14th Dec 2004, 09:52

Changing the headlamp bulbs is a little tricky, and you need dexterous fingers, but I have done it (although I am a pianist)

14th Jan 2005, 05:53

Hi I have just bought a C3 exclusive, and the manual does seem to be sparse. I cannot find any decent forums for this car and wondered if you would share any other useful tips like the windscreen wipers.


7th Feb 2005, 05:53

I have just purchased a second hand Citroen approved C3 1.4 SX manual. I too have found the handbook sparse - any more tips? I had to telephone the garage to find out why my interior light was flashing on an off (I had left the boot open!) Now I know I think it is a very good idea, but despite stopping on the side of the road to find read the handbook, I could not find any reference to this facility.

Still getting used to it. Visors are too small considering the size of the screen - did not block out the sun at all on my way to work today. Can anyone else hear the brakes sort of rubbing as they come to a slow stop at a junction etc? Usually have the radio on in my car, but still getting used to the stalks so had the radio off. Brakes a little noisy we thought (only 8000 on the clock) Any ideas?

2nd Mar 2006, 15:31

My '04 C3 SX has no paint top-coat in the engine bay. It's blue metallic, but the engine bay is a sort of light fawn colour. Is this normal?

13th Mar 2006, 08:00

I have the c3 sx manual on 04 plate, I have found the oil filter alone is very expensive (£20 + vat) but I couldn't find it anywhere else (euro carparts). the part number for my c3 is 1109x4.

The 20,000 miles service will cost £160.00 but I changed oil regularly much before the 20,000 miles.

5th Apr 2006, 17:52

I own a C2 1.1SX and regularly drive a C3 1.4Sx both aren't painted with the colour top coat in the engine bay, think it must be down to citroen production methods.

2nd Nov 2006, 09:45

Yes, mine is the same - blue car, but unpainted underside of the bonnet. It seems Citroen wanted to keep the cost of building it as low as possible!

20th Nov 2006, 13:43

Hi I have a c3 and my bulbs needed changed on the headlamps, thus I got them changed with a big bit off fiddling. (took me about an hour),.since I changed them my headlamp keeps steaming up, i have tried replacing the seal on them, but no good can anyone suggest anything to help cure this problem.

30th Nov 2006, 01:13

Maybe try running a thin smear of silicone grease around the seal before refitting... I haven't checked the seal material though so there's a slight risk of incompatibility; Si is usually OK though.

My 2002 16V has just failed the MoT 'cause some wally (previous owner changing a light bulb, maybe?!) had broken-off the headlamp rear cover wire retaining spring, so moisture has been getting-in. Citroen want £220 + fitting to fix ('new headlamp'!) ; surely they don't think we are all daft?

I live in a flattish area and get 70mpg, the sheila gets 63 but she canes it a bit.

How are your engines lasting? anyone done a lot more than 50000 miles?

Cheers - Jes

Anyone know what needs to be done to remove a headlamp?

9th Sep 2007, 10:31

Hi; I have a green citroen O2 plate and the other day while travelling on the motorway in rain, my widow wipers stopped dead. I have been to 3 garages who cannot find a problem; has anyone else experienced this?

4th Nov 2007, 12:47

How easy is it to do an oil change on a C3 52 plate?

15th Jan 2008, 16:25

My c3 i.4hdi 2003 model smokes what could be wrong with the car.

1st Mar 2008, 09:10

I have a citroen c3 disire 05 my driver side wing mirror has been knocked off how do I change it. it has a long spring hanging from it thank you.

1st Sep 2008, 14:28

I have a Pluriel 03 1.4, how many miles should I expect to get with a full tank?

18th Feb 2013, 16:16

To replace head light bulbs is not easy. It is easier to lower the bumper down, remove the head lights, fit new bulbs, and refit the bumper. The hard bit is the two 10mm bolts where the wing joins to the bumper, after you undo part of the wing liner. I can have both head lights out in 15 minutes.

1st Mar 2013, 12:37

Mine is exactly the same, so I guess it's just a money saving idea on a budget car.

1st Mar 2013, 12:40

Our C3's engine has done over 150,000 miles. As long as it's maintained, it should keep going... I hope!