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Model: C3 Pluriel - with or without roof
Year: 2003 (53)
Engine Size: 1.4
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 100000
Trim Level: NA
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: LHD (Europe)
Engine name: TU3 (75 PS)

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So...

I have opportunity to buy really good looked after Pluriel that old lady used to drive and service by the book. Everything is in great shape except the roof (of course).
Now I'm really not that interested in convertible part of the car so that is not a big deal for me, roof is secured and staying in place. Maybe I'll fix it in the future if I feel like it.

So beside roof not working, is there anything I should know about car as it would be my first Citroen?
Will roof leak or something like that?

If you spot a grammar mistake, forgive me, English is not my first spoken language.
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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)
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HisHyperion wrote: Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:29 pm So...

I have opportunity to buy really good looked after Pluriel that old lady used to drive and service by the book. Everything is in great shape except the roof (of course).
Now I'm really not that interested in convertible part of the car so that is not a big deal for me, roof is secured and staying in place. Maybe I'll fix it in the future if I feel like it.

So beside roof not working, is there anything I should know about car as it would be my first Citroen?
Will roof leak or something like that?

If you spot a grammar mistake, forgive me, English is not my first spoken language.
Hi HisHyperion

Yes, the roof will leak

How may miles or KMs has it done?

Petrol or diesel as the cam belts are due at different mileages.

What year? The older pluriels all show the same problems as the older C3s.

Front springs are fragile and often broken. Check the front road springs.

Gearbox lower mount gets worn on high mile engines.

Remote central locking is a problem, particularly if you only have one key and the locks don't work.

If you like fixing cars, the Pluriel will be great for you :D
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My Name: HisHyperion

Member
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:07 pm
Model: C3 Pluriel - with or without roof
Year: 2003 (53)
Engine Size: 1.4
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 100000
Trim Level: NA
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: LHD (Europe)
Engine name: TU3 (75 PS)

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Arfur Dent wrote: Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:05 pm
HisHyperion wrote: Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:29 pm So...

I have opportunity to buy really good looked after Pluriel that old lady used to drive and service by the book. Everything is in great shape except the roof (of course).
Now I'm really not that interested in convertible part of the car so that is not a big deal for me, roof is secured and staying in place. Maybe I'll fix it in the future if I feel like it.

So beside roof not working, is there anything I should know about car as it would be my first Citroen?
Will roof leak or something like that?

If you spot a grammar mistake, forgive me, English is not my first spoken language.
Hi HisHyperion

Yes, the roof will leak

How may miles or KMs has it done?

Petrol or diesel as the cam belts are due at different mileages.

What year? The older pluriels all show the same problems as the older C3s.

Front springs are fragile and often broken. Check the front road springs.

Gearbox lower mount gets worn on high mile engines.

Remote central locking is a problem, particularly if you only have one key and the locks don't work.

If you like fixing cars, the Pluriel will be great for you :D
It's a 2003 model, but first registration was 3/2006.
it has around 165000km or around 103000 miles. it's a 1.4 petrol engine.

In my case, Pluriel would not be a main car. It would be a 3rd car in my family but we all drive all the time so it wouldn't just sit around.
I see you are a C3 Guru, be honest, is Pluriel go or no go? Are cam belts due on this KMs? Are Gearbox mounts expensive and/or complicated to replace?
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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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HisHyperion wrote: Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:45 pm It's a 2003 model, but first registration was 3/2006.
it has around 165000km or around 103000 miles. it's a 1.4 petrol engine.

In my case, Pluriel would not be a main car. It would be a 3rd car in my family but we all drive all the time so it wouldn't just sit around.
I see you are a C3 Guru, be honest, is Pluriel go or no go? Are cam belts due on this KMs? Are Gearbox mounts expensive and/or complicated to replace?
The cam belt should have been done, do them around every 60 to 80K miles and every 10 years if you don't do the miles. Check the service history for that one.

The gearbox mount is cheap and easy fix to the clonking sound.

Broken springs are common and easy to spot by looking at them. Depending on the previous work, all the suspension parts will need renewing at 100K miles to keep the ride and handling as it should be, but has this already been done by the owner?

If it is a manual, the clutch may have already seen most of its useful life gone, if it is a sensodrive, then the clutch actuator is on its way out soon.

Any car with 100 000 miles on it will need some attention, so expect to spend money on it to keep it running. If you like the pluriel and like working on cars then keeping a 13 year old car on the road will be your sort of thing but if you want something that only needs a service every so often, maybe you need something not so old or worn out with the miles.
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