2005 Citroen C4 Exclusive 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
I like it despite its faults
18k. Air conditioner drain hose not fitted properly resulting in wet carpets on the LHS.
21k. CD stacker replaced under warranty - discs would not eject.
40k. Transmission oil leak, apparently from breather outlet. Has not reoccurred since.
40k. Broken upper brake light wire in rear hatch loom.
50k. Door sill rubber seal lifting on rear LHS door - a common problem apparently.
56k. New front oxygen sensor ($A160 aftermarket cf genuine part $A600).
64k. Replaced broken section of wiring in rear hatch loom (systemic fault).
76k. Slight coolant leak from O ring on heater matrix - replaced.
87k. Replaced plastic cogs on heater control (systemic fault).
88k. Oil leak from oil heater/cooler unit.
91k. Engine hesitation when cold. Cured by fitting a new engine coolant temperature sensor. This seems to be a common problem. It seems the car has been running rich because of this and the catalytic converter may have over-heated as a result - we now have a depollution warning. I am ignoring this for the moment as a new converter is probably going to be required and it does not affect the efficiency of the engine.
Things I like:
Imaginative design inside and out.
Drives nicely, large easily read digital speedo, instrument readout not affected by height adjustment of steering wheel, speed limiter, boot divider, long-lasting comfortable cloth seats, tiptronic auto transmission, transmission lock in 2 to 4th gears, useful engine braking. Musical warning chimes.
Things I don't like:
17” tyres make for harsh ride on sharp bumps.
The transmission would benefit from having 5 speeds on the auto, and gear changes are occasionally harsh. However, it has lasted for 96k km without major problems, which you can't say for some modern autos.
The light tapping noise from the charcoal canister purge valve at the front RHS can be mistaken for an engine noise.
A flare of light from RHS headlight.
Weak wiring for rear hatch.
Has always used a small amount of coolant.
High price of genuine parts.
The French make it hard to plug in a generic OBD2 reader - it requires considerable force to actually get the plug onto the socket. Once on it works OK.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th June, 2016
30th May 2018, 03:46
103k. 2017. Broken wires on rear hatch again - last repaired at 64 and 40k.
107k. 2017. Fitted a Mini Cat Converter ($45) on a right angled fitting to the second oxygen sensor to make error code P0420 go away. Seems to work.
108k. 2018. Oil leak from camshaft cover - you have to buy the entire cam covers and the baffle plates within at a cost of $528. A better alternative would be to use silicone. Replacement rubber seals commonly sold on eBay do not fit.
110k. April 2018. Heater fan inoperative. Replaced fan resistor (climate control) to no effect, which places suspicion on the under-bonnet fuse box relay unit (BSM).
110k. May 2018. Car refused to start - multiple errors codes associated with injectors and ignition coils. Replaced BSM with a new unit ($A582) and all fixed including fan. My mechanic considers that the relay units will give 10 years of trouble free service.