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Holden Captiva 2009: Should I replace a leaking turbo?

Asked by Hanok

The turbo is leaking in my 2009 Holden Captiva LX 2.0-litre diesel. My mechanic said the total fix costs around $3000 and without fixing I can get a trade-in of $5000. So altogether the car is worth $8000. Should I repair it or buy another?

Answered by CarsGuide

17 Jul 2020 David Morley

My friend, if I could find somebody to give me $5000 for a 2009 Captiva with a dodgy turbocharger, I’d be taking that deal in a heartbeat. The reality is that your car is worth about $5000 in decent working order, and nowhere near the $8000 you’ve calculated. That’s because you never really get back the money you spend in repairs; even if you spend $3000 on fixing a $5000 car, it will still only be worth about $5000. That’s the cruel reality of the used-car industry.

A cheaper, second-hand turbocharger is one way to go, but then you open yourself up to the risk of having bought, and paid to have installed, a turbo that is almost as worn out as the one that has failed on you. There’s no nice way to put this, but I’d be getting rid of that Captiva for the best price I could and not looking back.

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