I bought this car 8 years ago with 97k miles and full history. I changed the cam belt and I am now about to change it again at 180k miles. Servicing has been by myself for the last five years with annual oil and filter changes, bi-annual air filter and fuel filter and several sets of pads and discs front and rear.
During the ten year life of this car it has had the following non-service items replaced: washer pump (my fault), interior door handle (kids fault), comms 2000 unit (fog lights stalk broke, my fault) and gear lever gaitor (split). I also just fitted a used set of "Exclusive" alloy wheels and nearly new tyres for the price of ONE new tyre at Kwik-fit, oh, and I need to sort the passenger door solenoid out as it has gone sticky.
Utterly dependable, monumental brakes, huge electric sunroof, like the tardis inside, smooth on every surface. Every toy under the sun, cheap to run, airbags everywhere, tows my trailer very nicely and I can't find another with a sunroof so I ain't changing until it goes bang!
I would always advise - buy one that is at least 3 years old, buy the 2.0 HDi diesel (pre-FAP nonsense if you can!) and use Citroen Independent Specialists or DIY for the oily bits.
I bought the C5 Estate as new (pre-registered) with 9 miles on the clock. It broke down on the way home and I needed to call the RAC. Had I not been travelling through France the next day, it would have been straight back for a refund. Endless mechanical problems and service history as long as my arm. Worth about £3500 after 3 years if you try and trade it in (and you have a full tank of petrol). I could not sell mine because of continuous engine warning light that Citroen could not resolve 'anti pollution fault' Check it out on Google. After 44000 miles and 5 years old, timing belt went and destroyed engine beyond economical repair (This should be changed after ten years or 80K, but Citroen accept no liabilty). There is too much technology in this car and it does not seem to matter if you follow the service guidelines, it never got to the intervals without something going wrong. If you buy one get it covered by a warranty (Citroen/AA), or go by taxi. That car has cost me something like £100 per day to keep on the road for the 5 years I owned it (purchase price, tax, insurance, fuel (22mpg), repairs...). When it did work it was a nice comfortable car and appeared to have lots of nice extras, but I could never trust another Citroen again.
We needed a large comfortable estate car, and chose this one new in Sept 2002. Although I didn't intend to keep it this long, we still have it and it has now covered 83,000 miles. It is a very relaxing car to drive, very economical for its size and has been reliable. Apart from the usual expendables, I have had to have a new alternator and a relay for the air conditioning and thats about it. Initially, there were various trim and electrical problems and it has had five replacement tailgate windows! They are supposed to open, but just jam sometimes and the only cure is a new window. I have not bothered having them changed them since the car went out of warranty...
Apart from that the car copes very well with trips to Ireland to see family, holidays to the Med laden with four of us and all of our camping gear, around town driving and even the stupid 160 miles a day commute I was doing recently. A highly reccommended car.
This is the best car I've ever owned. My previous recent cars include a Ford Mondeo estate, Volvo V70 estate and Audi A6 estate, and this is superior to all of them.
It has loads of smooth power with great cruising ability, it's quiet and comfortable, and has a massive load-carrying capacity. It also tows really well, with its self-levelling suspension being a real bonus.
There are no faults yet (I've put 10,000 miles on it in six months), other than a bit of eccentricity from the computer/CD/phone/juke box.
It returns well over 40mpg in mixed driving. With current used prices so low, this must be the best-value big car available today. It's an absolute bargain and highly recommended.
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