Written on: 24/03/2013
Ive had my Dyson DC03 for few years and it has always been very efficient but now has started SPITTING OUT THE DIRT THAT IT HAS JUST PICKED UP - DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO RECTIFY THIS PROBLEM PLEASE ? I do find the parts to be brittle and snap easily - my wand has been broken for a long time as it is top heavy and fell over but I stuck it up with carpet tape and it works ok. I also find that the hose attachments fall off easily. Apart from that it is the best hoover I have had and would like... (read more)
Written on: 14/03/2013
Main fault, as with other Dysons, is that in key areas of construction the plastic is very thin walled and easily breaks. On this model, when using with the frankly bizarre "wand" detached, the vacuum is top heavy. Mine toppled onto its back and the side of the wand housing snapped, writing the whole thing off. Looking at the flimsy design, it's easy to see why. I wouldn't touch another. There's a fitness for purpose issue here. In use, no loss of suction because there isn't much to start... (read more)
Written on: 30/12/2009 by shpongled (6 reviews written)
Firstly, I do not own a Dyson DC03, or any other Dyson for which i am quite thankful for.
My job entails me working in other peoples houses on a daily basis, and quite frequently over the years cleaning up after myself has involved borrowing a clients vacuum cleaner.
The Dysons have always stood out, but for all the wrong reasons. The design is horrible. The colours are disgusting, and the plastic feels very cheap and flimsy. They flex and creak as your using them, feeling like it's... (read more)
Written on: 17/12/2009
Have had this DC03 for several years, but like everyone else, have found that it is made out of very poor material, in that most plastic parts break very easily. Because the design is top heavy, it topples over very easily, which often breaks the wand (handle), and which, like every other Dyson part, is ludicrously expensive. For those who have had the wand break, do as I did, get a small piece of 1 and a half inch waste pipe, cut to length to fit between the handle, cut horizontally along... (read more)
Written on: 17/11/2009
we have repaired and servived dyson dc03 vacuum cleaners for a few years now and we have found then quite reliable and robust, the main thing that we find when they come in for a service / repair is the hose blocked or the filters need cleaning / changing, but in the whole we recommend this dyson dc03.
Written on: 03/06/2009
After my pull along vacuum broke down I really had no idea what to buy, My partner has a Dyson DC07 which he let me have ago on and I was really happy with,
I thought about getting an 07 also but someone then gave me a DC03 in good condition but the wand was broken which I phoned Dyson over and was quoted £25.00 for a new one.
I then tried a Hoover store in town and they sold me a 2nd hand wand for £5.00!!!!
I set it up and away I went the vacuum picked things up I didn't even know was... (read more)
Written on: 15/05/2009 by patti Lindsay (2 reviews written)
Agree with everyone else, the Dyson DC03 is efficient but I find it a bit heavy and the handle is cumbersome.. The pastic parts are too brittle and break easily , I have now to replace the handle (wand) - it costs £35 thistime not £25 pars have suddenly become expensive. I may look at the bootsale for an old one to use as spares, there are plenty about. (read more)
Written on: 29/03/2009
This Dyson DC03 cleaner is just right for us ,being two oaps of 75/76 yrs
we find carrying it up & down the stairs easy & using & emptying
it no problem, we also have a dyson dc01 which we still use its over 8yrs old and I have only replaced roller brush and part of the under side case.last year ,we use them every day
they are like new ,due to my wifes and I Looking after them.
keeping them clean & empty after use, changing filters, ,etc, (read more)
Written on: 16/08/2008 by mandystraw (1 review written)
I got given this by a friend, and find the suction far to superior to others when as an upright. However, it is very heavy, hurts my wrist to use, the attachments are difficult to attach and use as the handle gets in the way. I think that the weight if the machine was a definate contributor to the wand snapping off during use one day. Great cleaner but I would not buy one. (read more)
Written on: 12/06/2008
Ivegot this Dyson vacuumt for £349:99 it is not loosing suction ever i had it for 2 years the following vacuums ive had was a dysondco1 for 15 years, hitachi 1 year ,orb morphy richards 1 monthit broke too easily the orb and is a toy vacuum doesns suck it!!! ,then dco3 i want to marry it! (read more)
Written on: 05/06/2008
The plastic attachments on my Dyson bbreak to easily and are not easy to use. Attaching the nozzle to clean down sofa cushions is a pain as it is not designed for ease of use - you have to push the cleaner away from you and manouvre the nozzle in such a way your arm aches. Don't pull the hose too far when cleaning the stairs or it comes of the attachment. Good as an upright cleaner, lousy when you want to do other things. Oh and it's heavy as anything. (read more)
Written on: 21/05/2008 by diefenbaker (3 reviews written)
When I first turned the Dyson DC03 on, I had the hose section out, pointing upwards and the force of the suction pulled nozzle up as it sucked itself towards the ceiling! The suction on this thing when brand new is unbelievable.
Two years down the line it is still serving me well, but weirdly it doesn't suck as strongly as it once did. I am not sure why this is.
That being said, it still remains an excellent vacuum cleaner and, without a doubt worth the price.
The only improvements I... (read more)
Written on: 11/05/2008 by LJG
The main thing on this Dyson DC03 is the durability, or lack of. The plastic breaks easily. Its very heavy & cumbersome. Poor design apart from suction( The wheel arches appear to be made to catch & damage radiator pipes). The suction head has a mind of its own & is not easily manouvered around furniture. Not easy to empty. (read more)
Written on: 05/05/2008 by beachtime262
It seems that much of the plastic has small cracks and is beginning to loose little chips each time I use it. We bought the animal machine 4 years ago and I have truly loved it with the exception of the plastic fatigue. We were told that the plastic is not covered by the warnity. (read more)
Written on: 14/08/2007 by suzannemills (1 review written)
Once again I think Dyson should not take this style off the market or at least remodel it with side brushes for edge cleaning. (read more)
Written on: 19/07/2007 by jwh (2 reviews written)
Very unreliable and poor build quality
(i) The suction went on it through the hose, cost £50 to repair
(ii) Now the handle has broken near the top - new wand £25.
Old vacuums used to go on for years with no problems (read more)
Written on: 20/12/2006 by Bsteers
I have been the owner of this Dyson, from new for about 4 years and have hated it since day 1! I found the Dyson DC03's performance lacking compared to almost every single other vacuum I've used before and after whether bagged or bagless. The attachments that have movable joints have all broken now, the wand's flexible pipe has had to be repaired twice as it broke from the rigid end part of the wand and is now held in with tape. I would not recommend this vacuum to anyone as it is not... (read more)
Written on: 26/08/2006 by KenandRuth
The cleaner does what it says on the box - BUT - in my opinion it has been designed to disintegrate over time. The cable has broken internally (twice); The carrying handle has broken; The extending hose has been replaced twice and bits of plastic have fallen off at regular intervals. The plastic is far too thin. (read more)
Written on: 31/01/2005 by freelancejourno (1 review written)
I bought my Dyson DC03 secondhand from an auction for £12 in Salisbury (Netherhampton Salerooms). Yes, that's £12 folks.
The replacement clutch and service cost me a further £38. End result? You could call me a satisfied Dyson customer.
The wand seems very fiddly to use, and I'm far from convinced that it is actually effective.
Compared to my 1997-vintage DC01, the suction appears to be superior.
But would I have bought one new for £250? No way. These things are dirt cheap at auction,... (read more)
Written on: 03/01/2005 by browser072000 (1 review written)
Overall the Dyson DC03 is the best cleaner we have used in nearly thirty years and suits a house with carpets. Lighter weight will need a little more care for the heavy handed. Technically no good for curtains, see other models with airflow tools. (read more)
Written on: 03/12/2004 by DAZZER0016
Clutches on the Dyson DC03 are reliable, they have a metal pulley rather than a DC04 plastic pulley. The problem is the case of the thinnest belt snapping, its an easy DIY job if you know what to do, the main cause of belts snapping or coming off the pulley is broken plastic cleaner head (brush roll housing). (read more)
Written on: 27/07/2004 by DG (1 review written)
I purchased my DC03 Vacuum Cleaner in Dec 2000 and have just committed it to the local tip due to the fact the armature on the motor has disintegrated. Dyson stated that the motor should last far longer than 3.5 yrs but wanted £80 for a replacement. I have previously had to replace the main switch and also the power cable.
The units are effective cleaners but don't assume that the high price tag £250 will guarantee longivity of the product. It appears that you are paying for the innovative... (read more)
Written on: 04/02/2004 by labazs (1 review written)
When I bought my Dyson DC03 I had tried 4 Hoovers in a year but none cleaned my dog's hair up. 5 years later it's still cleaning brilliantly and I know now that I will never buy another make than Dyson. It's worth every penny. (read more)
Written on: 31/08/2003 by Headlong (2 reviews written)
I have had mine for nearly 5 years and I have had no problems at all. It still cleans as well as when I first paid for it! (read more)
Written on: 02/08/2003 by Mick J.
We purchased a DC03 in August 1998. I was impressed by the new approach to vacuum cleaner design and that it was a British product produced by a British entrepreneur. It also did a good job of cleaning. However, 5 years on it is disintegrating. A couple of months ago the wand handle broke and we replaced it. Last week part of the brush assembly broke off so the whole thing flops about and is only held together by the tension in the drive belt. Today the top of the main body broke where the... (read more)
Written on: 27/05/2002 by Stoth.
In 2 and half years of owning my Dyson DC03 vacuum cleaner I have had 4 hoses, 3 wands, 1 power cable, 1 brush and 1 plastic casing. Hoses always split at end going into the wand. Top of the wand becomes brittle and plastic splits.
Good product which does get a hammering, but so glad I took out the 5 year extended warranty. (read more)
Written on: 13/04/2002 by dyson worker.
I work for dyson in the call center. We get thousands of calls a week. The main fault with the Dyson dc03 vacuum cleaner is that the clutches may go and the handle can snap. Also there is a big problem with the power cables failing (although dyson would never admit this). All in all more reliable than the dco7 but not as reliable as the dc04. (read more)
Written on: 15/01/2002 by Emmanuel Kwamena Jit.
I have a Dyson DC03 STD. Ive had it for nearly 3 years but, after 6 month's of owing it, it needed a new motor and 2 new clutch assembly's.
I can say that the machine is one of the best, i'm only put off by it a little since the major repair i had on it and all the awful Dyson stories i'm hearing on the web and from other people I know.
Another thing I am put off is, is the amount of money you have to pay to have the machine serviced:
£76, for motor related repairs - including other... (read more)
Written on: 17/09/2001 by David Megan.
I brought a Dyson DC03 and it was OK for 6 month's, though one thing I didn't like about it was the fact how noisy and high pitched the motor was, after 6 month's it needed a new motor and clutch assembly. Ive had the machine back for just over a year and it's performing brilliantly, it cleans very well, helps with my hayfever allergy, its got a lifetime filter in it so I never need to change them. It's so slim I store it behind a door, once I've stored it on my cloakroom wall, it's so... (read more)
Written on: 08/07/2001 by Colette.
Had one for 2 years now, no problems with it and we're not the gentlest of users. Takes a good bashing and keeps the dog hairs at bay. (read more)
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