Citroen C5 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2002 Citroen C5 3.0

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 kilometres
Most recent distance147000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 156

Summary:

Unreliable junk

Faults:

Electric window failure.

Catalytic converters failed on the front; quoted over $1500.

Rocker cover gasket gone, leaking oil in spark plug wells.

Lots of errors (anti pollution, catalytic failure, engine service).

Engine immobilizer failure, stuck at traffic lights, could not start the car for 15 minutes.

Expensive timing belt service.

No parts available in Australia, have to wait weeks.

General Comments:

I would never buy a Citroen again. Even though it was serviced every 5k, it gave nothing but problems. If I lived in France, maybe I would, but not in Australia.

These cars are a nightmare. Stay away from the 3.0 engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th May, 2013

2003 Citroen C5 HDi 2.0L turbo diesel

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.0L turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired202000 kilometres
Most recent distance222000 kilometres

Summary:

A reliable & endearing car that grows on you

Faults:

CD player stopped ejecting CDs.

Oil leak.

Windscreen washer pump failed.

Power window failure.

Air conditioning gate fault.

General Comments:

This is a car that takes time to appreciate.

I bought this car for AU $3,750 with 202,000km on the clock. I was not expecting much, and to be honest, I thought it was a hideous looking vehicle.

However with such a limited budget, it was a winner compared to anything else on offer in my price range, not to mention I was impressed with the immaculate condition inside and out, and how it had stood up so well to the harsh Australian environment.

These cars really do grow on you; they are comfortable, reliable, smooth, unbelievably economical, whisper quiet and a real pleasure to drive.

If you are after a sporty car, then forget it, but if you want a comfy, economical safe cruiser, then it's a winner.

I did have a few minor initial problems, but thankfully I found a great mechanic that fixed everything for a very reasonable cost.

When you buy a C5, add $2000 to the sale price, as this is what it will probably cost you to bring it up to scratch. However, you will be rewarded with a truly fantastic car.

I look forward to driving this car everyday, and I now look at it with fondness, rather than contempt.

Highly recommended. Don't be put off by minor faults, as they are very reasonable to repair, as long as you find a good local mechanic. Whatever you do, don't take it to a Citroen dealer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2013

8th Apr 2013, 18:39

Thank you for your review and sharing it with us.

I am thinking of buying an HDI C5 as well. Some of the reviews I came across are quite worrying, and had stopped me from getting a C5.

Would you be kind enough to let me know where this mechanic is that looks after your car?

Once again, we thank you.

13th Apr 2013, 08:46

Hi, the mechanic that looks after my car is called "grease" located in Caboolture QLD.

My only advice with a C5 is to check the log books and receipts to see if it has been problematic. I looked at 2 C5's before I purchased mine. The first was a V6 petrol, it only had 98,000km on the clock, however it had receipts for many thousands of dollars for work done over the years, and had 4 previous owners, which seems to be an indication that it was going to be a lemon.

The C5 I purchased was a 1 owner turbo diesel, it had receipts for normal servicing and the odd little repair. Even though the car had travelled 202,000km, I felt it was the better buy as it had nothing go wrong with it with more than double the Km.

My logic was if you have a good reliable car, you will drive it a lot more and the owner will keep it for longer. If you have a lemon, it will not be driven anywhere near as much and it will have had a lot more owners. You can get a complete lemon of a car or a great car; I have spoken to owners of both. One guy I met had his from new with 390,000km on the clock and everything still worked, and he said it runs like a dream.

I have clocked up another 23,000km of trouble free motoring.

Hope that's been some help

16th Apr 2013, 22:04

That is a very good point: high mileage means that the car is normally on the road instead of spending a lot of time sitting in the repair shop.

Thanks again and happy motoring!

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 11 reviews