2003 Citroen C5 Reviews - Page 4 of 8

2003 Citroen C5 SX 2.0 HDI from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 HDI Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance28500 miles
Previous carPeugeot 405

Summary:

We would have another one tomorrow

Faults:

Front windscreen washer pump failed.

Silver coating has started peeling from gear knob.

Near side rear door doesn't always unlock.

General Comments:

Generally we have been very happy with the car, with the minor faults mostly being regarded as little more than nuisances.

Car was used for caravan towing and was a more than capable towcar, although a lower first gear would make it even better.

Ride and comfort has been exceptional even during the longest journeys

Although better suited to motorway driving, the car has coped equally well with the bumpy country roads.

I have found the car to be quite heavy on front tyres, averaging approx. 9,000 miles / pair.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2006

2003 Citroen C5 1.8 SX 1.8 from Portugal

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance50000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

The best car I ever owned

Faults:

Airbags electronic control unit fault two years and half after I bought the car.

General Comments:

The car is excellent, very comfortable and provides very satisfactory driving.

Low fuel consumption.

Quality vs price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2005

2003 Citroen C5 SX 2.0 16v gasoline from Chile

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 kilometres
Most recent distance38000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

It is extremely versatile

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car.

General Comments:

This is the most versatile car I've had. I can raise the suspension and explore bad roads (in Chile there are many), on the highway I press the "sport" mode and can cruise for hours very quickly. It is responsive and my wife (that is not interested in cars in general) adores it.

I have even transported furniture since it is so big and the rear seat backs fold down.

It is fairly economical, especially compared to the S-10 V6 I had before.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2005

2003 Citroen C5 Estate 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired180 kilometres
Most recent distance11000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

A car is only as good as the dealer network that supports it

Faults:

5 Wheels and Rims replaced early on in my ownership.

Computer Management System replaced shortly after wheel replacement.

Headlights (both high/low beam exhibited intermittent flicker, particularly evident out of the city lights, from the start.

Major time delay before headlights would turn off, even though the switch was "off".

Rough automatic transmission shifts.

Car started pulling left all of a sudden at about 10,000 Km.

Rubberised finish coming off volume control knob.

Cracks appeared on the inside of the passenger side rear tail lamp.

Ants got into the driver side sealed beam headlight.

Bubbles started to form on the black rubber exterior window frame trim.

Steering wheel material started to melt on my hands after driving for a while.

Rough edge just below leading edge of front seats just above parcel tray, cut hands.

Very poor finish behind rear seat backs and rear seat squabs.

Metal backing on rear seat backs dented easily.

Rear seat squabs did not line up.

Front leather seat facing looked old towards the end of my ownership.

General Comments:

This car was one of the most interesting cars I have ever owned.

It was beautiful in its shape, had magical ride qualities, as well as a fantastic safety specification.

Huge and roomy cargo area and generally a joy to drive.

However, the support of the dealerships was not there to back up a car of this complexity.

The basic attitude of the dealers was one of indifference and that the car was old.

Wear and Tear was often cited as a response to the issues I experienced.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st December, 2005

2003 Citroen C5 hdi estate 2.0 td from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 td Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance44000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 406

Summary:

There is a great car underneath the plethora of extras

Faults:

Headlights dimming as pump cuts in.

Tail window switch failed.

Tailgate lock replaced three times until we realised that the button was sticking up being caught on poorly fitting trim.

Windscreen washer failed twice each time just after it ran dry.

All door lock solenoids replaced.

Brakes squeal.

Air con refilled twice before hole found in pipe.

Brake pedal gets very soft doing hill starts on a slip - pedal goes to the floor and the car goes backwards.

Car tends to be found in an 'open' condition.

General Comments:

About 20% thirstier than the 406 estate.

44000 miles on the tyres and plenty of life left.

10 hours driving is feasible in a day without killing yourself.

Plenty of space and comfort for rear seat passengers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th November, 2005

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 25 reviews