2003 Citroen C3 Desire 1.4 from UK and Ireland
Don't Touch It!!
Power Steering keeps cutting out and tripping the speedometer (5 times so far)
Central locking keeps failing causing Immoblizer to stop engine turning over.
Scrath on door when collected from dealers
Engine Management Light keeps coming on for no reason (Spent three days in garage then collected, did 17 miles and came back on!) 2 hours later.
CD Player makes funny noise similar to alarm ringing?
Car keeps miss-firing.
As I'm a Driving Instructor I need a reliable car, the Sales and Service Department appeared to show interest in resolving the problems. Unfortunately they now know me by first name terms and show little enthusiasm in re-building my confidence as the complaint's are still happening almost every other day.
Thank god for Citroen assist the Car Recovery Unit as I can rely on them to collect me when she fails.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th August, 2004
10th Dec 2004, 03:16
My wife who is also a driving instructor also has a C3 with the same problems as this.
The Power steering and Speedo can be forced to fail by holding the car on the clutch with the handbrake applied, as a student would do on a slope at a T junction.
The engine mis fires and sounds as though it is hunting for an appropriate idling speed which makes the car stall when pulling away.
My wife's car has gone back under warranty several times and all they do is replace the same speed sensor which doesn't cure the fault, the garage are very condescending to my wife when she queries their engineering expertise. I don't think that they take into account that she spends most of her life in her car and will know it a little more intimately than their mechanic. We are not impressed with the Citroen after sales or their engineering knowledge. I do not believe that they have a genuine mechanic who can fault find without the aid of a diagnostic computer.
19th Dec 2004, 05:20
Console moves each time I change gear, so it sounds like I am driving a van!
The brakes squeal when the car has been on the move for 5 minutes or more.
On the whole I have enjoyed driving my C3 until this started. I am going back to the garage tomorrow and hope it will be sorted out. The garage have changed the console once so I will have to wait to find out what they have to say this time.
I have had many Citroen cars over the years and have always found them reliable and fun to drive.