1996 Citroen Synergie LX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Most practical MPV on the market
Crack in the tailgate appeared within the first year, very common problem.
No problems with engine at all until 90,000, clutch cable snapped, but the clutch never felt right, from new it used to snatch in traffic, very embarrassing! Replacement cable is fine.
At 110,000 the throttle cable snapped.
At 120,000 the cylinder head cracked, this
I have on good authority is a design fault & is a common problem!
The 'Cindy' has now covered 168,000 miles, heavily loaded & has just retired as my company has just supplied me with a Picasso. So I've purchased the Cindy for the family car! It's not a pretty MPV, there are far more attractive ones on the road, but if you are looking for a practical robust family all purpose vehicle look no further. I would hasten to add that the company I work for have some 60 'Cindy's' at present. During the trial period before purchasing various MPV were tested from differing manufacturers & the 'Cindy' was found as being the most practical.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th April, 2001
14th Aug 2003, 02:06
Nice review well written - thanks.
The Synergie has the same engine as many PSA and other vehicles. I have two Xantias (I'm going to buy a Synergie) which have covered nearly 350k miles between them.
The problem with cylinder head cracks isn't one I've heard of before - you can get oil leaks due to head gasket problems, easy to fix.
We stripped the head at 150k and found no wear whatsoever anywhere in the engine (including crank bearings). That car is approaching 200k, does 55 mpg and pulls like a train.
Seems a shame to chop it in, but I need a van for work - hence the switch to Synergie. Nice to hear they too are happy to go for 200k miles!
Dealers being what they are I expect I'll get offered nothing for my car in exchange - maybe I should break it and store the bits (all the electrics & suspension work A1).