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Citroën C5 Hatchback 2.0 HPi Exclusive 5d (2001/51)

Citroën C5 Hatchback 2.0 HPi Exclusive 5d (2001/51) - Owner Review

The space, comfort and equipment levels.

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Review submitted by
Phillip Pond on

Citroën C5 Hatchback (01-04)


2 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
You don't mind buying a cheap car and living life on the edge due to the poor reliability. Just look up the C5 Yahoo group and you'll be put off forever!

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?

Would you buy this car again and why?
Not in this lifetime - see list of faults!

What are you likely to buy next?
Ford Mondeo or MG ZT - something a little less dull to drive and a lot less likely to burn my wallet regularly!

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?
October 2004

Did you get a good deal and why?
Lot of metal for the money due to high mileage and poor residuals.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Very cheap due to high mileage but was in very good condition with full main dealer service history.

What was the dealer like?

Driving it

3 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Good ride and refinement, but don't expect any excitement behind the wheel. Complete lack of low-down torque from engine, which is rough and sounds like a diesel due to direct fuel injection.

What's it like to park?
Not great without sensors - you can't see the bonnet or the bootlid and it's a fairly long car.

Living with it

2 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Failed igniters on both xenon headlamps - requires replacement units at over £500 fitted EACH! Following the second failure investigating having xenon lamps replaced with standard halogens (cost quarter as much!). Exhaust pipe split in two whilst on holiday in southern France - french Citroen main dealer charged £1600 for replacement exhaust system!!! 'Anti-pollution fault' - failed oxygen sensor, £150 to fix. Engine misfire - failed coil pack, £300 to fix.

What's most practical about your car?
The space, comfort and equipment levels.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Computer controlled height-adjustable suspension.

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