Holden Captiva Gearbox & Transmission Problems

Is the 2012 Holden Captiva prone to transmission issues?

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Sep 2020

Transmission faults in this model and variant of the Captiva are common. Holden actually issued a service bulletin for affected cars to check and replace components including the torque converter, electro-hydraulic control components and speed sensors. Symptoms included a loss of drive, flaring or slipping between gears and gear selection problems. I’d say your problems fall within those boundaries. Have the vehicle scanned and if error code P0776 pops up, you have the same conditions that caused Holden to issue the service bulletin back in 2016. From there, talk to a Holden dealer as to what can be done about it.

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Why is the 4WD light coming on in my 2010 Holden Captiva?

Answered by CarsGuide 11 Sep 2020

It could be a computer problem, but it could also be a mechanical one with the driveline of the car which is faulty and is triggering the warning lights you’re seeing. If the body computer is the problem, then those lights on the dashboard and the symptoms you can hear are a distinct possibility. But the noise you’re hearing is more likely to be the anti-lock brake mechanism triggering than the vehicle trying to select four-wheel-drive as the Captiva has constant four-wheel-drive, so it’s always engaged.

The reason it moves slowly when the warnings are present is because it’s going into limp-home mode – probably - to prevent any more harm coming to the vehicle itself. I’d be having it looked at promptly, as any problems with the braking or ABS hardware are, obviously, a safety issue.

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Holden Captiva 2006: Transmission problems

Answered by CarsGuide 20 Oct 2017

The automatic transmission has been a problem for Captiva owners, but you’re unlikely to get much sympathy from Holden on a car that is now 11 years old. How’s to say what might've happened to the transmission in the past 11 years.

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Holden Captiva 2009: Automatic transmission problem

Answered by CarsGuide 21 Jul 2017

It’s likely that the lock-up convertor is not unlocking as it should when it comes out of top gear. Take it to an automatic transmission specialist to check.

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Holden Captiva 2006: Automatic transmission problem

Answered by CarsGuide 16 Feb 2012

I would consult an auto transmission specialist before doing anything. It could be that it only needs servicing.

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Holden captiva 2007: Transmission light on dash

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Jul 2011

The gearbox light you mention is a mystery to us, not sure what light you’re talking about, but it’s most unlikely that you need a new timing chain. If you’re concerned about it take it to a Holden dealer and have it checked.

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Holden Captiva: When does it go in four-wheel drive?

Answered by CarsGuide 25 May 2010

The Captiva doesn’t actually have a four-wheel drive mode in the conventional sense. It employs an all-wheel drive system with all the drive going through the front wheels in normal conditions, but when conditions dictate the drive is redirected to the rear axle as required for maximum traction. I’m not sure what difference having a light on the dash would make, the system would still be working out the best distribution of the drive for best traction, all you would have is a light flashing on the dash. I would find that distracting.

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SsangYong Kyron: Shuddering

Answered by CarsGuide 10 Oct 2008

FIRST, the fuel consumption is clearly good, so that's a plus. Your gripes are typical of what you can experience with a smallish outfit that doesn't have the clout, and sometimes the willingness, to press the factory to get things fixed. Adding to your possible woes is the change in local distributors to Sime Darby, the Peugeot distributors for Australia. I'd guess the old distributors have little interest in fixing problems like yours and the incoming distributor may have little more interest in fixing problems left over from the old people.

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