2001 Citroen Picasso SX 2.0 HDI diesel from UK and Ireland
Cheap, comfortable, reliable and French, but don't let that put you off :)
Replaced battery, replaced temperature sensor and offside drop link. All for less than £50.
This car has surprised me, I have owned many cars over the years, from Subaru to Land Rover, I have owned them all, and eventually got bored and had to get something else. This car was only a stop gap while between employment; it cost me £273 off eBay with about 4 months MOT.
By far the best £273 I have ever spent; I normally would not even consider a French built vehicle, let alone the balloon shaped Picasso. I did have a 2000 Renault Kangoo when starting my business and I loved its simplicity; it was also reliable and it's the same things I love about the Picasso.
It's just a simple honest machine, the HDI engine is reliable and powerful enough for modern traffic, although mine is chipped. It handles relatively well for a such a high center of gravity and the ride is OK when up to speed. The space inside is amazing; three adults will sit comfortable in the rear even with the front seats all the way back; the seats can be removed and it can used as a van as I have done with gardening equipment.
Sure its build quality is not up to German standards, but it's cheap for a reason; even so I think a Picasso is all the car you could ever need, especially if you have a family and need the room.
All this reliable Frenchness for less than £300? I think that is an amazing bargain, and this is not just any Picasso, this has been well and truly used with over 160,000 miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd December, 2016