2003 Citroen C3 Pluriel from UK and Ireland - Comments

17th Sep 2011, 13:04

I am the owner of a C3 Pluriel purchased October 2009. It's my second one, the first one was fantastic.

This one also cuts out whilst driving and without warning. The first time at 60mph in 5th on a dual carriageway, no power, no electric and couldn't steer. It's also cut out in 2nd gear going up a steep gradient with my foot to the floor. Twice it's cut out in 2nd approaching a roundabout, and once whilst actually driving round a roundabout.

I've been in touch with the garage, the Finance Co., Citroen HQ, Watchdog, Trading Standards. Citroen have offered a pitiful part-ex. deal as this model is now discontinued! My car was in the garage for 3 months over the summer being investigated. Was assured it was sorted, and it cut out again on Friday.

17th Mar 2012, 08:55

Have you got a phone number for this A1 garage in Smallheath?

19th Mar 2012, 10:47

Try Chevron in Brewood Staffs - 01902 725175.

27th Mar 2012, 13:15

You don't fancy doing my daughter's for her do you? It's like pulling back teeth at the Citroen dealers. When they sold me the interslide brackets and the top link rod, they must have laughed behind our backs.

3rd Apr 2012, 12:26

Help. My Citroen C3 roof won't connect back from the boot to the roof. Only one side, and the first time it's been used, and it's raining. Any advice or tips?

14th Apr 2012, 14:07

Drop the roof right back down and then get someone else to turn the switch for you, gently push up both sides together, and it should reconnect to the sliders.

24th Apr 2012, 15:23

Hello fellow Pluriel sufferers...

It appears that my 04 Pluriel is coming to the final days of usefulness. 4 weeks ago my radiator broke, and the following week my front road springs gave up the ghost, and as we collected the car from the garage (not Citroen dealership, but excellent), the roof opened a small way, I quickly closed it again, successfully, only to try to open the boot on parking up - to no avail.

So, now my roof and boot lid won't open at all - I have tried to open it from inside, to no avail. Anybody have any ideas? I really cannot justify spending yet more money on it. If the person with the A1 contact in Birmingham could let me have their number, I would be more than happy to drive there to get it sorted out.

Any advice gratefully received. Merci beaucoup. And God bless the French manufacturers of this wonderful car...

21st May 2012, 10:02

Good afternoon to you all. My daughter has just bought a Pluriel as her first car, and is truly smitten. I have to say that it is quite adorable, and perhaps the mid life crisis is kicking in, but enough of that.

The car works as it should - an under performing, quirky, french car that wallows down the road like a sick pig, but it is fun, and everything can be forgiven so long as you do not have to deal with Citroen dealers, the sun shines, and you can use the car without the roof. But there's the rub, the roof. My daughter's car's roof currently works as it should and does not leak, but what can we do to keep it like that? Where do we lubricate to keep running smooth, and what do we use? Advice and help would be appreciated.

23rd May 2012, 04:24

I bought my 04 Pluriel in October 2011, and like you enjoy the benefits of the convertible, but don't get too excited, it won't last.

I went to open my roof, and it only goes to the first stage. It closes again (fortunately) and doesn't leak. Having just spoken to a Citroen specialist, he said the worst case scenario is about £500.

It seems the best bet is if it's working well, get rid of it quick.

23rd May 2012, 04:30

I have the same problem, no roof or boot.

I have just been told that the drive mechanism is knackered. I asked if it was DIY repairable, and was told no, it was fiddly. To repair will take a couple of days, and it's a 3 hour drive from where I live.

The worse case scenario will be about £500; having been made redundant and having very little money, that is not an option for me...

6th Jun 2012, 05:59

I have been reading all your comments with great interest. We too, have experienced most of the problems already mentioned.

Engine cutting out whilst driving (very embarrassing). Citroen did download the gearbox software, and so far, this has not happened again.

The roof stuck open three weeks ago. As we have to park in the road, this was a big worry. Citroen couldn't help, but gave us the address of a man who could. We went to see him and discovered about 6 Pluriels parked outside his workshop! Even a lady with a lovely black version who had driven all the way from Sussex to have her roof fixed; Citroen quoted her £3,500. James charged a fraction of that, and that included making a new part that is no longer available. Our car had a wire burnt out in the wiring loom and a faulty control unit. Roof lining stripped back to do this of course. The cost? £225 (repaired over the weekend). We live in Shropshire, but we do recommend to try this guy. Look at his web page: www.chevroncitroenspecialists.com

As you have all said, this is a lovely car, not developed enough, such a shame. But we're not getting rid of it yet! We have the 1.6 SensoDrive model 2004 registered.

Good luck to you all!! Elspeth & David Owen.

12th Jun 2012, 12:51

I find it disgraceful how widespread these issues are, and how Citroen basically just tried to deny their outright failure in the design of this vehicle. They truly deserve to suffer the worst ravages of reduced consumer demand - in a downturn, people don't buy unreliable rubbish from firms who don't own up when they've done something wrong.

I hope any prospective Citroen customer stumbles across this thread and thinks twice before parting with their hard-earned for this poorly specified / designed French tat.

24th Sep 2012, 08:47

Update on my daughter's Pluriel - it remains leak free, and with the good weather we have had on occasions this year, the roof has been up and down a lot. The whole roof has even been off in its entirety, and gone back without a problem. It still bowls down the road like a sick pig, and has all of the performance of a slug, but it is and remains excellent fun, and a wonderful car for a 19 year old to be posing in on the seafront. OK, the winter is set to come upon us, but given the monsoon conditions so far, I am in no doubt that the car will meet expectations - low as they are.

13th Jan 2013, 16:53

Well over the odds... only wants cash as well. Been to guy in Huddersfield. Waste of time... overpriced... works from his garage.

20th Sep 2013, 09:42

If you have a Pluriel, don't waste time with any other garages, main agent or otherwise. I've spent months researching and pondering what to do about roof problems on my daughter's car; found the solution in Brewood, Stafford; there's a garage who really do understand these fun cars. There are other soft tops with problems, but because nobody has skills to fix them properly, the quirky little Pluriel gets slated. Get the right guy to do the job. I just travelled from the South Coast to have my daughter's fixed. Worth both the money and a fraction of main dealer's proposed costs.

The reviews are true, and I'm not sure if we can recommend anybody on this site, but Chevron do really have a passion and true understanding for this innovative roof design, and can be trusted.

E C, South Coast

19th Dec 2013, 14:38

Hello.

It's now 2013 and I've been looking to buy my daughter a C3 Pluriel. I have been to see 15 in total so far, and every one had a roof or boot leak problem. 12 of these had paper work stating that they have had the upgrades and still they leak. What is this all about? Citroen are scum if they do not sort them. I have seen on a site where someone says that they do now put a new roof on as long as the car has done less than 60000 miles? Not sure if this is true.

My email address is admin@dontwantit.co.uk

30th Jan 2014, 04:57

Hi, I have had the same problems. Mine's an 04 plate. The driver's side roof leaks and drips on me while driving. My seat is soaking now, and the interior light won't stop flashing, and it also keeps telling me my boot lid is open and it is not. Also, when you start the car, the CD player grinds. My 4 month old gets dripped on too. It's a damp cold car.

26th Mar 2014, 16:58

James at Brewood is fantastic with these cars. If you are travelling from a distance, he will drop you into the village and fix your C3 for you... Knows exactly what he is doing.

Jeanette

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