Holden is known to produce some of the highest quality and reliable cars on the market for example the colorado, however, the Captiva is a different story.
There have been many issues with this car, but here are the most common:
A quick disclaimer here: As a mechanic, I’m not saying the Holden Captiva is a bad car. I just wanted to share what I have seen on many of these cars over the years and from what Captiva owners have reported.
Holden Captiva Common Problems
Now, let’s look at the most common issues I have seen with the Holden Captiva:
1. Premature Battery Failure:
This is one of the most common problems with the Holden Captiva.
The battery will fail prematurely, usually within a year or two of purchase. The poor quality of the factory-installed battery is often to blame.
I have seen a handful of captives with battery failures in the first year/ second year of ownership, which is very unusual for a battery of this age.
2. Higher than Claimed Fuel Consumption
Another common problem is that Captiva uses far more fuel than the manufacturer claims.
This can be attributed to a number of factors, including poor engine tuning.
I have seen numerous examples where people are complaining about getting between 13-15/100km around town, which is much higher than Holden’s claimed 9-10L/100km figure.
3. Sunroof Rattles
Many Captiva owners have reported that the sunroof rattles, which is a common problem with most captive models.
This can be one of the more annoying things to deal with as it’s something that you hear every time you drive around town, especially when there are bumps in the road or unevenness in the road.
It’s not a huge problem, but it can be very annoying and distracting if you’re trying to concentrate on something else while driving.
4. Leaking Door Seals
Over time the Captiva’s door seals can start to leak, which is another common problem for captive models.
This can cause water to get inside the car when it rains, and it can be a major inconvenience if you have to deal with this issue on a regular basis.
It can also damage the interior of your car, which is something that you’ll want to avoid at all costs.
5. Electrical Issues
The electronics on a Holden Captiva can be finicky, and this can cause a lot of problems for the car.
As a result, things like power windows, infotainment, central locking, and other things can malfunction and work intermittently.
Based on what I have seen, this issue typically happens over time and doesn’t happen suddenly.
6. Stuttering Acceleration
Due to the electrical problems mentioned above, it’s not uncommon for a Holden Captiva to have problems with stuttering acceleration.
This can make driving difficult and frustrating.
7. Timing Chain Streching
It’s not uncommon for a Holden Captiva to have problems with the timing chain.
This can be an expensive repair, and it’s something that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, many owners reported timing chain stretching on their Captivas, which can cause problems with the engine’s performance and reliability.
8. Intercooler Leak (Costly Fix)
Some Holden Captiva owners reported issues with the intercooler. This is a part of the cooling system that helps lower the temperature of the air entering your engine.
If it starts to leak, you have to replace the intercooler, and it’s a costly repair, to say the least.
My Overall Thoughts on the Captiva
Overall as an auto tech, I think the Captiva can be good if you get it brand new and service it on time.
However, I wouldn’t recommend getting a used one.
The Captiva is not worth the trouble and money you’ll spend on repairs.
The reliability of these vehicles is questionable, and the parts are more expensive than those used in other cars.
If you need a car that’s reliable and will last for years without costing too much to maintain, I would recommend Toyota C-HR or the Honda CRV.