I purchased this last christmas,mainly sold on the fuel efficency. This has to be the worst christmas pressie ever! It is currently abandoned on a Citroen forecourt as the eco system seems to have overridden anything on the car,will not select gear,will not move! Great for a car that has less than 24k miles on the clock! Citroen may look at it this side of christmas but it gets worse,it is still under warrenty but because christmas is a bank holiday they can not let me have a hire car as they do not let them out over bank hols,so Iam currently paying £25 a day for a car! This car is a nightmare to drive as it struggles to select a gear at the best of times,in a morning I have to wait and wait and wait until it decides to select 1st. It stalls on roundabouts even though it is an automatic. I paid 5700 and the garage have offered 4k in less than 10 months after purchase so I am tied to it financially. This car is dangerous,unreliable and still only does 44mpg!
Bought for my wife, it's a 2003 model and we got it when it was 2 and a half years old and had done 19000mls.
Fan belt melted after 1 day as alternator was on wrong side of brackets, dealer asked me if I had done any work to the car, when they fixed it they had removed the intercooler hose for access and did not fit it back properly hence day later burning black smoke.
Front springs snapped,when I asked why we were not advised of recall the dealer just glowered at me, spring cups fitted then ball joint failed.
Car is good on fuel and road tax is low but interior plastics very flimsy and window swithes break and intermitant fault with power stearing, also when cornering if you hit a slight bump car "hops" on the road.
This car is not a good town car, labours in second gear under 20mph so you have to work the clutch hard,also on long journeys the driving position is very uncomfortable.
To summerise we had owned 3 Citroens before this model with no problems but this car is the worst car we have ever owned and we have had some honeys.
The C3 has to be the least reliable car I've owned since I started buying cars in 1971.
The Engine Warning Light comes on, the car usually goes into "limp home mode" and is downwrite dangerous to drive with as close to zero power as you can imagain. Sometimes the light comes on but drives normally.
Citroen UK just do not know how to diagnose this. They read the error codes, and say "looks like the coil" or "looks like the spark plugs" or "looks like a wiring problem" or "change the accelerator pedal and see if that fixes it".
The fault goes away for a few days, then sure as eggs, its back with the SAME symptoms. The parts replaced have had no impact on the problem.
Of course, Citroens strategy is to replace something and generate a bill. Then change something else... and generate a bill. They clearly do not have a clue how to troubleshoot problems like this.
I doubt that they will ever fix this (well, till even the wheel nuts have been replaced), so I'm starting legal action
I know one thing - I'll never EVER buy a citroen, even if they give them away with sugar puffs!
Ive owned just about every modern Citroen from the last 12 years, and when having major hassle with my C4 i considered buying one these because i loved all the closely related C2's i'd had. However, after an extensive test drive i just didnt enjoy it as much as the C2. 1.1 engine didnt have enough pull and the driving position/high windscreen line from the inside is awfull, like the old 2CV's. The stying is suspect too, only looks good with the bigger wheeled higher spec models, cant help but feel its a bit too round though. It is practical mind, decent enough cabin and boot space and should prove cheap (when under warranty!) but ive lost my love affair with Citroen now.
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