2002 Citroen C5 Exclusive 3.0i from UK and Ireland
Rear suspension spheres (25) changed for softer ones (31).
This car is only slightly larger than the Xantia, but it feels a lot bigger.
The very large size of the door mirrors mean that for normal garage doors you will require the option to retract the mirrors from an inside button, otherwise it's too wide.
The multiplex electrics cause a short delay for anything electrical. The lights don't immediately switch on or off, but wait 2 or 3 seconds. The button to retract the door mirrors sometimes does not become active for 10 to 15 seconds.
It is important that if you require an automatic to go for the 3 litre petrol or 2.2 diesel because the auto box for these are from a German manufacturer and are OK. The other size engines get a PSA unit which is renowned for giving a very rough downward gearchange.
When purchasing these cars, ensure that you check the ORGA number which is on the drivers door pillar. This number can be converted into the date of manufacture. If the manufacture date is before February 2002 then don't buy the car. After this date, most of the initial teething problems have been sorted and you will have a very pleasant vehicle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 19th December, 2002
Having a 51 reg. C5 HDI SX Estate, Which I've had for over 2 years, I must disagree that later models are better. I think, as with any consumer item, you are either lucky or not! I must be lucky, as my Citroen has been very reliable (except for a couple of niggles-nothing serious).
The car is the most comfortable I've owned, including my previous 406 GLX Estate and several Volvos.
However, I am a little disturbed by the occasional 'thud' from the rear on poor roads. But the rare rattle from the instrument panel or the driver's double visor, is far more disturbing. Hey! Pump up the volume!!
The gear box is one of the lightest I've used in over 30 years of driving, with the possible exception of my wife's C3, to which she switched from a late model Clio a few months ago and an 80's Volvo 240 GL Estate to which I switched in about 1988!