Chevrolet Captiva (2007–2015)

What's good

  • The 2011 Captiva SUV has become the fifth Chevrolet model in two years to achieve a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating, providing an 88 per cent rating overall for adult occupant protection in the event of a collision. Five Star Euro NCAP result: 88% adult safety; 82% child safety; 48% pedestrian safety; 71% safety assist.

What's bad

  • High CO2 of diesel auto put it in highest 2006/07 VED bracket but was rechipped before launch to get it down to 224g/km and therefore in £205pa Band F.
  • Sluggish on the road, makes for hanging back in a queue or some heart-stopping overtaking.
  • 2.4 petrol is quite an old engine and feels it.
  • The hatchback handle/number plate light assembly cuts through the paint and allowing surface corrosion to start.

What to watch out for

10-8-2010: Strange intermittent problem on some 2009 diesel automatics. ESP lights come on and throttle becomes unresponsive. Dealer reported problem with throttle pedal sensor. After replacing and rewiring problems can re-occur requiring a more extensive fix.

10-10-2012: Diesels seem to suffer from DPF regeneration problems.

28-8-2013: Catastrophic failure of oil pump 5 months after purchase, leading to iol getting into the cooling system.

11-3-2014: Odometer on 2009 Capitva has twice reverted back from over 30,000 miles to firstly 11,000 miles and secondly 7,500 miles. Also has ABS problems. Chevrolet dealers not very interested.

28-10-2015: Clutch and Dual Mass Flywheel of 2013 Chevrolete Captiva failed at 8,500 miles. Charged £2,100 to replace it. Unable to secure ervidence that slace cylinder was at fault.

2-7-2016: Report of satnav of 2012 Captiva failing twice; once repaired under warranty in 2015, then failed again out of warranty a year later.

24-7-2016: Report of leaking sump of identical 2014 Vauxhall Antara at 22,900 miles. Dealer kept car for three days, removed both sump pans, re-sealed them and re-tested them. The cost came to £593.64.

6-3-2017: Report of transfer box of Antara exploding because of disparity in tyre sizes. "The Transfer Box on My Vauxhall Antara 4 x4 Reg J4KJC requires replaced as the bearing exploded and cracked open the casing , Arnold Clark garage have informed me that although all my tyres are well above the legal limit and it has passed its MOT only 3 weeks ago that one of them has more wear on it and this can put pressure on the transfer box , I also have lifetime warranty or 100,000 miles but they are saying i cannot claim against this and have to pay £4,100 for a new one.

27-3-2017: Report that bolt of big end cap of engine of 63k mile 2013 Chevrolet Captiva came undone and conrod smashed its way through the engine block, trashing the engine. Quoted £8,000 for a new engine. Car serviced annually 3x at Chevrolet dealer and lastly at a local garage.

3-8-2017: Report that engine of 2013 Vauxhall Antara 2.2CDTI "blew up" and that dealer wants £5,600 to replace the engine. This disaster matches a similar report of the same engine of the identical Chevrolet Captiva throwing a rod through the block when a big end cap bolt failed.

21-1-2018: Report of "nothing but problems" with 2011 Chevrolet Captiva 2011, 2.2 turbo automatic in t years ownership. The brakes stuck on, the starter motor burned out twice and some other minor things. Now the automatic gearbox has gone wrong and it’s very expensive for a new gearbox and to have it fitted.

14-8-2018: Report of transfer box of 2012/62 Vauxhall Antara "blowing up". Owner quoted £2,500 to replace it.

7-9-2018: Report of main bearing of transmission of 2012 Vauxhall Antara failing at 50,000 miles resulting in need of new transmission box, clutch and flywheel. Is this a commonly occurring reported fault. The car has only done 50k.


24-10-2011: reports that GM Korea is recalling almost 100,000 cars worldwide to repair a potentially faulty fuel hose, the South Korean Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said. The problem could cause fuel leaks and could result in the vehicle coming to an abrupt halt. The recall includes 32,618 vehicles in South Korea. The vehicles are 23,795 units of the Winstorm (Chevrolet Captiva/Vauxhall Antara) 2.0 diesel and 3,141 units of the Winstorm Max 2.0 produced between 11 February 2008 and 2 January 2011. GM is also recalling 5,479 units of the Lacetti Premier 2.0 Diesel (Chevrolet Cruze) produced between 4 November 2008 and 20 July 2010; 104 units of the Lacetti 2.0 Diesel produced between 13 March 2008 and 18 June 2011; and 99 units of the Tosca 2.0 Diesel (Chevrolet Epica) produced between 1 February 2008 and 20 June 2011. Outside Korea, the recall affects 62,945 units of the Chevrolet Cruze, Captiva and Epica.

28-8-2012: R/2012/090: ABS may fail because incorrect brake fluid was used when the car was built causing corrosion. Recall to check the ABS and replace the brake fluid.

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