Follow up to my previous report of 08/01/09.
I've downgraded the overall rating to 3 star because the problems carry on. At 22,000 miles the clutch 'disintegrated on the flywheel side' to use Citroen's own diagnosis language.
Citroen only warrant their clutches for 12,500 miles! After much protesting Citroen UK paid 80% and the local dealer 10% with me picking up the final 10% = £91 - do the maths as to how much they charge for a clutch!
A clutch shouldn't be going at this age/mileage and is another example of poor Citroen build quality. I feel lucky that 90% of the bill was paid for 'as a gesture of goodwill' but that was only done because it was obvious that the 'disintegration' discovered was a manufacturing fault and not down to my driving.
Car will be up for sale in November when it is 3 years old. I WILL NEVER BUY A CITROEN AGAIN
Have had this car for 18 months and highly delighted. It gets hammered by constant use of family and their friends. Kids love it, especially on long journeys and the HDi version we have got us all, including the lugage trailer to Bordeaux in the summer. So far we have no problems with this car whatsoever.
I think some people want a large MPV to drive and behave like a small hatch. Totally unrealistic. This car is spacious and economical and the sliding rear doors a real plus. The high driving position compared to a normal saloon a great advantage. Would have another, no problem.
I bought this car new so it's now nearly five years old.
The car has been absolutely no problem - except for a minor fault in the drive, which cost £120 to fix last year. Running costs are average.
This top-of-the-range version is very comfortable with loads of equipment (we like the heated seats/windows in winter) and the electric doors have been OK throughout.
The interior build is not up to our Audi - it is pretty good for a family car. We take sailing, windsurfing and equestrian gear all easily and the interior is still in good order (and the club seats allow for long items to be carried inside making the car a very flexible friend!).
The 2.2 Hdi motor is fantastically smooth and powerful - we chose this over the 2ltr as it did not have enough power. Mpg is good - it is a large car though. We also looked at the Espace and thought the Citroen (a) bigger in the back - especially headroom; and (b) better value - opinions we haven't changed.
Our car has taken us throughout the UK is real comfort (leather seats are fab) and Europe - to the Med and other parts, and with climate control and the 2 x 12Volt sockets we kept drinks and food cool throughout!
Driving position is excellent, road manners sure footed (best on Michelins) and all-in-all a sound car. A fully maintained car is a good buy in my opinion.
I have a 2.2 SX diesel on a 56 plate and am owned by a wife and 3 kids of 4 and under. It might have 130 horses under the bonnet, but they are all asthmatics pulling an oil tanker. I can’t imagine what an entry level 2 litre is like, well actually I can – Mr Whippy springs to mind. Good news that a Renault matching 175bhp version is on the cards.
Handling? It rides country bends like a Hippo on ketamine. Economy? The official figures suggest 39.2 mpg. This is pure fantasy - My wife gets 25 mpg on mixed use and I get 35 mpg on a 225 round trip mix of gentle rural A roads and a deserted winter Somerset/Devon M5. Safety? A 5* NCAP award for the passengers and sod all for the pedestrians and cyclists, so that’s good.
The worse bit? Not the car, in truth, but trying to find anything other than marketing pap aimed at Daily Star readers on the Citroen website. Try searching for info on servicing intervals.
The best bit? The remote operated electric sliding doors. Sure they might not close properly and have a mind of their own, but park it next to a Ford Galaxy in an undersized supermarket car park, or better still a tightly packed cross channel ferry, next to a family trying to extract kids from the back/pushchairs et al…and it turns out you made the coolest most sensible proper 7 seat MPV decision on the market.
PS: I think C8 is a silly name for a Citroen, C8 should be followed by Leon, Altea, Toledo and Alhambra in my book.
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