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Should I buy a 2009 Holden Captiva?

Asked by Rhonda

I'm looking at buying a 2009 four-cylinder Holden Captiva 5. I have searched the car for reviews but haven't found much about this make and model. Lots about other Holden Captivas but not the 2009. Is it a good car? Does it have many issues?

Answered by CarsGuide

14 Oct 2020 David Morley

The short answer to your question Rhonda is that the 2009 Captiva was far from a good car. It has experienced lots of reliability and durability problems and, although some will disagree, there are much better choices out there.

The Captiva has been recalled for all manner of problems including (but not limited to) steering issues, braking dramas and electrical gremlins. About the best thing about the 2009 four-cylinder petrol Captiva was that the engine didn’t have the timing chain problems of the V6 model, and the transmission wasn’t as problematic as the later Captiva. But that’s surely damning with faint praise.

The Captiva wasn’t actually a Holden at all; it was built in South Korea by Daewoo, a brand considered to be way behind the quality and engineering of its South Korean counterparts Kia and Hyundai. And it showed.

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