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After many years on the slippery slope from quick cheap hatch backs, expensive hot hatches, through sports cars toracingto fast family cars ........................I have just ordered a new LTZ as my company / family car as 6 months ago the family expanded. After looking at the Merc E class, ford S maxand others I managed to get a cracking deal on the LTZ. The price point made the difference and what seems like a lot of car for the money made me sign the order sheet. So i have a few questions



1. Is it worth having a remap done? (economy and power im after)

2. What garages do people use and who is any good, Im based in Northants.

3. What are the main problems / faults to look for?

4. Does anyone go to Lemans and support the Chevrolet? as its been a regular trip for the last 15 years for me.



Any advice will be greatfully received



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Hi,

Just got mine (LTZ AUto) last week. Very pleased with it so far.

Economy seems pretty good about on par with my Insignia Auto it replaced.

Only real niggle is the part silver internal trim as mentioned in a net thread causing reflections.

Local Chevy do a three year service deal for £440 which seems good value.

Mine is on a 3 year private lease (company car tax got too expensive)
 

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Thanks for the reply


could I ask when did you order yours? delivery times as they seem in short supply in uk.





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You say your economy is pretty good, whay sort of mpg are you getting please ? I am getting about 32mpg from mine (2.2 manual) and currently in talks with Chevrolet as i am not happy with this as 42.8mpg combined is advertised.

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Hi All, especially Flatliner & Peaksman as we are all (or about to be) new owners of Captiva LTZ.
Delivery of 10-12 weeks for most SUV's of this type is about standard. There are apparently still some component parts delays by some manufacturers due to loss of stock & factories after the Tsunami in Asia.

Ordered mine (LTZ Auto)in Oct while in Australia ready for my return to UK end January. Did all road test drives in Oz just to be sure. Also considered Honda CRV, Kia Sportage, but for me the Captiva had the edge especially for speci included in price.Ordered it 'on-line' (my biggest ever on-line purchase!) through specialist firm who will source / locate / purchase virtually any car you want. Had superb service with the entire buying process (especially being 12,000 miles away at the time)and saved over 7K in the process. Dont think I can advertise the firms nameon this link but anyone thinking of getting a new car can post enquiry to me and I will give contact info by email. Might save you some hard earned. Alternative is press your dealer really hard face to face for a deal.



So far my experience on my LTZ is 'thumbs up'. As Peaksman has found, the glare from the ' silvertrim' on the upper dash does reflect badly up onto windscreen - not quite what I wanted as a 'heads-up' display!Fuel economy rather too early to say as need to do more mixed driving to make judgement.

Using 'Trip' setting today for local 45 mile round trip on country roads gave me 33.3mpg. Must remember you dont buy a 2.2 litre car of this size with auto and expect 50mpg. What may help economy is increase tyre pressures to 38psi (up from normal 35psi). Bit harder on the ride at 38psi. Depends on your local roads as to comfort level. Try both and make own judgement.

Good to be onboard with you guys. Chat again soon.
 

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Cheers Aussie Ed


I suppose the only down side is that I did choose the LTZ for several reasons, but mainly the fuel economy was a major factor.Its advertised, its back up by the dealers, well the ones I spoke to.................So I will expect to get similar to whats advertised. Yes i know it depends on driving style, conditions..... but still if it does not return what they ADVERTISE I think i will speaking with them;-)



Anyway still looking forward to getting it, maybe at the end of April the dealer has said????
 

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It depends mid 30's if it includes A roads high 30's motorways and mid 20's round town. It is the last bit i am pleased with as it is very hilly where i live and my previous car Insignia Auto would struggle to do that.
 

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Flatliner. If you expect to get anywhere near manufacturer specified MPG figures, I suggest you do some Google searches. You will see that the MPG figures specified by the manufacturers are in "lab" conditions, and do not reflect real life motoring. And this is not for the Captiva, or Chevrolet, but for all cars, make and models.


The have to do "lab" conditions to ensure a bench mark. But the truth is you wont in real driving conditions get anywhere near these figures. Fact....



Why... just 2 of many reasons.



1. Weight... The test will be done on an EMPTY car. You cant do that, as even if you take every little piece of loose paper out of the ashtrays, you will be in it driving. They use a rolling road... NO DRIVER.



2. Road... They use a rolling road. Hence, when up to optimum speed, they have no stopping, starting, braking, accelerating, no hills, no wind resistance, no traction issues.... etc. ie LAB conditions.





The truth is the figures, although not realistic, do actually come from tests these days, unlike in the 70s & 80s when the manufacturer just made them up.



If you read the small print in the literature, it does explain that MPG figures are results of tests, and they don't guarantee you will get the same.



In reality, on my 2.0lts LTX Diesel (2008 model), I'm getting around 31-32 mpg as average. On a good motorway run, like yesterday, can get average of 36-38mpg and can get the car to do over 40 MPG instantaneously, but cant average that.
 

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Response to Flatliner re anticipated MPG. As you have ordered LTZ I am possibly assuming you have gone for Auto. The auto has an Eco (over-ride) button left hand side of the shift housing (could havebeen better maybe if mountedright hand side for UK market foreasier access - but let's not be picky). Flatliner you will need to experimentwhen / where you engage Eco (green Eco light shows bottom right of dash display). It results in slightly less 'instant response' on gear change and delays the auto shift up / down. Driving style and road conditions will be something you will have to judge as to when you engage 'Eco' shift but the implication from Chevrolet handbook is that engaging this should provide better MPG. I am still experimenting! I dont expect to get the implied MPG as statedin literature but hope to get as near to as possible! Manufacturers figures are usually a wee bit 'Alice in Wonderland'. When you get your LTZ we can compare figures over the coming months.
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K.L.Richards said:
Flatliner. If you expect to get anywhere near manufacturer specified MPG figures, I suggest you do some Google searches. You will see that the MPG figures specified by the manufacturers are in "lab" conditions, and do not reflect real life motoring. And this is not for the Captiva, or Chevrolet, but for all cars, make and models.


The have to do "lab" conditions to ensure a bench mark. But the truth is you wont in real driving conditions get anywhere near these figures. Fact....



Why... just 2 of many reasons.



1. Weight... The test will be done on an EMPTY car. You cant do that, as even if you take every little piece of loose paper out of the ashtrays, you will be in it driving. They use a rolling road... NO DRIVER.



2. Road... They use a rolling road. Hence, when up to optimum speed, they have no stopping, starting, braking, accelerating, no hills, no wind resistance, no traction issues.... etc. ie LAB conditions.





The truth is the figures, although not realistic, do actually come from tests these days, unlike in the 70s & 80s when the manufacturer just made them up.



If you read the small print in the literature, it does explain that MPG figures are results of tests, and they don't guarantee you will get the same.



In reality, on my 2.0lts LTX Diesel (2008 model), I'm getting around 31-32 mpg as average. On a good motorway run, like yesterday, can get average of 36-38mpg and can get the car to do over 40 MPG instantaneously, but cant average that.
I've never got near to 36, and I drive like my granny, and she's been dead for 15 years! I can get it to better 40mpginstantaneouslythough. I switch it off!
 

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I only know about the instantanoues figure as I have a "dongle" that connects to the cars ODB port and sends realtime data to my SatNav, and it has given me over 1000mpg, when coasting
(but take that as s/w error).


As for the 36-38mpg. This is worked out from full to full fillings against miles driven. I do this when I'm on business miles to make sure I have an up to date fuel reciept for my expenses, and also to keep a close check on the mpg I get, as my company are EXTREMLY tight on the pence per mile they give. I went from South Wales to Leatherhead and back this week, and managed 36-38mpg, all Motorway driving (well mostly), and tried to avoid sitting in jams.



My average is about 31 mpg, its the round town driving that kills it....
 

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hi all, been reading the posts and 31 mpg around town is not that bad considering the car weighs nearly 2tons i also get 28-31 around town as the wife does a lot of community work but i have noticed a slight increase as the nights are getting that bit lighter and the weather get warmer (don,t wont to speak too soon!) not having heated seats and demisters on etc but on a good run never get above 38 mpg
 

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To be clear... My overall average is 31-32 mpg. I only average 36-38mpg on a long motorway run where the car sits at 70mph without breaking a sweat. During town running, it can be down to 23-25mpg. So I try to avoid using the Captiva for short town running about. Well not true I send the wife out in her Corsa for that......
 

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I think some of the comments on here should be said to a lot more people!
Simple, do not expect 50+ MPG from a car weighing nearly two tons. Buy a Spark for that!
 

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KL- I now understand- I could probably do the same- my average overall is 32-33 so I'm not doing badly, and I do have about 200 bhp, so the remap and the de-DPF are about equalising each other out. although my remap chap is coming back next week to address a couple of issues, so that might help. I'm not complaining- I'm a realist, but I would have thought I might just have managed to eeck a wee bit more out of it- I am Scottish after all!
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HI GUYS
Ive a LTZ auto and I get around 32-37 on a run, around town i use the eco mode button,and the petrol gauge seems to take ages to move.
On the motorway I prefer to take the eco off as the throttle is more responsive for overtaking.
 

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Just noticed on a long run over N Yorkshire moors, below 80 MPH on undulating roads the auto gearbox has an annoying habit of dropping a gear from 6th to 5th. Same gearbox as my isignia had but never had this issue.I would there should have been enough torque to avoid this.
 

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Hi Peaksman, Maybe weight difference between the Insignia and Captiva accounts for change in shift pattern. Alternative is make sure you have Eco function activated, this should delay shift. Of course you meant below70 ! (wink, wink)


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