Actually mine's a 5 year old 2.2 HDi SX, but it wasn't listed even though it sold better than the Exclusive! I've had it 9 months and for 7,000 miles and it's averaged 43.7 MPG overall. Long journeys are a joy and you reach your destination relaxed. The ride is supreme, and performance is more than adequate. Around town it's a little unwieldy in my opinion, and you tend not to want to drive it hard around corners - but hey, most of us don't spend all the time on empty B roads after all. The central locking failed on both nearside doors last Autumn, but fortunately this was covered by an independent warranty I have. Also, I've twice had the message "Anti-pollution fault" (and corresponding warning lights) appear on the display. The first time it was a turbo pressure switch (£51 fitted), then more recently it was diagnosed as a faulty egr valve. This seems to have corrected itself, so fingers crossed. I'm wondering if the computer is warning me too early!? As long as I have no more problems, this is one of the best cars I've owned. The great thing is, only those of us who own one know just how good these cars are.
I took delivery in June 2006 and from the beginning I knew I had a great car. Other manufacturers are just not in this league for value for money accessories. My car has voice-activated colour sat-nav, voice-activated built-in phone with sim card holder in the dash, six-CD changer, video playback, auto headlamp illumination, auto wipers, and the list goes on. Look at the website for specifications.
Driving is a great experience - whoever at What Car? said the 1.6 diesel is sluggish either has never driven one, or it was not run in. It outperforms my friend's Audi 1.9TDi Sport, and the extra boost when you put your foot down is great.
Who wants sports suspension when the Citroen gives the most comfortable ride in its class? It's great for long journeys, reliable, frugle and fast. It's a really great car.
I have recently rented this car in Spain. Overall, as a family car, it's first class. The boot is very large and swallowed luggage, pushchair and bags. There's plenty of space in the rear for two adults and a baby chair and the front is just as good.
As What Car? mentioned, there are lots of electrical toys to keep you entertained, including some very useful parking sensors. You are not wanting for any other toys, except satellite-navigation when we got lost trying to get out of Barcelona!
The drive itself is adequate, and everything worked well. My only criticism would be that not only does it look like a barge, but it handles like a barge. The turning circle is the worst I've come across and makes parking a tiresome chore.
As a family car, it's great. If you want something comfortable and leisurely, have a look at one. However, if you want a family car that can also be a good drive, have a look at something more modern.
I have owned this car for 18 months (its an '02) and have found it to be really comfortable and reliable and enjoy driving it very much. However, just recently it has started losing power (usually within the first 100 yards or so of the journey and never at high speed - fortunately!). If you hit the throttle and then drop a gear the problem usually clears. I have had it plugged in to Citroen's diagnostic computer and they said it was a valve that needed replacing, which I did at a cost of £260 and it is still doing it! An independent engineer has suggested it might be the coil pack. Has anyone else suffered this problem and found the fault (I have read with interest Margaret and Nigels' comments)?
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