2004 Citroen Berlingo Forte 2.0HDI from UK and Ireland
I am really surprised that the Berlingo forte 2.0HDI is so highly thought of
Recall on the air bags sensor.
Zing noise when changing down gear between 2500-3000 revs.
I am really surprised that nobody seems to have mentioned how noisy the tyres are on this model.
The fuel consumption is disappointing.
The engine is excessively noisy; in fact, at tick-over speeds it sounds like a knitting machine.
I have air conditioning in my Berlingo and I can only say that it must be dreadful driving a Berlingo that doesn't have air conditioning installed because it is dreadful even with it! I am a highly qualified air conditioning engineer and know that the system is underpowered.
The seats are very good; they support in the right places.
The suspension is over-rated: it doesn't like small ridges in the road and tends to bounce a lot. Perhaps owning a Citroen BX has spoilt me on that point.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th July, 2005
11th Jul 2005, 23:27
Yes...sounds like the BX has spoilt you!!
2004 Citroen Berlingo desire 2litre td from UK and Ireland
Glove compartment door warped, will need to go back to the dealer about this.
Great value for the money, good part exchange deal from the dealer and also good cash-back deals.
Huge amounts of boot space. Acceleration far better than on previous car an 1800 ford escort estate.
The children love all the extra compartments and the fact that they can adjust the air ventilation from the back.
Not a car for people who are concerned about their street credibility, it has a quirky shape, but I think you grow to love it as a great family car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th January, 2005
27th Jan 2005, 06:48
Mine also had a warped glove box lid-see review below yours. After some persuading, the dealer agreed to order a replacement. Check the mirror electrics-mine were in upside down and the dealer damaged the fascia getting switch out and replaced the trim piece only when I insisted. Use only BP ultimate diesel in it-performance massively improves, along with fuel economy. It's 89.9p litre, but worth it. Performance and economy improves after 5000 miles. Be careful not to rip seats on front seat mechanism when folding down flat. Michelin tyres hopeless for grip in damp conditions. Very poor ground clearance too, stay religiously on the tarmac! I have now ripped 3 pairs of trousers on the notch on the drivers door pocket bottle holder-it catches the end of your trouser leg! In all an excellent car for the money, the styling grows on you, performance and economy excellent, dealers not the best, but you can feel smug in all that space with a full wallet and happy passengers... other cars look laughably small and pretentious after the Berlingo.
14th Mar 2005, 13:00
We have a 1600 desire model. It is the best family car we have had as compared with the others. Agreed with earlier comments regarding the notch on the drivers door pocket bottle holder which catches the end of your trouser leg, and luckily only one pair of trouser's leg had been ripped so far! The glove compartment door on ours is also warped and will be checking it out with the dealer. So far, only the rear reading light was fused and the rear ventilation system was not working. Otherwise it is great. It towers over a lot of cars.