2004 Citroen C2 VTR 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland


A fun car that has speed and style LOVE IT!


The only real problem that I have had with the car is the rear brakes. I have had the car back to my local dealer and they still are unsure on how to resolve the binding of the rear brakes. The dealer has replaced the rear discs as well as the pads, but still not resolved the problem.

General Comments:

The sensodrive is great fun and really adds to the cheeky character of the car. It is also great when driving down the country lanes with all that gear changing and is toped off brilliantly with the paddles behind the steering wheel.

The auto mode is practical and great when stuck in traffic.

Inside the cabin is funky and best I have seen on the market! It doent have all that boring black and grey its bright and bold. It has lots of space and feels well made. When travelling at high speeds you don't get much road noise either.

The VTR is really quick and you can push the 1.6 engine right through the revs and its surprisingly quick, and far faster then the stats read in the mags.

Head turner! One thing with the C2 is it really gets heads turning and that's probably down to the 16inc alloys and body styling!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2005

8th Sep 2005, 07:42

In relation to the post above - if you really believe your C2 VTR can do the 0-60 in 8.2secs, I'll trust you can just beat similar stat cars such as the Audi TT180 then? I think not naive boy! The VTS is that fast, but not the VTR.

13th Sep 2005, 08:04

I'm sorry, but the Citroen "flappy paddle" gearbox is nothing short of atrocious. Gear changes take so long, it seems like you have to post a letter to Citroen to ask them to change for you. The eager 1.6 engine is held back by this lump of nonsense too.

2004 Citroen C2 GT 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Great car, shame about the dealers


After having the car for about a month I noticed a noise from the rear brakes when maneuvering at low speed. After taking the car to a local dealer who stripped and cleaned the rear brakes the problem was still not resolved. I decided to try a different dealer in the area. The second dealer knew about this fault and had the relevant parts in stock and the fault was fixed a couple of days later.

After having the car for four months a grinding noise started, coming from the front brakes. The car went back to the second dealer who stripped and cleaned the front brakes. This however did not sort out the problem. The car was returned to the garage and I have now been told that the noise is down to rust on the calipers. The garage recommend that the calipers are stripped and cleaned and that the brake pads are replaced (even though they are not fully worn). The only problem with this is that this fault is apparently not covered by the warranty.

I have had many discussions with various people at my local dealership, Citroen UK and the dealership from where I purchased the car. No one is willing to pay for this problem to be fixed. Instead I am expected to pay approximately £250 to fix it. The car is six months old and has 8000 miles on the clock. To my knowledge calipers should not rust with that kind of usage and brake pads should not need replacing after 8000 miles. But what do I know? I only have a Degree in Automotive Engineering.

My discussions with the relevant people are currently on-going.

A non-fault also occurred. The dealership reported a rattle from the off-side front suspension. A noise that I had not noticed myself, but they had noticed when taking the car for an excessively long test drive. The car went back in to the dealership for further inspection of the suspension and another excessively long test drive, I highly reccommend noting the mileage before the car goes in to a dealership, for me to be told that they could not find a fault.

General Comments:

On the plus side this car is great fun to drive, motorways or country roads makes no difference.

I still love this car, despite all of the hassle, but only just.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th February, 2005

21st Dec 2005, 09:03

Hi. This is to the writer of the review: have you had any contact regarding your front brakes? I have EXACTLY the same problem (grinding, squealing noise at all speeds etc), and had the same response, i.e. that it wasn't covered by the warranty. It would be good to know the outcome of your enquiries.

9th May 2006, 11:47

A friend of mine who is currently in dispute with Citroen has had exactly the same problem. If either of the above authors have had any resolution with regards to this matter I would be extremely interested in hearing from you again on this page.


13th Dec 2006, 12:37

I have just purchased a 2004 HDi C2 this month, and have had the squealing of the N/S front brake constantly at all speeds which only disappears when I apply the brakes. I was going to to Citroen about this - but it seems from your comments that they are not willing to cover this. Please let me know how you get on.