I have owned my C5 from new since 2002 and had immediately encountered automatic gearbox problems. After much to and fro trips to the dealer I finally convinced them to change my gearbox under warranty. This was in Dec 2003. Six months later I was back with the same problem but they insisted that nothing had marked on their Citroen's diagnostic computer. The problem persisted and several other gearbox problems emerged. After several visits to the workshop where no faults emerged (although it marked on the car's onboard computer)the gearbox is now beyond repair and outside warranty. Citroen headquarters seem to want nothing to do with what I claim to be manufacturer's defective gearboxes. Now I need to fork out GBP3000 for a replacement gearbox but with the very poor resale value of this car it's not worth fixing and furthermore might need to change again in 2 years time. According to my local dealer, Citroen's recommendation for ATF change is 20k-25k miles. Could this be the cause of gearbox failure?Has anyone encounter such ongoing automatic gearbox problems with these cars? Overall, I am quite happy with the car but would not consider buying another upmarket Citroen due to company's attitude in not tackling consistant and recurring problems which have plagued this vehicle thus resulting in the poor resale value of these cars. Unfortunately I am told that the replacement gearbox for my C5 is the same model as the old one and so I should expect the same old problems.
Nice and comfortable - although little niggles run as long as your arm.....
1. Auto Gearbox is awful. Periodically signals "Auto Gearbox Failure" when you got about 1 mile. Switch off and on again and fine. Happens most mornings if you put some pressure on it.
2. Window Washer Pump - been replaced twice now
3. Lights - Life of their own! Bright, dim, bright again
4. Suspension - any life of their own! Up, Down, Up, Down - normally when sitting at traffic lights!
5. Climate Control (or lack of!) - either blows cold or not at all!
Overall comfortable, and you get used to the strange behavior after a while. Good on motorways
I was initially pleased with this car. I had it from 6 months old and with 9K on the clock it seemed fine. Then the hydraulics become home to a potergeist who would mysteriously make the car go up and down when it was switched off which led to battery problems. Then the speedo stopped working and I was toild it was a problem 'with the computer'. Kerchink - £400 please. Then the key failed to plip and open the doors - kerchink - £30 to 'reprogramme it' (took less than 5 minutes). Now it has started losing water on every trip and I have been told that there was a poor set of head gaskets on the earlier models. Having shelled out £600 on a new water pump and timing chain I have just been quoted a further £900 to do the head gasket. Suffice to say it will be part exchanged shortly. There is also an annoying noise form the ventilation fan when it is on the setting that I use most often. So I now have to get blasted by air, or swelter, or put up with the noise.
Personally, I would never buy a Citroen again just based on the problems I have had with this heap!
Bought 110hdi lx @six months old nov.02 from supermarket for £8900. Niggling electrical problem fixed at third attempt @main dealer under warranty. Decided not to start out of the blue? Flat battery? Never occurred again since. Now at 100,000 never needed to top up oil/water, still on orginal clutch, amazing ride and comfort spoilt by couple of interior rattles and poor quality interior fittings i.e. Carpet etc. Though corners without 'roll' not especially engaging to drive but hard to beat for long distance trips.huge boot at expense of rear leg room. Now worth buttons so will run till it drops and then look at new model at 1 yr old which looks interesting?
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