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    Heya gang,
    I'm about to have a look at buying a 2006 C5 diesel auto with 190,000 on the clock. Is there anything specific I should look for and am I crazy? I've coming from an 406 V6 auto which is a beauty to drive save the clunky gearbox when going from 2nd to 1st. Am I gonna be bitterly disappointed?

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    That's the updated early series (new front and back, similar middle). Can you get the next X7 series from 2008 for not much more? A completely different and better car.

    Which diesel are you considering?

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    This one's keenly priced hence my interest. The 08 are out of reach for me at the moment. All I know is that it's the SX 2.0 16V HDi.

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    Well. I love these second version C5 HDIs (2.2 engine, 2005 - 2007?) (and I'm presently selling one).

    I reckon these are the pick, as does a well respected Citroen mechanic.

    The "new" X7s are very nice cars ... but ... the 2.0 doesn't have the poke of the older 2.2
    and the 2.7 / 3.0 have magnificent engines, but are much more expensive to repair than the earlier ones.

    If you find one with a good gearbox, IMHO they are great, with the right change points and torque.

    I dunno that there is anything specific to watch out for, timing belt interval perhaps, leaks...

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    Jason. I still love mine despite a few issues soon after I bought it. (There's a thread elsewhere, try the search)

    Servicing seems to be the key. Best advice I can give is to have it serviced by a competent specialist asap. My personal recommendation would be for Auto Paris in Box Hill, but there are a few others. The engine and transmission oil need to both be of the absolute right type, and maintained by people who know and understand this. (Not just any old establishment close by)

    Budget for some repair or replacement to the exhaust system too, depending on the type of driving it's had. The particulate filter can cause issues if it's substantially blocked.

    Don't believe the factory claim that the auto is "sealed for life". Check Auto Paris's website for the story on these gearboxes.

    Overall the facelift C5 seems to be the pick of the litter in the 2 litre diesel guise. The most relaxing highway cruiser I've ever even driven, let alone owned. Once everything is sorted to your satisfaction I suspect you'l fall in love with it very quickly.

    A vastly underrated car for mine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jason View Post
    Heya gang,
    I'm about to have a look at buying a 2006 C5 diesel auto with 190,000 on the clock. Is there anything specific I should look for and am I crazy? I've coming from an 406 V6 auto which is a beauty to drive save the clunky gearbox when going from 2nd to 1st. Am I gonna be bitterly disappointed?
    If the C5 your are looking at is a 4spd auto .................... run away ... as fast as you can... I'm betting it's for sale cheaply for a reason

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    I think it will be a six speeder.

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