2003 Citroen C3 SX 1.4i from UK and Ireland
The car has a great style inside and out, but mechanical wise is not very good
My driver's electric window switch needed replacing after only owning the car a month.
My power steering stopped working one day, and decided to work again on its own. The car was 3 months old.
My engine had cut out on a hill, and I couldn't stop the car because the brakes and the power steering shuts off. I had a narrow escape; the car was 6 months old.
My brakes had to be replaced at 15,000 miles.
At 20,000 miles service it needed a new third stop light bulb.
At 11 months old the fuse kept on blowing for my windscreen washers.
At 12 months old the electric window switch had broke again.
At 13 months old the gear box kept going into snow mode all the time.
At 16 months old it wouldn't go over 8mph.
At 16 months old it needed a new CD player.
At 18 months old the brakes was getting stuck.
At 21 months old the gears was slipping and was going into snow mode.
At 23 months old the electric window switch had broken again.
At 23 months old it had to have a new automatic gear box, because oil had leaked into the box and it needed two new shock absorbers.
For a good performance, you would have to use snow mode; for example, it's good when you want to overtake.
It's not really powerful on the hills; this is when sport mode comes in handy again.
There is a risk with this car when overtaken, because there is always a chance that it could go into snow mode on its own, and then you start losing power.
The brakes are really good.
The car is too low though, because when coming down certain hills it scrapes against the road.
The bodywork is not very strong, because if you pushed it with your hand you could easily make a dent.
The interior is lovely, and the seats are comfortable. The only problem is that the material on the door panels get really dirty. The front foot wells are not that strong; they keep coming off.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th January, 2005