Citroen C3 Review from Spain

2003 Citroen C3 1.6 petrol

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired3950 kilometres
Most recent distance42000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord


It looked nice, but it has been very unreliable, considering the very short distance traveled


Front wheel bearings failed on both sides at 17000K (3 years). Citroen refused warranty, cost €300.

The electronic gizmo that tells the car which gear it is in failed at 39500K; cost €400 to clean.

Same part failed again at 42000k; cost €995 before negotiation reduced to €834.

General Comments:

Ride is very jerky and uncomfortable.

The car is in showroom condition with only 42000K about 25000 miles i.e. just run in, but worth very little, being 7/8 years old. Therefore we will have to suffer the consequences of buying a very poor car at a very high price €13500 in 2003.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th October, 2010

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 1 review