I bought this car (a 51 plate) on 75,000 miles (it has now done 140,000). Although cheap to buy at £5000, it has cost me a fortune in replacement parts. The first complaint was squeaking brakes. The Citroën dealer told me that 'Citroën doesn't make decent brake pads, we'll use substitute pads'. The result still the same. Next, the radio failed. The same dealer said 'It's a faulty aerial'. It wasn't - it was the radio unit itself (the mechanic couldn't be bothered to check his work). Then the big 'uns. The hydraulic pump failed (C5s can't be driven without it) - that cost 900 Euros. Next, the head gasket - that cost £1500. Nine months later, the hydraulic pump failed again (again in France, where the dealer just gave me the usual Gallic shrug). In 40 years of owning cars, I can honestly say that this is the very worst car I have ever had - with the possible exception of my first (student) vehicle, a clapped-out Austin Cambridge that I bought for £10 in 1969. To cap it all, it also has one of the most uncomfortable driver's seats that I have ever encountered - cheap foam rubber that, on 600-mile journeys to and from France, has absolutely killed me. Were I to be offered a free Citroën tomorrow, I think I would actually turn it down. Having had a couple of Renaults over the years, and now this pièce de merde, I can unequivocally say that I shall never, ever, ever again buy a French car!
Chris Larkin, June 23rd 2008