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.

General Comments:

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

2001 Citroen Picasso SX 8v 1.6 from UK and Ireland




I have had a drive shaft, a clutch and a wiper motor.

I did have to put a new ignition switch in last year.

Nothing much apart from servicing and brake pads.

General Comments:

My car is great. I moved house last month, and did not hire a van, I did the move in the car. A saving of £250.

I will get a new one soon, and it will be Picasso.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th November, 2010

2001 Citroen Picasso SX 2.0 HDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


They're so good Citroen still make em!


In tank fuel pump went, replaced for a small excess under a private warranty.

Exhaust broke just behind cat, got a new full system inc cat from eBay for £125 and had it fitted for £50.

Water temp sensor replaced by me for £10.

Offside wishbone and gator replaced for a small excess under private warranty.

General Comments:

This cars been fantastic, being a diesel it was 'chipped' 3 years ago and runs better than new!

MPG has also improved, and its very comfortable!

It's taken us to the continent twice a year for the last 5 years, through 95c heat and up mountains at -12c with snow tyres on!

Costs pennies to run and can do 650 miles on a tank through Europe!

Excellent family car, can't fault it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2009

2001 Citroen Picasso SX 2.0 HDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


A hurried attempt to join the small MPV market


Dash panel readings would disappear until dash top slapped, when all readings would re-appear. Needs a new dash panel, and the quote is £250 plus 1hr labour to fit.

General Comments:

Handles OK, but slow with a poor top speed and cruise.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th May, 2008

11th Sep 2013, 13:36

How was your first one, since you owned two?

2001 Citroen Picasso SX 1.6i from UK and Ireland


Nice look, but bad build


The head gasket went 2 weeks after the warranty ran out at 52,000 miles.

The clutch went at 70,000 miles.

Cd's get stuck often.

There is a problem with the electrics.

The boot won't open.

The power steering gets heavier as time goes on.

General Comments:

Thank goodness this isn't my car, but instead my sisters'. This thing has been in the garage so many times it's put me off Citroen's for life.

She had a Renault Megane for 3 years and it had never developed a problem, but with her second child on the way she decided she needed a bigger car. It was either the Scenic or Picasso; as the Picasso was cheaper she went for that.

The styling is good and it's comfortable to drive and be a passenger in, but the reliability is questionable.

Two weeks after the warranty ran out the head gasket went costing her £500. A year later the clutch went costing her £400; There have been other problems such as the brake lights stopped working for no apparent reason and occasionally the cd player wont play cd's. Also the boot takes some hard work to get into - often a few minutes of constant lifting before it will open!! It often takes a few attempts to start; when it came to having new discs and pads it seems that one of the rear brakes was stuck on due to inadequate brake fluid distribution.

We recently ran over a trainer that was in the middle of the road for some reason and it broke the heat shield on the exhaust!!!! I dont know why!

She took the car to Citroen to have it serviced and they charged £100 for the pleasure. They refused however to stamp the book as it turned out this service was in fact only an oil change and the proper service was £700.

This just worries you; how long will the car last? It's got 92000 miles on it; how many will it have left? We checked the trade in price and it currently stands at around the £1600 mark.

I like the car, but the build quality isn't great so I would just be wary.

Hope this helps.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd September, 2006