2002 Citroen Picasso SX HDI 2.0 from UK and Ireland
Cheap and cheerful
The exhaust had a small hole in it at the last MOT (but it still passed), so I bought a kit from Halfords and it's been fine since. No other issues.
What an impressive car this has been! I've only had it for about a year, but it's been totally reliable.
I bought it with a Full Service History, so the cambelt was done and should be good until 200000 miles.
I did a lot of research before buying, and am always completely open minded about what make and model I buy. My priorities were that it had to be cheap to buy and cheap to run, and I haven't been disappointed. It's cheap to insure, does 60mpg on runs or 50mpg in mixed driving, and is very comfortable. There's loads of room and it's very practical. All back seats can be removed, which gives it the capacity of a small van.
On the down side, it's pig ugly. It looks OK from the back, but everywhere else it's the automobile equivalent of Anne Widdecombe.
The quality of the interior feels very cheap, although, to be fair, nothing has broken and everything is very hard wearing.
The ride is excellent, but the handling is floaty and it leans badly round the bends. The gear change is loose and imprecise. It has just about enough power, but you won't get a buzz from this car. Jeremy Clarkson hates them. This says everything you need to know. It's not an exciting car, it just does what it says on the tin. It's for getting from A to B (isn't that what cars are for?). If you want excitement, get a motorbike (my other car's a Triumph Thunderbird).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th May, 2012