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“LT 2.0 Manual Diesel 7 seat version - bought brand new...”

Written on: 15/05/2011

LT 2.0 Manual Diesel 7 seat version - bought brand new in 2008 for £16,500.

Now covered 35,000 miles, including some towing a fairly large caravan. Only mechanical fault has been a parking sensor replaced under warranty.

Great tow car - heavy, stable, with bags of power. Towing 1,600kg with a full compliment of passengers was efforless - self levelling suspension is a boon.

Drwbacks? - it's thirsty, thirsty, thirsty. I'd never really measured the fuel consumption until fairly recently - a mix of driving (no towing) over 380 miles, at speeds never over 70mph, mostly 50 -60 mph, and hardly any urban driving (rural location) cost £80 - at £140 per litre I worked the mpg out to just over 31 mpg.

31 mpg just doesn't cut it these days. I suppose I could squeeze an extra 5 mpg out of the car if I drove like a Nun, but even that is just not good enough when fuel prices are high and will go higher.

It's a lovely car - but the time for cars like it is passing rapidly away, I'm afraid.

The other kicker is depreciation. I recently traded it against a new VW - and the best offer I could get was $11,000 - that's for a car in excellent condition, full service history, no bumps or scrapes, and no mechanical issues.

A Chevrolet dealer offered me.........£9,0000!

As we paid only £16,5000 the loss for us wasn't *too* bad - but for anyone who paid list at £23,000 it would be catastrophic.

All in all, if you have a use for it (like towing) then it's a nice car - that can be picked up second-hand for peanuts. As we no longer caravan we no longer need to run a car like the Captiva.

It's been a fun car to drive and own - but it's expensive on fuel, and when the warranty runs out it could well be expensive if it goes wrong.

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