2004 Citroen C5 HDI Exclusive Estate facelift 2.0 138 BHP diesel from UK and Ireland
More a case of routine servicing rather than defects.
Replaced cam-belt, water pump (£450), clutch and flywheel (£460), new tyres all round (£300).
Repaired tailgate (£40) and starter motor (£40).
Eloynos fluid top up (£130).
Spending over £1500 may sound a lot, but it would be expected of any car at the 100,000 milestone. My local garage did the servicing, so it was very reasonable in terms of cost.
I have read many negative reviews, but my experience with the C5 has been excellent. Citroens seem to get a poor deal from reviewers as they're not Mondeos. It's for that reason I bought one. By French standards this model is very conventional (in fact boring compared to the likes of the XM or CX), but by British standards this is an odd ball choice.
I surrendered my company car as it was not practical or comfortable enough for my needs. So I prefer driving a 10 year old C5 to a £20k Renault Megane. In a year I have put 20,000 miles on the clock and it has not missed a beat.
It is a delight to drive. It does not set your pulse racing, but rather soaks up all the bumps in the road. It is like sitting in a lounge chair. I don't want to be at one with the bumps in the road, I want to be isolated from them.
The estate is big, perhaps too big as things tend to slide around. It regularly holds 2 folding bikes and 2 weeks of luggage. The best feature is the suspension, which is relaxed and well proven. The Hydractive 3 suspension has been totally reliable; it's a wonder it is not available on other cars.
The 138 BHP engine is excellent. If you take it easy on the motorway i.e. 63 mph it will return up to 55 MPG. 51 MPG is the average I get on the motorway. which is amazing considering it is such a large car. It never feels underpowered and is always willing.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th August, 2014