I have owned this car for three years and have driven 36000 without a hint of any trouble. Total cost being fuel, servicing and a new set of tyres at 34000. The ride is first class, the 136bhp 2.2hdi engine is tops and gives up to 42mpg. The digital air con has been faultless. The cruise control, auto headlights, auto washers and traffic master all a bonus. My only complaint..its trade in value.
Margaret is not alone! I have had an identical model since February and whilse everything was perfect initially it subsequently developed similar problems. The car would start without problems and then after a short (50 yds) distance, the power would be lost and the car stalled. Inevitably this occurred in the most awkward of places - road junctions, approaching a pedestrian crossing or roundabout. Eventually, often after flooring the throttle the power returned and I could continue. Most times the problem occurred when the engine was cold, but twice it has happen when hot but immediately after a brief stop.
Citroen have investigated and after assurances that the right fuel was in it(!!) they kept the car overnight and had the same problem the next morning. The mechanic said he traced the problem to a sticking exaust valve and initially the problem went away. Unfortunately it now seems to be returning, so I will have to convince them again it is a problem. Fortunately for me the problem hasn't occurred at speed.
Having recently purchased a brand new C5, I was very disappointed to have it break down on me no less than six times in less than a month.
The problem is that the car just stops with no warning, and you have no acceleration at all, although the engine is still running. When you turn the ignition off, it starts up again no problem at all, and goes fine for a short while, then does the same again.
At the moment Citroen have the car because they do not know what to do about it, as they have never come across this problem before. Apart from this problem, the car is absolutely marvellous, but with the problem as it stands it is a death trap, because it just stops. If you are on a motorway or a very fast road when it occurs, you get very little time to pull over before other vehicles are bearing down on you.
Until now, I have been extremely fortunate, but i have now refused to drive it until they can tell me they have definitely solved the problem. The Citroen dealership have been great, and I have had no problem with them at all. Let's hope I will soon be using my new car again.
I convinced my father in law to have a change from Renualt back in 2002 for a Citroen C5. He opted for the HDI 110hp SX version which he owned for just over 2 years. The car proved reliable and comfortable to drive and an excellent motorway cruiser. He changed this to the New Look C5 in April. He is now driving the VTR HDI 138hp which is absolutely fantastic.
The car is fast, more sportier and more aggressive to look at, it has a better fabric trim and even more equipment than before. It is comfortable and a joy to drive and be passenger in.
Overall the car gets bad reviews. They say it's ugly and un-inspiring. Not surprising really though, as they (the likes of Top Gear and Autocar Magazine) only ever test cars that nobody can really afford. For the money you pay, it is excellent value especially when the equivalent 407 which uses all of the same mechanicals is around 3500 pounds more expensive.
The only let down is the dealers and Citroen UK. They aren't the most helpful of people. I hope that this improves once the C6 arrives as the type of people that will be buying it will expect a lot more than what is currently being offered.
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