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« on: April 24, 2015, 10:37:05 PM »

I've made the executive decision to sell my Nissan and go for a brand new Motability car. Tomorrow I'm test driving a Citroen C3 1.2 VTR auto (I like Citroens, had a Pallas, two BX's, and three Picassos)


Any of you guys got or had a C3? Impressions...comments?
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2015, 10:43:40 PM »

I have a rule when it comes to cars- British, German or Japanese.

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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2015, 10:58:49 PM »

Swedish cars for life! However I've nor had any experience of the c3 sorry Richard!
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2015, 11:08:20 PM »

Make sure it comes with a maintenance contract
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2015, 11:10:43 PM »

Liz has a C3 1.6 Exclusive with an auto box and all the toys. I've had a BX, ZX, Xantia and C5 - this is the best of the lot; I love it.
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2015, 11:14:06 PM »

My Dad had a Citroen CX back in the late 70s great car till the suspension failed..... the repair cost was double the glasses guide price for the car  :o
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2015, 11:15:12 PM »

I have a rule when it comes to cars- British, German or Japanese.

That's an interesting one. For example The Citroen C1 is made in the Czech Republic in the same factory as the Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo (all the same car, different badges and tail lights). Some Toyota, Honda and Nissan models are built in the UK. Most Toyota Yaris are made in France. When you start to look at the engines in those and other cars you can find more variations with shared production facilities and even one manufacturer supplying engines, or part engines, for another.
And of course as well as the engines various other bits for each car are often made somewhere else and just bolted on in the assembly plant.

So you can't really shop by 'nationality' any more. These days you really need to look for reviews and reliability info on the specific model rather than make of car. And of course the availability of a dealer nearby is often a factor - more so if you buy a rubbish car of course  :-)

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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2015, 12:00:51 AM »

Rich ,what's the other options you can get ?
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2015, 12:58:18 AM »

Hi Rich.
 if you want a quality built French car, why dont you put an order in to Gazou Autos...then you know it will be wheely good.. {-) {-) {-)
 
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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2015, 07:48:34 AM »

I  think I'll keep quiet on your choice Rich, Erm....
You  already know my opinion on the new Citroen and to top it off with their auto box.  >>:-(   {-)


If you really are interested I can always bring that C4 VTR auto down and you can have a drive, I'd put money on it your be looking for something else pretty soon.


And that's me keeping quiet  :-X


How much you looking for for your car? son keeps on about buying a car to learn in, problem is it will be the bank of dad that has to pay for most of it.
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« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2015, 07:53:30 AM »

No 1 priority is to make sure it has a boot big enough for the Motorflote and
George's Commode   %% %% .
Seriously, though Rich they are not a bad car these days and go for miles on a
cupful of Diesel.


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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2015, 08:02:00 AM »

Ned, with the amount of boats he now has he would be better off looking at a  Transit  {-)


Another thing to think about Rich, being the VTR it has the sports front seats, they are ok for short runs, but anything long distance and your know about it.
Remember when I drove us up to Norfolk, we were both moaning about stiff backs and legs.
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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2015, 08:11:18 AM »

Loads of information...thanks guys, much appreciated.


Ian...you know the Nissan, 2 new tyres, new battery, recent service, loads of MOT left on it...make me an offer I can't refuse and it's yours.


Chaps...with Motobility you can choose from a huge range of cars, as I guess you probably know. I had five major things to consider..
(a) no deposit needed
(b) only half of my DLA to be used for the hire costs
(c) economy
(d) automatic transmission
(d) my subs must fit in the car easily


Three cars made it to the short list...the Citroen, Skoda Citigo and the Kia Picanto.


I didn't like the Skoda, the Kia was ruled out early because the dealers were miles away...the Citroen dealership is five minutes down the road. When 'er that was indoors and I were still together we had three Picassos from this dealer, and couldn't really fault them on their service, they would come and collect the car for service, and leave us a replacement, then bring it back when the work was done. They even collected the car from work a couple of times, so no problems there.


So, that's how I arrived at the C3...plus (and sorry Ian  ;D ) I like Citroens. You can't beat them for comfort, access to the interior is excellent, even for an arthritic old fart like me, and all my subs fit in the boot easily without folding the rear seats down.


I'm not fussed about running costs, tax, insurance, etc...that's all factored into the lease charge. All I do is to put the key in one end and petrol in the other, and that's it. For 222 per month with everything included, and no deposit...that's pretty good in my book.
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« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2015, 09:02:39 AM »

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 if you want a quality built French car, why dont you put an order in to Gazou Autos...then you know it will be wheely good..

{-) {-) {-)
 
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Thank you Frank

The delivery deadlines are very long.

The box of speeds is automatic and the safe with luggage is very big

Inertia is right, never I had a perfect car, except the C5 break *

* It is a car completed for the strong men
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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2015, 09:31:01 AM »

I had a Picasso 2ltr diesel Exclucive, it was a brilliant car, very economical. But it used to pitch
And roll quite a bit,(newt wrong with suspension), that's how they were.Left you feeling a bit
Sea sick at times.
I now own a Toyota Verso 2.2 D4-4 and it is far far bette ride.


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« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2015, 09:33:35 AM »

 :o Its the luck of the draw you can get a good car and you can get a stinker whatever make it is,these day's all cars are pretty good so I say pick the car that ticks all the boxes of what you want it for,I have a ford s-max which I can fit all my boats in and to keep SWMBO happy has 7 seats to fit the grandchildren in,so whatever you pick I am sure you will happy with it,happy sailing and motoring with your new car,Ray. %)     
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« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2015, 10:17:46 AM »

Thanks guys...my Pallas was like a ship in a rough sea, but it was so comfortable. My BX14 was good, but the BX16RS was a different animal altogether, it went like the proverbial off a shovel, went round corners as though it was on rails, and was still comfy despite the harder suspension. A work mate had the BX GT, the one with the big wing on the back...now that was one tasty piece of French engineering.


The first Picasso kept having hissy fits with it's electronics, so much so that in the end the dealer replaced the car. The dashboard went mad several times, the stereo was replaced three times, they even replaced several of the black boxes, but it wouldn't cooperate, so we had a new car in the end. The dealers tried so many things with it, so I can't fault them on their persistance.


My days of tearing about in a car are long gone now, nowadays it's all down to economy and comfort, plus there's the lady to consider...she has siatica in her hips, so roll cages and racing seats are out of the equation.
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« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2015, 02:41:25 PM »

Well chaps, the deed has been done...I've placed an order for a C3 Exclusive Automatic 1.2litre, not the VTR, a much better spec for less money. Cruise control, Bluetooth phone connection via the stereo, and a dead man's handle as well. It's a lovely deep purple colour called Karma Purple, with a black/grey interior, air con, and it has fancy led daylight running lights as well. Oh, and parking sensors as well.


Well pleased with it...now all I have to do is wait.
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« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2015, 02:46:44 PM »

Dead man's handle???
Is it a loco or a hearse ???

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« Reply #19 on: April 25, 2015, 02:47:36 PM »

Does this mean I can be navigator on our next sub trip then?
 
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« Reply #20 on: April 25, 2015, 02:49:39 PM »

If you behave yourself...  %)
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« Reply #21 on: April 25, 2015, 07:02:34 PM »

Hi Rich,
 what about a Nissan Qashqai ,good big flat boot with the rear seats down and plenty of head room  (have a bad neck and back).Im picking one up on the 30th April.
PS. dont get a Microcar.Have had one since last June and RAC been out 9 times,a total disaster. >:-o >:-o >:-o >:-o
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« Reply #22 on: April 26, 2015, 04:06:50 PM »

Ned...got to have a dead man's handle,  I got so used to having one in the sweeper.


I did ask about having a LHD car...they said yes, no problem, but when the lease is up I would have pay the difference between the resale value of the LHD versus the RHD one...and that work out to be expensive, so I settled for RHD.


MickyR...the QashQai is too expensive for me, I only want to part with half my DLA payment, hence the order for the C3.
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« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2015, 04:45:00 PM »

Ned...got to have a dead man's handle,  I got so used to having one in the sweeper.
They were fitted to make sure the council driver was awake {-)
Just like the council workman who stamped on a snail.
When asked why he did it, he said 'It's been following me all day'


Only Joking Rich  :-))




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« Reply #24 on: April 26, 2015, 05:41:30 PM »

Did you know that the engine in the Smart 4/4, ("built by DB") is the same unit developed and built by Renault for the Twingo?
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