- Jun 6, 2004
- Reaction score
- Newcastle, Australia
- Members Ride
- VZ Exec wagon.
Having leased one of each I can sort of agree, having read many horror stories myself, but also disagree slightly after my own experiences. My Captiva was a 2007 diesel LX. In the 5 years I had it I only had 2 issues, both caused headaches though. It spat a lifter with 80,000k on the clock, which in turn wore the cam lobe, causing a ticking sound and a slight drop in performance. Holden covered it, so I wasn't out of pocket, even though it was out of warranty by 9 months. The other one was a sensor that would only fail on very cold mornings, tripping the check engine light, but the code would clear almost instantly. That one just took time to isolate, otherwise it was a great 5 yeas with it. I never felt dumb for buying it.The Cruze was average at best and the Captiva had a really bad reputation for being unreliable, everyone I know that was dumb enough to buy a Captiva sold it within a year as they got sick of it having problems.
I'm now into my 5th year with the Cruze, which a 2013 locally built SRi-V. It's had the thermostat replaced twice (86k on the clock at the moment), otherwise it hasn't given me any trouble, and it's been quite enjoyable to own. I won't be keeping it though as I'm buying my old VZ wagon back off my father. 10 years in the family and no major issues, just your normal wear and tear. Hopefully it lasts another 5-10 so I can cut my mortgage down in that time.
That being said I fully agree with other comments on the rebadged Daewoos, and early imported Cruzes, and the damage they have done to Holden's image. Once the VZ has had it's day I'll be looking for a used VF2 Calais V, or another brand if I go new. At this point in time it doesn't look like Holden is going to have anything I'll be remotely interested in looking at, which is disheartening after being a follower for the past 20 odd years.