2006 Citroen C2 VTS 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
Quick, handles well, but unreliable
Water pump blew at 5,000 miles.
Engine started ticking over at the rev limiter, which happened twice and turned out to be the manifold, which had fallen off. Once at 10,000 miles, then again after being replaced with a new one from the dealer at about 20,000 miles. It caused the most annoying whistling sound ever once you took your foot off the accelerator.
At 40,000 miles, the engine started making a loud rattle, which got worse and worse over time, which turned out to be the gear box. That was replaced also with a new alternator after Citroen had it in the garage for 4 weeks, in which 2 of those weeks, it wasn't even looked at.
At 43,000 miles the gearbox rattle came back with a vengeance (even though it was supposed to have been fixed), which included 4th and 5th gear whining like a super charged engine, really loud knocking from engine, which Citroen don't care about as the warranty date is due and they're totally avoiding the situation in which it hasn't been corrected since.
This car is generally quick for a 1.6 N/A engine. It handles like it's on rails and I think it is generally a good car for a person 18 years of age to 21, as you can have a lot of fun in it.
If you're looking to buy one, I can't stress enough to tell you to have a look at other manufacturers out there, as there are loads, and you can have a better deal i.e. a more reliable car.
The cabin is quite roomy, but the people in the back 2 seats suffer if you're over 5ft 5, and the cabin does rattle a little, but you can expect that as it's plastic and it's a cheap pocket rocket.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th August, 2009
11th Jan 2010, 11:23
Sorry to hear of your bad experiences, Citroen have a lot to learn about customer service. I own a Citroen C1 (not made by Citroen) which developed a leak. When I got it back from the Citroen garage, it had muddy footprints everywhere and all the trim was piled in the boot (guess I was expected to fit it?), and when I made a complaint I had to wait for 40 minutes at the reception before the cowboy responsible came to see me, and even then he was rude and aggressive. I fitted the trim myself in the end and the garage, which was in Northampton (UK), has now been closed down.