2003 Citroen C3 Pluriel i 1.4
Seriously flawed and worst car buying decision I've ever made!
I have never had the roof off, as it has been with the dealers for most of the good weather.
The roof seals leaked, and have been refitted 10 times, including the "new improved" type.
The last time the "new" seals were fitted, there was so much silicone sealer used that the rubber bulged... causing leaks!
The dealer told me the seals were OK until the roof is removed... not great news for a convertible!
I have also been told not to jet wash the car, as it will interfere with the seals!
I have owned the car for 18 months, and it has been back to the dealers on 15 occasions, the longest being for 2 months. It is due in again this week.
The electric window regulators in both driver & passenger door were faulty.
The seals have been replaced around the driver's door, passenger door, around the boot, and over the rear of the car.
The upholstery requires cleaning constantly, due to the water stains.
The glove box door could be opened by your little finger, even when locked. Citroen replaced the door twice, which did not resolve the problem. Even I could see that the door catch was not meeting properly. It turns out the only way to rectify this is to remove the dash completely, which of course is not cost effective, so they screwed a bit of plastic to the existing catch to elongate it... TOP JOB! It looks tacky and still does not work properly.
Car has had over £2500 of warranty work carried out, and is due for more.
The dealers have been less than helpful, and a number of my returns to them are due to shoddy work.
The car is nice to look at, but doesn't live up to its looks.
I bought it for its quirky design, but this was an error on my part. The quirky design is basically faulty, and the car is not fit for the purpose intended, i.e, as a convertible the design is completely flawed.
Probably great in warmer climates, but should not have been marketed in the UK.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd February, 2006
13th Sep 2006, 06:43
I too thought the Pluriel was wonderful until it leaked, again I spent more time in the garage having it fixed than driving until due to the last lot of shoddy work at the garage and our dealer being generous, they asked if I would like to exchange to a C2, I will never again buy a Citroen as even my C2 has had problems and sounds like its about to fall apart, nice concepts, but not good to actually drive, I still wonder if every Pluriel I see has the same problem, as every time I took mine to the Garage there was a queue awaiting some more silicon implants, Please use this as a warning, seriously do not buy! You have been warned.
31st Aug 2009, 08:20
I have a 2008 model and have not had any problems with the roof leaking. Hopefully the design has improved over the years. I am a bit concerned about the "alternative" gear box. It doesn't change very smoothly and I've heard of a guy having to pay AUS$2000 to get it fixed.