Light against the light: Does the ceiling light in the cabin help from blinding the headlights?
Blinding the driver with headlights of oncoming cars in the dark is an eternal problem. And with the advent of modern halogen lamps with increased luminous efficiency and cheap kits…

Continue reading →

Class struggle: how in 30 years the automobile B-class has outgrown the D-class
Almost every new or used car buyer is anxious to get “as much as possible a car” for their money. In other words, buy a car as high as possible…

Continue reading →

Hyundai Elantra IV used
Soplatformenniki and restyling It was the Elantra HD that at one time became a pioneer in terms of using the new J4 platform, on which Kia Ceed and Cerato will…

Continue reading →

5 reasons to love and hate Chevrolet Captiva

The name Captiva appeared in Chevrolet dealer price lists in 2006. This mid-size crossover was developed by the South Korean branch of GM in Inchon based on the GM Theta platform, and the Daewoo S3X concept introduced in Paris in 2004 became its immediate predecessor.

The model was originally planned as a “worldwide”: in Europe, India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East it was sold under the name Chevrolet Captiva, in South Korea – like Daewoo Winstorm, in Australia and New Zealand – like Holden Captiva. Captiva produced a number of factories: directly in South Korea (Incheon), in Thailand (Royong), China (Shanghai), Vietnam (Hanoi), Uzbekistan (Asaka), Kazakhstan (Ust-Kamenogorsk) … They were collected in Captiva and in Russia : first in Kaliningrad, and then at the GM plant in Shushary near St. Petersburg.

The crossover was offered both in front-wheel drive version, and with automatically connected rear axle, it could be equipped with a mechanical 5-speed gearbox and 6-speed automatic and several engine variants. Despite the moderate price, the model did not have much success in Russia due to not the best dynamics, high fuel consumption and reliability problems.

The situation has improved somewhat after in 2011, Captiva has undergone a major update, and it is about such cars that we will talk about. The front part of the car was radically reworked, new engines appeared under the hood (in Russia, the car was offered with a 2.4-liter petrol four of the Ecotec family, 167 hp, the newest VID of the SIDI family, 249 hp and 2). , A 2-liter turbodiesel developed by VM with a capacity of 184 hp). They could also work with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic 6T40.

The front-wheel-drive versions in Russia did not take root, but the buyer could decide whether to buy him a five-seat version or spend the extra 30,000 and get a car with three rows of seats. In principle, the prices for the Chevrolet Captiva could be called very affordable: the 2.4 MT version cost 990,000 rubles, 2.2d MT – 1,145,000, 2.2d AT – 1,165,000, and the top 3.0 AT – 1,260 000 rubles.

The production and sale of Captiva continued until 2015, when the concern announced the preservation of the Shushary plant and the withdrawal of the entire budget line from the Russian market. Nevertheless, for those who want to buy a seven-seater crossover, used Chevrolet Captiva and today remain the most affordable option. For cars of 2012 with a mileage of 150-200 thousand kilometers, they request about 580-600 thousand rubles, and more recent copies of the 2014-2015 model year with mileage of less than 100 thousand are sold for 1,300,000-1,400,000 rubles.

Even in the period of entering the Russian market, the updated Chevrolet Captiva received a very good press, and subsequently enjoyed moderate but steady demand. However, she did not manage to acquire the status of a cult model, nor to become one of the bestsellers. So what prevented her from doing so, why are the owners criticizing her, and what attracts her fans to her?

Chevrolet Captiva is equipped with a central lock and a standard alarm system due to the global trends, and the engine is started by pressing a button. So, it is on these systems in the responses that there are quite a lot of complaints. That will break the position sensor of the car, which should understand that the car raised the tow truck. Accordingly, “Kapa” starts for no reason at all a heartbeat alarm.

However, once the cause of this behavior was found, then it does not matter. Where the cause is often unknown, neither the owners nor the service workers can find it. As a result, the simplest solution to the problem is the installation of an additional signaling, with the standard roar off. It is located under the battery, and to get to it, you have to remove both the battery and the fuse box. This is not so easy to do: you need to use a key with a long nozzle, otherwise it will not work.

Very annoying and the algorithm of the work of a regular anti-theft system. Keychain must be carried in your pocket, and God forbid you leave it in the car and get out! Exactly in 10 seconds the doors will be locked, and you will have nothing left but to run for the spare keys. And if it happened at a gas station, far from home? Turning off the ignition does not save: if you stop the engine and exit, then the alarm will raise panic from any rustling, especially if one of the passengers remained in the cabin. In general, as one of the owners wrote, “Damn the engineer who invented it!”.

Ford Fiesta mileage: hard-to-reach generator and brittle plastic on the outside and inside
This Fiesta was offered at a price comparable, and sometimes even higher than what was requested for a much larger and more practical Focus, so there are not many cars…

...

How to make friends with a modern car with a trailer? The nuances of the installation of the tow bar
The trailer is a favorite accessory of avid gardeners, experienced auto-travelers, as well as many small businessmen from the construction and commercial sector. Its cost is not so great, and…

...

Creepy smell, exaggerated startups, weakening demand. The present results of Shanghai 2019
Last week, the Shanghai Motor Show completed its work. What do we know about the largest of the world's automobile exhibitions, which has been held since 1985? Ten years ago,…

...

An island of four colors: experiencing Subaru in Iceland
Is an all-wheel drive crossover enough to get to the most spectacular sights of Iceland, or do you need a prepared SUV or all-terrain vehicle in an amicable way? What…

...