2004 Citroen C3 Pluriel Executive 1.4




Leaking roof on arches and boot.

General Comments:

The car leaks continually even after the garage says they have fixed it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th August, 2008

2007 Citroen C3 Pluriel


Love it


Leaking roof.

General Comments:

It's my wife's car and I love it!!

On the negative side, the roof leaks. I'm a former aircraft engineer and a water engineer, so I don't intend to be defeated by this. My first impression is that Citroen have done a great job in seal design, so I've investigated the problem further, I think I've found the problem, with a simple fix, but I'm awaiting some serious rain to test my theory!!

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

Review Date: 14th June, 2007

17th Jun 2007, 15:10

Success!! the symptom was water dripping from the roof arch fastener onto the seats. I found the source was from the window seals around the arches, not the roof. Rainwater seeps between the seal and arch, then collects and travels to the lowest point through the fastener. My fix was applying Vaseline between the seal and arch.

PS if this fix saves you ££ by not going to the dealers, please think of the unfortunate people in the world who have no water. Please give a donation to Water-Aid instead.

28th Jun 2007, 16:23

I have the same issue with a Sensodrive Pluriel... That is water dropping onto the front passenger seat. It seems to drop from an area close to that thing you use to mask sunbeams (sorry for not knowing the English word :P).

You think you could maybe make a detailed how-to on fixing this? Maybe some pictures?

Thank you.

26th Oct 2009, 14:38

I have same problem with leakage on arches, and keeps juddering as you try to pull away in first gear, can be scary on roundabouts and heavy traffic, have started to lose my confidence when driving, first time ever... After one week had new coil pack fitted, and spark plug, one week later, same problem.. Please help.. fed up, only had it a month.

2006 Citroen C3 Pluriel 1600 Sensodrive 1.6 petrol


An acquired taste

General Comments:

A funky little car that takes a little getting used to.

The Sensodrive transmission is a little strange. It needs to be kept in mind that this is basically a manual gearbox equipped with electrically controlled shift and clutch mechanisms, rather than a conventional automatic gearbox. This means that power to the engine is cut while the mechanism declutches and changes gear, causing a marked lurching sensation.

Despite the 1600 cc 16 valve engine capable of 110 BHP, my previous car, a 1100 cc Fiat Punto with exzctly half the power output, felt faster.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2006

26th Jun 2006, 03:03

I have been driving the Citroen pluriel for about 4 months now. I did a lot of research on the car and was aware of the most common complaint of the car losing power between gearshifts - so as annoying as it is, I put up with it because I liked the look of the car. Unfortunately I have had to take the car back to the dealer twice in its short life span, and I am about to take it back again.

The first problems were that the car got confused about whether it was in manual or auto - ie I had the gear stick in manual, but on the dash screen it showed I was in second gear auto, and when I put it in auto, it showed that it was in manual. Another time I had been driving the car for about 20 minutes and then was idling for about 10 minutes when the screen flashed that the engine was overheating, and to turn the engine off, which I quickly did.

Both times the car was returned for the service, the service people could not find any problems with the car. Now the car has decided that it doesn't want to start. Four times today it refused to start up, with the last time taking a good five minutes trying.

I love the look of the car - can't fault it. Mechanically, I have had more problems than a new car should give me. I have had 3 Toyota's in the past, with not one complaint. I will never buy a Citroen again - no matter how good it looks.