09 December 2013
Overall, quite satisfied, apart from the air bag light coming on, which is now still being investigated outside of w/tee. At 19660 miles the pads are only 1/2 worn, yet the discs are rotten through. They look like they’re 10 years old. Just had them replaced with quality items, which hopefully will last longer. Years ago when I taxied Cortinas I got 40/50k on a set of pads and never changed a disc! Apart from all that I’m very happy with my ’Pocket Rocket’.
I am disgusted with Citroen. It returns 45 miles to gallon (should be 60) and it has so far needed: Two new door locks, a new exhaust, a new clutch at 18,000 miles, new wiper blades, three new tyres and new brakes. I would have been better off buying a second-hand vehicle. Rubbish Citroen. Despite numerous emails to the CEO of Citroen. I’ve had no reply. I will never buy a French car again!
A whole list of problems. What started out as a really fun, nippy car ended within 2 years. The clutch seems too high, the whiperblades are rubbish and need replacing all the time. The glove box wont close after the warping on the dash so it is constantly dropping open when driving over a bump or braking, which gets annoying! If you have one of these your exhaust will go followed by the clutch. If you brake going around a corner or over a speed bump, it sounds and feels like you have a bike stuck under your car. I have also had condensation problems with the interior. The handbrake gets stuck, the alloys are too soft and the chrome coverings on the inside trim fall off at he slightest change in temperature (cheap glue). When you offset the road tax savings against what you will spend in the first 18 months on front tyre wear, new clutch, wiper blades, exhaust, you would probably be better off with a Range Rover! A rubbish, cheaply put together car using the cheapest parts with more glue on than welds resulting in an expensive burden. Sure it’s cheap on fuel and nippy when you’re on your own, but so is a Ducati.
My girlfriend has just returned in tears from the garage, The car she was sold was a total banger; windy up windows, clutch that even I cant depress, and gears that require two hands to engage. The service was terrible. They told her that 4mm tyres are illeagle and need replacing, and did a service for £246, no oil change, no filter change and when I challenged the garage they just said "tough!" They say they replaced the pollen filter yet it was still black and the felt tip mark I left on it was still there. This has now been reported to the police as I’m disgusted by the service of what is meant to be a major manufacturer, Would I buy a Citroen?? Never, ever, ever, they are a waste of money.
I had what was usually termed a "petrol guzzler" for 12 years, but always felt safe in a car that had hardly any problems. With the "Scrappage scheme" I thought the C1 would be a reasonable buy, low fuel, as far as the research showed. So bought NEW, but now less than a year on with just over 3000 miles on the clock, the car is giving intermittent problems: stalled a few times at intersections, no reason found; water seems to collect in the car even though there are rubber sealers around the doors; during the snow there was frost inside the car. I never used the car for five days, when I drove it there was a loud grating sound each time I had to brake, so I drove home rather than cause more problems. The dealerships mechanic says there isn’t a problem; it is NORMAL rust on the brake pads as the car was not driven for a period. It would go away with a long drive. I feel nervous as I had no such problem with my OLD car and now wish I had kept the petrol guzzler, I could drive when ever and feel really safe. This car seems like a disposable, but it was nearly £9000, though the mechanic made me feel that the car was given to me, not paid for with hard earned money. If anyone asks me about my car, I would have to say NOT A GOOD BUY and I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND. Fuel usage not bad, but hey if one has to worry about everything else what have I gained? Definitely not peace of mind!
I have only been driving this car since December and while its quite nippy, a good sound system, reasonable on fuel,I find the controls to access the radio is a bit awkard as its situated on the top and to the left, which to my mind is pretty dangerous. It is not a knob or button ,which is normal but a flat thing(?) you press, which is integrated in the fascia! The other complaint I would say about this car is its rev counter, which is situated on a stalk! This detracts from the looks of the vehicle and will put many people off. All in all I wouldn’t recommed this car, which is a shame as Citreons are usually excellent and lovely looking cars.
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