The C5 wont be to everyones taste, which for me is an advantage, it is well equiped with a rubish cup holder. I have done 60k in mine and understand its little foibles. The depollution warning will put it in limp mode, just restart it and it will be back to full power, it is caused by the DPF which needs cleaning, thrash it for a few miles and it will clean it and then the warning light will go out (use the gearbox to keep the revs over 3000)Tyres can be expensive but are good quality, brake pads last 30k on mine and the rear ones are a pig to change. The seat is extremly adjustable and as a six footer I have no issues getting comfortable, I do a lot of high speed motorway driving and get 40mpg with an auto box. I have had it back under warranty for a new fuse box, caused gearbox selection issues, a recall on the trim at the side of the windscreen and a short wiring harness on the brake pedal switch. None of these took more than 4 hours and the dealer is excellent. In summary faults are the cup holder and the depolution system. Advantages are a high spec car at a sensible price which I can do 500 miles in and get out without aches and pains. Would I buy it again? Yes and that is not something I have said about SAAB, Vauxhall, BMW, Mercedes, Pugeot, Ford and numerous now defunct brands of car.
Looks: Lovely Turning Circle: Abysmal (I've driven more manouveurable boats) Spec: Lovely but hugely unreliable.
Parking sensor has failed several times with intermittent fault. Dealer can't replicate, let alone rectify. Limp mode engaged on random occasions. Dealer can't replicate, let alone rectify. Aircon randomly turns itself up to "Max". Dealer can't replicate, let alone rectify.
Sensor valves on tyres are a complete pain in the arse.
Been sent back for more than one safety recall.
Hands free is great if you're in the car, but useless if on the other end of the phone.
On the plus side, the dealer does clean & vacuum the car very nicely!
I have ran the C5 for the last 3 years as a company car, whilst happy with the ride and comfort of the car i can not wait to see the back of it, last summer the air con failed and took 3 months to rectify with both front window motors failing at the same time making the heat during the summer unbearable, and as i write this review i am waiting for it to be repaired again! Then we have the rear main oil seal failing along with a turbo seal at the same time leaving oil patches where ever i parked it......Nope will not have another one
I have had my C5 for two months now. It is a smashing car and if you are looking for a saloon then make sure you check one out.
There is no way i would swap my C5 for another motor but here are a few things to check out on a test drive.
If you have kids that are in booster seats you will need to have the front seats very close to the steering wheel for them to have any leg room.
The steering wheel is very big and as a result there is almost no room between it and your legs even with it as high as possible. The clutch bites very high so you realy have to lift your leg up to change gear.
The tyres are very wide and as a result they love collecting nails etc and will cost about £150 each to replace.
The window line is high and no good for resting your elbow out the window. The cup holder is no use at all.
But these are all minor things that dont anoy me too much. Its a very good looking car and ive no regrets after buying it.
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