2002 Citroen C5




When I bought the car two months ago, the (2nd) owner told me he had been having problems with two electronic issues:

(1) The navigation system had a loose wire and the cost to replace unit is 2000euro. I was told that occasionally the unit came on, which it did yesterday, after being parked in a garage for a week. I was told a good wiring guy can fix -- thoughts?

(2) Service engine light comes on, then goes off. Not a big deal. Once the STOP light went on.


General Comments:

I like the car. Only paid 3450 euro and it is in great shape.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th July, 2010

2007 Citroen C5 Break Exclusive 2.0 HDi


A great all around family car


The plastic shield below the engine proved no match for some of the roads I had to travel on and I had to remove it. Fortunately I no longer needed to drive in construction areas after that.

General Comments:

First a little heads up. I posted in the C4 Picasso section a comment about leasing a C4 Picasso in may 2007 for about 2 months. Then, when the car had to be upgraded to C5 Break I promised a follow up in the right section. So here it comes.

I got the car brand new through the Citroen buy back program which is available to outside EU tourists.

The car was brand new and behaved admirably. I have heard about reliability issues with the brand however I cannot find a serious fault on my C5 Break. And the customer service was great.

I drove through various conditions, from rainy German autobahns to muddy Danube shores going through narrow French city streets and parking lots and also bumpy roads in the Eastern Europe.

All in all, the car worked great. As a a matter of fact it just worked. The only thing that proved too much for it was the excessively bumpy segment on an Eastern European highway. I will not mention the country's name since the quality of that road was the exception to the rule in that case and the route could not have been avoided. Anyway the plastic shield below the car broke and finally went to pieces about 500 clicks later on a highway driving at 160 km/h. I guess it was the excessive airflow that finally ruptured it.

Other than this detail the only other thing that bothered me, and again it is a minor one, was the way I started to get numb after sitting in the chair for more than 2 hours straight. Yeah, I'm picky, but only because I'm used to chairs form a Grand Marquis. Apples and oranges I know, but there you have it.

The Citroen dealer in Regensburg, Germany was very helpful with the initial visit. Even if they spoke no word of French (the papers were in French) they did their best to accommodate me and did the the initial revision on the car without a problem.

Other words that might define the car: roomy by European standards, highly maneuverable, safe, silent, comfortable, steady. Oh, and also the automatic gearbox is no sport enthusiast's dream, but then again it's not supposed to be. This is a family car that only lacks a 4x4 option, but I guess there's not much call for that in Europe. Canadian winters require it though so if Citroen plans on crossing the Atlantic they should consider a 4x4 option on their cars.

So to sum it all up, this car did about 9000 km in 50 days on all kinds of roads and didn't even break a sweat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2007

23rd Apr 2009, 13:39

Give it time!

The gremlins will soon become apparent.

31st Aug 2009, 09:03

Have to agree with "Give it time!"

"The gremlins will soon become apparent."

2.0 Hdi is an oil burner, ENGINE oil that is.

2.2 Hdi is better, but sore on diesel on short runs.

But the gremlins will surface, I know too, I had both.

The 2.2 Hdi was a replacement for the 2.0 Hdi after Citroen UK tried to tell me there was nothing wrong with my car.

Citroen - The worst move you will ever make.

9th Dec 2009, 08:01

To the above comment:

Are you talking about the new C5 or the old C5?

If you have that much experience with the car (having knowledge of 2 engine variants), could you please leave a review of it? I am interested in reading as many objective opinions as I can.

Thank you.

1st Apr 2010, 06:01

Regarding the comments on the C5 giving problems, I can assure you that I have driven my 2004 C5 Automatic for over 80,000 kms, and have never put a drop of oil in it, except for the three 30,000 km services I've had.

And having driven in Canada, the "Snow" button should help handle the roads adequately, as I have experienced in 100mms of mud in Africa!

I cannot believe the number of bad reports unless I have a "special" C5.

13th Mar 2014, 22:54

I can say that. I own a 2003 C5 2.0 HDI with more than 713000km... So you were saying that they are unreliable? :D

3rd Feb 2018, 02:34

Mine is from 2003 and has 758000km - 2.0HDI.

Happy with it.

3rd Feb 2018, 19:39

It's averages - and each owner/reviewer's experience. For sure, there will always be cars of each example that actually don't give problems, or nothing enough to annoy an owner. It isn't necessarily INEVITABLE that a car with many bad reviews will breakdown, but there is a likelihood, possibly high. But there are enough cars out there that run well enough for people to keep buying the car or the brand. Notice that Citroen, Peugeot, even Fiat are still alive; you can't just say it's simply national pride, since many American or British car brands are now gone.