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Citroën C3 1.4i Desire 5d (2003/03)

Citroën C3 1.4i Desire 5d (2003/03) - Owner Review

5 door, large boot (for a small car)

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Review submitted by
John Corne on

Citroën C3 (02-10)


1 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
It has driven me mad with frustration. The most unreliable car I've owned since my first car in 1971

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They just wish it would go

Would you buy this car again and why?
Never - it is so unreliable and when it fails, Citroen can't even fix it

What are you likely to buy next?
A Japanese car, probably a Jazz

Buying experience

3 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
February 2008

Did you get a good deal and why?
It seemed so at the time, but when the car failed, we are not so sure

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Expected this to be a small, reliable car for my daughter to learn to drive in

What was the dealer like?

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Good, lively (when it works - when it goes back into its "limp home" mode, well, I have been overtaken by people walking

What's it like to park?

Living with it

1 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Yes. The Engine Management system fails with symptoms indicating almost every component under the bonnet, and a few elsewhere. The most recent thing replaced is the accelerator pedal! Citroen UK seem, clueless how to troubleshoot this

What's most practical about your car?
5 door, large boot (for a small car)

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Air conditioning

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