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Used Citroen C5 Fault Guides

Used Car Expert Fault Guides tell you the common Citroen C5 faults and wear items that can become problems and big bills for their owner.

Independent research indicated that using our fault guides to check a car before you buy it can save you an average of £300 in surprise bills and hidden problems.

That's because our Citroen C5 fault guides are written so that anyone can understand them – even if you know nothing about cars and have no tools. For every common fault, we tell you what to look for, what it means and what it costs.

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Citroen C5 (2004 - Present) Fault Guide
Citroen C5 (2008-) Fault Guide


Citroen C5 (2004 - Present) Fault Guide

View Citroen C5 (2004 - Present) Fault Guide

We know of 17 CITROEN C5 (2004 - Present) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 3 engine faults
  • 4 suspension wear items or faults
  • 3 interior problems
  • 2 bodywork issues
  • 5 recalls

Here's an example fault on the CITROEN C5 (2004 - Present)

What to look for:

Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On most petrol engines the cam belt must be changed within 72,000 miles. On most diesel (HDI) engines, the belt must be changed within 100,000 miles.

What it means:

If the cam belt and associated parts have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built after a cam belt failure.

What to do

Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is coming close to its interval. Changing the belt will cost £160 - £200.


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Citroen C5 (2008-) Fault Guide

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We know of 17 CITROEN C5 (2008-) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 4 engine faults
  • 3 suspension wear items or faults
  • 4 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 5 recalls

Here's an example fault on the CITROEN C5 (2008-)

What to look for:

Where possible, carefully open the bonnet with the engine running. Listen out for a steam train like ‘chuffing’ from the engine.

What it means:

This could indicate failure of the injectors. They will need to be replaced.

What to do

If the car is under warranty (3 Years/60,000 miles) then Citroen may repair the car for free. Otherwise try to negotiate £200.00 off of the price of the car


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