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.

General Comments:

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

27th Jan 2005, 11:57

I meant SPORT mode for a good performance not SNOW mode.

18th Mar 2005, 05:03

It seems like a typical C3 breakdowns.

2003 Citroen C3 Sensodrive 1.6 petrol from Malaysia


Nice to drive, proud to own, only too many frequent visit to the dealer for problem solving


First 5000km, steering column locking ring drop off, hindering movement of steering wheel while driving.

First 15000km, reverse switch faulty, reverse light and sensor will not work because of that. CD changer has few CD stuck in it and it refuse to work except keep blinking its light.

First 30000km, top engine mounting faulty. Car was recalled for Sensodrive program update and change of ECU rubber seal.

Sensodrive Actuator start giving springy nice when shifting of gear. Dealer tested it on another C3, same noise, concluded that moving part will eventually have it.

From new til now, oil level indicator still randomly giving fault. Replace sensor during first 5000km, but did not help. Dealer say as long as the real oil level from dipstick shows OK and the oil pressure indicator did not light up, the car is safe to drive.

General Comments:

Nice to drive, but Sensodrive gear shift pattern are not smooth. Parking brake is a must while waiting at a traffic light uphill, step on the gas before releasing the parking brake or risk backing on to the rear car.

From 40000km onward, engine is rough, noisy, and all sort of noise from the car interior.

Design is nice and attractive, that's about it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th January, 2005

2003 Citroen C3 Exclusive 1.4 Hdi 16v from UK and Ireland


A neat little number!


Various clonks from front suspension.

Misted up nearside headlight.

Worn driver's side windscreen wiper (from delivery)

General Comments:

A nippy and endearing little car.

Comfortable to drive even over long distances!

More standard kit than you can shake a stick at.

If you compare the equipment tally with a Volkswagen (Polo/Golf) you will see what I mean!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2004