I have owned a C5 1.8 from new since May 2004. On the whole I have it found it to be reliable and very comfortable. The cabin and boot are absolutely massive and the equipment as standard is excellent.
The car has now done 40,000 miles and the only problem I have had was the brake calipers needed replacing just 3 months out of warranty and this cost me about £450. I was told that Ciroen would probably help with the cost as this was unusual but, suprise suprise, they didn't so I had to fork out the whole lot.
The car is very long and wide so some car park bays are a bit snug and the pneumatic suspension sometimes moves itself when unlocking on a morning but then puts itself back again (it may be designed to do this, but it's a bit wierd). I find that rain sensing wipers and automatic headlights are pointless because I can normally tell when it is raining and dark!
The car initially cost me £10,000 against a list price of £16,000 so consequently any trade in value will be very small but I have had my value when I bought the car.
The car is very comfortable on long journeys and is also OK around town. Overall, yes I would buy another one if it was just for me but my wife finds it ludicrously too big to drive, although she does like the comfort and space when a passenger.
I owned this car for 3 weeks and that was torture! I would never own a Citroen ever again. I guess some of the newer ones can only be better in build but my Y reg was a disaster!
The ride was okay and smooth and corners weren't too bad although there were a few annoying problems. The brakes made a hideous noise when braking at slow speeds even after spending £300 on pads and discs for the car. Check this as it is a known C5 fault with very few people knowing the resolution!
Another problem was the occassional noises coming from the rear of the car (i guess it was the hydraulic suspension). I think it was on its way out. The seats were comfy but perhaps a bit too soft.
The biggest gripe is what i paid for the car and the amount i lost trading it in three weeks later, after spending money on it.
Never again would i buy a C5 or Citroen and i advise you to buy a competitors version. The Mondeo is better for the money (i have owned one) although if you can afford buy German (I have an Audi A4 now and it rocks over every inch of the C5)
I purchased a Citroen C5 on 1 March 2004 and although I now only do a small annual mileage, the car has been excellent with low running costs (servicing every 20,000 miles or every two years). I am therefore amazed at the low trade in values - with the only apparent drawback being criticism of the suspension which MAY result in costly repairs in the future. When I compare my C5 with other cars of a similar age I honestly believe that it is grossly undervalued. I would advise second hand buyers to seriosly consider purchasing a C5 as bargains will be available.
As a retired police driver and now working part time as a new car deliver driver around the country ive had the luxury of driving most cars and models.I never considered buying a Citroen.Citroen is a totally different vehicle to the ones i remenber in the past as i found out when i drove the C5.The C5 2.2 diesel with its great suspension is a superb car to drive.i can only confirm what bob smith reported,the vehicle remains flat on cornering.creates no roll of course any car will roll if your in the wrong gear.I get very positive feed back from customers who drive the C5 some of the vehicles have well in excess of 100000miles when they are returned.I was so impressed with the C5 i purchased a one year old 2.2 diesel exclusive with 14000 miles on the clock for 12000 pounds.The car has done another 20000 miles since with no problems.The car has its down side with regard to depreciation,i dont no why because the cars are very well built with some of the best diesel engines in the world.The tip is to look round for a good second car with low mileage about 18 months old and then you will have found yourself a great car at a great price,
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