2003 Citroen C5 2.0 HDi from UK and Ireland


A car for passengers


Low miles, so no faults.

General Comments:

Comfortable and quiet with plenty of room.

Handling poor, totally underpowered and full of electric gizmos that add nothing to the ownership experience, but make very poor ergonomics. Cheap cabin.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th November, 2005

2003 Citroen C5 Break 2.0 16 V from Netherlands


A good family car which needs a lot of improvement on reliability


The rear window-lock had to be replaced.

The indicator didn't work after 2 weeks.

The left-side rear door lock wouldn't open and the unit had to be replaced.

The radio/CD/telephone unit could not be turned on after a fuel-stop on the motorway, resulting in a 700 mile holiday trip without music or traffic information.

The parking assistant didn,t work. A week later it was miraculously functioning again.

There appeared a crack in the wind-wiper liquid container. It had to be replaced, which cost us a day of our one week vacation in Austria.

The brakes creak when braking at low speed.

General Comments:

A very spacious comfortable car, perfect for long journeys, but unfortunately very unreliable as far as the electronics are concerned.

The Citroen dealer service is very good.

All problems where adequately dealt with.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th February, 2005

27th Sep 2009, 14:43

Well at least Citroen were up-front about it, they called it a Break, and it did.

2003 Citroen C5 Exculsive 2.0 110 from UK and Ireland


A great car to drive


Very minor problems that were dealt with very quickly by the main dealer I bought the car from.

Only two minor faults have come to light so far, firstly the brakes were noisy and the rear seat locking device broke both faults have been corrected.

General Comments:

A very comfortable car to drive and be transported in.

Very good fuel economy considering the size of the car.

Very good build quality through out car.

Has to be the best car purchased to date in all areas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2004

3rd Dec 2004, 11:50

I think that the C5 is one of the best cars that I have ever owned. The only problem has been with the headlights, while on dipped beam, illumination is very poor and has almost lead to a collision with a pedestrian on an unlit, country road.

13th Nov 2008, 03:18

I own a Citroen C5 Exclusive HPi, 2003 and I am having problems with (we think it maybe the fuel pump.) i.e. engine cutting out when starting up after only going a few yards. Has anyone else had same problem? Garage can't the find the problem.

2003 Citroen C5 LX 2.0 HDI from UK and Ireland


First brand new car ever owned, very unhappy with it, should have kept the discovery

General Comments:

Spare wheel well filled with water every time it rained.

Bumper paintwork chipped on delivery.

Front number plate peeled with in two days of delivery.

Drivers door dented on delivery.

Tow bar electrics wired up wrong, when connected to the caravan, ignition key could be removed with the engine still running.

Rattle from o/s/r door.

Electric window switches illumination only work now and again.

Exhaust rattle.

Brakes squeal at low speed.

Headlamps flash on their own - Citroen aware and unable to fix the problem.

Tailgate rusting badly - Vehicle only two months old.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th January, 2004

10th Apr 2004, 09:56

Just a quick comment about the headlights flashing - mine does this too. The dealer explained it was due to the suspension adjusting the height of the car; the headlight angle also automatically changes which gives the impression of a flash. Sounds plausible!

27th May 2005, 10:24

Some of your electric problems I feel as indication for fuse-box problem.

Especially the key out and the car still running.

And with combination with the other electric problem - this could be quite true.

Kristo, Bulgaria.

2003 Citroen C5 SX 2.0 HDI from UK and Ireland


So promising in many areas, so disappointing in others


I own an Estate and within 2 days of delivery the tailgate window jammed shut.

The radio stalk on the steering wheel did not function correctly and it took took 6 weeks to get the parts.

Shortly after this the gearbox started whining and a new one had to be fitted, but again it took ages to get the new one delivered to the dealer.

It is now nearly a year since I bought the car and it is going back next week for another gearbox as the replacement one is also making some very strange noises!

The parking sensor works sometimes, but is so unreliable that I do not use it. I intend to have this fixed when the car is in for the gearbox replacement.

General Comments:

Very disappointing as the car is a winner for style, comfort, economy and in the case of the estate great space.

Citroen needs to up its game and the support it gives to its dealers.

I have heard that a new C5 is due out in Sepember 2004 so I will reserve judgment on whether or not I would buy another until then.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th December, 2003