2003 Citroen C3 exlusive, sensodrive 1.6 petrol


Never again!


Sensodrive gearbox had more software problems so the software was updated two times (in 2003 and 2004).

Sensodrive gear change has been being clumsy and bumping between low gears even after some tunings.

Sensodrive still has some tricky bad malfunction if you are not careful and slow enough when changing to revers or stopping.

The car tends to pull to right slightly although the wheel assembly is OK.

Terrible squeaking sound from driver side wheel despite changing brake pads.

Annoying noises and chatterings within the car.

Creaking noise from the window raiser.

General Comments:

Sensodrive is over the ability of designers.

Cheap interior.

Bad performance/price ratio.

Boot is very little.

Motor is too loud.

Especially big turning cycle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th March, 2005

17th May 2005, 09:17

I totally agree with all your comments and review about the C3. I own a C3 sensodrive in Dec 2003. I can't afford to sell away the car now because it's just too expensive to do so. Too bad, I'm stuck with a bad car. Actually, I face more problems than what you had identified in your review.

My car seat squeaks, there are just too many noise coming from everywhere around the car. The fuel indicator is not accurate, the digital clock in the middle of the dashborad stop working, the paint work is done thoroughly done on the car, there is definitely problems with the gear box. It's performance over humps is not fantastic either. The pick up is slower than a 1000cc car. Whenever you send the car to the workshop, I only receive a standard reply that is "the car is meant to be like that, or it is very normal for the car to have such sound. I seriously wonder what can Citroen do to rectify the problem. I'm sure every C3 owner faces the same problem within the warranty period of the car, but the problem I believe is still present. By the way, I just feel very embarrass to invite anyone into my car. I did not have such problem before when I drove other makes of older cars before.

The plastic in the car is terrible. It looks inferior and has sharp edges and gets easily stained.

I think by writing this I'm at least able to share my experience and also to release the stress I have with the car. The list does not stop here, there are more to it, but I think enough for now.

Thanks for your review, at least I know that I'm not the only one with a bad experience.