2012 Holden Captiva – sell my car
Condition report – The car has no leather or sat Nav. It needs new tyres and a full detail inside and out, a few scratches across the bumper. It’s due for a service.
Odometer reads – 120243 kms, engine size 4, automatic transmission, seats 7, doors 5, FWD, Diesel engine.
It was bought in Melbourne , VIC 3677
Paid $8,000 cash for the car
The current range of private, online sales for the 2012 Holden Captiva starts at roughly $6,000 and goes up to $19,000 depending on kilometres driven, fuel and transmission type, servicing history, number of owners and general wear and tear on the body and interior.
The Captiva was Holden’s entry into family-sized SUV vehicles. As opposed to its previous European imports and Australian made vehicles, the Captiva was built in Korea. Even so, there tend to be Holden dealerships throughout the country that have access to necessary replacement parts, so servicing shouldn’t be a big issue.
As was the case with other SUVs in the same market, the 2012 Captiva version was a move away from serious off-roading gear towards a city-safe, family-friendly car. This move was reflected in the Front-wheel-drive options as opposed to all-wheel-drive, which in turn led to a better fuel economy, also a plus for families on a budget.
With the exception of the sporty Maxx option, all Captiva versions can be fitted with a third row of seats, ideal for families with several children or friends that come along for the ride. If all seats are used, the storage is somewhat limited however. If you’re able to fold down the back seat then you’ll get 1,565 litres of boot space. Throughout the cabin you’ll also find plenty of storage compartments including two centre consoles, several drink holders, seat back storage, a floor compartment and even a glove box cooler!
Diesel options include either 2.0 or 2.2 litre, both turbo diesel, and a 3.0 litre V6. There are 2.4 and 3.6 litre V6 petrol engines as well. The 2.2 litre diesel option is the most economical of the lot.
If you’re buying or selling a Captiva then you’ll need to be aware of the common problems that occur with the used models as this will affect the price you’re able to get.:
Cam-timing belts on diesel engines need to be replaced every 90,000 kms so its important to have a record of the service history. The V6 timing chains can also stretch out and are much more expensive to replace, so be weary of an unusually noisy test drive.
If tyres are worn in an asymmetrical pattern, it may mean that the wheel alignment is off, which is somewhat difficult to align properly in the Captiva.
There have been a few other reports of miscellaneous problems such as fuel hose leaks, exhaust oxygen sensor failure, and issues with braking. If in doubt, get a mechanic to check things out.
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