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Hi all,
I'm new to the forum and thought that here would be the best place to get some honest feedback form people who actually own a Captiva instead of just going off magazine reports and reviews.

I'm seriously thinking about getting a brand new 2012 2.2LT Auto model. Just wondered what sort of fuel economy is realistic to expect and are there any issues with the car I should be watching out for.

And please no comments stating, if you are asking about economy, you can't afford to run one. At present I have a 2002 4.0 v8 auto Discovery getting 12mpg round town and 18mpg on a good run.

Thanks in advance for your replies.

Dave
 

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61 views and not 1 single comment. Was it really worth me joining this community?
Does nobody have any views with regards to the 2012 Captiva?
 

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Dave,

I have a 61 plate LTZ manual and I can only manage
to get 31mpg on a combined cycle and don't get much more on a long motorway
run.

I have had endless problems with the sat nav and
information system on my LTZ and with hindsight would not have bought this
model as so far it has spent about four weeks in total back at the dealership
being repaired.

Having said that the car itself drives and handles
well and the two extra seats are great for transporting the grand kid which was
one of the reasons I bought the car.







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Thanks for the reply Keith, 31mpg is a lot better than 12mpg round the doors and 18mpg on a run. From what you are saying, my choice of the LT model sounds like a wise one. Apart from the Sat Nav having problems, have you had any other problems upto now?
 

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I think you'll find that like me, most members who have Captiva's have the previous model and feel unable to comment. I would say that it's bound to be more economical than your current car, although a Jumbo Jet probably gets more mpg than that! The new engine is a bit better on fuel than the outgoing model so I reckon that 26-30mpg should be realistic for an auto. I have to say that I've never owned a car I liked more and they probably aren't any worse reliability wise than anything comparable. Like Keith i wouldn't get an LTZ as the extras over the LT are rubbish. A tomtom and a parrot hands free would be cheaper and more reliable.
 

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Just like the man said, I have the older model so can`t really make comment on economy etc but really like it as a car. Loads of room, really practical layout and storage for hauling anything from family and stuff to building materials. Tows well and copes with snow and mud well enough (though not as capable as my previous Land Rovers/Jeep).Very easy driving for long runs.... so far so good for me
 

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Thanks for the replies gents.... I'm looking at the Captiva as the Mrs won't drive the Discovery as she says its too big for her. I really like the styling of the Captiva and the built quality looks good. Think I may have to book a test drive.
 

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I think they are very reasonably priced and you seem to get a lot of car for your money. Going to book a test drive for this weekend and will let you know my thoughts. Mrs likes the purewhite colour, so if it fits the bill, it'll be white to keep her happy.iEdited by: WolfyDave
 

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Mine is a 61 plate LT manual which i bought at the end of November last year.
Overall I like the car, and it seems to be a lot of car for the money, compared to what else is out there.

Fuel economy is the biggest let down so far, the car does alot of town driving but does get out on the open road at weekends. I haven't reset the mpg for the past 6 weeks and it is currently registering 27.1mpg. Nothing like the numbers quoted in the brochure. I guess with the auto version you have to knock another 2 to 3 mpg off that figure.

Only problem so far was with the cooling fan, which kicked in dramatically on a couple of occasions about 15 seconds after switching off the ignition. Garage spotted a misaligned cooling fan and replaced both the cooling fan and the air conditioning fan as they come in a twin pack. The problem with the fan running violently after switch off had not reoccurred prior to the fan replacement so not sure whether misalignment of the fan was the cause.

Can't really comment on reliability issues until i've had the car a few years.
 

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Mine is a 10 plate LTZ Manual currently sitting at 38 mpg on the clock. Have had very good warranty service from dealer - new set wheels (corrosion), new drivers seat squab cover, new drivers seat back (to cure a squeak).
 

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Likewise I have a 10 plate LTZ Auto which I have now had for a year in March. Only problems I have had were software glitches with the Driver Info system and Sat Nav which went away on hard reset, mechanically it has been superb (Find a large piece of wood to touch), no problems at all, yes it is not very economical if compared with some other cars I have owned but that is overshadowed by the factors of comfort, versatility (7 Seats) and ease of driving especially in the snow that I can say it was a good decision to buy a Captiva having reviewed just about every 4x4 on the market. I like the styling and equipment level only having to add a bluetooth device, so for me it has been a pleasure to own (Apart from some mindless idiot keying it all down one side out of envy no doubt). I would say go for it.
 

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Hi, I have 2010
model, LS 2.0D.<?: prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" />

Besides of
bigger consumption than stated in the catalog I found this car excelent for my
family.

Plenty of space
for all things my wife want to took with her for kids ( I have twins),
so now we don't need Thule any more :) .

Definitely
there are some cheap materials built inn, and visit to the service garage will
be more often than used before. Most of the time my wife drives the car. She
also found it excellent. We have 30-45cm of Snow in Macedonia these days, although
I don't have 4x4 ( only Frond WD), captiva have no problem on the hills,
streets and anywhere I'd like to go. Yesterday I was in the saloon while
service exchange front lights, and i found new Captiva very good looking
inside, better than mine definitely.

So I would strongly recommend Captiva for you and your wife.
 

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Dave,

The additional equipment you get on the LTZ in my
opinion is not worth the extra cost and think the LT a better buy.

I have had a couple of problems that were fixed by
the dealer i.e.

1. 1. Warning
lights did not come on when alarm was activated

2. 2. Centre
console was poorly fitted and the lid on the storage box rattled every time you
went over a small bump in the road

My main complaint with the car is the poor quality
sat nav, Bluetooth and information system which will not work correctly and are
basically not worth having in their current form. The car is back with the
dealer in morning for them to have another attempt to fix the system.

Keith
 

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Hi Dave

I bought the 2.2 Lt manual (7 Seater) last September. As already said the economy is way off what Chevrolet claim 42.8. But mine is averaging 32mpg.

So far no problems to report, although bluetooth function for mobiles is poor you can only answer a call or redial last number.
Good driving position and reasonable ride quality for a big AWD 7 seater.
 

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Measure the dimensions of a Captiva, they will not be far of that of an early Disco. Also look at an Antara, the Vauxhall looks better than the new Captiva. I have a 2011 LTZ, I like its looks, as a teacher of design I look at the basking shark look of the new model and wonder why on earth anyone with taste would want to buy it.
 

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I have a 2011 LT 7 seat- agree that the extra for the LTZ is not worth it IMO.Very good car- a heck of alot of car for the money (unless you actually pay the list price !). My only real criticism is that internal trim quality is a bit suspect in one or two areas in terms of materials and how they are fitted, but that's probably being a bit overcritical given the pricing compared with other similar cars.
 

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The "new" Antara looks exactly the same as the old IMHO. I much prefer the look of the Captiva and it's 7 seats to the Antara's 5. That is all...
 
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