Mick Forster’s Cars Citroen C1 00 44 11th March

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Our Citroen C1 (29 June 2007)

Our Citroen C1 1.0i Vibe E4 5 door

After looking at a number of small city cars including the Nissan Micra and the Peugot 107 we were offered a deal at the Citroen dealer on the C1 which was the best so far. A problem was the need for a 5 door hatchback, there were lots of 3 doors on offer but the C1 was the best 5 door.

We picked the car up on Friday 29 June and I was initially impressed with the general driving experience. The car was lively and responded well even with 4 adults in it. The variable valve technology of the 3 cylinder engine making it quick and it pulled well up the local hills with a load on board.

It came with a full tank of petrol and this lasted until Saturday 14 July when I put Ј10.00 worth of petrol in, there was a problem with the paying system at the filling station and I only had Ј10.00 cash on me. The mileage reading was 221 miles.

Clare has been using the car to go to work every day for the past three weeks and she has been very pleased with it. The only problem was the size of the boot which meant that some of her boxes she takes to and from school had to go on the back seat, but that gradually became less of a problem has she got used to it.

When I have been driving it the C1 has been really fun and easy to drive as compared to the Landy but then again you would expect that. Strangley I feel safe in the Citroen, more so than I did in the Rover 100 after driving the Landrover.

I filled up with petrol again on Saturday 21 July, it took just over 31 litres for Ј30.69 with a mileage reading of 287. I intend to keep a spreadsheet of these figures.

The petrol seemed to be lasting ages, it was Sunday 5 August when I next filled up. 30 litres for Ј28.19 with a mileage reading of 613 (327).

On Sunday 9 September we took our son to Manchester Airport, the longest journey in the Citroen for the last few weeks so it returned a good fuel consumption figure when I filled it up on Monday 10 September.

In January 2008 we went to Wales twice for fairly long runs in excess of 200 miles so these figures should be quite good. The rest of the time its just town driving.

On 2 February 2008 I filled the car up with premium petrol, this may have been by accident.

Anyway we’ll see what the fuel consumption works out at this week.

Filled up again on 12 February. We had been on a run to the Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield so the MPG of about 46 does not seem that much better if at all than when using normal petrol.

There was a couple of runs to Shrewsbury and back up to the 18th February, and I was particularly careful with my right foot. This seems to have paid off with the MPG of over 57.

Back to just short town runs for the last two weeks so the fuel consumption up to 3 March 2008 was not quite as good.

We had a trip to Snowdon on April 6th 2008 so this run helped the fuel consumption to reach 53.67 mpg.

After owning this car for a year we are still very impressed with it. For such a small car the space inside has been more than ample even with four adults in it. Obviously for long journeys it’s more comfortable with just two but we have made a number of journeys with 3 in and included picnics during day-trips.

I went to Manchester airport on Friday 20 June to pick up relatives from California so the Citroen petrol tank was filled a bit early this time.

We went for a run into Wales on Sunday 20 July, then to the airport again on 27 July and 1st August so I suppose these runs account for the good mpg of 58.9 miles per gallon.

On 17th September 2008 the garage had a problem so I had to pay cash and I only had Ј10.00 on me, so the details for that fill are combined with the 21 September 2008 to give the fuel consumption figures.

Went a trip to the Lake District on 28th October 2008 with three people in the car and averaging just under 70 mph on the M6 motorway, this trip and a trip to Manchester airport only resulted in a fuel consumption of 49 mpg which was a bit disappointing. We will have to repeat the same or similar motorway run with two people and a lower average speed and see what happens then.

The fuel consumption on January 22 was a bit disappointing then I noticed it was much the same last year at this time and it’s colder this year, so I suppose it’s not too bad. A lot of short journeys this last week or so wouldn’t help either.

The fuel consumption is still not very good, but I suppose the short journeys and the very cold weather and snow haven’t helped that much.

February 20 2009 and the weather seems to be warming up a little, I have also tried to lighten up on the accelerator pedal, this seems to have helped the fuel consumption some what.

May 20 2009, I received a confirmation text message from Evans Halshaw about the service which is booked for Tuesday 9 June at 9:00 am, that seems like a good idea.

June 1st 2009, we went on a trip to Severn Valley Railway at Bridgenorth today, the fuel level indicator showed 3 bars and it made it there and back without needing to put fuel in. I eventually filled it at the local BP station.

Two years on and the second service was due on 9 June 2009 (click for the details page)

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July 3 2009, I rang the Citroen parts and ordered roof bars for the C1 at a cost of Ј56.00 plus VAT. That seems a bit better than the Halfords version which worked out at over Ј120.00.

We went to Kent for a holiday from 25 July to 1 August 2009

During our week in Kent the Citroen C1 was used daily for some fairly long excursions and returned better fuel consumption than I expected.

November 2009

Although the Citroen C1 problems have been few, a problem with the key which is used to open the doors as well as for the ignition, started gradually over the last few months. It got so bad that it wouldn’t open the drivers door, it was difficult to open the hatch but seemed ok on the passenger door and in the ignition. The spare key worked fine so we have been using that.

I booked the car into the dealers to see what could be done.

The mechanic came to me and said he had come across some article that referred to corrosion in the door locks which also then affected the key. So the C1 will go back this week to have new locks fitted.

The new locks were duly fitted and the keys replaced, all under warranty.

March 2011 Clutch problem

This month after over 27 thousand miles we noticed the clutch slipping occasionally. When you were going up a hill and pressed the accelerator pedal there was an increase in engine revs but the car didn’t seem to move as quick as it had before. This gradually got worse over a couple of weeks. I decided to have a look on the Internet for any information.

Not suprisingly there was a lot of reports about Citroen C1, Peugeot 107 and the Toyota Aygo having clutch problems at anything from 16,000 miles to over 30,000 miles and seeing as how the clutch on most cars can last well over 100,000 miles the problem was a bit worrying.

After reading all this and the fact that our C1 was now well out of warranty I had a go at adjusting the screww on the cable near to the gearbox. This was barely visible but I did manage to move it after using a pair of small Mole grips to start it off. This did make some difference but we decided to have a new replacement fitted to avoid the worry of it failing on longer journeys.

I use a small local garage for MOT’s on my Land Rover so I asked them to do the clutch. They replaced it with the bigger one and at the same time put new front brake pads in, which I have been meaning to do since before Christmas, the whole job took just one day and cost Ј322.80 which I thought was very reasonable.

The next day I tried opening the bonnet to have a look but the lever was loose and didn’t work, so I rang the garage who without hesitation said bring it in and they fixed it withing minutes. What had happened was that the plastic clip had partially broken where it clipped into the lever on the bonnet catch at the front of the car, so the cable was just hanging there not doing much. It looked as though this plastic thing was part of the cable kit and wouldn’t be available separately so we clipped it back in place and I put a small cable tie round it for the time being, so we’ll see how that goes.

We still like this car, it is fun to drive and has been extremely reliable for almost 4 years now so we do not intend to part with it just yet. The reported problems have to be seen in the context of the production of 300,000 cars a year, the millionth car was a petrol-powered, red, five-door Citroen C1 presented to Kolin Mayor Jiri Buric on December 13th 2008. Since this clutch problem hasn’t made the news as widely as Toyota’s sticking accelerator pedal on some of its other models, I believe that this is either an acceptable situation or not very widespread, and so not something which will change my generally good opinion of the car.

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