automatic - want to buy and need some advice please.

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We're looking to buy a C3 automatic.

Can somebody shed some light on the type of gearbox fitted to these?

We had a really bad experience with a 2002 Laguna with the ( I think) DPO gearbox and didn't want to get a C3 if there similar ? The ones were interested in are the 1.6 from around 2008/9 era.

Thanks for any advice. Steve.
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Hello Steve
The ones were interested in are the 1.6 from around 2008/9 era
That's an awkward year, as you will find as both '1st generation face lift models' and the different shape 'second generation models' of C3 as the new shape came about in 2009.

There is only one option for an automatic gearbox on the second generation C3 which is only available on the 1.6 petrol but the 1st generation face lift models give plenty of choice with 'flappy paddle' semi manual paddle-shifter, the sensodrive semi automatic with manual mode, and a 'traditional' 4 speed automatic.

I think the DPO in a Renault is the AL4 in the Citroen and is the 'traditional automatic' transmission as opposed to the semi auto boxes.
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Thanks for the reply. That's cleared up things.
Would you happen to know if the al4 box is reliable in the c3?
We had so many problems with the dpo and ended up selling it.
Once again thank you for your time. Steve.
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Year: 2003 (03)
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Trim Level: VTR+
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
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Would you happen to know if the al4 box is reliable in the c3?
That sounds like the 1 million dollar question!

There are a few posts on here regarding the AL4 not selecting first gear, so you may consider that an issue, but, you do get what you pay for. The C3 is relatively cheap for a European made car, so manufacturing compromises have to be made. If you wanted something that wouldn't fail (with the correct servicing applied and a sensible driving style used) then you would probably be looking at a larger Mercedes, rather than a small, budget citroen.

Saying that, there are may Citroen C3s with the AL4 transmission fitted that don't have problems.

If you are buying second hand (2009 models) then you have no idea how the previous owner(s) used or abused the gearbox so you need to rely on a warranty to cover the cost of previous owners neglect or take a chance. If you buy brand new, then you have the opportunity to start from a clean sheet (of use, wear and servicing) and rely on citroens' warranty for manufacturing defects (if any).

With all that, if you dismiss the AL4 for any of the other (solenoid driven, semi auto or semi manual) gearboxes, you are assuming the other transmissions are MORE reliable.

This boils down to: If you don't know the history, get an in depth warranty or take a gamble. :)
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Really Really appericate your advice here mate..Given us real food for thought.
All the very best,Steve

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