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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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72 reader reviews for Citroën C3 Hatchback.
  • 1.4i Desire 5dr

    dom bloomfield , Staffordshire . Date: 26/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bought second hand, no problems untill 25000 miles when the didgital speedo decided it would not work! AA recovery man could n't find any thing and the problem didnt arise again. 26000 the car is haveing starting problems and a strange smell coming from the alternator area of the engine.

    I would not recomend this car as you can get better reliability from a japanese car!

  • 1.4i SX Auto 5dr

    daniel taylor , nsw . Date: 29/04/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Before I had this car I hada Renault 19 sedan. It was a great car. I liked the Citroen as the shape would not date. A month after I had the car the gearbox solonoid failed. I have had to replace 2 fuel injectors on the car and loads of various other failures. I would not buy this car again. I would buy something else.

  • 1.4 16v HDi SX Sensodrive Eu4 5dr

    mark morgan , Somerset . Date: 10/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I get over 60MPG from this car, sometimes over 70, no problems at all only door strap faulty in warranty. It has: Rain sensitive wipers, auto lights,sat nav (smartnav) chilled glovebox, digital climate control. And I got all of this for less than £8k and two years later have been offered £5.75k if I trade it in (they are quite rare).

    I use it for business miles and since I can get 650 miles out of a tank that costs £32 to fill up and claim back £78 it has paid for it's own insurance, servicing a roadtax in the two years 30k miles I've had it! Since I do on average 15k miles a year that's £1800 back and fuel cost of £740 :o) Yes it takes an age to get up to 70 but when your there it's doing superb economy. My belief is if you have to drive so fast that you lift a wheel then you should have left earlier!

    My other two cars are a supercharged MX5 and a Jaguar XK8 so I'm catered for if I want to drive fast or in luxury. I use the C3 for practicality and it does a great job. Yes I've had the CEO of one company ask in a rather condescending tone (after I'd driven 300 miles to see him) "Is that your little silver car in the car park?" my response was " Yes it is, are you one of those sad individuals that devines someone's worth by the car they drive? If so I'll bring the Jag next time?" He was to say slightly embarrassed and after I told him of all of the great features and economy he bought one for his daughter

  • 1.4i LX 5dr

    Colin MacDonald Date: 02/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    My C3 has just turned 6 and had its 3rd MOT at 38,000 miles. £160 worth of new exhaust (sans cat) and new front drop links (£18 the pair, fitted myself) were needed. The drop links are basically consumables, and need annual replacement. Other than that, it's had the infamous #4 injector replaced (diagnosed myself with a £15 OBD reader, then a £20 eBay part and £40 labour) plus new tyres, and that's it. It's still hanging gamely in with the original battery and brakes and hasn't had any other problems. I consider that quite acceptable for such a cheap, economical, well mannered car.

    Insurance costs buttons, the engine is both flexible and frugal - 45+mpg is easily achievable with a light foot, or a fuss-free 90mph with a heavy one - and I find the car an absolute pleasure to drive. In the past few years I've also driven high spec Rover 75 2.5 V6, BMW 330i, Mercedes E280 TDI, Audi Q7 3.0 TDI, and Golf 2.0 TDI cars and I honestly prefer the basic little C3 more for day-to-day suburban tasks. It's just so quiet, unfussy, well mannered, flexible, relaxed and easy to drive and park. The only thing it's missing is air con, but it's hardly a chore in Scottish summers.

    And even after 6 years, its quirky, eager looks still put a smile on my face every morning. I couldn't ask for more from a car.

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