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Help and assistance for when you are looking to buy a Citroen C3
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Buying a Citroen C3?
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My Name: Dave100

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Joined: Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:39 pm
Model: C3 2006-2009, Facelift model
Year: 2007 (07)
Engine Size: 1.4 (16v)
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 80000
Trim Level: Desire
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)

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and I like the look of the C3 but I'm not sure what to look for so would appreciate it if anyone could provide some advice on how not to buy a lemon. I've seen some for sale locally, this one looks ok but it has done 90,000 miles. Usually I'd look at cars that have done fewer miles but I'm on a budget of around £1,800 and I want to keep a bit of that back to get a cam belt and a service done. How many miles can I expect a well cared for C3 to do before it starts falling apart and costing too much to fix? This one is low mileage but the front end doesn't look right, there's a gap between the bumper and grill on the passenger side. The advert says it's HPI clear and looking at the photos there doesn't seem to be any damage. Is it worth a look or should I just look elsewhere?
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My Name: Arfur Dent

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Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2002 (52)
Engine Size: 1.4 (16v)
Fuel Type: Diesel
Mileage: 100000
Trim Level: Exclusive
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Engine name: DV4 16-valve diesel (90 PS)
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Hi Dave. The C3 starts to show its age at 100 000 miles.

Broken front road springs on all of them,

Engine wise there are petrol and diesels to choose from and the diesels have worn engine mounts and the petrols of them have weird cooling ECU errors.

Never buy a pluriel unless you don't want to open or close the roof.

If you view a car, check all the lights on the dashboard work when you key in the ignition. Take it for a test drive and check the coolant bars go to 3 and listen for jangling , rattling, squealing and knocking .. oh and take a friend who knows cars...
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My Name: C3CAR

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Joined: Wed May 04, 2011 10:01 am
Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2002 (02)
Engine Size: 1.4 (16v)
Fuel Type: Diesel
Mileage: 140000
Trim Level: Exclusive
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Engine name: DV4 16-valve diesel (90 PS)
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