2002 Citroen Berlingo 1.6 from Finland
Nice and practical
Some problems with the bearings.
The central locking ceased functioning some years ago.
The clutch and the exhaust pipe had to be replaced.
Some mostly minor things.
I like the car very much, especially for the space it provides. In not many cars is one for instance able to transport a bicycle or cross country skis so easily. Also it's quite nice to drive. There's no air conditioning in this individual, but even so, there's so much space inside and such large windows, that it helps a bit (as does the Finnish climate of course).
Considering the building quality, my expectations were probably a bit high after an extremely trustworthy Toyota. With this car I have learned about a number of car parts needing fixing, some of whose very existence I had earlier been quite unaware of.. Still, mostly minor faults. And rusting hasn't been a problem to speak about.
A practical car and fun to drive. Not everyone does seem to find it the most beautiful car around, but I find the looks quite sympathetic.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st September, 2012
23rd Aug 2008, 16:27
August 2008 and I'm commenting on my own review here.
Well, we've not done mega mileage or anything, but the Berlingo has had to work for it's keep. One design fault I've found is the radiator bottom hose connector. The top hose is locked on with a sturdy clip, but the bottom is a farce. The hose just plugs into the radiator with a rubber 'o' ring that's supposed to seal it, and the two halves are retained by what I can best describe as a bit of wire! (A clip). The two have parted company and we've ended up being brought home courtesy of Green Flag Breakdown. Fortunately no engine damage as a large red flashing light warned me of coolant loss. Whoever designed this Clip method (a Conrad clip I believe) should be sent to the Bastille!
Front brakes squeal, and I've fitted new pads and applied high melting point grease to the shims.
Apart from the above, all working well. A nice ride, nice visibility, dirt cheap to run, characterful and very, very useful. Tyres same price as a basic Astra (have bought two new for the front). Quite happy to keep the car a spell longer. We also have an old knockabout 4x4 too.