2001 Citroen C5 LX 90 2.0 HDi from UK and Ireland


Maybe in 3 years it will be worth buying


Within the first 2 weeks it was returned due to rear end thumps, weights fitted which made small improvement, however still bangs at speeds below 25mph on bad surfaces. The C5 of my boss was back at the dealers for 3 months with this problem.

Why does the suspension go up and down when the car is switched off and locked. dealer says they all do this.

Engine management light came on, engine cut back to "get you home mode" (300 miles from home, fault was quickly identified by dealer as fuel pump, it took over a week to get a new fuel pump. Citroen have a lot of experience of this fault, my colleague's C5 was towed home 6 times before the fault was cured.

The Turbo pipe came off, dealer fitted a jubilee clip and said this will probably happen again.

All Radio & CD stalk controls failed, new multiplex unit fitted.

Recalled for handbrake modification, apparently being difficult to release, now its almost impossible to apply.

General Comments:

The C5 is a very comfortable car, a lovely quiet cruiser, excellent performance in spite of only 90bhp, shame about the clever bits.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th December, 2002

11th Oct 2006, 05:44

I had a company supplied C5 90 HDi LX from Dec 2001-Dec 2004.

I loved the car, a friend working for the same company also had one described it as "It's like driving your favourite armchair!"

During the 3 years I clock around 110,000. As mentioned above it used to have it's moments.

The radio/cd control stalk would cease to function.

The car would drop into Eco mode, even if nothing was left powered on. In this mode the battery would drain over a couple of days if left unused.

The hazard indication of the alarm being activated/deactivated would cease to work.

These faults would happen once maybe twice a year, the cure was simple... up the bonnet, unclip the positive of the battery, simple on a Citroen, wait 10-15 seconds and clip it back on.

It was necessary to reset the clock, but everything burst into life again.

The only major fault I had, was when the resistor pack on the heater fan failed, this resulted on the positions slowly dying out until the fan died completely. This is not limited to Citroen, on both Ford and Renault I have had similar faults. Would I have another... you bet! I used to get around 49mpg, the boot was massive and the car was equally so, two child seats (with children) and 1 adult in the back plenty of space plus everyones luggage in the boot. My wife and I used to joke about having to send postcards to each other to talk in the car because of the voluminous cabin space.

I got given a Laguna after that... what a comedown.

11th Jan 2009, 03:21

I have owned a Citroen C5 since 2002 and I don't want to get rid.

I does have faults. The clever bits stop working sometimes, but the easiest way round this is to pull the white fuse in the glove box. Wait 10 seconds and put it back again. Just like booting a computer! Everything comes back on again. Just reset the date and time and you're off.

The only problem I have at the moment is the fan does not work in positions 1 and 2. The heater resistor is supposed to be behind the glove box. Does anyone know how I get to it?

2001 Citroen C5 Exclusive 2.2 diesel from UK and Ireland


This car has been designed to for comfort and to keep the driver happy with all the toys


No faults so far.

General Comments:

I found this website after I had placed my order at the local dealership, and a few of the comments made me think seriously about canceling.

This model was one of the VAT cash back special offers and there were several specifications and colours to choose from.

With a degree of nervousness I collected the car from the dealer, there it was resplendent and glistening and after the first few miles I new I was going to like this one, even with the engine off the speedometer moves every once in a while - this car has a heart.

I expected more from the adustable suspension, but in sports mode the car is really firm around corners, with a cross wind you can feel it move, but so did my Mondeo, sport mode eases this.

Current mpg is 42 on steady motorway runs with small amount of urban driving each way.

My suspension seems fine, but as a previous reviewer noted the xenon lamps do not seem to give enough spread, although I have never owned a car with them before.

The audio system is well layed out, but compared to other manufacturers does not have a system with an appropriate wattage.

The only true item of disappointment was once of my own choice, I was offered a paint protection product at additional cost as other manufacturers also offer, I am reliably informed by a Ford employee that the product worth is only £15-20 and is an incentive sale for the salesperson. There are many other similar products at any motor care shop - resist or spend £200 or more as the dealership can try for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 2002