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    Default 2003 C5 V6 - Want to Keep Her - No-one seems to agree

    Hi all

    My folks gave me their 2003 C5 V6 with about 90k on the clock. Full service history and I've added 50k.

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    There are a few issues inside like the upholstery bubbling a little near the A-Frame, some of the little doors on the drivers side and door pockets snapping off, but other than that and a little tappety noise from the motor seems fine.

    I'm French and I love the car, but after reading some of the threads on this forum 'disposable car' comes to mind I got a little concerned.

    I took it to a local Citroen dealer for a service and told them there was a slight 'bump' feel as the auto dropped into second on deceleration. The guy rang me before I was to pick up the car and said I need a new gear-box, otherwise I was unlikely to make it home and quoted my $9k.

    That was 15k ago and there has been no escalation in the 'bump' and the car continues to run OK.

    Do I keep her and if I do, please can recommend a mechanic in Sydney who can look after her without charging $45 for wiper fluid.

    Thanks in advance for your insight everyone.

    eric

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    The price was right, so just keep it maintained at a decent Citroen specialist and see how far it goes. You've nothing to lose by keeping it!

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    Eric I do not live in Sydney and I do not know where in Sydney you are.
    Recently I was given very high recommendations of a mechanic, by the owner of a number of slightly older 'special' cars including a 2003 C5. The owner is not a member of this forum, so he would probably not see your posting.
    Not sure what this mechanic charges but have been told that he is 'reasonable' and very talented. Could be worth you're while contacting him.
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    Consider:
    Independent operators for general servicing (Actually, anyone can change the oil):
    Jason Hantos at Hornsby
    European Autocare / Denton Christie at Penrith

    Dealers: Most are quite new to Citroen, so consider those with more history with the C5 ...
    Continental Cars at Roselands near Bankstown
    Central Coast Eurocars at Gosford
    Corban south of Sydney

    The bump on the downchange is apparently not that uncommon and they seem to keep going like that for a long time. Was there any suggestion as to the exact cause or just that the gearbox is fubar?

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    Default 2003 C5 V6 - Want to Keep Her - No-one seems to agree

    Given age and kms, a change in auto trans fluid might be warranted. Presume it has not been done whilst in your family.
    Which auto is in the V6? That may help others with diagnosing any potential problems.
    Have found in general dealers want to fix things that are not broken. If it works keep on using it. As you have found dealers will sometimes suggest doing stuff that is not needed to keep the car running perfectly well.
    If you dont want to keep it there would be many who would take it off your hands for what you paid for it :-)
    The C5 is much underrated in my view.
    Good luck with it
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    Recommend changing the trans oil and adding some Lucas Stop slip [mixing rate is on the bottle] smooths out the shifts and quietens the gear whine. Have Used this stuff for years without any problems.

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    Sounds like the majority of the issues you have raised are with the trim degrading/falling off - easily fixed if you can get good second hand parts off a wrecker/online...

    As for the gearbox. Make sure it is flushed with the right fluid.

    If you aren't mechanically minded - take the car to a reputable specialist, as opposed to a Dealership!

    Realistically, the car would be worth 5-9k - depending on the condition. You'd be hard pressed to replace a car with a 5 star EURONCAP rating, a billion airbags and the features of the C5 for similar cash!
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    Wow, thanks everyone for the responsiveness and detail. Lots of good advice and some validation for hanging on to her. Will stay in touch with this forum; I'mm going to start sourcing the bits and pieces that are falling off.

    Thanks again. have a great day.

    eric

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    A delightful car.
    I am always divided about the C5s.
    Yes, problematic, and with reliability problems.
    But the V6 is quite a delight to drive.

    I'd simply suggest a thorough going over by a suitable mechanic, then just enjoy it for as long as it hangs in there....

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