I bought a C5 2.0 in January 2002. After more than 5 years of use, I would like to highlight the following faults:
Sticky plastic parts – The plasticisers leached out early, causing parts such as the dash, glove cover and door handles to feel sticky.
Hydraulic suspension oil leak – I have had the pipe repaired not less than 3 times so far.
The cushion foam in the driver seat cracked after 1 year of use.
The fuel tank expanded and burst the holding rim cover. The plastic components of the pump also cracked. These resulted in a potentially dangerous fuel leak if the tank were more than half-filled. The replacement holding rim cover could not be screwed onto the tank due to an enlarged and distorted rim. A new fuel tank and pump had to be fitted.
The plastic dust cover of the auto gearbox cracked and broke on the 3rd year of use. The gearbox assembly came in a complete module and had to be replaced as a whole unit.
Reverse gear spoilt – the plastic component in the gear box broke and so immobilised the car.
There was an ABS fault – it happened only last week and has to be replaced.
The left armrest in the passenger seat is out of position and cannot fold down properly.
The left foglamp and sidelamp blew quite frequently lately. I changed 3 bulbs within 6 months.
The left rear view mirror points upwards instead of downwards when reverse gear is engaged, rendering it useless.
Conclusion: it is not a cheap car to own.
I drove a MK1 C5 diesel for 4 years. I was seduced by the ride quality and despite some electrical gremlins and doors which wouldn't open, it never let me down. My next car was a Peugeot 407SW, a much better car to look at but it is a fact that the honeymoon with a new car doesn't last long and the fiddly ride quality and feeling nearly every bump in the road soon made me regret my decision.How Peugeot can advertise "The drive of your life" is laughable.Read thw write-ups in What car about the 308 !! My 407sw only lasted 18 months before being written off in the floods so I was able to choose a new car. I test drove the new Mondeo the allegedly new best family car.It is relly good to drive with steering more precise than the C5 but despite its virtually flawless ride quality it can't touch the new C5 for ride quality. Everyone wants something different from a car but if you want a serene ride with a hushed environment there is nothing (except a Rover 75) to rival a C5. I can't wait for the MK3.
I have now had my car for a year from new and after 17,000 miles have had no problems at all.
It rides brilliantly and corners dead flat - whoever said in the reviews that it corners with a lot of body roll probably did not drive one! Everybody says how good it is on the motorway, but I really appreciate mine on bumpy cross country lanes when the suspension soaks up the lumps perfectly.
Economy is suberb - I always achieve 60+ mpg on my 60 mile round trip commute to work on a varied town/dual carriageway/cross country route, and only fill it up every 750 miles or so. You really have to thrash it to get as low as 55mpg!
Driving it is very easy - the 1.6 diesel is very keen to propel the car and offers flexibility and power when you want it, even when fully loaded.
The inside is vary spacious and comfortable, and the boot will swallow everything you want to throw in it. It has all the toys you want (including a great sound system), and the speed limiter is a plus point for a relaxed enjoyable ride if you want to cruise in comfort.
The only down side is that the front end is not very attractive, but the rest of the car is styled with a flair which puts the competition in the shade.
Deprecaition is a problem for this car, but you can get such good deals from the showrooms that in the long term you will not loose any more than with other cars in the class.
I had a new shape Mondeo before this (again from new) and would choose the Citroen every time.
When my C5 works, it is one of the nicest, most comfortable cars I've ever driven. However, it doesn't work for most of the time! 2 years ago, I had a lot of trouble with one of the sensors, and the car was in the garage for 5 months (yes, five months). During this time, I had several increasingly heated conversations with Citroen UK, and I'm afraid to say I found them to be extremely lazy, unhelpful and at times downright deceptive. They are the reason that when I eventually scrap my C5(unfortunately resale is not an option because they depreciate tremendously) I shall not be getting another Citroen.
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