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Old 1st January 2010, 19:48   #61
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Well, just completed 5000 Kms today after a short trip to Chamba-Khajjiar-Dalhousie, HP.
Overall, a very comfortable and trouble-free experience. No rattles whatsoever.

Some significant observations:

1. Steering diameter is quite large which is quite annoying while getting IN/OUT of the car (I'm 6 F). Also the steering feeling is vague but again not too light like Hyundai's Sonata Transform.

2. HDC (Hill Descent Control) works overtime and I had to switch it off because the vehicle was annoyingly slow. I think it is meant for driving in snowy conditions. I will try it on snow in next couple of weeks as I will be off to Sach Pass via Chamba-Killar shortly. WINTER MODE also remains to be seen when driving in Snow.

3. The grip is fantastic and the body roll is not that bad as I thought it to be initially. Ride is firm but body roll is decent for vehicle of this size, weight and height.

I badly miss parking sensors. For the vehicle of this size, it's indeed a glaring omission. The fuel economy was not that good either. throughout 5000 Kms, it was around 9 on the highway and 7 within the city. But my first oil change is due and things should improve after that.

I will keep on updating this thread accordingly. Thanks!
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Old 1st January 2010, 21:52   #62
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Nice looking ute. Thanks for the review.

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Correct. GM will bring in Captiva as CKD from late 2010 or early 2011.
Quality difference will be there IMHO as current Captiva is CBU (Made in Korea). No way they are going to reduce the pricing further for these CBU's.
The buzz is that GM will announce a cut price Captiva at the Auto Expo. I take this mean that this is CKD price. Else they have to take content out and that's not advisable in the premium category.

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He advised me to upgrade the tyres ASAP. OEM tyres were Hankook 235 R17 and I upgraded to KUMHO 255 R17 .
Is Kumho available thru an official dealer or is this a grey import tire.
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The only issue with considering the Captiva LT (M/T) is the FE. What sort of figures do you think one can expect? Running's high, so this matters, else on the other cars I hardly bother about the FE bit.

8.5-9 or more is perfectly fine. And this would make a good choice too, especially since I utterly hate the Fortuner and can't get the fabulous fabulous Outlander because it's a petrol.

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While booking cruze, the dealer told me that updated version of captiva is to be launched. Some of the feature they would be adding/updating are sunroof and new alloys. Has anyone else heard about it?
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It's called CAPTIVA EXTREME. From what I've heard it has SUN-ROOF and AWD in the manual mode. As for the interiors, instead of beige leather seats, it comes with black-red color leather seats. However, like LTZ trim, it doesn't have ESP, Traction control, Winter Mode and HDC.
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It's called CAPTIVA EXTREME. From what I've heard it has SUN-ROOF and AWD in the manual mode. As for the interiors, instead of beige leather seats, it comes with black-red color leather seats. However, like LTZ trim, it doesn't have ESP, Traction control, Winter Mode and HDC.
I really hope that the normal LT is still available !! Can't live with red leather seats.
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I really like this car. Perfect for our roads. Good rear seat comfort, nice engine and looks good as well.

If only the AT was available when I was in the market. The TD vehicle also unfortunately was in poor condition and only one dealer in Bangalore.

Compared to Fortuner I prefer the Chevy. The Fortuner is too rugged types and it's ride and handling is not as good as this. Getting in and out of the Fortuner is also a pain especially for elders as you need to literally climb a flight of stairs.

In the MT 2 things I did not like were the turbo lag and the gear shift was very notchy.
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Compared to Fortuner I prefer the Chevy. The Fortuner is too rugged types and it's ride and handling is not as good as this.
Totally. Apart from the fact that I always thought it's hideous (since the first time I saw it in DXB in '07), the interiors are also a letdown with everything lifted from the Innova, and NVH wise it felt like a truck. Hopefully I'll TD the Captiva next week.
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Is Kumho available thru an official dealer or is this a grey import tire.
I assume it's a GREY import. The Ludhiana dealer is a reputed one and is one of the major player in this business.
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[quote=1-Testosterone;1521835] OEM tyres were Hankook 235 R17 and I upgraded to KUMHO 255 R17. After upgrade, I noticed further increase in comfort levels and according to him, the cornering ability of the vehicle also improves with these new tyres.


Congratulations on your car and I after having driven it on a quite a few occasions can vouch for the fact that this car is total VFM.
My aunt had booked the CR-V and I asked her to have a look at the captiva and she bought the captiva instead.
After reading your post I have realized that your OEM tyres were of Hankook but the OEM tyres on my aunt's car is of kumho only though I am not sure of the size (I will check that in the morning) but I am sure they are KUMHO and not Hankook.
Has anyone else also noticed that the new Captiva's are coming with KUMHO?
or do they randomly put different tyres on different cars like in the case of Honda civic where they use both Michellin and Bridgestone
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I think the Captiva is a much better deal than any of the other diesel SUVs in that segment, including the Fortuner. Disc brakes and interior quality being the material differentiators, as well as the A/T gearbox for those who prefer that.
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True. It's not only disc brakes, A/T and much better interior quality and layout, but the advanced safety systems like ESP, Traction control and Hill Descent control which really did seal the deal for me.
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Hey. My friend just bought a Ltz version. He was given some BS by Padam motors about Lt model not being available so you have to go for the LTZ (with sunroof). But anyways he had to get the top model so no problem there. But when I sat in his car I was amazed to see the sunroof.It's a cheap model of webasto which was worse than the sunroof my friend has in his Chevrolet optra top model. Overall I suggested him to go for the captiva but seriously GM deserves a minus marking for the chepo sunroof. It really looks like an afterfitment by the company. Any way of checking for that??

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It's NOT GM, it's Padam Motors which is the culprit. I know about them and they're like that!
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It's NOT GM, it's Padam Motors which is the culprit. I know about them and they're like that!
Don't tell me. Do you think they can do this.Could you post a picture of the sunroof of your car so that I can see if my friends been ripped off or not.
If Padam motors have done such a thing, I will make their heads swim for sure. Just let me check for the original sunroof of Captiva.
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