2009 Chery Tiggo TXE 2.0 liter

Summary:

A poor investment

Faults:

The gears to shift from 2nd to 3rd are stiff. When I took the car in numerous times, I was told to change my driving technique, as you need a split second for it to go from 2 to 3.

Also the catalyst in the exhaust made a sound from the beginning, and the dealer said it's not included under warranty.

The car is a bit overpriced for its performance, and the trade-in value is a total loss.

General Comments:

If I had to choose again, it would sure as hell would be a car that keeps its value, which is not the case with a Chery.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th December, 2014

2012 Chery Tiggo TX 1.6

Summary:

A great car at the right price

Faults:

Cat converter at 50 000.

General Comments:

What a lovely car.

Apart from normal servicing, I did not spend R500 in 100 000 km. That was for removing the cat converter at 50 000 km. The door rubber kept on coming loose, but that was solved with a bit of Bostick.

Tires were replaced at 100 000 km with slightly smaller ones (225/60/16), which made the car a lot nicer to drive, and you can drive around in 5th gear, where you previously had to change down to 4th or 3rd. I can strongly advise owners to consider this change in tire size. It is much quicker and has better fuel consumption as well. It is also much easier to pull away with the air con on.

Service from the dealer was pathetic to say the least, and I decided to do the servicing myself.

It is basically a Toyota RAV of 3 models back. It uses a lot of RAV4 spares.

Ride quality is a bit hard, but bringing the tire pressures down to 1.8 bar sorted that.

I would buy another one without thinking twice.

Any enquiries about the tire changes can be sent to carel@trailerboys.co.za

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th September, 2014

13th Sep 2014, 09:40

It's a nice car and I own it!!

10th Oct 2014, 21:38

Lovely car, but the dealer here in Egypt doesn't care about his client, so the customer service is a disaster. I love my car, but it has many faults.

20th Oct 2014, 07:03

Hi, I seem to be experiencing the same problem of the catalytic converter giving in at 51,000km. Where can I have this part removed, and what sort of cost can I expect it to be?? I live in Durban, KZN. Thanks.

2009 Chery Tiggo TX 1.6

Summary:

Great car for little money

Faults:

Great car in my opinion. The car had a few problems, but how many cars are problem free?

1. A small metal plate under the gear stick (it was difficult to change gears) had to be replaced. That was faulty, but it wasn't that expensive to do.

2. Catalytic convertor had to be removed, but I now drive without it. I had the exhaust system bypass the convertor (makes the car sound like a diesel, but it doesn't bother me at all).

3. The river flooded once (45000km), my whole engine flooded when driving through the deep water, but had it air cleaned (all water blown out of the engine) and it never gave any problems again.

I couldn't afford to service my Chery most of the times, so in its entire lifetime it only went for 2 small services, and it now has 145 000km and is still going strong (the warranty expired because I couldn't afford servicing).

4. I've noticed the Chery Tiggo in South Africa has very bad resale value.

General Comments:

1. Great on gravel roads, nice ground clearance.

2. Great to drive, easy to drive; my son learned to drive in this car.

3. Lots of space. HUGE boot and lots of space for everyone.

4. In my opinion, a very reliable engine with a very solid body.

5. I don't know how it is possible, but I never replaced any of the tires on my Chery Tiggo in 145 000 km and they are still legal according to SA requirements.

I noticed most people complain about the auto gearbox having major issues. I have the manual gearbox.

Great, great car for the money; it is well worth it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2014