This car is fantastic - when I ordered it, I had my fair share of idiots telling me that the roof leaked and that it was unreliable. However, my experience of my car has only been positive.
In the summer, I was driving around with the top down which was brilliant. In the winter with the top up, it's very warm and dry. I am getting fantastic miles per gallon and with today's fuel prices that's a 'must'. It averages out at between 50-60mpg on the motorway at around 70-80 mph.
The tank will hold about £35 worth of diesel, and the engine is not sluggish at all. I was really impressed by it, because I stupidly assumed that it would be sluggish simply because it's a diesel.
The first time I drove it, I noticed people looking at the car. I have also seen people looking in the windows when it is parked up, and all of them only have good comments to make.
Changing the roof position is tricky for the first time, but after that it is quick and easy, so there is no need to panic. The greatest compliment I can make to this car is that if I had my choice of car again, no matter what else was put before me I would choose the Citroen C3 Pluriel.
So, name the last vast production vehicle where owners wave at one at one another when they drive past one another. BMW Mini owners - nah, too cool. How about Peugot 206CC drivers - well they're thirty-something mums trying to relive their youth!
The Pluriel is different. Okay, I think we're all agreed that it's no Bentley or Porsche or whatever. But a what a cool-looking car. I've had mine for 18 months now and there isn't a month that goes by where someone doesn't comment on the shape, colour (mine is sunset orange) or reminisce about their own days with their first 2CV!
I've owned and driven Golfs, Beetles and all sorts of vehicles during my years but never had the kind of genuine interest in the design of the thing I am driving since my Pluriel came into my life.
And, once you get the hang of the Sensodrive, it actually picks up 0-60 mph at a remarkably impressive speed!
Vive le Citroen!
It is an excellent car for the money. Shop around and you can get an excellent deal. On top of that the insurance is very low. I'm 24 with 6 points and the 1.6 only costs about £800 fully comp.
The roof with practice is easy to use. Also, with practice, the semi auto box is brilliant fun and gives nippy performance.
I have put 17-inch alloys with Toyo tyres on mine and this improves the handling no end. I have a long list of mods I've done to it as well. You wouldn't believe the looks I get. It may look like a cute car, but with a little tweaking it becomes very funky, and very very different. It gets second loooks everywhere, and everyone wants to have a look inside and a chat.
Having just recently driven this car, I must say its a lot better than the reviews suggest. As for the fiddly roof - not really true. The first time one 'drops the top' I have to admit it's a little time consuming but once mastered it's a piece of cake.
As for the handling, well... not bad either. We have to be honest here we are not looking at a Porsche Boxter and we are also not looking at that price bracket. For cheap honest fun, the Pluriel has it all. It's not as rigid as perhaps you would like but at this price level I thought it was great.
This car is all about fun, style and rag-top motoring at a very reasonable price! Go try one... I loved it. The 2CV replacement for the modern age...
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!