2004 Citroen Berlingo LX 2.0 HDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Been a good car until now


Just went to use the car, and heard a noise from the front off side wheel. Got out to check and the front tyre had exploded. Removed the wheel to find a suspension spring had broken and gone though the tyre.

Car was OK when used last night.

General Comments:

Interior fittings are poor. Glove box does not fit, seats show fittings though the covers.

Good performance and MPG.

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

Review Date: 15th October, 2009

4th Nov 2014, 15:33

I bought a Berlingo 2.2 HDI Multispace from new. Same thing happened at 53,000 miles; front offside spring broke whilst the car was standing outside, and went through the tyre. Citroen refused to renew despite other models either side being recalled for the same fault.

Cost me £800+ as both sides had to be replaced.

Now gear selection is gone. Will never buy another car from this company.

6th Mar 2017, 12:55

Same car as of the 4 th Nov, front nearside spring broken again, was OK the last time I drove it, useless Citroen, I would not trust them to make a wheel barrow.

New alternator fitted for £400. Both front springs fitted for £800. Tail gate opens when the car chassis flexes. The only good point is the 2 litre engine, which goes from service to service and burns no oil.

The only car I have owned in 50 years of motoring that needed the front springs replaced.

At least this time it did not rip the front tyre apart, like the last offside one did.

Nothing from Citroen, even though they had a recall for the models either side of mine.

Stay away from this French rubbish.

29th Oct 2018, 14:03

I have had a 2.0 litre new since 2004. When things were past their sell by date, I have had them replaced. IE front disc due to her indoors hard braking, timing belt.

Never replaced any hoses yet, both suspension springs, love the car, 100000 plus miles, never a problem.

It took me to Croatia last year, the engine never even got overheated on the way there or when I drove all the way back from Pula to Calais, only stopping to refuel.

2004 Citroen Berlingo Forte 2.0 HDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Cheap to buy, quality lacking


Alternator failed in warranty. (at 15000 miles).

Rear door lock fell in. Poor repair by dealer.

Water leaking in to passenger foot well. Fault found to be behind windscreen wiper shroud above bonnet, black plastic stuck on rain guard comes away in hot weather, replaced with homemade rain guard made from vinyl flooring, and then silicon-ed in place to channel water into drain over driver footwell. Used original as template and added a few inches to improve design. Do not impede wiper arms above.

Engine cover mounting bolts fell off 5th day.

Spare tyre stolen from under car, due to poor carrier design.

Clutch judder on pulling away.

General Comments:

Engine pulls well.

Very economic on diesel.

Quality of trim/switches poor.

Clutch very hard, more like a lorry.

Clutch judder on pulling away, you need a strong left leg.

Material on back of seats prone to tearing.

Rear seats when folded, catch front seats, restrict leg room. Could do with more space between the front and rear.

Gearbox clunky/stiff.

Visibility out back/parking poor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th June, 2008

2nd Jul 2008, 09:04

Yours must have a clutch fault, as my 2.0HDi clutch was fine and like a cars. Get it looked at as you also state the gearbox is stiff. I think the plate is warped and release faulty, causing both issues.

I would agree about the engine cover-the service dept broke mine and just placed it back on the top of the engine after the (expensive) service.

I would totally agree about the issue of the rear folding seat tearing the back of the front seat-this is a design fault and I was lucky to notice it before damaging my front seats. As you say, the front seats need to be pulled forward one notch to flip the rear seats which is daft.

Rear visibility is poor, but the car is fitted with internally adjustable mirrors, the nearside being electric and it is simple to adjust downwards to the kerb when manouvering. A reversing camera is easy to fit and could be simply plugged into the DC socket in the boot.

I owned a 2004 Berlingo 2.0HDi and a 2007 Fiat Doblo 1.9 Multijet 120 and was surprised at how well built the Doblo was after the Berlingo, even if slightly more basic and with a harder ride.

I would sort the clutch asap before losing faith in the car-you have a fault with yours-this is not a design fault.

I wonder if the new 2008 Berlingo 2 (just launched) has the above issues resolved?

29th May 2009, 09:05

A friend's Berlingo van has developed a fault; the clutch won't engage, no crunching, goes into gear, just won't drive.

25th Nov 2014, 22:33

The same happened to mine. You WILL need a full new clutch!!