2003 Citroen C3 Pluriel from UK and Ireland - Comments

13th Jun 2009, 16:33

Bought my C3 Pluriel on Thursday and guess what... the boot and the roof stopped working today (Saturday). The roof opens about 12 inches but that's it whereas the boot will not budge. Anyone any ideas or is it off to the dealer and their outlandish prices. Help!

LB.

15th Jul 2009, 15:02

Yeah, the stalling when driving issue was another old chestnut that my C3 used to do, as well as the leaky, billowing roof. Citroen couldn't care less about these issues. According to Citroen, there are no problems with the roof or the stalling whilst driving. I guess everyone here must be very bored to be typing up these non-existent issue, then, Citroen?

19th Jul 2009, 04:09

I got a C3 Pluriel a few months ago. I love it or I did till last night. A few weeks ago I tried to update the audio system. I bought a new, you know the type, everything but the kitchen sink CD, DVD, MP3, USB, memory card media player. Had it installed and everything went wrong with the cars software; a compatibility problem between the system and the car, so I had to reinstall the old one, which cleared the issue.

Last night I was waiting outside a bank while my wife went to the cash point, when the car started shaking. There was a booming noise coming out of the back speakers. It was if some one had turned the bass right up to max. I thought I was in some weird personal earthquake. When I turned the ignition off, the car violently shook and vibrated, then stopped. When I turned the ignition back, on everything worked fine. I'm just wondering if any one else has had same kind of thing happen to them?

21st Jul 2009, 09:47

Bought a Pluriel 3 weeks ago, a 53 plate costing £2950.00. The wife loves the car and so does my son, it's a fabulous fun practical design. So why am I so fed up? It has a leak, which is irritating, but I could live with, the real problem is the roof stopped working and my local dealer has told me it was cost £3000 to fix. We now a car that is worthless, can't sell it and can't afford to fix it. So my wife is driving around in a car that the roof won't work on and the boot won't open. To rub salt in the wound, the dealer said the best thing I could do was scrap it and write it off as a very expensive lesson!!

23rd Jul 2009, 16:27

Help!!! I have loved my Pluriel since buying it from new, but today it has made me cry!!

The left hand hinge on the tail gate boot broke, which in turn snapped the cable connected throughout the roof. I called the roadside repair, who couldn't find a way to repair it.. whilst I was putting the children to bed, he proceeded to remove the complete roof and top boot tail gate together with the motor and electrics. I am not covered buy insurance my policy tells me as it a manufacturing fault. I have an estimate now for the repairs from Citroen for £3750.00!!... for one small inch and a half of broken plastic... that's the value of the car... my insurance won't even write the car off.

So onto Citroen Customer Services tomorrow to scream and shout until someone will listen... let you know what happens... wish me luck!!

27th Jul 2009, 09:55

I've had the same problem since last year, and I still haven't chosen if I should fix the roof top (I have to change all the roof top system, rear screen and so on) or if I just give up on the car and sell it for the best offer... which is nothing, because no one wants a convertible that doesn't open the roof.

I am so disappointing with Citroen, that me or anyone of my family or friends will never buy a Citroen in this life.

To have a bill of 3000€ to repair a piece of the roof; I'd prefer to buy a Porsche Boxster, because second hand it costs almost the same, and if I have a Porsche I no longer can complain...

If anyone reads this before buying this car... please think 10 times before you do!

1st Aug 2009, 03:57

Good luck to all those who are planning to call Citroen UK to complain about the piece of broken plastic that will necessitate £3K of repairs in a totally new roof mechanism. Just so you know, I wrote to:

Citroen UK

Citroen France (the CEO / the design team)

Honest Jon

Watchdog (BBC)

Citroen UK I spoke to - the best advice they offered was for me to scour scrap yards to see if I could find a replacement piece of plastic (tram) for the roof mechanism.

Citroen France wrote back and denied there was a design fault, and said I was the ONLY person who had ever mentioned the roof issue of the engine cutting out.

Honest Jon; he was telling me that a leaking roof causing the car to be worthless under 5 years old was par for the course with convertibles. Hardly honest, Jon!

BBC Watchdog - didn't hear anything back.

23rd Oct 2009, 09:58

Hi all,

I own a 2003 1.6 sensodrive Pluriel, which I purchased used back in 2006 in Cannes, France. For the most part, I haven't had any serious problems since I bought it. Like most of you, I also had the leaking roof, which started about 2 years after I bought it. At first I thought my passengers were wearing wet clothes or something, since the leaks were always on the passenger front seat. Just this year, the leak also moved over to the drivers side and the rear seats. It's not severe, but the watermarks are not very appealing on the light gray upholstery. For the life of me, I haven't been able to find a place here in France that does detail, so the marks remain.

Just this yesterday I also witnessed the AUTO sign flashes, which also flashes, as does the snow crystal. I now know that lots of you have had the same experience. Luckily I was just arriving to my destination and trying to park when it went into AUTO. I couldn't get it into gear so I had to push the car to get it moving, then quickly jump in and park it. It felt like something out of a movie. I still have warranty on the car so I'm taking it to the nearest Citroen to see what they will do. Will post you all after.

23rd Oct 2009, 13:26

These should have been recalled a long time ago.

Well known for hugely problematic roof and sensodrive box.

Trade it ASAP.

Shame - the Pluriel was a nice idea - in principle.

It would have been a cult classic if it was Japanese and had not had these constant issues.

16th Nov 2009, 09:25

Hi. Have owned my 2006 Pluriel for 1 year now. Has been very good apart from 2 faults. 1st is the cooling fan runs most of the time. Had a diagnostic check at Citroen dealer, but they could not find a fault. 2nd fault is with the rear window not aligned properly and rubbing the tailgate paintwork down to the metal. Citroen says this is not covered under the warranty. Has anyone experienced these faults?