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      22.02.2014 22:56

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      A really nice car and not too expensive.

      Bought this car in 2004 and I was impressed straight away with the roominess inside. Especially the headroom which gives one the impression of being in a much larger car.
      Being a diesel 1.4 engine there was a fair amount of power for the size of the car and it had great acceleration in third gear. The car was very comfortable and a smooth ride and this particular model has electric windows and mirrors and air conditioning along with a good radio/CD player and cigar lighter.
      Although the boot space is not great you can fold down the back seats and with (as mentioned already) the high roof space the car can actually hold a lot of luggage/items.
      I think one of the main attractions for me in buying this car was the running costs were very low indeed with road tax being £35 and when driving on a motorway capable of giving 70 plus miles per gallon.

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      21.02.2014 01:04
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      Useful, comfortable, safe, but not alot of fun.

      I've been running a Citroen C3 now for about 2 years. When i got it, it had 15000 miles on the clock and was about 3 years old. To date, I've been mostly happy with it, it does most things well, and few things badly.

      On the plus side, the ride is excellent, the handling is adequate, the space is superb and the petrol consumption on my model (1.4 desire) has always hovered around the 42mpg mark. It certainly drives like a Citroen; smoothly and fluidly with forgiving controls and more focus on ride than on handling. If pushed, it takes corners with a certain languid Gallic flair but nothing that comes close to being near sporty. As ive said above, the space it provides for such a small car really is excellent, and on that point alone makes it worth a look.

      The downsides are mostly the elephant in the room - reliability!. So far ive had no major issues, though I can report many small niggles. - e.g 1) Mudguards flapping off on a busy road 2) Windows malfunctioning occasionally and 3) A temperamental radio.

      Other than listed above, I can say that i'm a happy customer.

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      09.11.2013 16:39

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      Below average car, you can get much better for the money

      The Citroen C3 has a certain style and finesse about it that other superminis just now don't have. The look is eye catching, and people want to drive it! The ride comfort is excellent, and the inner cabin is very well equipped to ensure that that remains the case. Performance on the other hand is not the strong point of this Citroen, or any Citroen in my opinion. The steering is very poor, and very light. This can be difficult to get used to. The car isn't as spacious in the back as many of its competitors which could be seen as a turn off for many buyers.

      There are a few options available with this car. The sluggish 1.1 is one to avoid. Although if you insist on this car, the 1.6s diesel is the one to go for. The diesel has the bite and pace that many people desire at 110bhp, and the fuel economy is very good.

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      09.08.2013 23:44

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      I had a Citroen C3 and absolutely adore it... actually we had the car 2 years and only took if for MOT once and had to spend nothing...looks like a small car but you will be surprised how much space it got inside, the boot is very deep, and also inside looks high and lot of space for legs... very economic I never figured out how many miles exactly it could do per gallon but I used to drive to work everyday and I can tell you this car will give you the feeling its running without petrol :) The road tax is very cheap too.

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      20.06.2013 08:42

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      I brought a Citroen c3 1.4 vtr 6 months ago with very low mileage, since the purchase we have had to take the vehicle back to the garage with several different faults. The customer service we received was poor from start to finish.We were told each time it was driver error! even when a dial broke loose. The car is a great ride very smooth drive very comfortable and very cheap to tax and run.I would recommend this car however i would say be very careful where you buy it from.

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      06.01.2013 17:46

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      I have had my car for 3 months, its a great car on the road but it does have one little problem, when parked up on a night when there has been a little frost it freezes up on both the outside and INSIDE. It also mists up on the inside when there is a bit of sunshine about, the water suns down the screen and onto the dash board.Apart from that its good.

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      29.05.2012 15:55

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      A cute and distinctive little car. Great for promoting business which is why I got one. I have the senso drive gearbox, which takes a little getting used to as it can get a little confused when going from reverse to 1st. However is also has the "flappy paddles" option which is....well....just pure fun.I have the pluriel so the versatile is amazing from full car to cabrio and then to pick up....fantastic. I have not yet used it as a full cabrio or as a pick up as I do not have anywhere to store the roof bars as they can not be stored in the car....Good echonomically too, around £52 to fill up at the moment and getting well over 350 miles to a tank. Cheap enough to insure and service. Great little thing.

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      07.10.2011 23:22
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      love driving this car at the moment - exactly what i was looking for

      I bought this car in April 2011 from car giant. 5 years old with 27,000 miles. Cost £3,600. Could not believe my luck. The amount of extras that you get such as cruise control, automatic light, climate control, trip computer, security system are extremely generous. This model comes with a flapped panel gear box.
      The road tax for 6 months is £71.50 and for the year is £130. The car is very economical to run average about 55 miles to a gallon. I did a bit of research before buying this car and noticed that depending on the year that it was produced in came certain problems such as electrical faults. the 05 year seems to be where they put everything right.

      Another aspect i really like is that the car is actually high off the road , you actually look down at other drivers, you do get a very safe feeling in the car. Looks wise it is not everybody's cup of tea but i wanted a car that would be economical, comfortably and reliable. so far it has been (fingers crossed). It is not also the most faster car in the world but you do enjoy driving it.

      The interior is easy to clean, the seat are very comfortable ,large digital display, the front seats have a arm rest that comes down like in a plane but there is a disadvantage that in order to put your seat belt you have to lift the arm rest up and then down again.

      There is a very deep boot for storage that has a two level system which is very clever, and if by accident you do not close the doors correctly the car will let you know.

      Just remembered another negative, if you have to change your front bulbs it is going to be a bit of a struggle not sure if any one else had had this experience but i could not access the bulb easily.

      Still love the car though :)

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      06.08.2011 19:24

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      a small and comfortable car, perfect for students and those looking for cheap insurance!

      I never intended to purchase the C3, but what drew me in most was the cars looks. My previous car was a Peugeot 206, and I was looking for a car with less problems, a car that would be reliable. Because I encountered many problems with my 206, I didn't trust Peugeot, so I looked at other makes.
      I'm a student so it needed to be cheap and small. But I didn't want any banger, it also had to look good.
      I spotted the C3 at a local garage. I liked how it looked so me and my dad went to have a closer look. I really liked it, outside and in, so we looked around until we found a good deal on one.
      My C3 has given me NO PROBLEMS. It is 2003 and has done 35000 miles so pretty old, but works perfectly. My speed is displayed on the dashboard digitally, so you know EXACTLY how fast you are going. The amount of petrol left is also digitally displayed, as well as a warning light for when it is low, so there is no confusion as to how much is left.
      It is reliable as I have had it 6 months now and had no problems. I've drove from Yorkshire to Alton Towers and back, and from Yorkshire to Skegness and back, and it has been fine. Nothing has broken since I've had it.
      The boot is pretty spacious, as well as the leg room. I was worried at first that there would hardly be any leg room, especially at the back, as my family are all generally rather big, but it is actually more spacious than it looks. The seats are comfortable, and there are lots of draws and shelves to put things in (e.g sweets, makeup etc!).
      Overall, I am really happy with this car, and the fact that it is cheap insurance is a bonus!

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      03.04.2011 22:01
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      my overrall summary of this car is that i would recomend it to a friend i love it still and will hol

      To start with i cannot fault this car on style,its sheer beauty is what drawn me to it in the first place,although i loved and still love this car there are some minor setbacks,main setback for me is the petrol consumption,it guzzles the petrol and i fill it at least once a week,considering this is a social car not for work i think that's pretty steep.
      being that like the previous Citroen C2 i owned the boot and storage space is very limited and is not a very practical family car which is what i wanted in the first place..(still i purchased it anyway)however the rear seats do come forward if needed for larger items.

      steering is very comfortable you almost feel like your not turning a corner but driving along the motorway with the crosswinds at high speed made me feel a little uneasy,as the car felt extremely light.which is great and what you want for everyday driving but not long distance.also the frames around the windows are a little chunky which make visibility a little tough at times but with extra neck lengthening this is not a huge problem,

      filling this car with petrol was not hugely expensive either i filled it with a little over £40 which i think is pretty good considering the c2 is the same,

      insurance for me on this car is £590 which is £90 more than my previous car but because of the bad weather i cant complain as i have heard quite few people saying there insurances have gone up,tax i paid £125 which is the same as my previous car also..
      i do find that picking up speed is not as fast in this car although once your up to speed it is fine but setting off it slacks and cars zoom past me

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        14.03.2011 23:11
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        04 Reg C3 beat a 52 Reg Ford Ka hands down.

        BACKGROUND
        This is my second car and most of my comparisons will be made against my first car, a Ford Ka. I use my car for personal travel and to get me to and from work, and have clocked about 1500 miles in the three months that I have owned the car. The model that I have is a Citroen C3 SX 1.4L in silver.

        THE APPEARANCE
        I have liked the Citroen cars for a few years now, in particular the C2 and C3 models. They have a lovely round shape, quite spacious yet still small enough for city driving / parking. Mine is a lovely silver colour, but I also quite like the blue model.

        THE STEERING
        My Citroen is an SX model, which stands for Sport Crossover. I am not sure whether it is due to the sportish element or not but the steering is quite sensitive. It handles well and I have had no problem with taking turn in it. The only problem is with potholes, the steering wheel wobbles unnervingly if your tyres dip into a pothole. I have heard a lot of people say this about many other cars, so maybe my Ford Ka was just insensitive.

        FUEL EFFICIENCY
        Especially with the rocketing price of petrol, when looking for a new car the economy of the car was something that I was interested in. I did not want to sacrifice power, spend a fortune or sacrifice appearance for it though. This car is quite fuel efficiency offering an average of 46mpg varying slightly with different factors including driving style. At the moment, it costs £40 for a full tank, sadly this is constantly rising.

        FUNCTIONS
        The main thing that sets this car apart from my Ford Ka is all the mod cons that this car has to offer. It is a 04 reg so not one of the more modern models, but still a lovely modern drive. My favourite feature is the digital speedometer, which makes sticking to the speed limit in speed camera district much easier. My second favourite feature is the automatic window wipers. My Ford Ka had three settings: once every few minutes, fast or super fast, awful if the rain was quite light. However the horn is pretty insensitive, to the point that I thought it did not work but my boyfriend managed to make it beep after pressing it pretty firmly.

        VALUE FOR MONEY
        I think that this car is great value for money, I paid £3745 for a 04 reg with 17,000 miles on the clock. The insurance is not too expensive, it only cost me £77 more to unsure than a Ford Ka 1.3 basic model, sadly being a young driver my insurance is still a shocking £1000. The car tax is £125 for the year, which is £25 cheaper than my previous car.

        PET PEEVE
        It does get caught quite easily by the wind on the motorway so I do try and avoid driving on windy days. I am not sure if it is something to do with the shape of the car? Also, when you go over 40/50mph then there is a wind noise even if it is not particularly windy out, therefore I am assuming there is a draft coming in somewhere, slightly annoying.

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        25.01.2011 17:53

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        Reliable car but difficult to reverse

        I've had a Citreon c3 for three years and am very pleased with it but at first it took some time to get used to. We bought ours at two years old with one previous owner and 10,000 miles. The design of the car is very stylish and modern looking but the unique lush windscreen style can have it's drawbacks.

        The windscreen design with the thick frame work means that occasionally, visability can be inhibited and leads to blind spots when driving. This is especially difficult when reversing and takes a lot of getting used to! Having said this, once i got used to this, it is no longer much of a problem but had to be mentioned as some may find this a huge design flaw.

        Generally the car is very reliable. We have never had any problems with its engine or exhaust which are usually the things that cause the most and expensive repairs. Its weak point unfortunately seems to be the fuel injectors which have needed replacing twice on our car in three years. I don't claim to be any expert on what these do but when they go they really go leaving the car completely unusable until the problem is fixed. We have had no other problems, even in the very cold weather that we've endured this winter. Generally it has been very reliable and always starts well.

        The interior is very nice and comfortable and the design makes it very spacious with plenty of leg room but this is let down by the boot which is quite small. Only just large enough for my weekly shop. Considering this is a small car it tends to use a lot of petrol. This is very annoying as it is only mainly used for running around town but I always seem to be filling it up.

        All in all it is very comfortable and smooth to drive. This would suit a small family or couple that just require a smaller town car. However for those with toddlers, make sure the pushchair fits in the boot before you buy!

        This review may also appear on Ciao under the username of Supersweep.

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        12.11.2010 22:24
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        Good value for money, perfect first car for boys or girls and also as a small second family car

        I got this car, L 53 plate, for my first car a number of years ago and have not once regretted the decision! Perfect first car, a 5 door but small and easily manouerable.
        Great fuel consumption, fuel tank usually costs me around £40 to fill and lasts me a good number of miles (fuel consumption between 39.2-67.0 mpg); easy to keep in the higher range for mpg as there is a digital calculator on the dashboard at all times which updates as you travel, I always find myself checking how much fuel I'm using if I'm driving fast!
        Digital Spedometer also very usefull, although it can sometimes take a second to update which can be scary when going through speed cameras; sensible driving stops this being a problem for the most part.

        This car has a very high clutch; having only driven 4 cars in my time I have never had a problem with this but I do know that when other people not used to my car have driven it they've struggled not to stall at first; doesn't take them long to get used to it.

        Tonnes of fantastic usefull extras including a document draw under the passenger seat among many other storage compartments and drink holders. Stangely the most useful extra is the clip on the window for attaching parking vouchers! The number of people I know who have had fines as their ticket has flipped over as they close their doors, this completely solves that problem; also stops them flying around and distracting you if you forget to remove them when driving. The sticks next to the steering wheel have functions such as changing the track on CDs, the volume on the stereo and chosing which information is seen on the dashboard (miles left in tank, mpg, miles done per trip etc.).
        Front and back windscreen wipers and screen wash, my model does not have fog lights but these are available, the gear stick moves easily, no problems with break/accelorator sticking, easy move chairs in 3 different directions etc.

        The backseat is very spacious, the small amount of time I've spent in those seats I've felt very comfortable, so have my male friends and parents all of which have said they've had plenty of leg room and have felt unclostrophic with the big windows and high roof.

        No problems with acceloration and breaks work fantastically, possibly too well! The only issue I've had with driving the Citroen C3 is that is does not corner particularly well, it is slightly top heavy with its 'bubble' shape.

        The guide price is currently between £3,070-£5,140; I would definitely say that its worth that, I've never had techincal problems with it (bar a fuse needing to be replaced for the windscreen wash) and haven't had to replace the tyres or breakpads since 2008.

        The sound system is a bit pathetic, obviously this can be replaced or supplemented, but the provided system does not deal well with even medium levels of base!

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          24.10.2010 12:09

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          We have owned a C3 top of the range 1.6 petrol engined since 2003 and have just completed 42000K. In that period we have had it serviced every year. At 17000K (3 years) the front bearings were replaced and now we have two bills totalling Euro1200 because the sensodrive controller has failed. The car drives as if a first day driver is changing gears, very jerky and uncomfortable, unlike any other automatic I have ever owned. We would never ever buy another Citroen and certainly never recomend them.

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          24.08.2010 11:30
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          Gets you from A to B but without refinement

          Despite a wariness of French cars we picked up our 52 plate C3 for a bargain £4k when it was 5 years old with 17k miles on the clock - neighbours parents were emigrating and needed to shift it within the last week before they left.

          We used it initially as a second car/run around to our main car which I used for daily commutes and for family holidays. However last year we traded the main car in for a bigger car which we use more sparingly and I took the C3 on for commuting. Its currently on 34,000 miles.

          In terms of getting me from home to work (and back) it has performed its function well. I can hardly complain that the original battery gave up the ghost after 8 years - the only time it hasn't started, and even then once started off a charger it got me to work where I could get the battery replaced. Its big enough to put a childs buggy in the boot and a reasonable amount of shopping, whilst remaining small enough to be able to find parking spaces easily. The 1.4 engine is a good compromise between fuel economy and being able to do motorway trips without the engine screaming its head off. It has a higher than average driving position which gives good visibility and also probably makes it easier for those with mobility problems to get in and out as its not as far down when sitting into it or getting out.

          However, beyond performing its basic function reliably, the build quality is poor. The trim is very plastic, it has plenty of rattles, and it feels a bit like being driven along in an unsprung farm cart. At least one of the roof trim pieces which cover the rain channels has worked loose and flown off whilst driving along, the windscreen washer bottle has split and had to be replaced, and the rear demist works when it feels like it (usually on dry clear days!).

          In theory servicing costs on this age could be low as it has a 2 year, 20,000 mile interval although I think this was changed to 1 year, 10k on newer models.

          If you can find one cheap you'll probably have a decent workhorse for basic transport, but this is not a car for the driving enthusiast.

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