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CITROEN C3 Hatchback 2002‑2009

4.4
Based on 91 reviews
CITROEN C3 Hatchback 2002‑2009

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91 owner reviews for CITROEN C3 Hatchback 2002‑2009

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diesel_sean

Good mpg bad reliability

CITROEN C3 1.6 HDi 16V Rhythm 5dr (Review date: 23rd October '14)

3.8

I recently bought a c3 1.6 hdi black, it was a good runner but 1 day after buying it the following broke

######## leaking

Handbrake loose

Front brakes kept locking

Air confident work

Exhaust back box bracket had snapped off completely

Mpg computer was miles off

Underneath was rusted

When I took it back to the garage they said "oh right ok then just claim on your warranty" warranty wouldn't cover it, they said "bring it back and well fix it,,, so they fixed it so I picked it up and ,,, they hadn't done anything other than a couple of things, once all had been sorted before the ######## was re sealed was getting 60 mpg around town and on urban roads!!!!!!!!! An then after it had been fixed it was getting 66 mpg!!!!!!!!! Brilliant on fuel just a bad one off car

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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lawrence369

Brilliant all rounder

CITROEN C3 1.4i SX 5dr (Review date: 19th October '14)

5

Road holding, very grippy, comfortable seats, great all round vision,

light steering, parking easy, had the car for a year now very reliable, no breakdowns, completed 30.00 miles, on a run 58 mpg, easily seats 5 adults, loads of room, a great all round car totally recommended.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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zakkieboy

cheap to run fun car

CITROEN C3 1.4 HDi Exclusive 5dr (Review date: 25th August '14)

4.5

Had the car for 8 months now and I can say I'm not disappointed,

it is a good looking little car and its very roomy inside, I'm 6 ft 3 and it seats a family of 5 no problem. Also seats are surprisingly comfy I can drive for hundreds of miles in this car and get out feeling fresh. Good for motorways too does 70 at just over two thousand revs. steering is light brakes are very sharp nice wide tyres so plenty of grip. I have the exclusive version so there's plenty of gadgets, the dash is a good layout no clutter has cruise control which is handy. what more can be said it ain't no German cruiser its French so keep it serviced regular it is still a respectable little car over 500 local miles on a tank which costs about £60 to fill from empty and I don't drive slow £20 tax for the year is a joke and myself with full no claims aged 32 its £240 insurance for year its a nippy little car. Please before you buy one if there's a button to press then press it make sure everything works. Overall a good little car wish id bought one years ago and would buy another.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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buffy

Fed up

CITROEN C3 1.1i Desire 5dr (Review date: 27th February '14)

2.5

This is my current car which I cant wait to get rid off. Ok dont get me wrong its a lovely car to drive around the town with a bigger boot than others its size but OMG it has cost me thousands over the past 5 years. I bought it used with around 30,000 on the clock and it was fine for the first year. Once it got to about 40,000 it started braking down, I have changed nearly everything on the car besides the engine and CPU. The electrics are rubbish, it now randomly decides to start beeping when I get in the car because the alarm thinks its been stolen. It has failed every single MOT, I've had to change full exhust, brakes, tyres, belt, ignision coil, front suspension and thats what i remember now. It randomly loses power steering and my mechanic has no idea why, the steering wheel keeps making cracking noises again no idea why. I reckon in the past 2 years I have spend over thousands on repairs. I will deffinatelly NOT be buying Citroen ever again.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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nsmith1180

An OK car killed by it's gearbox.

CITROEN C3 1.6i 16V Exclusive 5dr Sensodrive (Review date: 4th January '14)

3

I am the not so proud owner of a 2004 Citroen C3 1.6 Sensodrive and am looking for a replacement as we speak.

While the car has continued to run it hasn't been cheap to keep running. There are good bits, mainly the fact they are cheap as chips to buy, and while they are not the best fit and finish on the inside they are fairly hard wearing. The boot is big enough for a supermini but the Corsa and even the Suzuki Swift have boots that appear more usable.

I have however been hit with the better part of a grand in repairs to keep it running over the past twelve months and I have been advised against continuing to spend on it. Problems have included:

: : Climate Control Unit.

: : MOT Failure including brakes and seat belt replacements

: : Unlock button on the key has fallen off the circuit board, meaning the alarm goes off every time I get in it.

: : Almost certain lunching of the gearbox. The car has been dropping out of gear for over a year now under load. Two Citroen, one Peugeot and one independent dealer have all advised separately that it's a gearbox actuator that is the problem.

It isn't easy on the juice but it could be worse. The driving dynamics are horrific. Strangely it is the only car that i have ever found that drives better on budget tires than on decent ones. Now I used to sell these brand new, if I knew then what I know now I would have been much poorer in my youth.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

2 / 5
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rob23

great little car

CITROEN C3 1.4i VTR 5dr (Review date: 21st November '13)

5

when my ford Mondeo went in to be repaired I was loaned this car at first was a bit dubious a bout it never owning a Citroen c3 but then it grew on me very spacious inside comfy and rode great gearbox ok change well, heater got warm quick, not very quick when pulling away, fuel consumption ok when not driven hard ,if looking to downside will probably look at buying one Citroen has won me over always owned fords

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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lindag

Economical....Reliable........Practical

CITROEN C3 1.4i 16V Stop and Start 5dr Sensodrive (Review date: 4th September '13)

5

I have owned my C3 for 5 years......................I have never owned a car that is so comfortable to drive. I have just purchased a Citroen DS3 on the back of the reliability of my trusted C3 sensodrive.

I cannot think of a negative thing to say about the C3.

I just hope the DS3 is as good!!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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argen

Great Car!

CITROEN C3 1.4 HDi 16V SX 5dr (Review date: 3rd August '13)

5

Everyone is surprised when I tell them it only costs 30 quid a year to tax!

In city driving i get at least 500 miles with the 45 quid of diesel it takes to fill, when I do a run up north with it I get more!

Being in the insurance band C, its really cheap to insure too.

I'm not really sure what I don't about it, I love the ride, near 2k RPMs turbo kicks in which really picks up which is fun and it has arm rests!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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trevor51

mr trevor wright

CITROEN C3 1.4 HDi Desire 5dr (Review date: 31st July '13)

5

i have had this car for just over 4 months, what a car its really great on fuel i am now getting over 65mpg. i drive form manchester to leeds every day. it drives brillently no trouble on the hills and a nice turn of speed and great on fuel. and with only £20 road taxi could not ask for more

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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mjb73

Great car C3 HDI

CITROEN C3 1.4 HDi 16V SX 5dr (Review date: 24th July '13)

4.5

I've had my C3 for nearly 2 years and apart from normal service items and new front springs due to a pot hole in the dark! its been completely reliable. 55mpg driving it fast or nearly 70mpg if you drive it carefully. £30 a year tax cheap insurance Great car.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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