Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Citroën C3 hatchback?
If you decide to ignore our advice and go for a Sensodrive car anyway, this semi-automatic gearbox can give up the ghost completely. You have been warned.
There have also been reports of the injector pump failing on the 1.6 16v HDi turbodiesel of earlier cars. Citroen has improved the design, which sorts the problem, and revised parts will have been fitted to most cars under the company's three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, but it's worth asking the question when viewing one.
The interior trim isn't the most robust and some parts can break off, so give the interior a good examination. Similarly, the electrics can be iffy on some cars, so check everything - and we mean everything.
Check the suspension, too, because there have been a few reports of problems and an early suspension-related recall. Some owners report heavier-than-normal front brake wear, so inspect the pads.
Generally, though, any faults are likely to be niggles, rather than major ones, and should be pretty cheap to fix.