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★☆☆☆☆

“money drainer”

Written on: 09/07/2012 by sleeper70 (1 review written)

I have had my 2005 model for 4 years now, and have never had to spend as much money on a car as this. Cant wait to get rid of it, as I am left wondering what else could go wrong. Have already needed to replace both the front light units because water keeps getting in, replaced nearly all the light bulbs, had to replace the injectors, continually have to buy new wiper blades, have had to replace the clutch at a cost of £500 and now in garage because of overheating problems. It has only done… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Citroen C3 1.4 8v Desire. Super Duper!”

Written on: 09/02/2012 by mikezs (1 review written)

I've owned this car for a year, so I thought I would give my thoughts on it. I bought this car last winter as a replacement for a Fiat Punto of similar age that had electrical daemons (I know french car's aren't renowned for their reliability either!) But it drove without fault for 9 months. The guy I bought it off gave it a big service as it had just reached 100,000 miles. This included the usual oil, filter, coolant as well as cam belt, new head gasket and head bolts. When I got the car I… Read Full Review

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“Citroen C3 1.4 hdi The most costy Car I've owned”

Written on: 03/02/2012 by spicey77 (1 review written)

Well where do I start. To date I've spent more than the cost of the car from when I purchased it over 2 years ago. I've had a new ECU, a new/reconditioned engine, and the main fuel pump. Now The injectors are badly leaking fuel causing smoke and puddles of fuel on my driveway. Not sure if this is a case of very bad luck, but I certainly would not recommend this car to anyone if you wish to keep the will to live! I purchased this car as I thought it would be practical and wanted to start… Read Full Review

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“Citroen C3 Desire 1.4............. lovit!!!”

Written on: 15/09/2011 by jxisme (1 review written)

I really love this car, it is so nippy, great acceleration and its got some power in it too. Nice and roomy for the kids and so comfy. The suspension is superb you can't hardly feel the bumps in the road!!! The only problem I've had is that the engine management light came on and it started mis firing slightly and the mechanic who I took it to did his research!!! It turned out that there is a common fault with C3's that when it rains or water goes on the bonet the water jet covers on the… Read Full Review

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“My car was fine and almost killed my wife. She was...”

Written on: 16/10/2010

My car was fine and almost killed my wife. She was driving when suddenly the acceleration kicked off and the car took off like it never has before. Brakes would not stop and the engine continued to run faster and faster until after a couple of km's she hit the side of the road to stop the car and it flipped over.

It was like the car had a mind of its own and just took off. We were told by a service professional that the problem was the computer in the car. Not only was the car totaled but… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 26/06/2011

I just bought a 2005 C3 Desire this week and the exact same thing has just happened to me yesterday! I had my 2 children in the car and luckily we were driving along a back road and had no traffic in front or behind me. I finally managed to get it to stop by pulling on the handbrake before we hit a sharp bend on the road. car is now back at garage but I can't believe they sold me this car which apparantly was just mot'd 3 weeks ago!! My children and I are lucky to have escaped with no injuries

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★★★★★

“had the car from 20000miles serviced at specified...”

Written on: 11/04/2010

had the car from 20000miles serviced at specified times now as 117000 still as good as new fuel comsumption is un believable and it as a terrific turn of foot would not buy anything else is very comfortable and reliable road tax£30 per year 100/1000… Read Full Review

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Written on: 17/08/2011

where do you get £30 a year road tax? I have one at £130

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★★★★☆

“Bought a c3 1.4 hdi 8v. from a car auction 'BCA'.It is...”

Written on: 19/03/2010

Bought a c3 1.4 hdi 8v. from a car auction 'BCA'.It is a 2005/05 model done 137k miles,one owner & spotless condition, with full main dealer service history,was taxed (£35-year)and a new mot which was an added bonus,and cost me £1,900 +com. & vat to auction.
This car so far has been fantastic and the mrs loves it,i hardly see her any more---result!
I LOVE THE NEW DS3 SPORT,
GRAHAM… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Went on holiday to France last year and enjoyed an...”

Written on: 16/02/2010

Went on holiday to France last year and enjoyed an exyended stay because the front suspension decided to collapse on the last day (maybe the car wanted to stay in France?)

However the extended warranty was good and got us and the car back to the UK, although the car obviously wanted to stay longer because it didn't arrive until some weeks later, after they tracked it down in Belgium.

When we went to collect the vehicle there were several new minor dents which, we were told, must have happened… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Excellent car Before this i had a fiat punto with...”

Written on: 19/01/2010

Excellent car Before this i had a fiat punto with loads of niggly things wrong with it. Only problem I have had with the C3 is the 10A F14 screenwash fuse blow when it's icy however the instruction booklet tells you not to use the screenwash in icy conditions
It's very comfortable and has an interior much like the C5
Sound system is very good and climate control works well
All in all an excellent car… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I have the citroen 1.4 8 valve diesel desire, I use it...”

Written on: 29/07/2009

I have the citroen 1.4 8 valve diesel desire, I use it as a driving instructor car ,I love it My pupils love it,my son will get this car of me in ten months time when he is 17 and I will buy the new model c3 .

Love the mpg
love the cd
love the aircon
I service it my self as it is out of warranty 90.000 miles... its had a new clutch,starter motor and gear selector cables,all i do is change the filters and oil,ohive changed the front brake discs all parts are very cheap.
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“4 years and 41,000 miles, just got out of warranty and...”

Written on: 11/01/2009 by grindrod (1 review written)

4 years and 41,000 miles, just got out of warranty and an ignition unit failed, cost £300 including diagnostics, this has also wrecked the CAT which we haven't replaced yet but will cost about £500. The gearbox is now noisy with what sounds like knackered layshaft bearings, finally the washers have stopped, almost certainly the 10A fuse but the fuse diagram in the handbook bears no resemblance to the fuse box on the car. I thought the Citroen C3 1.4 Desire has cheap, poor build quality… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Citroen C3 XTR 1.4HDI does look a bit different. Does...”

Written on: 27/08/2008

Citroen C3 XTR 1.4HDI does look a bit different. Does 70 mpg on the motorway with 4 passengers and around 52mpg round town. £35/year road tax. Yes it's a small car so what sort of ride do you expect! 40,000 miles now. roof bars very useful. No issues really. Went down from a Picasso. Can do 500miles in a day without feeling tired. Would I have another one? yes please!… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Great car to drive whilst in the town, but once on the...”

Written on: 29/04/2008 by Artyboy58 (1 review written)

Great car to drive whilst in the town, but once on the motorway you then feel how light the car is (sidewinds).
Great Diesel engines that come from Citreon/Peugeot
Local Dealer (Arnold Clark) are a very poor Citreon Dealer.
Poor Servive (Not Recomended)… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Best comfort of all superminis. Quiet and the chairs...”

Written on: 31/12/2007

Best comfort of all superminis. Quiet and the chairs are lovely. Cheap to buy and run. Feels 100 times better then the Fiesta's, Clio's and Fabia's I have had before… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The Citroen C3 is fantastic. I love it. Its sound...”

Written on: 01/07/2007 by mazzybabes (1 review written)

The Citroen C3 is fantastic. I love it. Its sound system is brilliant and it has a lot of character. The interior design and digital effects within the dashboard are fantastic. It is my first car and is extremely reliable its never let me down. Perfect car… Read Full Review

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“This is the first, and unfortunately the last Citroen...”

Written on: 09/02/2007 by brentj (1 review written)

This is the first, and unfortunately the last Citroen I will own.

I bought the C3 Desire in August 2006, and it seemed perfect as I drove off the forecourt. Only weeks later the faults started to appear.

First of all a squeaking noise in the cabin started, and over the next few weeks got more frequent and louder. My local dealership in Aylesbury couldn't hear anything to my surprise, and in the end I tracked it down to the stereo fascia. I removed the stereo myself and demanded a… Read Full Review

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“We bought our Citroen C3 Desire in Cardiff and I wish...”

Written on: 04/02/2007 by LandB (1 review written)

We bought our Citroen C3 Desire in Cardiff and I wish we never had. Only after one month we had problems with it. The most dangerous of faults is that at 60MPh - 70Mph the car suddenly decelerates and then accelerates. The engine management light comes on and goes off. When I took the car, just one month old, to the dealership they plugged it in and said that no fault was found and therefore they couldn't do anything! This has since happened 6 times, the dealership and Citroen seem totally… Read Full Review

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Lasaskia's Response to LandB's Review

Written on: 22/06/2008

I would like to know what the cause of the problem is, because we own a C3 ourselves and have experienced the same problem. Driving 120 km/ph or 50 km/ph, sometimes it doesn't occur for months, and then all off a sudden it happens like 4 times in only one hour. We went to our dealer with this problem, and he said the same thing. There is no problem so don't worry about it... But still you feel very uncomfortable when it happens, especially when you're on the highway and trying to pass another car. So i would like to know, what was needed to solve this problem?

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427126_Geolgrad's Response to LandB's Review

Written on: 23/12/2008

I have a 2004 C &pound; Desire 1.4 have had a similar thing occur. Citroen couldn't find anything wrong and neither could a citroen specialist. Then I went to start it one morning and it wouldnt stay running. When the AA arrived he said it was a faulty coil pack. <br/>We sprayed it with WD40 and it seemed to bring it back to life long enough for me to get it to the dealer, who then proceeded to take the engine apart and found there was also a corroded injector. <br/>Car been good since (slight problem with fuel gauge misreading). Hope this is a help to you.

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Lasaskia's Response to LandB's Review

Written on: 22/06/2008

i would like to know the cause of the problem (decelaration and acceleration, plus engine warning lamp) Because we have experienced the same problems with our C3. Our dealer still hasn't found a cause.

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“My '04' C3 and I will shortly be parting company after...”

Written on: 07/03/2006 by RosieJones (1 review written)

My '04' C3 and I will shortly be parting company after a year together. I won't be sorry to see it go. Having just gone back to Citroen for new roof mouldings (they kept pinging off) and yet another look at the brakes that drone very VERY loudly and not forgetting my loud squeak from the front wheels Citroen say the car is fine. I say the car is a heap of tin - never ever again :-(… Read Full Review

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“I bought a 53 plate Citroen C3 from new. Probably the...”

Written on: 30/01/2006 by cardiffboy (1 review written)

I bought a 53 plate Citroen C3 from new. Probably the most unreliable car I have ever known. No less than 13 trips to the service centre in two years. The injectors have failed, the wipers burned out, the oil filter was cracked (after a service!) the electrics have died twice. I'm on the third stereo, the headlight has filled with water (after a service) the wipers fell off (after a service).

All in all this is a terrible car. Poor visibility, limited power, appalling gearbox and a… Read Full Review

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“I have had my 2005 Citroen C3 1.4 Desire for 2 months...”

Written on: 19/04/2005 by haydndoggie (2 reviews written)

I have had my 2005 Citroen C3 1.4 Desire for 2 months now and have already done 3000 miles. I bought the car after 3 years with my Fiesta. My daily commute averages around 90 miles, so I was seeking an economical yet comfortable car with a bit of character. I have not been disappointed. The car drives like a dream, is very quiet and refined and feels as solid as a rock. I have never had a French car before let alone a Citroen, preferring (in my mind) to play it safe with Fords and… Read Full Review

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