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Series 1.......belt
Series 2.......chain
I believe to be correct.
Ant_c Data is correct.

The replacement periods are shown in the owners handbook maintenance listings...... but dont go by mileage on the Series 1 (belt). Irrespective of mileage, belts deteriorate with age, therefore anything older than 8-9 years with a Series 1 variant is entering the 'risk zone'!

Interestingly - slightly connected with the 'belt' reference, my Series 2 went in for oil leak work recently and in the process it was identified that my auxillary belt had deteriorated and I had a damaged pulley (see pic) - only just over 30,000 miles / 7 years! So the auxiliary belt needs to be considered as a potentially replaceable item in respect of age.
 

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Series 1.......belt
Series 2.......chain
I believe to be correct.

Sorry not very technical minded.
How do I know if I have a series 1 or 2
Mine is 2013
 

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Sorry not very technical minded.
How do I know if I have a series 1 or 2
Mine is 2013
The Series 1 and Series 2 were radically different both in body (nose) shape and mechanically.
I find it almost unbelievable that you own a vehicle without being aware of its Series/variant but hey dont be offended - I'll try and explain.

Series 1 was produced from 2006 to 2010 (note that some late sold Series 1 may be 2011 registered).

Series 2 was produced from about March 2011 (availability to different world markets varied slightly).
The Series 2 has a different body to Series 1 with changes to front bonnet / grill and rear sections, along with a completely different engine - hence the reason that Series 1 has a timing belt whereas the Series 2 has a timing chain - the engines are totally different.

Your 2013 is almost certainly a Series 2 (unless some dealer had a Series 1 squirrelled away for two years before selling it which is highly unlikely!)

To confuse you further, at some time in 2013 there were some other minor 'tweaks' mostly internal cosmetics, so you may have a 2013 Series 2 which is then sub defined as pre or post face lift.

Might be worth visiting a couple of vehicle websites with Captiva vehicles for sale so as to visually familiarise yourself with the two styles of Captiva.

It is because of variances that vehicles (not just Captiva) can have in their evolutionary lifetime (yet retain the same 'name') that it it vitally important for forum members to provide the fullest details of their vehicle so that the correct answers can be given that are applicable to the variant owned.
Some posts that says something like 'Hi I own a Captiva how do I fix xyz' without providing further detail makes the task of responding correctly so difficult. Hence the more we know the better the answer can be.

I hope this has helped you and clarified that it is pretty much 100% that you own a Series 2.
 

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The series 1 3.2 V6 has a timing chain
A-Man, good additional note. You are quite correct that the larger powered engines do have chain.
 

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Series 2 with a mid life face lift from approx June 2013. Giveaway identification is the rear led lights, compared to bulbs in the regular Series 2. Also the dashboard is different with the HD display in the later Series 2.
 
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Interestingly - slightly connected with the 'belt' reference, my Series 2 went in for oil leak work recently and in the process it was identified that my auxillary belt had deteriorated and I had a damaged pulley (see pic) - only just over 30,000 miles / 7 years! So the auxiliary belt needs to be considered as a potentially replaceable item in respect of age.
My Aux Belt change in owners book for the 2.4 and 3.0 V6 petrol versions is 7 years / 70,000 miles whichever comes first. Hence it’s on my to do jobs list this year.
 
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Series 2 with a mid life face lift from approx June 2013. Giveaway identification is the rear led lights, compared to bulbs in the regular Series 2. Also the dashboard is different with the HD display in the later Series 2.
Thanks S-M for that lamp cluster clarification. Somewhere about this time I think the Keyless entry was introduced and Stop-start ?
 

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Hi. I'm new to the forum and new to owning a captiva having recently purchased (in Spain) a 2009 Chevrolet Captiva, 7 seat, 2.0L VCDi Diesel Automatic. Currently on just over 200,000km (125,000 miles). I have no service history after 2012 when 90,000km (56,000 mile) was recorded. The car runs and drives great with no signs of any fault and at ITV (same as MOT) last month the inspector said everything was in top condition (and in my 12 years experience in Spain, the ITV is much stricter than the UK MOT).

I am looking for advice as my only concern is that I have no way to know when the timing belt (assuming it is a belt) was last changed. Is it possible to access easily to inspect it? I know that it can go anytime, but if the belt is in tiptop condition at least I will know it has been replaced at some point in time.

Also how easy is it to change for a keen amature like myself with a relatively good set of tools at home? Having read a lot of posts on this forum I fear it might not be easy, but would like to hear from anyone who has done it themselves and can give me tips and advice..?

Unfortunately the graphics and links on older posts seem to be missing - does anyone have any current links or diagrams they can send me please?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me...

Ian
 

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Hi Ian, Welcome to the Forum.

The 2009 2.0 litre VCDI engine has a belt.
Irrespective of mileage any belt over 10 years old is liable to failure. Yours is now into the 'risk' area if it hasnt been changed. In my experience 'missing' Service records usually go hand in glove with very minimal servicing and I would err on the side of guessing it hasnt been changed.
I've not worked on the Series 1 2.0 litre engine so I will have to leave the hands on comments for a Forum Member who has.
I'm what you call a keen amateur (50 years plus) but on the modern engine I leave timing belt to the dealer. It is usual to replace the water pump at the same time and possibly any other auxiliary belts.
The simple answer is that if the timing belt fails on your vehicle the resultant damage would render the vehicle a financial write-off for its age/value.

The lack of old photo attachments on old posts is unfortunate but these were 'lost' or not transferable in the transition of the new Forum website about 3 years ago.

I'm sure other members with hands-on experience of the Series 1 engine will add further comments.
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Series II 2.2D ( produced 2011 onwards) has "life time" timing chain and also driving belt which replacement interval is 150tkm or six years.
My previous series I had 2.0D engine and timing belt + driving belt. Both belts needed replacing after 6 years or 90.000km. I would replace the belts ( and maybe pulleys) if i did not know when they were last time replaced. This would give me peacefully kilometres for the next 6 years.. and I would let professional garage to do the job.
 

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on the series 2, 2012 2.4L gasoline, what are the intervals for replacing the timing chain?
 

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on the series 2, 2012 2.4L gasoline, what are the intervals for replacing the timing chain?
What are the recommendations in your Owners Handbook? That is the first place to look.

For my 2012 Series 2 diesel it clearly states "240,000kms / 160,000 miles or 10 years" whichever comes first. I would think the petrol (gasoline) model would be the same.
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My owners manual says something like " chain is made to last at least 250.000km". There is no time bar mentioned.
 

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My owners manual says something like " chain is made to last at least 250.000km". There is no time bar mentioned.

Maybe it is different in the Finnish print.
UK edition says:-
Replace timing chain Maintenance Every 240,000km(160,000 miles) / 10 years

To refer back to member Localmotion question concerning his Series 1 2.0 litre variant (which has a belt), I think we are in agreement that the uncertainty of servicing it would be prudent for the belt to be changed.
 

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Maybe it is different in the Finnish print.
UK edition says:-
Replace timing chain Maintenance Every 240,000km(160,000 miles) / 10 years

To refer back to member Localmotion question concerning his Series 1 2.0 litre variant (which has a belt), I think we are in agreement that the uncertainty of servicing it would be prudent for the belt to be changed.

If I ever get to 160,000 miles with mine I will take a gamble and leave it. The job will be probably more expensive than the car.
 

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It basically means built in financial obsolescence in modern cars and other equipment.
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Mine has 156.000km on the clock which could mean upto 100.000km before scrapping the car.... i already have my Renualt Clio stand by .
 
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