I was interested in one of these a while ago (the VTS model) but I'm glad I went with a nearly new impreza after reading your review. Even after the testdrive and finding it gutless I wanted one cos the way it looked. But having owned an impreza before testdrive the drop in performance was too much. They are very nice cars though, shame about your story with the reliability.
Not sure I understood your wording at first, are you trying to say the Impreza has the pace of a Clio 182? You may be right, the Impreza 20R with 170bhp, the Clio would be a bit quicker, but a WRX upwards, you're being silly. It would be outpaced 0-60, 0-100, 50-70, 30-70, you name it. Stick that engine in an old hatch like a nova and it would be different, but not a fat heavy modern Clio.
Getting back to the VTS, you can compare them to Impreza's because even though they're totally different, I like them both, you just have to compare their great aspects. I knew the VTS was only 170bhp compared to my 260bhp Impreza, but man it didn't even feel like 120bhp. Very smart cars that with moderate tuning would have lots to give.
500kgs? The 2004 impreza I have is 1395kgs. (and that's heavy compared to 90s ones) so about 365kgs to be true.
I'm sorry, correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't these comments supposed to be about the C4 and not every other car going? Myself and my niece had a look at a C4 today and it was just gorgeous, beautiful curves and stylish throughout, of course when I check it out I will worry immensely about the glove compartment!! Give us the comments about this car not the others, use their site for that!
Don't worry so much about the glove compartment. My C4 comments are here.
And the glove compartment was fixed and has never been a problem since. Basically, it is easily fixable and at no cost, just a service.
It sounds to me like you thrashed your C4 to death, most likely when the engine was cold, hence all the problems.
This is a follow up to the original review.
The part (engine block) is on back order and it keeps being postponed (note a comment made by another review regarding back orders) never turns up when they say it will.
Citroen customer relations are not at all interested. Spoken to like I am a nuisance or a naughty boy for having complained.
Went to remove items from the car the other day. A sad sight, many of the parts taken off including the wheel arches, and other bits are stored in the boot and on the back seat. I think it will remain there for some time! I have now rejected the vehicle!
Just in the process of getting rid of my C4 2.0 diesel coupe VTS. Lovely car to look at, nice to drive when it's working, but boy the problems just keep coming one after the other. From fairly "minor" issues like the CD auto changer locking up, to paint blistering on the spoiler (common problem) and the infamous "depollution system" warning constantly re-occurring.
In addition the front seat cover wore a hole in after 30K miles (apparently Citroen call this fair wear and tear) and now the wheel bearings have gone after 40K mile. I don't know about you, but to my mind it's shoddy quality of the original build.
All the promises of quality at Citroen having been improved is false from my experience. I may just have a dud, but looking over the Internet would suggest otherwise.
The dealer was fine until the warranty ran out, now it's all at my cost and I'm not impressed.
Before you ask, I've never hammered the car or driven it hard. I'm well past that nonsense.
It's just such a shame because I really fell in love with the design - just a pity they couldn't improve the quality.