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1.6 THP DSport Plus 2d
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In their own words

I am limited by driveway space so required a car that was less than 4 metres in length and I wanted the ability to open the roof on sunny days; I also wanted the ability to carry up to 4 passengers. These requirements meant that ultimately the number of cars that met that specification were limited - pretty much the Fiat 500 convertible or the DS3 convertible were the only vehicles available in my price range. The car has a good stereo, which is quite useful while waiting for the AA to arrive. The car is also reasonably responsive, however, because of the numerous engine faults which can cause the car to enter limp home mode, the responsiveness cannot be relied upon. The glove box is minute because the fuse box has not been adapted for driving on the right (correct) side. If you are considering buying a Citroen then be warned that parts are expensive and are of poor quality. The Prince engine is not just notoriously unreliable but will require major open heart surgery at least every 20K miles. I run the car on premium petrol and have the car serviced according to manufacturers specification at a main dealer. All this said, on a sunny day, on that rare occasion when the engine management light is not on and when thrashing the car on a B road, with the wind in my scalp and with my good lady besides me, there is no better feeling. If you're going to buy one, enjoy it, but do factor in some expensive maintenance costs and buy yourself the best warranty you can find. Avoid the backstreet garages, the engine is too complicated for cheap and cheerful garages to be able to service with any degree of competency.

How reliable do you find the car?

This is the 1.6 THP Prince engine; it was serviced to manufacturers specification which is 20,000 miles / 2 years.. The car has had multiple faults in the 9 months I've owned it, costs below: 1) Replacement of High Pressure Fuel Pump - cost £500 2) Timing chain stretch - cost £600 3) Carbon deposit build up requiring a decoke - £400 4) Multiple minor faults including breakdown of auxillary belt pulley wheel. 5) Failed passenger folding mirror - £350 6) Failed internal heater fan £400 7) Rust and corrosion on passenger and drivers door caused by poor design of mirror (single bolt fixing) The car continues to be plagued by engine management faults.

Does the car do everything you expected it to do?

The ongoing reliability issues mean that it cannot function as a car
  • How they rated it

  • Reliability: 1 out of 5 1.0
  • Meets Expectations: 1 out of 5 1.0
  • Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 1.0
  • Nigel Warburton doesn't recommend this car

About their car

  • Fuel type Petrol
  • When purchased June 2020
  • Condition when bought Used
  • Current Mileage 70,000 miles
  • Average MPG 39 mpg