Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Citroën Synergie MPV?
Citroen has consistently finished near the bottom of our reliability surveys and posted below average scores in the annual JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey.
While the Synergie isn't one of the worst offenders, claims by Warranty Direct customers show that leaking cooling systems are common and that the clutch release bearings can fail after 30,000 miles. The latter problem is particularly bad news, because it costs around £1000 to fix. Rain water has been known to get into the gearbox, too, and 2.0 diesel models built between September 2000 and May 2001 were recalled when it was found that rain reaching the engine bay could cause a malfunction that reduced power assistance to the brake pedal and increased emissions. Synergies built between January and July 1998 were also recalled as a precaution against the handbrake wearing prematurely. As you would with any car, ensure the relevant work has been carried out before you buy.