2012 1.4 vtr 8v lacks power to go up hills

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My Name: reuben999

Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:12 am
Model: C3 2009-2013, New shape (A51)
Year: 2012 (12)
Engine Size: 1.4 (8v)
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 14500
Trim Level: Vibe
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed


Hi just purchased a c3 1.4vtr+ 8v with 14500 on the and the other day 4 of us went out for a drive around goathland on the north Yorkshire and noticed that going up hill was a nightmare, the car was really struggling in some places and even changing down to 2nd gear just to get up hill was touch and go, is this just a quirk of the car? does anyone else notice this lack of power although its fine on motorway journey's but has to be worked hard going up gradients etc ....comments please :?:
My Name: mcles00

Posts: 8
Joined: Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:16 am
Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2003 (03)
Engine Size: 1.4
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 150000
Trim Level: Touch
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
LHD or RHD: LHD (Europe)


if its automatic car and overloaded it wont be fast when climbing hills, i have the manual one its stronger, but did you try the same road with you driving and 1 pasenger to see if the problem remains? if yes you may have problem in transmission
My Name: alsie2

Experienced Member
Posts: 91
Joined: Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:14 am
Model: C3 2006-2009, Facelift model
Year: 2008 (08)
Engine Size: 1.4 i
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 37
Trim Level: Cachet
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed


I have a C3 1.8 8v 2008 and the same problem as you. In the Lake District with a full load it feels as if a big hand is holding the car back. I have been overtaken by HGVs uphill. As you say on the motorway ita ok within its limitations. Lucky for me where i live is verry flat. All my cars for the last 30 years have been 1.4 8 valve, this one is the slowest by far on hills.
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