Citroen C3 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2003 Citroen C3 1.4 petrol

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance30000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Absolute unreliable rubbish that cannot be trusted

Faults:

The fuel injectors self destructed when the vehicle was just out of warranty. The citroen dealer intimated that it was a product fault BUT declined to fix it free of cost or to give any discount. I wrote to Citroen to complain and they did not bother replying.

General Comments:

For the first 18 months of ownership we believed this was a reliable and very economical car. Although underpowered, we loved it and maintained it METICULOUSLY with the assistance of a Citroen dealer.

Then we went on a long trip and were nearly stranded when the fuel injection system decided to self destruct. I have two small children and the idea of being stranded by the side of the road in a new well cared for car is JUST UNACCEPTABLE.

DO NOT BUY A CITROEN, trust me. I owned a D Special, it was supurb although ancient. What they make now is GARBAGE. Please please do not make the same mistake we did.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th September, 2008

2003 Citroen C3 Exclusive Panoramique 1.4 8v

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4 8v Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired3 kilometres
Most recent distance45600 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

Reliable, trouble-free motoring

Faults:

Automatic gearbox is very clunky

Hesitates when cold

Climate control makes terrible "clunk" sound

Driver's seat squab has deformed over time.

General Comments:

Other than a few minor issues, the car has been very sound.

I wish that the car had more power - 0-100 km/h is a very leisurely 18s or so. For the slowness, it should use a little less petrol - it's barely more fuel efficient than my old car, a turbo Beetle which is more than twice as fast zero to 100.

Unlike the Beetle, this car has been very reliable and has all the things you want in a car. As this meets my needs for motoring, I would buy another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2005

2003 Citroen C3 Exclusive 1.4

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance10000 kilometres
Previous carFord Bronco

Summary:

Really fantastic except slightly underpowered

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with this car at all.

General Comments:

This car is a brilliant commuter and also an excellent highway cruiser. The fuel economy is mind numbingly good. The only fault is that the 1.4 motor is slightly underpowered - so definitely go for the 1.6. A really great little car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2003

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews