19th Feb 2006, 21:34

My 1997 2.0L xantia behaved like a hairy goat and I was lucky and glad to get rid of it when I did.Warning, warning, warning - avoid Citroens.

5th Jul 2006, 16:24

Sorry, but I disagree with you there. We have always have had a Citroen, and yes some are more trouble than others, but I will always have a Citroen. We have had an AX, BX, CX, Visa, XM, Xantia, and GS. We drive a C5 now, and a Citroen Dispatch van.

8th Jul 2006, 15:44

Could anyone tell me if they've had any problems with their C5 gearbox? I have a 2002 C5 diesel.

Thank you.

9th Jul 2006, 10:43

No we haven't any gearbox problems with the C5 but we have an anti-pollution fault.

3rd Aug 2006, 02:10

I have a C5 LX Estate (2002), and it is starting to become a nightmare with electronics... all intermittent. e.g. boot lid opening on selecting reverse gear, stalk controls working one day and not the next, and the latest, the battery pretending to be flat and shutting everything down overnight - when on doing a jump start everything is fine again.

The gear box is starting to play up, especially coming out of fifth.

I have had three Citroens and it has always been a love hate relationship. Why can't such good cars be finished fully, and not be so expensive to fix?

23rd Jul 2008, 09:27

Have a Citroen C5, a 2002 2.2 diesel. Real trouble.

Engine is great. The electronics poor.

Windows came down automatically when it started to rain.

Instrument cluster was replaced when the speedometer stopped working and also the small central panel.

Boot lid jammed and cannot open it.

Connection to turbo broken off. Fuel gage totally inaccurate.

A heap of rubbish, and it's only done 67K.

A top of the range Exclusive, and considering it cost over a £1000 in repairs last year, I am frightened to take it back to Citroen...

4th Oct 2008, 13:12

Citroen are the best advertisement for buying Japanese. I have a C5 now and it is nothing but trouble on the electrics. Pity it's a nice car destroyed by very bad manufacturing. This is my 7th Citroen and the worst yet. I am going back to buying Mercedes or Toyota.

Sorry Citroen, I like your cars but the quality I can't live with.

20th Feb 2009, 00:27

Nice to know I'm not alone.

I have a 2004 C5 2.0 VTR estate, and so far it's cost me a fortune. Just coming up to 50k on the clock and I've had 3 sets of brake disc's. Citroen want around £400 to fix each time.

Charged £55 to change a fuse in the engine management system, 2nd time it went I was away so road side assistance did it for about 20p cost of new fuse.

I now have problem with front windows; passenger one only closes from the driver's controls if you keep your finger on control (works fine from passenger door control), and driver's window keeps opening when trying to close (can take up to 10 goes before it shuts). Have learnt to live with these faults as Citroen will fleece me for repairs.

And biggest problem I now have is a rear door won't open, but the rear window will (looks like another trip to empty my savings account).

My first C5 was no problem at all in the 18 months I had it; this one seems jinxed.

Suffice to say, you can bet your bottom dollar my next won't be a Citroen.

21st Jul 2009, 13:16

Hi everyone. I have a 2001 C5 2.2 estate. The passenger side window came down halfway by itself. The whole system died momentarily whilst driving.

I googled these faults and found out it was a loose battery terminal.

Citroen use a quick release clamp that was loose, to get it to clamp tightly you have to push down with a flat bladed screwdriver whilst pushing the clamp lever down.

You must leave the battery disconnected for 10 + seconds and then reset the clock / windows / immobiliser etc.

It seems to be the french car equivalent of Windows XP needing a reboot now and then.

8th Sep 2011, 07:01

Hello, hope someone can provide advice:

My 2003 C5 estate developed a small fault with the rear window of the hatch: when starting the engine or shutting a front door, the rear window opens most of the time (not always), and one needs to get out of car to close it.

Has anybody else experienced this problem, and could tell me what was done to solve it?

Thank you


26th Oct 2011, 02:57

I have a 2002 C5 HDI SX with an automatic gearbox. Mileage is 72,000 miles, and I am on the 3rd gearbox, going to a 4th probably. The local agent of Citroen claims no problems except mine. Contacted Citroen head office in France, but they never replied.

My Citroen is probably the most expensive car to run in any comparison. Would never, ever buy or recommend a Citroen.

2nd Sep 2012, 12:54

I can't believe you have been disappointed in your Xantia. Having owned most Citroen models since 1959, all have done long distances and were driven very hard, especially the DS; 1500 mile round trips, only stopping for fuel.

My last Xantia was trouble free, doing similar trips, but the auto gearbox failed, so very reluctantly had to let it go. I will look for a C5 diesel 6 speed diesel now.

YOU MUST HAVE YOUR CITROEN REGULARLY SERVICED. Here in Auckland, New Zealand, we have a very enthusiastic and competent Citroen service agent.

31st Oct 2012, 17:50

I have a 2004 C5, and it was fine up until 140,000km. Then the trouble started. Auto wipers come on randomly and cannot be turned off. Car doesn't start, cost a fortune in computer changes. Auto windows won't work, cannot open boot. I turn the wipers on and the window winds up all of a sudden. The list goes on. Gearbox is a shocker, who knows when it will change gears.

Biggest piece of crap known to man electrically, but mechanically it's so comfortable and fuel economic.

But the electrical problems and gearbox mean this car should be avoided at all costs, and the Citroen dealers are all terrible.