Citroen C4 2006 1.6 HDi Manual - Great car, but not without it's flaws!
I recently sold my 2006 C4 HDi after 2.5 years and 60,000km of a bittersweet love-hate relationship. Thought I would share my experiences for anybody looking to buy and to compare with current owners. I will make this review as detailed and impartial as possible.
- The styling of the car both inside and out is very attractive and full of character, something that I feel they took 2 steps back on with the styling of the current characterless (ugly) model.
- There is something about driving a Citroen. They are quite individualis...
Nothing can be better than this!!
Used same platform with japanese car Mitsubishi ASX but different exterior. (this can be lower maintenance fee) Very stylish and lots of extra features such as 18" alloy wheels, rear view camera, bluetooth and so on. It can be converted to four wheel drive when driving on off road by simply turn on "lock mode". Lots of fun with modern style design.
I love this Pretty little Citroen even with its flaws: 4.5 Stars
This is the 2008 2L Petrol Exclusive Auto. It was a one lady owner, low km’s with a decent second hand warranty purchased from a reputable dealer. Like ANY low volume import car it is very wise to buy one second hand as the resale is terrible. Then plan to hang onto it as that won’t improve. The C4 interior is Avant guard, comfortable and generally well laid out. The fixed steering hub is a great feature although answering the phone took some learning.
All the features are only just now becoming available on 2013 Japanese/Korean cars in thi...s small car size. I.e. Leather interior, Memory driver’s seat & mirrors, full panoramic sunroof, parking sensors etc. Plus the exterior design stands out from the crowd. Not as striking as the coupe but still very pleasing and better looking than the new one which is very conservative me thinks. It is solidly built and the paint work is excellent, superior to my previous Mitsubishi Magna and Colt. On the road it is very (Lexus) quiet and on smooth motorways very comfortable. It has a normal 4 speed automatic gearbox and not the complex single clutch 6 speed auto. Sometimes around town it tends to hang onto 2nd for longer than one feels it should so I tend to flick it over to the tip shift mode which solves it and is more fun. It has the low profile tyres which are great for handling but cause the ride to suffer. For that reason buy the best quality tyres you can afford. The Michelins lasted 72K but they became very hard in compound. The new Faulkens Azenis FK453’s have transformed the car but it can still crash over bumps in the city sometimes scaring the passengers. If I could purchase more compliant rear springs I would. Overall though the character and individuality outweighs the negatives for me; Enjoy! The looks, the features (Glass roof on a starry night or city lights) the stereo clarity, the smart leather quality The feel of some of the dash plastics, the way the doors close if slammed, the heat soaked though the glass roof in summer if out (I stuff windscreen reflectors between the blind and glass which really helps), the firm ride around town in the back end (17 inch alloys aside it should be still more compliant as my even my mother’s cheaper VW Polo manages to be on that same size) The A/C could be more effective in high heat yet all the other times it's too icy so the temp needs to be adjusted throughout a trip.
2013 Citroen C4 e-HDi Seduction B7
Just purchased a new 2013 Citroen C4 e-HDi Seduction B7, Build date July 2012.
Wow what a great car. so glad I did not listen to all the knockers that know nothing about them.
I usually buy a new car every 4 to 5 years and this has to be one of the best (Even better than my Honda Euro Prestige), Great fuel economy, very quiet and comfortable.
Great fuel economy, very quiet and comfortable.
In March 2012 I purchased the 1.6HDI EGS Seduction, brand new, and it was the biggest mistake I have ever made. Firstly, it's terrible to drive. The EGS gearbox is a disaster, it is plagued with issues, struggles to find the right gear, jumps gears and has constant programming problems (after several trips to the dealer they acknowledged the software that controls the robotic manual gearbox isn't quite up to scratch).
Every now and then I would start the car and put it in A (drive/auto) and nothing would happen, the car would just roll as i...f it was in neutral, not even reverse would work. It happened intermittently so the dealer just raised his eyebrows at me and shrugged it off. On top of that I was still charged servicing costs (nearly $600 every 6 months). Not to mention resale value, barely a year later, just shy 20,000km, the car i purchased for 28,990, I listed on carsales for 22,000, reduced it to, 20k, then down to 19k, no interest at all. I ended up having to go round to car dealers to one that would take it. VW offered me 13k for it (to swap for a new golf), the best offer I had to settle for was 15k (from BMW) in the end. I don't want to think of how much money I spent/lost on this car I'm just happy its gone, and happy with my much more reliable and solid bmw X1. My advice to anyone who is considering buying this car, just don't. Buy anything else, buy something with more product support in Australia.
RESEARCH YOUR SALES AND SERVICE OPTIONS, THEN SELECT A CAR THAT CAN AND WILL BE LOOKED AFTER AT YOUR CONVENIENCE OTHERWISE YOUR CHOICE COULD TURN OUT TO BE VERY EXPENSIVE AND TIME CONSUMING.
My C4 diesel had an "anti pollution" fault and would go into limp mode without warning. Went through 2 service agents and still drive with my fingers crossed. The selling dealership in Newcastle didn't give a damn and was shut down 12 months after I bought the vehicle, which was warranted based on the experiences I had with their service quality and ca...re. They created more problems than they solved, breaking fuel lines, creating oil leaks, and NOT correcting warranty faults taking two trips for a simple air con fault and two tow truck trips with the anti pollution fault which they never did correct, this is the very short version of experiences. I diarised my experiences and sent Citroen's representatives in Australia a detailed report on my experiences, however despite being advised this information was passed onto Citroen by MotorSport their survey agents, I did not even receive an acknowledgement. Now with the Newcastle agent closed my closest "authorised service agent" was over 120kms away, on the Central Coast, which had me paying $100 on top of the "Citroen Care Towing" when the car agained stopped with the "Anti Pollution Fault". In addition to this, I strongly suspect that this authorised service agent either lost my anti theft lock nut tool, or never did do the work the reported and charged me for (requiring my wheels be removed). My advise to ANY person looking to buy ANY vehicle regardless of make or model is research your dealership and service options first as whilst my Citroen C4 is a GREAT vehicle when it is going, it has been off the road and towed on a number of occassions, primarily because of issues with those who are the Citroen AUTHORISED service agents. Great handling, fuel economy and overall driver comfort with radio and cruise controls in steering wheel. Goes fantastic - when it goes! CITROEN - WHO DON'T GIVE A DAMN WHEN THERE IS AN ISSUE. POOR AVAILABILITY OF HONEST AND RELIABLE SERVICE AGENTS. NO AFTER SALES OR SERVICE CARE.
Contains several features which will be in most cars five years from now (auto wipers, auto headlights, directional headlights, fixed centre steering wheel, integrated bluetooth phone).
Amazing and effective use of technology. Good performance, precise handling
Sensitive brakes, vague gearshift
2005 Citroen C4 Hatch Five Door 1.6 ltr petrol
The Citroen is a brilliant small car with a big interior. I have had this car for over three years now with over 90K in travel. The computer system has an abundance in features and this car has some real European sophistication. It is comfortable to drive and can be perky on the highway at 115km up to busy city traffic. I believe it lacks the full support in Australia due to limited number of units sold and so I have found dealers struggling with computer management systems and workshop manuals when they respond to issues such as "de-pollution"...warning light coming on, crank angle sensors causing distributor unit to blow up and/or adding Aux 1 to CD/Radio std unit and interpreting car faults in general. I had my car serviced at Gold Coast Citroen before they collapsed (Seems to happening for Citroen around Australia) then Cartwright in Gold Coast who are doing a good job following up but lack full support like I see in UK with private web sites such as C4_Owners.org who really know their stuff. In summary, this car is expensive to run if you get it serviced by a "Citroen dealership" (to be expected). The parts are expensive (unless you buy out of UK through eBay) It is a dream to drive when it is happy on the road with no issues, no warning lights, no intermittent faults. (Buyer beware service history is critical when buying second hand) At 7.3 lires per 100km all highway driving using regular fuel it was ok, using premium fuel was the only way I got 6.5 litres per 100km as per manual. The features are excellent in this car, the road handling is excellent as well, as long as you have good tyres and your driving habits are sensible. This car handles well in the wet, at high speeds for overtaking on the freeway and in city traffic except for auto lag. The seats are comfortable and this car is brilliant for Ikea trips and loading flat packs down the centre alley. Lift the hatch drop the seats and run down the centre and you get a lot of 1.8m packs down there. lol The auto transmission suffers the same problem I had in my Volvo S70, at slow speeds it sometimes jutters for no reason as it struggles with 1st to 2nd gear. The seats are made of a polyester fibric which is hard to clean and can be uncomfortable on long trips plus itchy. The car interior gets dirty quickly as it has lots of hidden corners and traps for dust, poor plastics which mark easily, trim installed at 8/10 not in Merc or Volvo / BMW class. Carpets wearing quickly, poor quality synthetic fabric not wool. Leaks on LCD screen, black colour/dye on black buttons coming off too easily. Poor design with water leaking down front windscreen may cause all sorts of problems if your windscreen is ever replaced.
A car with panache!
Bought the vechile new and have just traded it on a new c4 e hdi exclusive.
The car performed flawlessly having achieved 100,000kms in just under 3 years. It never let me down and was a real pleasure to drive, comfortable and quiet on the road. Having previously owned Mazda, Honda and Saab in recent times the quite different styling combined with the wonderful fixed hub wheel and other technology related items gave me much pleasure. The servicing was not expensive and occuring at every 30,000 miles made ownership no hassle. The dealer was always helpful and provided loan cars during servicing.
Reliable,comfortable, real style, cheap to operate and service
Noisy rear suspension on rough roads
Brilliant car, brilliant service definitely recommend it to anyone. Would go for diesel with the EGS transmission any day, cruises beautifully on highway and fun to drive.
Brilliant style and technology, the fixed steering wheel should be on all cars and the fuel economy of the diesel is astounding. Have had the car now for 3 years and never a problem. Zagame Melbourne are brilliant to deal with. Excellent size for city and very racy when you want it to be. Typical of Citroen the ride is superb and general comfort above average. Extremely quiet...
A dream to drive and own!
We have the 5 door hatch and it is a dream to drive!
It has all the technologies you could imagine, I have driven SAAB's in the past and this beats them!
There is an amazing amount of space in the cabin, actually it appears to be larger interior than our old ford Falcon AU - go figure!
Comfort is superb and so is fuel economy.
Price, features, technology, ride, styling and not to mention the glass roof!
This is one of the best cars ever built. Pity it is imported by Ateco. Pity the dealers do not support their product in Australia. I wish I still had my C4 diesel!
Had the 1.6 Turbo Diesel 2006 manual model for three years. It had fantastic fuel economy. I would average 3.7l/100 km regularly. It was comfortable, a joy to drive and trouble free. The panoramic roof was great, the fixed steering wheel easy to use and the cruise control precise. I wish I had not sold it.
Resale value would be my only complaint.
Great 2nd Car
Kind of went against what everyone warned me about. The Citroen C4 and C5 have to be about the best value cars around.
Only had the car a week, outstanding performance from the 2.0i L engine with a 5sp Man.
Handles as well as our old VW GolfTDI we got rid of 2 years ago. Frugal at the petrol station as well - esp on country drives. Around the City 8.7 l/100klm seems ok to me.
Performance is VERY strong. In the first few days noticed the engine "depolution" warning light. Changed fuel to Premium Unleaded or 98 Octane. Fixed the issue - plus performs so smoothly.
Seats are very supportive for touring and sports type driving. Gears are a little "notchy" but you get used to that.
I bought a 2009 MY09 update model C4 1.6 petrol Turbo full knowing how bad ATECO the importer is. A mere bottle of touch up paint is now 4 weeks and counting. The C4 should be a marvelous car but is let down by little things like lack of a dead pedal for the left foot, trim that is mostly right but not quite, and a well documented adaptive auto transmission that might adapt to Charles de Gaulle's ghost but not the driver (it has a curious incompetence at low speeds). The sales experience at Zagame Melbourne was very good - no warranty proble...ms yet - fingers crossed. If the C4 had better interior build quality and an auto importer rather than a trading company like ATECO, it would be one of the better drives on the road, even with the interesting automatic. As it is, still good. There are a number of well regarded Citroen specialist reapir shops about Melbourne, and my research suggests Zagame is considered to have better than most Citroen dealer service bays, so I won't be fussed for good service unless ATECO shirks keeping proper spares inventories. A Citroen is an experience not just a product. 1.6L turbo is a joy; auto-everything; good ride; panoramic roof grows on you; good boot size ATECO the importer is very ordinary at the best of times; build quality (interior) not the best; auto trans has a truly French mindset
Simple: never-ever buy a Citroen; the dealers will rob you, create dramas. The distributors don't want to know you. What is really a great car is let down by appalling after sales service & parts pricing.
Comfortable car, with lots of features, good looking car. Good performance. My c4 is 2006. 2 litre hatch with a sunroof, very nice. But!
Like a previous reveiwer, i came up against the Newcastle dealer & this is where things headed south. I had trouble with the air con too. The dealer was closing at the end of the month & the staff didn't give...
Great car overall and ideal in today's high fuel prices as the real world fuel economy is better than the Toyota Prius. Handling on paved roads is excellent but it is not designed for rough roads.
- Excellent fuel economy (HDI-EGS). 5.5L/100km overall for Melbourne inner suburbian / CBD driving.- Excellent handling. Corners better than a Subaru Liberty Wagon (AWD)- my other car.- Ergonomic design (the layout of the controls are very logical, once you get used to the non-tuning central hub on the steering wheel)- Excellent safety- 20,000km be...
Questions & Answers
I have a 2011 C4 Exclusive E HDI semi automatic. Love the car, everything about it suits our family needs perfectly and for long runs I've never been more comfortable in any car I've owned before. Now a problem has arisen. The stereo has lost it's voice. The central screen is working, the radio etc come on and display what's playing but no sound at all. I am not technically minded at all and do not want to fiddle for fear of making things worse.
Does anyone have any idea of what this could be. It's the Denon system with the big old sub-woofer in the boot?
Hello i have a 2007 c4 auto and its goes very well but sometimes when i slow down to stop and but the break on to stop it gives me a jerk like I'm towing a trailer and it's pushed the back of the car. Sort of like it's going out of gear then back in with a jerk. I have had RACV look at it and they couldn't find anything neither can my machanic. Is it normal for these cars to do that sometimes.
How much is a second hand computer
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