2004 Citroen C5 VTR 2.2 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


1 year and 4 months in, my car has developed symptomatic stupidity. The fuel filter blocked message will not go away, anti pollution fault appears at higher speeds and decides to go into limp home mode. 3 dealers and still no fix. What do I have to do to get Citroen dealers to fix this irritation.

However, when it is running right it is brilliant. The most comfortable motorway cruiser I have ever owned. 120mph no problem, 6 gears low revs, even at this speed.

I would really like to recommend this car, because it is so damn comfortable and competent. This has to be the biggest front wheel drive car I have driven that laughs at corners. The hydra-active 3 suspension really does work and ensures that the car beefs around even the silliest of corners at speeds that are suicidal in most large cars. My Ford Puma even struggles with some of the corners at the speed I can take them in the C5, but please Citroen, I beg you, sort out these stupid faults. Why did my Peugeots never go into I hate you mode, yet my Citroen does. Is it just me or could the citroen do with a Peugeot engine management system. It just seems like the reject peugeot systems are installed on Citroens.

Me, buy another Citroen, probably never again, but it seems such a shame because it could really be a great car.

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

Review Date: 29th July, 2005

18th Oct 2005, 01:34

Hi there.

Just to let you know, I've had Peugeots that are just as bad. I won't be buying French car again, after experiences with Peugeots, Citroens and Renaults.

12th Nov 2005, 01:16

Well, believe it or not, I'm now on my 3rd Citroen (started from ZX 1.9D that I still have, Xsara 1.4 and now the New C5 1.6HDi), I always had Peugeots (206, 306) and Clio as company cars and believe it or not I never had any serious mechanical or electronic problems!!! Maybe as an engineer, I find acceptable that any car from any manufacturer is fairly normal to face problems from time to time. You have to bear in mind that the cars more complicated than they used to be 5, 10, 20, 30 years ago!!!

19th Dec 2008, 13:11

I could not agree more. I am certain my C5 is willful. Just when I settle back from a fault and think all is well, the darn thing drops something else on me.

Current niggle is that the directional headlights no longer turn and there is no information about which fuse it may be. Anyone know please? farleystephen@btopenworld.com.

2004 Citroen C5 Berline with Business Pack 2.0 HDi from Finland


Comfortable ride


During last winter the monitor on the middle of the dashboard acted up twice. On the first time it started blinking and showed text "Economy mode active". When I stopped the car and restarted the engine it was OK. On the second time light on the monitor didn't switch off when I switched off the engine and removed the key. When I restarted the engine and switched it off again the monitor switched off too.

I have a Pack Automatique in my car. The passenger side mirror moves to help reverse the car. During last winter it didn't always move back to driving position.

Power windows didn't always work properly during winter time. When I tried to close them they tend to stop and get a bit down, like there would have been something on their way.

AL4 automatic transmission is not as soft as in some American cars.

C5 is a nice car, but doesn't like winter.

General Comments:

C5 is a nice car. It's very comfortable and spacious. It has luxurious interior. It's suspension works like a dream. I really enjoy traveling with it. Average fuel consumption is 6,5 liters / 100 km. I only hope it would have better automatic transmission with more than 4 gears and it would tolerate Finnish winter better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2005