2006 Citroen C5 5 Door 1.8 from UK and Ireland
The good things are completely ruined by the bad things
Where do I start?
About a month after ownership all the electrics completely collapsed. I gave the car to Citroen and it was fixed.
The suspension went wrong (don't know what happened), but the car was sitting on its floor pan. Back to Citroen and fixed.
It was the brakes next at about 2000 miles. Lucky they didn't fail when I was driving! I noticed when the car failed to stop on the driveway when I was about to set off. Back to Citroen.
I thought the steering was getting heavier, I thought it was my imagination at first, but I came to a point where I was getting out of the car with my arms aching like mad. I couldn't be bothered to faff about with Citroen's dreadful customer service so the steering went unfixed.
The car failed to start one day at about 2500 miles. The engine would turn over but not start. Back to Citroen.
The locks kept popping open randomly. First time I was in a shopping centre and I had my things stolen because the car unlocked itself. At first I thought I didn't lock it properly so I made a habit of checking the doors after locking.
One day my son walked in and said the car was open, this is when I realised there was a problem with the doors.
There were various other little things (mostly electrical) that went wrong, but I've covered the main problems that nearly got me fired from work.
The car was nice and comfortable.
It's nice and big inside, and loads of room in the back.
The ride is excellent (while the suspension worked).
The steering wheel is very odd and hard to get used to because you can't tell the position of the wheel.
The car is very safe crash-wise.
The sat nav and speedometers are very nicely designed.
To be honest, my previous car was a Vauxhall Belmont, and I bought a Citroen in search for some comfort, unfortunately the price for comfort is awful reliability. Stick to the Belmonts.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th September, 2010