Now at 115.000km with this second C8 "Image" 2.0 HDi 110HP (Belgium - based on the SX, with darkened windows at 2nd and 3th row, light- and rain-sensor, park-distance-control, cruise control -roof bars - still green-colored clocks in the dash (model 2005).
Front tires changed at 72.000km - back tires are still good and will probably last upto 130.000km (!) - I'm a quite driver.
Till now: only changed some light bulbs last winter. No defects, no problems, very pleased.
I turned-in my first C8 after 101.000km's for this second one because of a lot of problems on that first one, but I'll continu to drive this one maybe for 200.000km's or more!
I actually tested a C8 but bought a Fiat Ulysse which is almost identical. It's a good car but the Fiat was much cheaper. My review is in the Used Car section since Fiat don't sell it anymore.
We've had this since March 2004.
Tyre wear is horrible. You'll need to replace the front tyres every year (average 12000 miles) with a good quality tyre. Fuel economy at around 31mpg agrees with what others have said here. I know it's a big heavy car but you should be able to believe the published figures or there's no point in publishing them!!
We had to spend £500 on the brakes after only 2 years of fairly average driving, which wasn't nice and we had issues with the electric doors scraping paint off the sills on both sides (resprayed under warranty, but I expect it will be back). The door and boot handles have also been replaced as the aluminium coating on the old ones peeled.
All this may have you thinking that we hate the C8 - but I have to say that this is still an excellent family workhorse.
I had a test drive in a C4 Grand Picasso today with the idea of trading in, but found the C4 to be a bit of a tank in comparison - low down, worse visibility (for all it's hyped front windscreen) and heavier handling. Very disappointed and will now have to look at the Honda FRV as a possible replacement - though I can see us actually keeping the thing...
ps - one cool thing about the electric doors - My nosey neighbour phoned up the other day to tell me I'd left the C8 side doors open in my driveway "oh really?", I said as I pointed the remote out of the window and shut them.. "thanks for that.." -hurr hurr.
I have owned my C8 for nearly 3 years now and on the whole I have found it a very good family-mover.
Positives are (1) the HUGE equipment list - auto wipers, auto xenon headlights, emergency brake assist, folding mirrors, electric sliding doors, 3 zone climate control, electric heated & adjustable seats, cruise control, chill compartment, automatic dimming rearview mirror, and so on (2) very comfortable motorway cruiser (3) bags of space, and versitility of layout.
Negatives are (1) mediocre ride quality and handling around town (2) disappointing economy, I average 31mpg, although my driving is mainly urban so could be worse (3) a notchy gearshift (4) seats are a pain to take in and out (but at least they are proper seats unlike some of the rivals that fold into the floor).
Reliability has been very good, apart from a sheared crankshaft pulley one month after the 3 year warranty expired. But all credit to Citroen UK who paid the £450 repair bill in full. Who said customer service is dead?
Overall, I've been very happy with it.
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