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Krenna, Swindon

Citroen C1 2009 - 2012

1 star review

I bought my C1 a year ago with 10,000 on the clock. It has now reached 17,000 and my clutch started making an odd whining noise. I took it to my local garage who told me the thrust bearing has gone and that they were shocked it could do so at such low mileage. The clutch needs replacing at a cost of £350 at this garage. I rang Citroen direct and was told that the clutch should indeed not fail at such low mileage and that there would be some 'goodwill' regardless of the fact that the warranty had expired. They sent me to a Citroen dealership who took over an hour to diagnose the same fault that my garage had diagnosed in 2 minutes!! Rang Citroen who promptly tried to backtrack on their offer. Luckily the earlier phone call had been recorded and therefore as a gesture of goodwill they have offered to pay 50% of the cost provided it is done at their chosen dealer. The cost for this repair at said dealer... £699, so therefore I still have to stump up £350!!! It is interesting to read that someone else has been offered a goodwill gesture of 90% for the same issue. This appears to me to be a design fault which needs to be addressed urgently. I also have the leaking seal and condensation problem reported by so many others on here. I am going to use the Sale of Goods Act 1979. I am also going to report this to Watchdog, publish it on facebook and shout it from the rooftops to anyone else who will listen. This part is not fit for purpose and I feel this is very shoddy business practice. We should all put our voices together and see if we cannot bring about a change

Submitted: 2014-06-16 | ID: 97806

joanne, Bristol

Citroen C1 2012 - 2014

1 star review

I got my c1 vtr in december it has just over 2500 miles on the clock. While driving today the gear stick kept jumping out of third and is suddenly difficult to get into forth and third surely my clutch hasn't gone already?

Submitted: 2014-05-27 | ID: 96261

Ellis, Yorkshire

Citroen C1 VTR+ 2011

4 star review

Hi, I have recently bought a very funky white C1 VTR+ with 16k on the clock in absolutely mint condition, supported with a full service history. I am very concerned to read road reports across the net reporting clutch failure mainly on 2005-2009 models. I do know that Citroen fitted a larger clutch fly wheel after 2009 (170 mm up to 180 mm), which should have cured the reported issues. I have covered 2k with a daily commute of 60 miles returning 58 mpg on a mixture of motorway, dual carriage way, A and B roads and I am very happy with the car so far. I have noticed the clutch biting point is very late on the up stroke, but so far no problems with the car as a whole. I visited the local dealership and reported my concerns, their response was "well you don’t know how the car has been driven before, the clutch can last as little as 1000 miles if driven badly enough", which is absolute rubbish. So if the clutch does go early I will have similar problems as many owners have reported re getting Citroen to pay for a replacement clutch. So fingers crossed I have bought a C1 that will be reliable and will last the five years I hope to own it before I sell it on. Finally, I have read the owners reports on Auto Trader UK and there are no such reports of serious problems at all, hence the reason I bought one. My C1ndy will pull through I’m sure :+

Submitted: 2014-03-07 | ID: 37504

Pal Moodley, South Africa

Citroen C1 Seduction 2010

3 star review

I purchased my car in Sept 2010. It now has 51000 on the clock. When I bought it I was having problems changing gears even though it was brand new. I reported it but to no avail. Now 2013 I have had to do a clutch overhaul! Still the gears aren’t very smooth. Very disappointed.

Submitted: 2013-12-16 | ID: 37502

Ben, Essex

Citroen C1 2008

5 star review

Bought this new as I needed a small, cheap car to commute to work, a 45 mile round trip. So far I have been very happy with it, it has done 75,000 miles in 5 years and has needed a set of new tyres, a new exhaust and a wiper blade in that time. The only real issue has been a replacement water pump after 50,000 miles, which is apparently a known problem with the earlier C1’s. Cost £85 for the part and the AA man very kindly fitted it for free. It’s cheap to run, cheap to insure and tax and can fit a surprising about of stuff in it with the back seat down. I have been very impressed with it over all.

Submitted: 2013-12-04 | ID: 37501

Matthew Longworth, Lancashire

Citroen C1 Vibe 2008

2 star review

First of all, my Citroen C1 is a good little car for getting me about. I love its size and its look. However, I bought it when it was 2 years old and in the past 3 years I have had so many problems with it! First of all the exhaust needed to be replaced because it was extremely loud and kept blowing. I have lost the front and rear wipers (the front snapped off in heavy rain on the M60!). A very serious problem with a belt under the bonnet (sorry I’m not very technical) which caused the water coolant to leak and burn my engine. At 30,000 miles, the clutch went and had to be replaced. After this years MOT I had to replace all 4 tyres and have new brake pads and discs fitted. Also, what annoyed me is they told me the exhaust (which has already been replaced) is very noisy again! I am taking it to the garage in a few days because my rear passenger-side wheel looks like it’s wobbling (it isn’t, I think it’s the wheel bearing which is slightly bent). I keep telling myself nothing else can go wrong because I feel that I have a brand new car with all the replacements its had. Just hope nothing else goes wrong for me. I’d like to add also that I consider myself a good driver and have never had an accident on the roads.

Submitted: 2013-10-02 | ID: 37503

Dave Cain, England

Citroen C1 VTR+ 3dr 2011

3 star review

I purchased the car as new in February 2011. It ran fine and was serviced by the dealer in January 2012 at 6,800 miles. Myself and others noticed that the wheel studs were rusting, so I contacted the dealer. They asked me to bring it so that photographs could be taken and sent to Citroen. This was done and a week or so later I received a call from the dealer advising that Citroen would not replace them as it was not deemed as a ’manufacturing defect’, I argued that not only did it spoil the look of the alloy wheels, but that many people who had seen the car, weren’t happy that such obvious a defect wasn’t being admitted to by the manufacturer. The car is cleaned regularly using Autogym products and nowhere else did any corrosion appear . I also argued that none of my other cars had sufferd this problem, including a ten-year old Mazda with alloys and chrome wheel-nuts. I then received a call from Citroen advising that they WOULD replace them. All was fine until just before Christmas when I took the car to be part-ex valued against a new Mazda. Their salesman said that he thought my exhaust was blowing, so I took it to my Citroen dealer for checking. They said that there was nothing wrong with the system and whilst there I asked them to check the clutch ’freeplay’. I requested this because I had heard of others with problems, including a colleague at work. The technician advised that the pedal was little ’high’, but that it could be adjusted at the next service. Now then a couple of weeks ago and whilst driving, after doing about twenty miles of mixed M-way, A and B roads, a funny smell was apparent. At a set of lights and whilst taking off the clutch slipped, making the car move off very slowly and then again a few hundred yards further down the road at another set of lights. I rang the dealer and was met with " well we have people who have a clutch fitted every year". By the way the car had done 11,800 miles. I asked the dealer what could be done and whether it should now be adjusted and they denied all knowledge of such a procedure, staing that I would have to bring it in and have the clutch removed. If it was wear and tear then it would cost me, if a defect then a claim to Citroen could be made. I rang Citroen and their Customer Rep. repeated more or less what the dealer had said. I made reference to the Internet and all the comments on all the forums on all of these cars, only to be told that the ’Web’ was dangerous. I said that this was rubbish because the ’Web’ had managed to save me a fortune on my Utility bills and suchlike and that it was now giving me an insight into other people’s C1 problems. Eventually he agreed to make a ’goodwill’ gesture of ninety per-cent of the repair if down to a defect. previously advising that there was no warranty on clutches, something of a contradiction to other’s experiences. I have declined and am adamant that the car should be investigated and repaired accordingly, at no cost to me. Similarly, as with others, I own and have owned other vehicles that have covered well in excess of the now 12k of the C1, with clutches needing replacing at in excess of 100k miles. As we stand now I have booked the car in for its second service with albeit a different Citroen dealership and am awaiting a futher call from them. In the meantime I am serving a letter on the supplying dealer requesting a repair under the terms of the Sale of Goods Act 1979. To summarise, I bought the car to do my bit for the planet as well as to reduce my motoring costs and being Toyota based, thought the C1 VTR+ a nifty little option. As I always say. "It isn’t the problem, but how it is solved".

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I bought my C1 a year ago with 10,000 on the clock. It has now reached 17,000 and my clutch started making an odd whining noise. I took it to my local garage who told me the thrust bearing has gone and that they were shocked it could do so at such low mileage. The clutch needs replacing at a cost of £350 at this garage. I rang Citroen direct and was told that the clutch should indeed not fail at such low mileage and that there would be some 'goodwill' regardless of the fact that the warranty had expired. They sent me to a Citroen dealership who took over an hour to diagnose the same fault that my garage had diagnosed in 2 minutes!! Rang Citroen who promptly tried to backtrack on their offer. Luckily the earlier phone call had been recorded and therefore as a gesture of goodwill they have offered to pay 50% of the cost provided it is done at their chosen dealer. The cost for this repair at said dealer... £699, so therefore I still have to stump up £350!!! It is interesting to read that someone else has been offered a goodwill gesture of 90% for the same issue. This appears to me to be a design fault which needs to be addressed urgently. I am going to do the same as you and use the Sale of Goods Act 1979. I would be interested to hear how you got on. I am also going to report this to Watchdog, publish it on facebook and shout it from the rooftops to anyone else who will listen. This part is not fit for purpose and I feel this is very shoddy business practice. We should all put our voices together and see if we cannot bring about a change. - from Swindon

I bought my C1 a year ago with 10,000 on the clock. It has now reached 17,000 and my clutch started making an odd whining noise. I took it to my local garage who told me the thrust bearing has gone and that they were shocked it could do so at such low mileage. The clutch needs replacing at a cost of £350 at this garage. I rang Citroen direct and was told that the clutch should indeed not fail at such low mileage and that there would be some 'goodwill' regardless of the fact that the warranty had expired. They sent me to a Citroen dealership who took over an hour to diagnose the same fault that my garage had diagnosed in 2 minutes!! Rang Citroen who promptly tried to backtrack on their offer. Luckily the earlier phone call had been recorded and therefore as a gesture of goodwill they have offered to pay 50% of the cost provided it is done at their chosen dealer. The cost for this repair at said dealer... £699, so therefore I still have to stump up £350!!! It is interesting to read that someone else has been offered a goodwill gesture of 90% for the same issue. This appears to me to be a design fault which needs to be addressed urgently. I am going to do the same as you and use the Sale of Goods Act 1979. I would be interested to hear how you got on. I am also going to report this to Watchdog, publish it on facebook and shout it from the rooftops to anyone else who will listen. This part is not fit for purpose and I feel this is very shoddy business practice. We should all put our voices together and see if we cannot bring about a change. - from Swindon

Submitted: 2013-02-26 | ID: 37497

John Shurie, England

Citroen C1 2009

4 star review

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’.

Submitted: 2013-02-23 | ID: 37496

Julie Barton, England

Citroen C1 2006

5 star review

I love my little C1, it has never let me down. I have had it for 4 years now, I bought it with 18,000 on the clock and it has only just reached 40k. I drive it to work and back 20 miles each way every day. I’m in the process of part exchanging my C1 for the new 13 plate, Ford Fiesta titanium plus eco drive; I’ve been for a test drive and it is amazing! I wanted to buy a car that would still be kind to our environment and was fantastically surprised at the Fiesta’s performance, considering it only has a 1 litre engine - the hidden turbos are in there somewhere so I’m told. I cant wait to drive it home! Maybe my C1 has overheard my conversations with the Ford dealership people as the brakes have just ceased! Never mind, still my reliable baby.

Submitted: 2013-02-16 | ID: 37498

Chris Metcalfe, England

Citroen C1 1.4 HDI 2007

4 star review

Fantastic little car, which I’ve owned for nearly 3 years. It nudges 60 MPG no matter how it’s driven and is great on long journeys too. We’re a family of 4 and have driven nearly 1500 miles to and around Scotland and back on holiday. With the roof box fitted it averages 55MPG (fully laden). Just passed 40000 miles now with no sign of the injectors going yet, fingers crossed. It has broken down twice in the first 18 months of ownership though, which I can tell you was very disappointing. The first time the ECU went bonkers and kept draining the battery in 2 mins while the car was switched off. It would have cost £1200, but luckily this was done under warranty. The second time was a split fuel pipe, so the engine kept sucking air and cutting out. This was £150 and out of warranty. I love the car still and will be keeping it for while yet.

Submitted: 2012-12-08 | ID: 37500

Claire Moules, Devon

Citroen C1 Diesel 2007

1 star review

This car has only done 40,000 miles and we have just had a bill for £1,600 after the fuel injectors went. My friend also has a Citroen C1 and she has had two huge bills at 50,000 miles for a new clutch and gear box. I will never buy another Citroen. If you have one that’s done 40,000 miles or more then sell it as you’ve got big bills coming your way.

Submitted: 2012-11-25 | ID: 37499

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Natasha, Cheshire

Citroen C1 2008

1 star review

I have a citroen C1, which I bought 10 months ago with 10,000 miles on the clock; it now has 22,000. I have had nothing but problems from day one. Firstly I couldn’t unlock the doors with the key I was given, so this had to be changed. At 21,000 miles the clutch went, which is not good. This was paid in full (£450) by Citroen after arguing with them that this was a common fault and was all over various internet forums. Now at 22,000 miles the steering rack (£1,000) has gone, yet again this is getting fixed under warranty after arguing with them. Apart from it being off the road more than it is on I do love the car and I would have recommended it to anyone, but not now.

Submitted: 2012-09-13 | ID: 37495

Sarah Aston, England

Citroen C1 2009

1 star review

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!

Responses to this review

It’s plain to see that you drive like a idiot! From what you say, it seems you knock fxxx out of this vehicle. Brakes. tyres, fuel consumption says it all. Learn to drive in a professional manner and see your running costs fall - John Shurie from Warwickshire

While I do get around 60mpg from mine with gentle driving other things have not fared so well in the 5 years and 40,000 miles I have had it from new. It has needed a new exhaust in year two which Citroen would not cover on the warranty, it has had two complete sets of new tyres, new front brake pads and discs, new back wheel bearings and the door locks are absolutly s**t to the point most of the time I leave it unlocked and am not prepared to pay to have new locks fitted which are also rubbish having spoken to several other owners that have the same problems, oh and the hindges on the back windows have broken, they should be shot for this rubbish - from England

You only need to replace the key. Cost me £16 online - Alan Miller from England

Submitted: 2012-08-04 | ID: 37491

Irene Woods, England

Citroen C1 2007

3 star review

Well my car has done 24000 miles and it needs a new starter motor and a new clutch! I can’t believe the problems I’ve had and it’s just coming up to 5 years old, what a joke. I would never buy Citroen again.

Responses to this review

Snap - have needed to replace clutch twice. Garage showed me blueprint that this car had clutch problems. Have had to have exhaust replaced and had problems with seals after less than year of purchasing (again told it had been identified that issues with C1 and leaking seals). This was fixed but car always been bad for condensation inside car. Now, a couple years on and due to awful rain once again passenger floor has puddle of rain - what’s the betting I will be told this is wear and tear. I think not!!! - from England

I bought my C1 a year ago with 10,000 on the clock. It has now reached 17,000 and my clutch started making an odd whining noise. I took it to my local garage who told me the thrust bearing has gone and that they were shocked it could do so at such low mileage. The clutch needs replacing at a cost of £350 at this garage. I rang Citroen direct and was told that the clutch should indeed not fail at such low mileage and that there would be some 'goodwill' regardless of the fact that the warranty had expired. They sent me to a Citroen dealership who took over an hour to diagnose the same fault that my garage had diagnosed in 2 minutes!! Rang Citroen who promptly tried to backtrack on their offer. Luckily the earlier phone call had been recorded and therefore as a gesture of goodwill they have offered to pay 50% of the cost provided it is done at their chosen dealer. The cost for this repair at said dealer... £699, so therefore I still have to stump up £350!!! It is interesting to read that someone else has been offered a goodwill gesture of 90% for the same issue. This appears to me to be a design fault which needs to be addressed urgently. I also have the leaking seal problem. I am going use the Sale of Goods Act 1979. I would be interested to hear how you got on. I am also going to report this to Watchdog, publish it on facebook and shout it from the rooftops to anyone else who will listen. This part is not fit for purpose and I feel this is very shoddy business practice. We should all put our voices together and see if we cannot bring about a change - from Swindon

Submitted: 2012-07-17 | ID: 37489

Simon Coope, England

Citroen C1 2009

1 star review

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.

Submitted: 2012-04-02 | ID: 37488

Lealea, Durham

Citroen C1 Vibe 2008

1 star review

I bought the car new and after a few weeks the hazard light switch cracked - not a big issue, then the airbag light started to flash (the car is about 24 month old at this point). I took it to Citroen who "fixed" the issue (a seat belt pre-tensioner) they also fixed the hazard light button, a known fault to Citroen. Great! until a few weeks later the light came on again, I took it back to Citroen who repaired it again and as I mentioned that the exhaust was blowing they checked this and said it was fine, (they gave me and A4 print out stating that the exhaust is noisy!!!). A month or two went by and the light went on again, brilliant! Then the exhaust fell off on the A66 - great!!! I drove to a local garage and got a new exhaust fitted at my cost, (but still had the light flashing on the dash). I took it back to Citroen who "fixed" it again, and yes the light came back on again. The car is now approaching 3 years old with the light back on. My partner is now getting annoyed and contacted the Citroen regional manager directly, bypassing the Citroen dealer who got the car repaired and contacted the local Citroen garage to check on the issue. Touch wood the repair this time has worked and no light has been on since the last repair, however I do have water in the rear foot well, and today with 33k miles on the clock the clutch has gone! so in about 4 years of owning the car; the exhaust fell off, the pre-tensioner was "fixed" several times, the car leaks and the clutch has gone. My partner likes older cars, he has a car from 90’s he uses every day and has done not one repair to it in the 3 years we have lived together. I will never buy a Citroen ever again.

Responses to this review

The clutches are not self adjusting on these cars, they don’t wear out for about 100k miles. Citroen dealers won’t tell you this but it needs adjusting (under the bonnet) every 18k or so - from Sussex

Submitted: 2012-02-13 | ID: 37483

Tim Bell, Wiltshire

Citroen C1 VTR+ Carlinite Grey 2011

5 star review

I have had the car from new since March ’11 and use it for a 60 mile daily commute using both A and B roads, including motorway and dual carriageway. My VTR+ came with alloys, air conditioning and electric windows. Also split folding rear seat, stylish cloth trim in pale wine red and blue, and no leather pack. Finally I paid for the 3 year service pack. Comfort: I can understand with the little nippy engine why it would be classed as a city car; it is light to steer, short but still fairly wide so you feel like you are in a pocket rocket. However, the suspension is fairly stiff with equally stiff seats so smooth road surfaces are a godsend where you can find them. Motorway driving is excellent. The stereo is clear, bright and loud enough to cover any road noise and the are lots of odd storage areas for that odd snack on the way. In the back (I have a three door version) there is enough room for 2 adults at a squeeze, it’s ideal for the kids though and there’s enough room for 8 bags of shopping in the boot, double stacked. Economy: With a 34 litre tank it currently takes approx. £47 when filled to the brim (£1.38 per litre) and you see a nice return of approx. 450 miles. To me, that’s excelllent and I fill up three times a month more or less. If driving at usual motorway speeds you will still get over 350mpg and this little car can keep up with bigger sluggers if on level ground. Styling: The new front nose gives it good presence in the rear mirror of the car in front. In the sun the metalic grey glistens blue, green and gold and with the optional, but recommended C1 mud flaps front and especially rear fitted, the back end stands out from the samey Pug 107. Conclusion: I will be replacing this car after three years and by then it will have 40000 miles on the clock. For the first 8 months and 9000 miles I have so far completed, I have fallen head over heels with it. Yes it struggles up hills, but I can live with not being in a race with someone else to get to the top first. The fuel economy is brilliant, it’s extremely cheap to keep on the road with £20 road tax per year and it zooms everywhere. Well worth the money.

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350mpg! I doubt it. - Lucy Beaghen from Cornwall

350mpg! I doubt it. - Lucy Beaghen from Cornwall

Submitted: 2011-11-30 | ID: 37485

Peter Giles, England

Citroen C1 2006

5 star review

I bought this car new and kept it for 4 years, finally selling it with 34000 miles on the clock. During this time I never had any problems and my only concern was concerning the wheel rims, which I believe are too soft and bend at the slightest pot hole. It was driven from Surrey to North Wales and back, and also to Cornwall and the Lake District covering 1000 miles in a week. The car is quite pokey when driven with a single passenger but sluggish when more than one passenger in the car, especially up hill. An excellent little car, I would happily buy another.

Responses to this review

Can’t understand your comment about ’bent wheels’. Sounds like you clout kerbs, wheels are not designed to be abused. And where possible avoid pot holes. As a general rule read the road surfaces and drive accordingly, otherwise you’ll end up with bills for tyres and suspension parts - John Shurie from Warwickshire

Submitted: 2011-10-21 | ID: 37481

David Brooks, Scotland

Citroen C1 2009

1 star review

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.

Responses to this review

I feel for you, mate. I’m 18, my dad bought me a Citroen C1 for my 18th with insurance. The total cost came to around £9,000. My dad knows cars well and when he drove it home he said the clutch felt too high so he took it back and said "It’s gonna go". The garage insisted it would be fine. aAweek later the clutch went when I was on the motorwar (The M6, AT RUSHHOUR) and wouldn’t change gear. I managed to kick it into gear 2 and literally drove home in gear 2. The garage fixed the clutch and within 2 weeks that horrible clicking sound was back, and it kept cutting out! Absolute sh*t car! F*cking French! - James Catlin from England

It’s not French, it’s a Toyota with Citroen badges - from England

Submitted: 2011-07-08 | ID: 37475

John, France

Citroen C1 2005

5 star review

C1 petrol 5 door sensomatic gearbox, air con 62k Km. Had this car from new and so far had the air con switch replaced (apart from normal service items). Economical and nice to drive. Quite happy with it, even on a couple of long trips to the UK performed well on the motorway.

Submitted: 2011-06-24 | ID: 37480

Thomas, Sweden

Citroen C1 5 door SX 2007

4 star review

Worked fine for the first 75,000 kilometers. Then the waterpump and a bearing broke. At 95,000 kilometers the clutch and one drive shaft was up for replacement. Otherwise, no problems. As long as you use it for shorter trips around town it’s probably a very good car, and very agile. I’m looking for a replacement now though. I need a car with a warranty because of my bad luck.

Responses to this review

Same here, the waterpump bearing went down at 46,000km, so I’ve replaced the waterpump (200 euros + VAT), belt (50 euros), special kind of pink cooling liquid (40 euros) plus 100 euros labour. I’m almost at 70,000km and the electric power steering ECU just went dead (that’s about 650 euros including VAT) and because of the faulty ECU, my battery went dead. The clutch needs changing too. I feel like I’m going crazy but I love her still. Need a new one the same as this one. P.S. Please excuse my English I wish you the best - Sindila Liviu from Romania

Submitted: 2011-06-21 | ID: 37478

Mat Smith, Devon

Citroen C1 5 door petrol 2005

4 star review

The clutch plates fitted by the manufacture were to small on early models, but now they have rectified that with larger ones. Three other common problems are; poor door seals letting in water, front brake discs that corrode & wear prematurely & front windscreen wiper blades that only last a year. Apart from these problems it’s fine.

Responses to this review

’tis recommended that you change your front wiper blades every year at the end of fall (or so I was told...)<br /> - Sindila Liviu from Romania

Submitted: 2011-05-03 | ID: 37468

Anne Forde, Surrey

Citroen C1 vibe 3 door 1.0 2007

1 star review

I would like to report that my C1 needs a new clutch at a mileage of only 19,503. Unbelievable! I am awaiting a response from Citroen.

Responses to this review

I have a Citroen C1 with 34,000 miles that just ran out of a three year warranty and now it needs a new clutch - no joy rom Citroen very unhappy, will not be getting another one! - K McKenna from Wiltshire

I bought my wife a 2008 Citroen C1 Code in February 2010 with 9,500 miles on the clock. It has covered 18,550 and needs a new clutch already. It’s the first and last Citroen I’ll buy - Kevin Oxwilc from England

My Citroen C1 is just over 3 years old, warranty expired 2 1/2 months ago. Last week the clutch including lever went at 40,000 miles! £535 later, I have been told my the garage along with the recovery truck driver that it happens all the time! - Laura Harmer from Nottinghamshire

Hey. Bought the car at 20,000 miles. Immediately after, whilst driving along the motorway, the engine exploded. Citroen of Slough tried to blame it on me not changing gears! When I didn’t back down, they changed their tone and paid the £3,500 for a new engine! Worst customer service I have ever experienced! - Chris Kennedy from England

Submitted: 2011-03-26 | ID: 37470

Keith Lewis, England

Citroen C1 Rhythm 2006

3 star review

I bought this second hand 12.5K from a Citroen dealer based on my work colleagues experience with an Aygo (same car). It had one years warranty left. In 6 month I noticed the clutch biting very high - I went back to the dealer - comment was it was normal, but I insisted on noting the time and date of this report. The clutch then failed out of warranty at 23K. Citroen fixed it free of charge. Now at 40K the clutch makes a noise when depressed but seems to bite OK with no slipping - engine light is permanently on - Computer read out shows Cat issue. But sailed through MOT emission test. MPG always in the 50s - So I now ignore the light. Rear muffer looks very rusty but has not fallen off yet. All in all not quite what I hoped for in what is basically a youngish Toyota albeit built in the Czech Republic.

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This is an update on the noise when the clutch was depressed and the engine management light - 24/04/2012 - It was found by my local garage that when Citroen replaced the clutch they forgot to fit the lower catalytic bracket bolt - this caused the cat to split at the top end causing the emission light to be permanently on. Cost of Hardware and labour to replace CAT £300. Today the clutch was replaced at my cost (£300). The thrust bearing that was causing the noise finally collapsed. The car has done a total mileage of 51K. Do you think I will be buying another C1, Aygo or 107? - Keith Lewis from Surrey

If there’s no free play at pedal the clutch will wear out fairly quickly. There should be 1/2 inch free play. When not changing gear keep your foot away from the pedal! - John Shurie from England

Submitted: 2011-03-05 | ID: 37465

Ian Bayne, South Africa

Citroen C1 1.0i Furio 2010

2 star review

My daughter purchased this car second hand with 25.000 kms on the clock. After just 2 months is failed to start, and she had to have it towed to a local Citreon Main Dealer, who diagnosed the problem as a faulty ignition and the starter moter is U S Neither the warrant or Citreon themselves accept that this failure is unacceptable, in fact the quality of the starter motor is not fit for purpose, having broken down withe car being less than a year old. There is also the point of price structures, A starter moter for this model in the U K costs £230-00, however in South Africa the same conponent costs £630-00, does third world mean you can triple the prices? How can a company like Citreon charge one tenth of the vehicles cost price for a starter motor?

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My auntie bought a Citreon C1 Vibe in 2008 when it was 18 months old. After six days, the clutch went but it was replaced free by the dealer. Four months later, it went again but was replaced free. It happened a third time two months afterwards and she was charged £699 to replace. A garage reckons she was riding the clutch, she’s 74 and had several cars with no problems. Last month after only two years, the clutch had to be replaced again costing £265 at a local garage, not a dealer this time. This car, not even four years old, has done only 9800 miles and has had four new clutches. She sold it last week - Sue Hou from Lancashire

Its plain that she never gets her foot off the cluch pedal. That’s the reason for a lot of clutch failures, all makes. The worst habit is people riding the clutch at traffic lights etc. Clutches are made for hard work, NOT ABUSE! - John Shurie from England

Submitted: 2010-12-15 | ID: 37453

Ian Martin, County Down

Citroen C1 1.0 Vibe 2007

2 star review

I bought this wee car for my wife from a Citroen dealership with 4.5k miles on the clock. I was advised by the salesman that the car was owned by an elderly lady who had burned out the clutch because she wasn’t used to a manual gear box. We were assured that a new clutch assembly had been fitted. Today while driving the car I noticed the revs increasing as I was accelerating, nothing unusual there you might say, the only thing was the clutch was slipping. The car has 28k on the clock, the clutch was replaced at 4.5k miles, that means the clutch is slipping at 23.5k miles. I feel that this is totally unacceptable and expect Citroen to do something about it. I drive a Renault Scenic 56k on the clock, no problen with clutch. I will be contacting the dealership on Monday morning to ask what the problem might be. I read on another site that according Citroen a notice was issued to all owners regarding problems with the Clutch, I like the other blogger did not receive any notice. I will post again with the outcome from the dealership.

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Well. I have just spoken to the dealership and they tried to tell me it was to do with the gearbox and how small it was. He advised me that here was a problem with them but unfortunately my car was just out of warranty. He stated that it would cost £63 for a diagnostic, I asked why a diagnostics check when we new the clutch was slipping and could it be adjusted, he replied that they would adjust the peddle down. He then went on to say that the parts where £85 and 4 hours to fit the assembly at £70 per hour plus vat, total price £491.87, if done before the increase in vat. If one has to change a clutch assembly every 20k miles then the car is not as economical as they make it out to be. You would be better of spending the extra £2000 buying a car that is more reliable and does not suffer from poor engineering design. This is my first Citroen and will probably be my last, I couldn’t afford to replace a clutch every 20k miles. Citroen need to come clean when selling this car and advise that the clutch is only good for 20k miles or at least replace the defective clutch for free. Or ultimately, buy or design a product (the C1 has a Toyota engine) that is fit for purpose - Ian Martin from County Down

My Citroen C1 clutch failed at 36,000 miles, I was not a happy bunny, to say the least. I emailed Citroen saying that in all the cars I had owned over the years I had never had a clutch failure and did not expect a car that was just over three years old to suffer a clutch failure. To my great surprise, Citroen responded straight away and even though the car was out of warranty, they agreed to pay most of the £600 cost of parts and labour. I had read that this model does have a well known clutch problem. But at least Citroen did something about it - Les James from Dorset

Update on clutch replacement. Citroen came good in the end and accepted there was a fault with the clutch and replaced it was a 190mm plate assembly used in the Toyota Yaris. I was able to source a technical bulletin, issued 23/04/09, by Peugeot/Citroen, regarding premature clutch wear on pre-October 2008 107 models. In it they’ve recommended that the original 180mm clutch be replaced by a 190mm clutch to rectify premature wear, noise, and smell. They also recommend that the flywheel is checked due to fitting of a larger diameter clutch, and if required this also needs to be replaced. Interestingly, the car now has 51k miles on it and still going strong, no slippages. So much for driver error - Ian Martin from Northern Ireland

Submitted: 2010-12-05 | ID: 37456

Kostis Dim, Greece

Citroen C1 2006

5 star review

97,000 klm and my red C1 is still going with no problems.

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You lucky... I wish you and your red bonnet all the best - Sindila Liviu from Romania

Submitted: 2010-11-13 | ID: 37451

Andrea Bicknell, Devon

Citroen C1 airplay + 2007

5 star review

Was looking for a cheap car as my little old Fiesta had finally cost me enough money thanks to the monkey mechanics who had worked on it - new to the area and didn’t know any better (found an excellent garage since). Found I could lease the C1 for a very reasonable fee of 165 quid a month including all servicing. The car arrived April 20th 2007 and... I HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER!!!! Perhaps I shouldn’t speak so soon but 25000 miles and still going strong. I live in the middle of nowhere and the little darling managed to get me to and from work in all that horrible snow and ice - up and down all those slippery hills too. Someone mentioned grating noises when driving in the snow - it is the brakes telling you that they have locked. The trick is not to use them and to drive like a pensioner (and you can get away with it in a C1 ’cos no-one expects you to be speedy anyhow). The clutch has been criticised too, but hey car parts do need to be replaced they won’t last forever. Its very nippy driving through town - can whip out of junctions and off roundabouts no problem, not so good on motorways particularly overtaking - get stuck behind some real slow so and so and you may find yourself having to drop down to third (and in one case second) gear to overtake (and yes it was uphill!!!) A male friend of mine has driven it and thought it was great fun and he is used to much bigger more powerful cars. I have reccommended the C1 to anyone who will listen - think it is fab for the money and its reliability cannot be questioned. A friend of mine bought a mini at the same time I got my car - paid ten grand more -and had no end of problems. If I won the lottery tomorrow (and obviously not just a tenner) I would buy a fleet of C1’s (and a Morgan Roadster but that’s just my little extravagance).

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Just wanted to thank Andrea, as bought my C1 based on her glowing report, best small car I have ever owned and had a few!!! Thanks for all the tips, drive like a pensioner lol but so true in the snow, performs better than some well equipped cars I have had in the past. Thanks Andrea owe you a drink or two lol. - Danny Vida from Devon

Submitted: 2010-10-20 | ID: 37443

Charlie Stretch, Lancashire

Citroen C1 Vibe 2007

1 star review

My daughter bought a C1, loved it, not anymore. The clutch has fallen apart after only 22000 miles, she had saved all her money for 18 years to buy it her first car, now looking for a Mini.

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Whatever you do, don’t get a Mini, they are just as bad, if not worse! - from England

Thanks for that info - Charlie Stretch from Lancashire

Do not get a MINI, keep your C1 - Johnny H from Durham

Thank you Johnny H, I have been looking at the Mini reviews and I have gone off Mini. I just dont know what to buy now... - Charlie Stretch from Lancashire

The Suzuki swift is very nice, and underrated, and it’s Japanese so it just won’t break. The new Fiesta looks lovely but my personal suggestion is to buy something older, then you can save a few bob for when it breaks - from Devon

Submitted: 2010-10-09 | ID: 37445

Karen Kavak, Yorkshire

Citroen C1 2010

4 star review

Bought my Citroen C1 April this year; although delighted with my car, I have now encountered when braking hard my wheels lock and I skid to a halt. Fortunately I haven’t run into anyone or anything, but that is more luck than judgement. My car has now been at the garage under test conditions the problem has happened for the engineers who are now in talks with Citroen to try and resolve. Is there anyone else who has encounted this problem and what was the outcome? Please let me know, thanks.<br />

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Try cleaning the sensors on the brake - John Shurie from Warwickshire

Hi, my Citroen C1 was bought brand new in 2010. I have had this problem when braking hard: my wheels lock and I end up skidding. Thankfully I’m the same and somehow haven’t gone into the back of anyone. What was the outcome with your car? I’ve mentioned it several times to Citroen when it’s gone in for service etc and nothing - Elen Milton from Bridgend

Hi. Well I bought my Citroen c1, March 2011 brand new and loved it. I had problems with the seats rubbing/pulled, they have been replaced once, but didn’t get a response the second time it did the same - and no it wasn’t due to what I was wearing. Now August 15th 2013, I put the breaks on as I was driving onto the drive and the breaks didn’t work, I pumped the breaks but nothing happened. By the time I’d come to stop it with the handbrake I’d run out of drive and run into the house wall. I rang the Citroen dealer straight away and they said they are going to ring back tomorrow. All I can think is, thank God It didn’t happen when I was on the road. Has anyone had this problem? - Diane Binns from Yorkshire

Submitted: 2010-09-12 | ID: 37461

Roy Stokes, Shropshire

Citroen C1 1.0 2005

2 star review

Clutch failed at 21000 miles, fuel pump failed at 25000 miles. Steer clear of these cars, not very well made.<br /><br />

Submitted: 2010-09-10 | ID: 37460

John Swash, Gloucestershire

Citroen C1 vibe 2008

4 star review

Having just completed 12000 trouble free miles in a 5 door C1 leased for my partners business I must say I am reasonably impressed. Enough room for family commitments, good for both town and motorway work. A few niggles, the worst being noisy Michelin Extra tyres, which when cold feel like threpenny pieces. Also engine sounds a bit tappity at tickover and "endy" when pulling, occasionally brakes grab but in all for less than £150 a month with tax thrown in well worth leasing. My previous vehicle was a Berlingo so we do miss the "boot" space but with the seats down plenty of room for boxes of flowers etc.

Submitted: 2010-05-20 | ID: 37437

Bettina Martin, Blaenau Gwent

Citroen C1 2008

3 star review

I bought my C1 a month ago and loved it until yesterday when the exhaust fell off. I was told by the driver who came to collect me that this is a common fault. It’s still under warranty. Anyone else had this happen?????<br /><br />

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I know this comment was posted quite a long time ago, but the exhaust fell off my 2 year old C1 last night and I was wondering what happened with your problem? Citroen has said that the exhaust isn’t covered by the warranty, which I quite frankly find amazing, considering the car is only 24 months old!! Thanks - from England

Submitted: 2010-05-13 | ID: 37435

Loren Finch, Norfolk

Citroen C1 2007

5 star review

Fantastic car!! I’ts so cheap to run! and £35 road tax is great! It looks stylish and a lil’ different on the road! I disagree with everyone saying it hasn’t got much room, for the size of it I think it has plenty. I drove myself, my husband and my best friend to Swansea from Norwich with all of my friends belongings to take to uni, and we weren’t crushed, it was a comfortable, even though it was a 6hr journey! And I only used 3/4 of a tank of petrol to get there! The car is great in the city, nippy at pulling away, and easy to drive, but also great on the motorway and is quite comfortable doing 80mph over long distances. I love my car, and think I made a great choice picking it.<br /><br />

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Thought speed limit was 70mph in UK?? - David Mur from England

This is a good review Loren - David’s comment is pathetic. You can do 80mph abroad anyway! - from England

Simon - it is quite obvious that it is in the UK, where the speed limit is 70 (that is SEVEN ZERO) mph, if you seem to think that going over that is somehow acceptable that than just shows your complete ineptness - from England

The 70 limit was not brought in on safety grounds, it was to save fuel. I think it was something to do with Sueze! - John Shurie from Warwickshire

Submitted: 2010-04-22 | ID: 37438

Karen Kavak, Yorkshire

Citroen C1 TVTR+ 2010

5 star review

Used the citreon C1 as a courtesy car and was very impressed so with my findings I have decided to purchase the C1 TVTR+ which is much quieter and more luxurious than the basic C1. After reading other review I hope I am happier than the 2 other people who have written their reveiws.

Submitted: 2010-04-19 | ID: 37414

Carrol Wilcox, Staffordshire

Citroen C1 2008

5 star review

My little pearl black C1 Code, is a cracking little car. Bought it with 9k on clock and 1 previous owner. It’s fantastic on fuel. Just taxed it for the year, £35 unbelievable. It comes with alloy wheels, which I like, but hubby has convinced me it will look better with bigger alloys on. So he is currently looking for an alloy wheel and tyre package for me. The car drives great and I would definately have another.

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I have the C1 Vibe on 58 plate - 15,000 miles of trouble-free motoring. I’ve just upgraded my wheels to 195 45 15 no mod required white viper stripes daytime running lights - it looks the bizz - Mike Bradley from England

Submitted: 2010-03-12 | ID: 37415

Ru Trow, Kent

Citroen C1 2009

1 star review

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!

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I bought my C1 last summer and was really pleased with it then...during the recent bad snow spell when I drove it there was a loud grating sound once when I had to brake on a slight gradient. Then around three weeks later when there was just a slight ground frost the same thing happend again twice on separate occasions with a slight gradient again being a common factor. I’ve took it to the dealer and they have give the car a complete clean bill of health. It would be interesting to hear from anyone else with this problem - G Mac from England

Probably ABS kicking in on slipping road, can sound like a grating knocking sound, it’s normal - Dave Murphy from England

Kind of strange that because the Citroen ’expert’ said that they had never EVER heard of this before and implied that I MUST be the only Citroen owner in the whole of the UK experiencing this problem. Which by the way, by the time it had ’kicked in’ I had slid significantly into the on coming road. Would that also mean that the ABS light would come on? Because it never. I have owned a Vauxhall with ABS for many years before purchasing a Citroen with NO such problem so is it a Citroen issue. Of course if I’d have known it was normal I would never have bought the car - G Mac from England

Me too! It happened during the winter, the breaks were juddering and kind of missing every now a then. I took the car to Citroen who had a look, they came back to me by saying I needed new break pads and discs, the cost fitted would be £250. I got my mechanic friend to change the pads, when he had done he showed me the pads and they were only 30% worn! Also now having problems with exhaust noise! Not happy. - Rachel Firth from England

This is definitely the ABS kicking in, quite normal, if a little oversensitive on the C1. Brakes were two expensive! £250! You can buy all the parts for £60 from the CityBugStore online and have a local garage do it for an hours labour - Mark Colgan from England

Hmmm... So I keep hearing this is quite normal?! So what can anyone suggest? All through the winter months I only drive on level roads and don’t even bother going out if it’s icy!!! If there is anyone out there with a better suggestion I’m all ears. Prospective Citroen owners, BEWARE! - G Mac from England

The working part of the disc brake is normally bright shiny metal due to the rubbing action of the brake pads. It is completely normal for the cast iron disc to develop surface rust overnight in wet or damp conditions. If the car stands for a longer period in damp and with the added corrosive action of winter salt, the disc will rust and can rust unevenly where the pads are resting on the disc. So when you re-use the car, the brakes will make unpleasant noises until the surface rust has been worn off by using the brakes. Your garage is correct - the fault will sort itself out if you use the brakes rather than being afraid to use them - Peter lawson from England

Submitted: 2010-03-04 | ID: 37417

Dave Niel, Yorkshire

Citroen C1 2007

1 star review

Every now and then, usually about four yearly, the missus decides for you that you will now change your car for a better type and newer model. Right? Wrong! I was happy cycling to work and back every day with the usual environmentally friendly human legs used as the main source of power, building up stamina, getting relatively fit and not a penny spent on the black gold they call, oil. No emissions, not traffic jams, no road rage, not a care in the world, just me, the legs and a 29 minute bike ride to earn some cash. The missus, she had found an old car mag at the bottom of my sock drawer, she browsed, blushed and burped her way through the pages to be over smitten with a Citroen C1. After trying to persuade her that the bike was a better option for me, (and fighting with her over why we should even consider a go cart with a French badge), I was dragged across the city to view one of these toys. I say toys because at the time this was my own impression of the tiny four-wheeled effort of a car! Arrived at the showroom around 09.02, (some berk of a salesman thought we were casing the place!). Took a seat in the showroom window and was then lectured by the young salesman as to what this car is capable of, and more importantly what it might not do! The wife smiled, pouted, winked and giggled at him until the discount matched my assumption on what the car was worth, £4,200.50. Ha, the laugh from the mouth echoed around the four-foot square showroom. He was a little embarrassed and reduced it by £39.00. Great, this was not going to be easy. We approached the little Citroen and I decided that it was not fair to judge without actually driving the so**ing thing. Anyway me in the back, she in the driver’s seat, young man in front passenger seat, (non stop fri**in’ pestering….her not him that is!) The ride is about as good as my bike with a flat tyre and no seat. The room inside about as good as it gets in a shoebox. The noise was worse than the missus singing in the shower, and the overall impression was not very good. She on the other hand, loved it. It’s easy to drive, she said. It’s real good to park, she said. It’s even got a cd player and an ipod connection, she said. My legs are too long in the back, I said. My arse is starting to tingle , I said. The rear parcel shelf is as wide as my glasses, I said. Why are we even considering the car? I said. The road test took around 35 minutes and when we reached our final destination, (the A63 by pass, where we were stopped for speeding), I had finally succumbed to the female idea of small is best. The policeman was real nice, (took details and all the usual info), massive apologies from the young salesman, me in the back trying not to laugh too loud and an eventual ticking off and a goodbye, drive more carefully from the copper. The car is now parked on our drive and is the envy of nothing really, it’s just a daily box that takes kids to school, her to work, me to the tip and an odd visit to the garage for refuelling every other month. She is very pleased with the little Citroen C1 and takes real care of it, (more care of that than she does me!). Me? I still use the old bike for work and thank Citroen every day for the cute little toy that keeps my missus content and her motoring nerve sane. Worth having as a second car, but not before the bike.

Responses to this review

A review should be submitted by the main driver/owner of the vehicle, not the partner who feels replaced by the car - from Conwy

If it keeps the misses happy, well, it’s a good investment. I bet she still cannot park it straight at the supermarket carpark, just like most women. Ha ha - Dave Murphy from England

So what you are saying is the actual driver of the car thinks it’s great, yet you, who is not the driver, gives it one star. Poor review. - Mark Colgan from England

Reviews are supposed to be basic and informative, giving the the pros, cons, and personal opinion of the car. Anecdotes are not helpful - Alex G from England

With all respect, I think is better for you to stick with the bicycle. You don’t understand cars, let alone how to review one - Alex Bubba from Northamptonshire

I love your text (really). I bet you are a famous writer (not laughing). I really appreciate a person who uses bikes. The car has its ups and downs, overall a fair car. This page really needed a comment like yours, it made me laugh, in appreciation of your nice way to say things. Don’t mind "them critics" P.S. please excuse my English - Sindila Liviu from Romania

Submitted: 2010-02-02 | ID: 37425

Wilma Jeffrey, Moray (Elgin) and Nairn Shire

Citroen C1 2009

2 star review

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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Aren’t we picky now? I’ll bet you can’t afford it! - Jon Shu from Warwickshire

You clearly aren’t very coordinated, perhaps a voice activated stereo would suit you better and maybe a rev counter that you can move anywhere you please. My car doesn’t make coffee but i’m not bitter - from Conwy

Submitted: 2010-01-28 | ID: 37432

K Martin, Perthshire

Citroen C1 Vibe 1.0 2005

5 star review

I love this car! I’ve done just over 80k since I bought it new. I haven’t looked after it particularly well - it’s never been serviced properly. I always over rev it (you kinda need to - the cars only fault!) and I’m not very nice to the clutch! Despite all this, the car is still as tight as a drum! The only work I’ve had to do to the car is replacing wear and tear items - brakes, spark plugs, filters etc. Everything else is still working as well as the day I bought the car! This is pretty bloody impressive for a 6k runaround! It’s also great fun to drive, the handling is superb. I’ve been fortunate enough to drive a lot of cars... 35k Mercs, Beamers, Hondas, Renaults etc. I can honestly say that out of all the cars I’ve driven, if I had to chose the best I would go with the C1. It’s fun, it’s cheap and it’s ridiculously reliable... it’s a wee trouper! Love it!

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I bought a C1 brand new on 11 Plate after convincing the wife to change her 8 yr old Peugeot 206. I was so impressed with it that I bought one for myself as a second car to use on those poor weather days when I don’t want to use the Porsche. I myself have also owned and driven many exotic sports cars and saloons, and agree that on a list of my all time top ten vehicles the Citroen C1, based on all its own atributes would be at the top of the list! - Steve H from Warwickshire

Submitted: 2010-01-19 | ID: 37408

Troy Jeffries, London

Citroen C1 1.1 2006

1 star review

It’s a pile of c**p!!! I’d rather have a Citroen C2, which is more powerful, sporty and more aggressive!

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It’s not a pile of s**t. My c1 hdi is fitted with Synergy 1 tuning module set on 10. It motors like a good 1/7 and returns urban 57 mpg! Since fitting wider alloys and tyres the road holding is now perfect! Before slating a vehicle compare like for like!! - Jon Shu from Warwickshire

I disagree with Troy. I’ve had my C1 for just under a year, and what does he mean it’s not sporty or agressive enough? I can beat pretty much anyone away at the lights. You just have to be an agressive driver!! - Loren Finch from Norfolk

C2 is also built in France to lower standards and it a less reliable car. Enough said. - Mark Colgan from England

Submitted: 2009-09-23 | ID: 37410

John Pilkington, Lancashire

Citroen C1 Rythym 2008

5 star review

Great car, no faults, 1 trip to dealer for 12,000 mile service. It is cheap to run and the air conditioning is worth it for the extra comfortability but the car would certainly benefit from a bucket type seat. I would have another but why did they not change the rear when they changed the front on the 2009 model? It would have been easy as it’s plastic. Or after-market body styling panels colour coded for individuality?

Submitted: 2009-06-25 | ID: 37519

Chris Burrows, England

Citroen C1 2007

3 star review

Our Citroen C1 (June 2007) has developed a slipping clutch after only 35000 miles - most of which has been done on motorways, not around town. Having done some research on the Internet, I suspect that this is a design or manufacturing fault - common to Toyota Aygo’s and Peugeot 107’s as they share the same engine. I have taken the car into the Citroen garage this week, and have told them that I expect the clutch to be replaced under warranty, but they say that this is unlikely as the clutch is only guaranteed for 12000 miles. If the garage cannot replace the clutch under warranty, I will take this to Trading Standards, as I don’t believe that 35000 miles on one clutch demonstrates "merchantable quality". If others out there have experienced similar problems, perhaps we could consider a class action against Citroen? It’s a real shame as aside from the clutch problem, we are very happy with the car.

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I bought my C1 in 07. I’ve had door seals leaking, the driver’s side window got jammed, there have been problems with the brakes, the interior has pulls all over it, the back seat doesn’t sit properly, the clutch has just gone and now the baffles in the exhaust have gone. Apart from that its great!!!!!! I agree, we should all get together and get these problems sorted out. It’s in the garage at the moment and if they don’t agree to sort my problems out I’m going to the papers to get it published. When you pay a lot of money for a car you expect it to last at least 5years!!! - from Yorkshire

I absolutely loved my car, it was perfect just for me. I wasn’t expecting anything flash, just cheap & easy to park anywhere etc etc. 16,000 miles down the line the clutch seems to have gone. It is booked in at the Citroen garage in a few days and I am dreading the response, although still under warranty. I will definately take it further if I am stuck with a ridiculously expensive bill, especially when last service I told Citroen the clutch was making a squeaking noise & they advised it was fine, no problems whatsoever - from Yorkshire

My clutch assembly fell apart after 24,000 miles and I had it replaced under warranty. The cost of this if I hadn’t been covered would have been £700. I’m very disappointed with what’s happened; such a major fault for a car that’s not even 4 years old yet. Citroen main dealer was initially implying that the clutch problem was due to my driving style, which they knew nothing about. Turns out it was nonsense and as I have already mentioned, the clutch assembly had fallen to pieces, which is a major fault in my book. I would also be happy to converse with anyone else who has had the same or other problems with their C1 - from Wales

I also have developed a clutch issue with my C1 Citroen. I have also been told that my warranty does not cover a new one as I have done 36,000 miles in two and a half years, I was told the warranty covers 12,000 miles and that changed to 20,000! What happened with you? - Selena Davis from England

I too am the "proud" owner of a C1. Sadly I bought it after reading the reviews re: the clutch and the breaking problems. My clutch exploded (according to the mechanic) at 20,000miles and my brakes make the most horrendous noise, even with only 30% wearage. To add to it - the exhaust makes it sound like I’m driving a boy racers car......all in all, very disappointed. Wouldn’t buy Citreon again - even if I do like the look of the new DS3! - from England

Submitted: 2009-05-12 | ID: 37520

Malcolm Jeffries, Staffordshire

Citroen C1 Cool 2007

4 star review

I bought my wife a Citroen C1 Cool last August. It was brand new out of the showroom. It was our second showroom bought Citroen; the other was a Saxo Forte - it had a glove box; our C1 only has a shelf. Surely the cost would be small for somewhere to hide those CDs! Also, last winter my wife found that when we had a frost the drivers door locks would freeze up and the door would not latch she had to come from work holding the door with one hand. The car though is cheap to run - £35 road tax, endless miles per tank-full and remarkably comfortable and nippy around town. Hopefully you will some how sort out these rather minor problems before we purchase our next Citroen car.

Submitted: 2008-11-13 | ID: 37505

Charles Smith, Worcestershire

Citroen C1 Vibe 2006

4 star review

Very good small car, looks great according to my daughter who uses it more than my wife. Nippy and gives 52/56mpg on short journeys, going up to 65/69 on longer runs. Good dealer, only seen for a service, no faults so far.

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My car has jumped gears as well as a number of other problems. I bought a Citroen C3 Pluriel last year and it’s been in the garage 10 times. Check on other sites because I’ve also complained about it cutting out and losing the power-assisted steering, while both at 70mph on a dual carriageway and roundabouts, as well as when going up a very steep bank in second gear. It just completely cut out! It’s nothing to do with the way you drive it - I’m about to take my garage to ask about the problems I’ve encountered - Kaz Lester from England

Submitted: 2008-06-16 | ID: 37506

Susannah Anscombe, Huntingdonshire

Citroen C1 1.0 Vibe 2007

5 star review

Great car - great price. I needed a car that was good value for money, good in towns and cities and good looking! At just over 5k this has to be the best car around for that money. Fuel economy is excellent, I only have to visit the filling station twice a month. Reliability has not been questioned in 7 months. Power steering and expanse of glass make driving and parking really easy, plenty of legroom and headroom too. This is an environmentally friendly car that is cheap to run, cheap to insure and is, without a doubt, the best in its class.

Submitted: 2008-04-30 | ID: 37508

Natalie Reynolds, Gloucestershire

Citroen C1 1.0 Vibe 2007

4 star review

I love my little C1 and it’s so affordable to run. The only downside is the boot space but it’s a very well designed compact car and looks gorgeous too. Very nice and nippy to drive. Extremely reliable.

Submitted: 2008-03-15 | ID: 37515

Moellis, Hertfordshire

Citroen C1 2008

4 star review

Just taken delivery of my new Citroen, it is red and looks like a ladybird. about the same size as one.... It is a really nice little car, goes well, and runs on one tank of petrol for ages; on the whole I really like it. I know it is a cheap car, but I do feel that the cost of putting in electric windows and central locking as standing would not have cost that much. I really wish I had insisted on that, I haven€™t had a car without electric windows for years. Now I realise why, it€™s a pain....... Never mind it gets me to work and back is comfortable and the gear box is great. So all in all a 4 out of 5.

Submitted: 2008-02-26 | ID: 37514

Dominique James, Gloucestershire

Citroen C1 C1 VIBE 2006

4 star review

Very pleased with the running costs of the car and find it very nippy. Am trading it in for a rhythm cos i miss electric windows and central locking. Have been having trouble with driver and tailgate locks and this car is garaged. Wish there was an actual glove compartment; I can’t imagine it costs Citroen much to put one in. Was really chuffed with the cost of the car tax this year. I would like a bit more oomph on the motorway when necessary but when the engine is wound up it cruises along with everything else quite nicely (within the legal speed limits of course). But then it is only a tiny engine. The rear of the car gets filthy very quickly as the back is almost vertical living out in the countryside means it is dirty more than clean driving round the lanes to work and visibility in reversing is pretty bad as the wiper blade isn’t very big. But I do love the car.

Submitted: 2008-01-28 | ID: 37516

Dave Milner, Yorkshire

Citroen C1 1.1 Vibe 2006

2 star review

Twenty past eight...Saturday morning...should be in bed...wife woke me up...wants to go test drive a bloody Citroen C1 ...wants a red one...with a cigarette lighter...lots of miles to the gallon...lots of questions from the salesperson...can’t be bothered with the free coffee...where’s the bloody car...let’s all get comfy...(Yer right oh)... Yep, really was not interested in test driving this little slipper box on wheels but had to render myself willing as the wife is so keen on these cute little cars, (her words not mine)! Driving around the car park was the easy bit, not much room to manoeuvre between all of the bigger, larger, huger, impressive, vehicles on offer at the local showroom, but this little but danced in and around all of them, with ease. Leaving the car parking area...well that was a complete nightmare, (felt as if the car had shrunk enough to slide under the nearest Mondeo spoiler, and be cuddled by it�s under body exhaust system. The first thing you all should really know is that these C1 cars are very small, i mean had my wife been any more than the fourteen stone and one pound she claims to be, then it would have to be back seats down and lean in with your arms wrapped around your neck, whilst you try and squeeze the bottom half of her into the tiny gulley Citroen call a rear boot. I suppose these vehicles are perfect for inner city town use, (or Cindy, Barbie and Ken), and a good job they would do as well, but not ever have i had to feel terrified, been so "at risk", when surrounded by much, much bigger cars in every lane that i ventured into, (even a Mini resembled a bloody Mondeo, from where i was sat. Good town car...Yes certainly. For four people ... never. Good value for money and reliable...certainly. For real drivers and men...er nope. Sexist i may seem, but realist i really am and i still prefer the Corsa.

Responses to this review

"Dave" !!! Brit - I know it’s you.... (Brit in Norway in a grey (boring) Corsa, don’t even have a spare wheel!!!!) - "Dave II" from Norway

Submitted: 2008-01-07 | ID: 37517

Chris Horne, England

Citroen C1 1.0 Vibe 2007

5 star review

I wanted a car to get me the 30 odd miles to work as cheaply as possible, but without compromising on Safety or Driveability. Oddly enough, it has almost the same performance as the old 1275GT mini, it’s slightly heavier due mainly to all the extra safety equipment, but also has a few more bhp! When pushed, it handles surprisingly well for a Citroen, and it is also relaxing to drive on the Motorway, if a little sluggish. I asked for a good deal and managed to get one for £5,500 with a trade in that was worth about 5p! It’s exactly what I wanted and better than I expected.

Submitted: 2007-11-08 | ID: 37510

Mary Athey, Sussex

Citroen C1 C1 1.4 HDi 55 Rythym 2007

5 star review

I wanted a car with great fuel economy and performance and my research identified the C1. Almost 70 miles to the gallon and an engine that gives me all the power I need. This is just about the perfect car and it cost me less than £7000. Great value for money, fuel economy and extremely reliable.

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We thought the same as you about our C1 at first but with a 1,600 pound bill at 40,000 miles we were really shocked. The fuel injectors went. My friend has had two bills like mine at 50,000 miles for a new clutch then a few months later for a new gear box!! I remember back to my first car - a Ford Escort which had done 110,000 miles and I never had a big bill with it! I’m going back to a Ford next time. Good luck with your C1 but be aware after 40,000 miles - Clare Houles from Devon

Submitted: 2007-10-31 | ID: 37511

Sharon Crowther, Berkshire

Citroen C1 1.0 Vibe 2007

3 star review

The C1 is really cheap to buy & run. Standard spec is rather basic, but list price is only £6995!

Submitted: 2007-10-26 | ID: 37509

Sunny Utumba, London

Citroen C1 1.0 VIBE 2007

4 star review

Very pleased with my choice. Comfortable, economic, great value and perfect for getting around London.

Submitted: 2007-08-07 | ID: 37513

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