2002 Citroen C5 Reviews - Page 3 of 10

2002 Citroen C5 LX 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Carisma

Summary:

Excellent, but bad electrics spoil the model as well as poor dealerships

Faults:

Eco mode is nightmare; dealership reckons update annually, but nothing in the manual!

Engine oil leak from manifold, but deemed no problem despite several dealer visits.

Indicator stalk faulty with headlamps going on and off. Cost to replace ridiculous at over 300.00.

Headlamps flicker ---- no reason.

General Comments:

Very good and comfortable family car, albeit difficult to park.

Excellent cruiser, but sudden side winds on motorways worryingly slow the vehicle --- seem to suck it back.

Wheels tend to go out of balance quickly.

Brilliant load capacity.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2007

2002 Citroen C5 LX turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance29540 miles
Previous carVauxhall Victor

Summary:

Value for money

Faults:

The door locks have mind of their own, sometimes they will open electronically sometimes I have to use the key. The passenger side rear door has had to have its lock changed, and now the nearside rear door will only open from inside. The driver's door sometimes operates electronically, but other times I have to use the key. Very frustrating. The dealership has no explanation.

On the whole, I am satisfied with the overall performance of the C5. Love the ride.

When the rear passenger lock was changed, the mechanic at the local dealership said "we will have to hammer it off or burn it off, as there are no bolts holding it on". This was a little disconcerting, but the repair was satisfactory when I picked it up. The cost was £350, which I thought was a bit on the high side.

General Comments:

The car handles well.

The ride is comfortable.

MPG is good; it's a diesel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2007

2002 Citroen C5 LX HDI 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission HDI 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance59000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Carlton

Summary:

Excellent value - just hope the next one doesn't leave me with a red face

Faults:

One headlamp bulb failed at circa 50,000 miles.

Slight wheel wobble at speed after tyre change at 20,000 miles proved impossible to correct.

General Comments:

After owning the car for four years and covering nearly 60,000 miles I am about to change it for another new C5. The only faults have proved minor and, with the exception of slight wheel wobble which is liveable with, easily corrected.

This has been the most reliable car I have owned. The level of comfort and space available far exceed that offered by any other car in this price bracket. Residual values are low, but massive discounts are available on purchase so in effect you have less money tied up on the tarmac. I looked at Jags and BMWs as replacements, but why pay so much more for possibly equal comfort, but less room to stretch?

If my company policy did not require me to change car after four years, I would happily motor on with my current car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2006

2002 Citroen C5 Estate 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance43000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo V70

Summary:

Flawed

Faults:

Where to start!

Major issue is engine shut down whilst driving, causing loss of power steering / brakes.

Despite a number of service call not yet fixed.

Electric motor in passenger seat has broken.

Rear electric locks have been replaced 2 times and are still o/s.

Recalled with engine management system fault.

Recalled with wheel problem - at least I got some new tyres.

When going, a great car, but NOT SAFE when engine can and does cut out at speed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th November, 2005

2002 Citroen C5 LX Hatchback 2.0 Hdi 110 bhp from UK and Ireland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 Hdi 110 bhp Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10500 miles
Most recent distance84500 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

High tech nightmare

Faults:

On day of purchase Comms 2000 unit failed leaving no indicators.

After a week realised the Trafficmaster wasn't working correctly, dealer tried parts from service managers car to detect fault eventually waited 4 months for new unit. At least dealer arranged full 12 month licence.

After 3 months Comms 2000 unit failed again.

Interior lights come on in heavy rain, no fault found, but suspect water ingress in electrics.

Wheels replaced on a recall because they crack, apparently they are alloy, but look like black painted steel rims.

Air doser unit leaked oil, replaced twice and still leaking at disposal.

At 63000 most worrying the suspension developed a mind of its own. Setting changed every time engine switched on varying from very soft to very hard. Green indicator never altered and dealer said no fault codes found although after test drives they checked it out 3 times.

Audio controls on steering column stopped working and car went into permanent 'Eco Mode', dealer said no fault codes found (see above), but there obviously was so system remapped. TIP!!, if this happens to you disconnect battery for 30 seconds and reconnect, it worked on mine at leasst a further 10 times.

Doors started to stick unless pushed open from inside.

Radio interference on AM band from engine, rev related.

Nearside front window went up and down on its own after my wife and I both tried to lower it at the same time. Answer, we raised it both at the same time.

Like all C5's, headlamps flickered due to multiplex wiring system.

General Comments:

A spacious car spoilt by too much unproven or should it be unnecessary technology.

The proven parts i.e. engine, gearbox never a problem and in it's earlier days was a joy to drive, that joy went when suspension started to play up.

No problems with trim or bodywork.

Poor dealer support and Citroen parts availability is a problem in general.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st March, 2005

11th Jul 2009, 20:41

It is shocking, I just want to buy one, oh my...

16th Dec 2009, 10:00

Comms 2000 seems to be a major failure with C5s. Many have gone bust, not only with C5s but with Citroens in general.

Citroen needs to sort itself out and start producing reliable cars.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 38 reviews