2002 Citroen Berlingo Reviews

2002 Citroen Berlingo 1.6 from Finland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Carina

Summary:

Nice and practical

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

2002 Citroen Berlingo 600 LX 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired26500 miles
Most recent distance126000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Fabulous

Faults:

I started up my own business in 2003, and within a year had saved up 4000ukp to buy myself a van with.

I purchased an ex BSYSB Citroen Berlingo. This came with side door, racking and steel bulkhead.

On purchase the van had 26k on the clock.

I have just sold this van having replaced it with a Transit Connect, on sale it had 126k on the clock.

In the three years I put 100k on this van the following was carried out...

Oil change every 10k

2 sets of disk and pads

Front tyres

2 windscreens.

That's it!!! :-)

The suspension and rear brakes were never touched. The rear tyres were never changed. I paid 3500+ VAT for this van when it was 2 years old. I just sold it for 1500 quid; can motoring ever get any better than that!!!

General Comments:

Fantastic, would not hesitate to have another. Only reason I went for the Connect is because it's slightly larger inside and has a turbo. As you can see I am covering mega miles nationwide, and the only thing against the Berlingo was its lack of power. Great van and I would still have it, but I lost my nerve at 126k fearing big bills would eventually have to arrive!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2007

2002 Citroen Berlingo 1.6i from UK and Ireland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance65500 miles
Previous carVauxhall Frontera

Summary:

Great little design and concept

Faults:

Interior light does not come on when the doors are opened. Have to use manual switches.

Rain can drip into the boot when the large back door is opened and used as a shelter.

Rubber trim above sliding door needed sticking back on.

Power steering is OK, but could have been just a little lighter.

General Comments:

A good workhorse with a dash of styling.

I watched the Jeremy Clarkson video (LOL) and decided to try a Berlingo out. I chose a diesel hire car in Lanzarote. Unsure of what c.c. the engine was. Immediately liked the car, although noticed quite considerable tyre drumming on the coarse Lanzarote roads.

The amount of space, headroom, general practicality of the vehicle is impressive. Slightly reminds me of the old Matra Rancho (Simca) of the 1970s, - just a simple design given styling and flair.

I find the 1.6i engine highly responsive once wound up, and the car cruises very nicely on Motorways. I don't have an issue with stability as I still have an old style 4x4 and have had various other high sided vehicles before, so perhaps I'm used to some body roll and making the necessary driving compensations for it.

Economy wise I'm laughing all the way to the bank, with excellent fuel figures and low insurance on this car, and tend to just use my old 4x4 for bad weather, hiking expeditions etc.

I've Waxoyled the rear suspension units and also floor panels, as I always have suspicions regarding corrosion from French (and Italian) cars. I notice the brake pipes run fully exposed the full length of the vehicle, so probably worth greasing or Waxoyling these. Thank goodness the power steering is conventional fluid and belt driven. This is a mechanical advantage over some small MPV rivals. Generally it's a very easy DIY-er car.

I use the word MPV loosely as it's a van with seats and windows; but as Clarkson said: "I like it!"

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2007

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.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 9 reviews