Used Citroën C2 2003 - 2009 reliability

Category: Small car

It's nippy and good fun, but the C2's real appeal is its low price and running costs

Citroën C2 (03 - 09)
  • Citroën C2 (03 - 09)
  • Citroën C2 (03 - 09)
Used Citroën C2 2003 - 2009 review
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What should I look for in a used Citroën C2 hatchback?

Citroen doesn't have a sparkling record when it comes to reliability. The French manufacturer always finishes near the bottom of the table in our Reliability Surveys, and our most recent study was no exception.

Similarly, Citroen's performance in the JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey is never any more impressive, and mechanical reliability is one of the C2's biggest sources of complaint.

Parts are usually quite cheap, though, and Citroen dealers charge very reasonable hourly labour rates - so when your car goes wrong, it's usually quite cheap to fix.

The Sensodrive semi-automatic gearbox isn't great to use, and there have been some reports of problems with that cause a hesitation between gears and a thud when switching ratios. That's another good reason to leave it alone.

The rear brakes can be another source of problems. It has been known for them to bind on, which is a real pain.

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