Well I thought I would stick up for this little car considering the slating that it seems to be getting. It seems that people really only write reviews unless they have something to winge about. Bought an Ex-Motobility 06 55 Exclusive Sensodrive with 19,000 miles for just under £4k, as a present for my mother who can only drive auto's and she is thrilled to bits with it. Spotless and well kept, 1 female owner car. Granted its not a car that would suit a boy racer, but get a grip people, if you want a performance product to tear up the streets with, you dont buy a C3 semi-auto!!!!! I admit, you can feel the difference when between that and a regular auto when it changes gear, but its not anything to write home about and the more you drive the car, the less you notice, and if you drive like a normal person, you dont really give the car the opportunity to jump, and as for the comments about it not finding the right gear if you go to move off after not having completely stopped, thats just nonsense as well. My car is a Jag XJ6, and I dont feel unsafe driving the C3. For such a small cheap car, it has kit such as electric folding mirrors and climate control, and up to now, it all works. So if you are considering a C3, dont be put off by all the moaning, just do what you would do if you are looking at any car and make sure all the buttons work and it has a full history. And as for the Sensodrive, if you are not looking to set any land speed records, then dont be put off.
I had terriable experience about thgis car. Purchase it in year 2008 June sensodrive, 2004 Reg with 1.4 engine power,The first 4 months was ok to drive however the nightmare comes after that. First problems came out was gearbox, gear could not be changed in the middle of roundabout and car was totally stop!! Spent 250 to fix it. And recently one thing happened which finally really pulled me off. I was driving in M3 with 75 speed and suddenly the engine cut off. Luckily I reacted it pretty fast and park car in the hardshoulder waiting for RAC came. Citroen Garage detected there is a battery problem so I have to change the battery again.
However the car is still getting the same problem and 4 days ago when I drove in M25, I heard battery warning sound came out and saw the warning light again. I have to park in hardshoulder and decided to call garage ask for help. I asked them to provide me some ideas shall I keep driving or any technical suggestion they can give to me. The guy used to deal with me and pick up the phone said: Sorry miss, we are not RAC, we wont give u any advice unless u drive to garage again. However we've checked it and from our computer ur car is absoulutely fine so we cannot do anything for you either!!
Fair enough, the main dealer couldnt find whats going on. Finally i decide to sell my car and change to Mazda3. Personally think C3 shouldnt issue this car to the market!!
We are now on our second C3. The first 1.4hdi SX covered 60k mostly trouble free miles and was very economical, at around 60 mpg. On the continent it would cruise at near 80 mph with no fuss and still deliver about 59 mpg. The air con did not work from new but was fixed by the dealer by replacing a seal. Last year we replaced it with the 1.6 hdi Exclusive which up to now (6k miles) has been as near perfect as a car can get. I don't understand the remarks about the flimsy trim, it's perfectly acceptable and the front seats are comfortable. The 1.6 engine does not deliver quite the economy of the 1.4, about 54 mpg, and is perhaps slightly noisier but it's still a pleasant little car to drive. Perhaps we have been lucky, but this is our experience. Here's hoping it will continue like the last one.
Up until today I have owned the C3 1.1 Desire on an 04 plate. When I bought it it had 16,000 miles on the clock with one lady owner and had experienced no problems up until that date. Within six months of me owning it, it needed the alternator changing and luckily this was still under manufacturers waranty at £220. Two years later and the damn thing has gone again so have decided to get rid of it and buy a Ford Focus diesel.
Other problems during my time with the car were strange losses of power and a dimming dash display, probably to do with the alternator but who knows. The headlights bulbs need replacing on a regular basis. The bulbs themselves are almost impossible to replace unless you take the headlight unit completely out and this will cost you in a garage around £30!! Another bad point to note is the annual tax which seems expensive for such an under powered car. The mpg on it is around 30 in my experience. The only positive I can find is its size, its bigger than most cars in its class and good for the weekly shop or school run. Other than that its an expensive to run, unreliable little car....
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