19th Jan 2009, 10:57

Am on my 10th Citroen, now have a 2006 C5 Exclusive 2L HDL estate. beautiful motor. I carry scaffolding and various other tools in it, so the self leveling suspension is a dream.

Sold my 51 2.2L HDi SX with 99,500 on the clock and only spent £250 on it, over and above normal servicing (for an instrument cluster).

I would say build up a good relationship with a small non national dealer and listen to what he says. After warranty, find a good local guy to continue.

Stop complaining and enjoy one of the best value for money cars on the road.

7th Feb 2009, 16:06

I own C5 2.0 HDI, 2001 year. I also had some of the problems mentioned above like engine immobiliser fault, fan would not start and after some time it would start like nothing happened. I noticed this happens when the car is out in rain as if water does something to the electrics. Anyway I am quite happy with the car, mine has over 330 000 km without any problems except the few I mentioned.

11th Mar 2009, 12:23

I have a C5 Exclusive SE Automatic 2001 since new. Lovely car in so many ways, but the anti pollution warning is the bane of my life. First time it happened it coincided with a severe loss of power etc I lived in Germany at the time. They put it down to the ignition coil. This happened repeatedly.

To cut a long story short, in the last 4 months the warning has come on and stayed on without any adverse symptoms. The warning has come and gone twice in that time and is currently on. I was told just prior to leaving Germany that the diagnostic computer indicated the catalytic converters were on their way out. I don't know what to believe anymore, but I guess I'll run the thing into the ground. It's the lack of trust for long journeys with a family in the back that bugs me.

16th Mar 2009, 12:06

Hi all. I have had C3's and C4's with no problems at all.

Just bought a 2002 C5 2.0 HPI, got an hour down the road and guess what? The Anti-pollution and service light came on, and the car ground to a halt! Would tick over OK, but would die under any kind of load. Lifted back to main Citroen dealer, who tells me, they THINK it's the high pressure pump. Am I going to suffer the next few years of continual problems? I cannot afford thousands of pounds for parts and labour. Shall I show the dealer all these forums and beg for my money back?!!

Oh god! I hate bloody cars, should have kept hold of my Discovery TD5 and paid the four hundred pound road tax!

21st Apr 2009, 06:46

I have an 04 C5 2.2HDi Exclusive. Before I got the car, it had the famous pollution fault. This was cured by replacing one of the EGR pipes, which had split...

On a side note, anyone tried to get wiper blades for this car? Citroen want an unbelievable £60 for the front wipers! In typical French style there are 3 variants of wiper blades... great going Citroen! (ever heard of mass production before?!?)

I'm dreading getting an electrical problem...

17th May 2009, 17:21

Had an MOT the other day and was told both my front shock absorbers had serious leaks, spoke to Citroen and they say that the shocks on the C5 2002 model do this and the shocks could be fine, anyone heard of this before?

28th May 2009, 13:51

I have a 2002 C5 Hpi Exclusive. I have had the anti-pollution fault intermittently, but this has not affected the general performance of the car.

At the moment, the car has been sitting at a spot for almost 2 months. It packed up whilst the wife was visiting relatives and had to be towed home as it was the middle of the night and garages were not open. The rescue service said it was an alternator problem and recommended a new one. I had a mobile mechanic fit one at a considerable cost. The mechanic said the battery may be dead, and I purchased a new one. Another mobile mechanic now thinks my C5 is not starting because there are problems with the igintion coil packs.

I have since purchased 2 recommended packs from Euro Car parts and none of them fit. Does anyone know the part number required or where I can get it from.

7th Jun 2009, 05:55


I've got a C5 Exclusive, but can't open the passenger back door. The mechanism is working inside, I can hear it, but the mechanic can't do anything until the door opens. Can I get the inside off without it being open? Please help if you can.

8th Jun 2009, 07:50

I had a similar problem that affected two doors. Something to do with the linkages inside and I was advised to go to a dealer or garage as it's a tricky job for an amateur.

18th Jun 2009, 13:56

Interesting to read all the comments regarding the C5 HPi, especially the comment urging us ‘Stop complaining and enjoy one of the best value for money cars on the road’.

I have a C5 Hpi 2.0ltr Exclusive with 92,000 miles on the clock. The car was great for the first 10 months, then problems started.

A continual slight misfire at idling was followed by the dreaded Engine Pollution Fault. The car could be driven, but needed to be treated gently as far as accelerating was concerned or the engine would die. This of course is rather worrying when accelerating at traffic lights to have your car die in the middle of the junction. No other choice but to see the Citroen man – to date I have changed the coil pack, EGR Valve, Spark Plugs, Throttle and now the car has died and needs a new high pressure fuel pump.

While I sat waiting to be collected and towed to the garage I surveyed just the small things which don’t work; removed tyre pressure sensors because of false readings, the speedo doesn’t work and I have had to judge speed by using the rev counter, the window winds up then winds halfway back down again, the front suspension groans and creaks, the Sat Nav screen has inference lines across it during night driving, opening the boot when wet results in large amounts of water being dumped in the boot, etc, etc.

I have tried and tried to be positive about the car, but have now lost patience – it is by far the most unreliable car I have ever had in over 35 years of motoring. Worryingly I owned a Ford Anglia, and I have better memories of that.

29th Jun 2009, 21:03

Hello. I was reading your comments and this text you wrote: "false readings, the speedo does not work and I have had to judge speed by using the rev counter, the window winds up then winds halfway back down again, the front suspension groans and creaks, the Sat Nav screen has inference lines across it during night driving, opening the boot when wet results in large amounts of water being dumped in the boot, etc, etc."

I know myself from dealing with my car. It is a 2003 Citroen C5 HDi and it started behave like that as well, and the small monitor inside it was all the time showing new error comment.

Because I have been maintaining it myself since I bought it, including change oil and filter on the engine, I have not been taking it to a garage for those kind of jobs. And there for the service counter (in the speed meter) was never reset at the service points (I didn't know how to do it at the time), and Citroen has a system which will not tolerate this and finally when you have ignore this long enough, it starts play tricks on you like that for that you will take it to a garage.

If the car has been getting its service, you should try reset the service counter. Hold down the trip button and while you do that, switch on with they starter key till you see the lights on in the dashboard (do not start the engine). Now you should see in the trip meter window that it will count down 10 - 9 - 8 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 4 -3 - 2 -1 - 0 and now you can turn the key back. The service counter has been reset and the car should had quit acting like that. But when I was dealing with this problem in my car, I did this 3 times that action the same day (because it continue show some stupid comments) and since then this has never happen again. Try it! :)