2002 Citroen C5 Exclusive 2.2 hdi from UK and Ireland
All problems so far have been electronic.
One of the rear passenger doors would intermittently remain locked. The lock motor was changed.
The front near-side window from time to time fails to close and opens fully again repeatedly. This has not been rectified yet.
The radio will suddenly fade losing signals to all channels, leaving white noise.
There is a slight, but noticeable jerking felt from the engine or transmission between 40mph to 70mph. Attempts to remedy so far have included particulate filter regeneration, wheel balancing and downloads.
I have only experienced one electronic shutdown (lights out) when completing a three point turn at night! Luckily this was instant.
Despite the electronic niggles I would say that the car has been reliable within the mileage I have covered.
The car I have provides a superb ride, especially on the motorway, although I am disappointed how much it can be buffeted by cross winds.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th December, 2003
29th Jan 2004, 06:11
How can you give this car such a high reliability score? - especially after listing a multitude of faults!
"Only one complete electronic shutdown" Oh is that all? I'd expect exactly no electronic shutdowns for my sparkly new car thanks!
I've always loved Citroëns, and thought they had turned the corner with the very reliable Xantia - However it seems as though the C5 is too flawed to consider. It's hard to find a fault-free write up on this car. Shame really.
22nd May 2004, 18:39
A writer appeared alarmed that I could give a high rating for reliability, thank you for this observation.
I gave my personal experience of this car a 9 out of 10 for reliability because it has been mechanically sound and has done exactly what I bought it for. Based on the price and comparing it to other Euro saloons it has not done bad at all.
There has been a list, but none of those resulted in me stranded or requiring recovery, still time will tell.
A sparkly new car was not the reason for my purchase that is why I chose a modest Citroen. A comfortable, high mileage, motorway cruiser.
Since my original review I am pleased to say that the niggles originally reported have been dealt with by the Citroen dealer and no new faults to report.
A point to note though, I do believe this car is a tyre muncher unless it is the soft Michelins that the car is sold with.
Having access to a Xantia in my family I agree that this is a superb car and based on this I chose to buy a C5. I can confirm that the C5 diesel is quieter, has an improved ride and economy.
Looking at the other reviews, I have been lucky and would if considering buying another secondhand, make sure there is a long warranty or wait for the C5 update.