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Holden Frontera Service Repair Manual

The Holden Frontera is a sport utility vehicle (SUV) that was sold in Australia and New Zealand bi Holden, a General Motors (GM) subsidiary, between 1995 an 2003.

The Frontera is an Isuzu design, two generations of which had been imported by Holden:

First generation (UT): badge engineered first generation Isuzu MU three-door SUV produced in the United States between 1995 an 1998. The initial series Frontera was provided in the "Sport 4 x 4", with a four-cylinder motor a handbook transmission.

The Isuzu Wizard is a mid-size SUV that was produced by the Japan-based manufacturer Isuzu. The five-door Wizard was introduced in 1990 after the three-door Isuzu MU from 1989, both of which stopped production in 2004. Isuzu manufactured several variations to the Wizard/MU for sale in other countries.

The long-wheelbase (five-door) variation was available as the Isuzu Wizard in Japan, and in North America as the Isuzu Amigo (three-door) and Isuzu Rodeo (five-door) as well as the Honda Passport (five-door). Vauxhall, Opel, and Holden each additionally sold rebadged versions of the vehicle as the Opel Frontera, Vauxhall Frontera, and Holden Frontera. It was also sold as the Chevrolet Frontera in Egypt, the Isuzu Cameo and Isuzu Vega in Thailand, the Isuzu Frontier in South America, and as Chevrolet Rodeo in Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia.

The short-wheelbase (three-door) version was sold as the Isuzu MU and Honda Jazz in Japan, with the names Isuzu Amigo and later Isuzu Rodeo Sport used in the United States. Throughout continental Europe, the three-door had been called Opel Frontera Sport, with the Vauxhall Frontera Sport title used in the United Kingdom, and Holden Frontera Sport in Australasia.

The three-door Isuzu MU made its debut in Japan during 1989, with the five-door Isuzu Wizard introduced the following year. Based on the Isuzu Faster (TF) pickup truck of 1988, both the three- and five-door designs shared bodywork and most inner components from the front side doors forward. Like the quicker pickup, the MU and Wizard showcased rear- and four-wheel drive layout configurations.

Between 1993 and 1996, Honda retailed three-door versions of the MU under the name Honda Jazz for the Japanese market under a model sharing arrangement that resulted in several Isuzu models being badged vice and Honda versa.

Holden of Australia and New Zealand introduced the MU under the Holden Frontera badge in October 1995. Designated the UT or M7 series, the Holden was based on the three-door body and manufactured in the United Kingdom. It was offered in one single level of trim, the "Sport 4 x 4", with a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine outputting 82 kW (110 hp) and 172 N·m (127 lb·ft) and coupled with a five-speed manual transmission in a dual-range setup. It was discontinued in late 1998 replaced with a 2nd generation in February 1999.

The Wizard was understood in the United Kingdom as the "Vauxhall Frontera" as well as in Europe as the "Opel Frontera". It was built starting in 1989 at the former Bedford Vehicles factory in Luton, England; it would become understood as the IBC factory (Isuzu Bedford Company). In the 1980s the plant had come under joint control between Isuzu and General Motors, with the Frontera being built alongside a number of other commercial vehicle models. The Australian and brand new Zealand version of the Wizard model range had been known as the Holden Frontera and these were also produced at the Luton facility.

The early cars (to 1995) had a choice of engines, with the LWB available with either a 2.4-liter petrol (C24NE) engine (developed in the Opel Manta 400) or the 2.3-liter diesel (23DTR) engine initially fitted in the Bedford CF van & Vauxhall Carlton. The Frontera sport (Isuzu Amigo) was available with the 2.0-liter petrol Vauxhall Cavalier engine (C20NE).

In 1995 the model went through the Frontera and facelift received rear coil springs and a brand new line up of engines. The SWB gained a new 2.0-liter petrol (X20 series) motor, updated trim, and additionally the first diesel engine available for the SWB, the 2.8-liter (4JB1-TC). The LWB also had new engines, with the 2.2-liter petrol (X22XE) and the 2.8 diesel 4JB1-TC being made available.

In the 1996–1997 models interior trim, including the dashboard, was changed, and a new 2.5-liter diesel (VM41) engine was fitted. This engine was also used in the Range Rover Timeless and Jeep Cherokee in the UK.

A mid-size SUV is a class of medium size SUVs whose size typically falls between that of a complete a compact and size SUV. This term is not commonly utilized outside North America, where midsize and fullsize SUVs are considered similar. Some examples are: Ford Explorer, Acura MDX, BMW X5, Audi Q7, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Edge, Chevrolet Equinox, Dodge Journey, Dodge Durango, Nissan Murano, Hyundai Santa Fe, Land Rover Discovery, Tata Safari, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Fortuner, Volkswagen Touareg, Ssangyong Rexton, Jeep Liberty, Mazda CX-9 and Volvo XC90.


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