2002 Citroen C5 LX Estate 2.0 HDi 90 from UK and Ireland
One for grandad and his caravan on sunday
It has flickering headlights, and the lights are slow to respond if you want to flash your lights; it responds a second after you flash them.
It doesn't handle anything as well as my old Xantia, which I have kept for now as my first reaction was to sell the C5.
My model is only the 90hp, which is a real slug and unresponsive like diesels of old. I would be most unhappy with the car as is. I think it may be worth keeping if fitting a tuning kit and induction kit or sports filter.
I use roof bars in my work, and the roof is much higher than the Xantia for loading, meaning that I have to drop the suspension down every time I want to load unload.
It's just so boring... but no problems with reliability so far.
I think once you get past the electronic gadgets, which are likely doomed to fail and cost mega money to have repaired, it's a big let down. It's no better than the Xantia, which had more than its share of electrical faults.
It's a nice car in some aspects, and a nice comfortable ride.
Acceleration is dreadful, it's probably dangerous if you need to overtake, if something is coming the other way on the horizon then you don't have enough space to overtake! If you have to overtake then you will need to drop back and take a run at it.
The longer I have owned it, the more it is growing on me, as it is bigger than the Xantia and the stereo is good.
The best I can say is it was cheap to buy and cheap to run, and fairly practical and roomy. It's best suited to cruising up and down the motorways all day and night.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th March, 2008