 side and the usual vauxhall dash problems were known to

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