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My Name: big mistake

Posts: 16
Joined: Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:56 pm
Model: C3 2006-2009, Facelift model
Year: 2008 (08)
Engine Size: 1.6 (16v)
Fuel Type: Diesel
Mileage: 89000
Trim Level: Exclusive Plus
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
Engine name: DV6 16-valve diesel (92 PS)
Has thanked: 5 times
Been thanked: 1 time


Well, admittedly I was daft in paying over the odds for this car (£750. I thought it was a good one. Turns out to be the biggest mistake I've ever made - when I got it home I realised the central locking doesn't work (tried EVERTHING), also noticed rear brakes binding (£220 to fix), locking wheel nuts sheered and tool broken - £40 welding to remove bolts, new pollen, air filters, oil and filter change, coolant flush, a few bulbs, sill repairs, 2 tyres and a puncture repair, proper 60AH battery (was fitted with 40AH), underbody seal, auxiliary belt change, and battery side injector seal. One of the 'new' tyres has a sidewall bulge so I'm going back tomorrow to get it replaced then I'll fit the fan belt and change the injector seal (if it arrives in time from Amazon). THEN I will put it through the MOT and STIL the central locking doesn't work off the key fobs. Hopefully this £1300 2008 1.6HDI C3 will be roadworthy because if I'd known it would be this much hassle I would've got something with £200 road tax (the low running costs were a key factor in buying it). Oh the irony. :cry:
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My Name: Ozvtr

Posts: 1124
Joined: Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:31 am
Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2003 (53)
Engine Size: 1.4 (8v)
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 80000
Trim Level: Other
Gearbox: Automatic PRND
Engine name: TU3 (75 PS)
Location: Brisbane, Australia.
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Caveat emptor!

Most people don't give a sh about their cars as long as it gets them from A to B.
They do a lot of thinking about the purchase price of a car but once bought, that's it. Maintenance? What's that? However, once it stops running...then they give a sh !!!!
I have owned cars for 40 years. My first car was a 1974 Ford Cortina and I can tell you, cars have become less and less reliable over the years!! Despite what the glossy brochure says, modern cars require more maintenance and that maintenance is becoming harder to perform. In real world terms, the purchase price of new cars has come down, a lot (for what you get). But the cost of maintenance has gone way up! So owners tend to literally drive their cars into the ground! If some one is selling their car, ask yourself "why?".
If you think buying a second hand "newer" car would be a better deal...think again. Proprietary information and specialist tools are now becoming the norm for maintenance of modern cars.
I don't doubt there are bargains out there but you have to go looking for them. They don't fall at your feet.
One of the biggest hassles with buying a second hand car is undoing all the rubbish the previous owners have "MacGyvered" and then getting it back to a reliable condition.
You no doubt have seen my exploits into the world of getting two C3's back on the road on this site, so I know your pain. The difference is; I have owned a C2 since 2004 (from brand new), so I knew what I was getting into.
As the old saying goes; the Devil you know or the Devil you don't know. I went for the Devil I (sort of) knew.
My Name: routemaster1

C3 Master
Posts: 216
Joined: Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:32 pm
Model: C3 2017-on. The new C3
Year: 2019 (19)
Engine Size: 1.2
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 300
Trim Level: Flair
Gearbox: Manual 6 speed
Engine name: EB2DT-EB2ADT PureTech 3-Cylinder (110 PS)
Been thanked: 63 times


I know not everyone can afford to do it, but my philosophy is to buy new with as much discount as possible. That way I can get a car which matches my requirement as closely as possible, and I have the advantage of knowing its full history. I have a warranty, which I always extend with Citroen ( and have I needed those warranties!) and as first purchaser I have the knowledge that if the car is written off in the first year I get a new replacement.