I have owned the 1.6 forte for 1 and a half years now. Despite its looks it is actually fun to drive (even compared to my previous Saxo VTR!).
The load space is impressive, I bought this as I needed something that could take bikes, snowboards and camping gear with ease - the Berlingo is ideal for this and the plastic load area cleans easily (but is not very tough).
The Berlingo is much nicer (on the inside) than most cars with great visibility and a raised driving position. The cabin materials are cheap, what you would expect for a £9000 car.
During my time owning this car it has been dependable apart from a few niggles. Among the fairly minor problems were seat trim coming apart, locked up rear seatbelt, broken indicator switch (twice!) and intermitent fault starting in cold/damp weather. All but the last was sorted, but the Citroen dealer service has only been average.
One big issue is the external spare wheel beneath the vehichle - this is easily removed and has been stolen twice! Citroen now sell an anti-theft kit.
Overall, it is reasonably quick in the 1.6 16v version, very useful for transporting kids, gear and even a full kitchen! Cheap to buy and does the job better than other car-like MPVs at £4000+ more.
Despite the niggles and the fact that another foot of load length would suit transporting bikes better, I will probably buy another one.
I have a '02 1.4i Berlingo 1. I have covered close to 70,000kms in it.
To date, I have had 3 routine services done on the car. Apart from these services nothing has gone wrong with the car with the exception of me having to spend 10 Malaysian ringgit (just above 1 UK pound) to weld the silencer joint at the rear. This part is covered by the warranty and was replaced anyway.
The car gives me 40+ mpg on the motorways and about 35mpg in mixed town driving. It's a strong car and has taken 2 hits at the rear, one by a 1 ton truck and another by a Honda Civic.
I have 3 kids and 2 other cars (a Proton and a Morris Minor 1000). The kids love the Berlingo and it is their preferred car. We can fit the family with 3 bicycles in it.
The Citroen service centre that I go to is good (the main foreman has over 20 years experience with the Cits).
Looking forward to the C4 which I hope will be released/launched in Malaysia soon.
Economy is good, and my tests match what Citroen / Peugeot tells you on the specifications where the combined cycle is concerned.
This is a very practical vehicle for people needing lots of luggage space and not wanting to buy a bigger vehicle.
Five adult occupants+ luggage is a piece of cake for this van. YES, this is a van with windows and that’s what makes it a low budget, no frills, Multi Purpose Vehicle. The driver’s view is much better than other more expensive MPV's. It is easier to manage and comfortable to drive.
The only similar alternatives at the same price range are: Peugeot Partner (same like Citroen), Renault Kangoo and Fiat Doblo. I have tried the Kangoo a few times and I find the Citroen much, much better.
I had a 03 reg Berlingo. It was fraught with faults. I now have a 04 reg and it seems better, apart from a blowing noise every time I put my foot down.
They have put me a new back box on, a front box and a manifold, but I have still got the noise. Now the dealer seems to have abandonned me - they do not respond to my phone calls! That's me finished with Citroen.
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