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    Default 2007 Citroen C5 SX 1.6 HDI reliable?

    Hi all,

    I got a friend at work who wants to buy one of these for $5000 with about 118,000km on the clock.
    How is this car for reliability? This is his major concern when buying a car.

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    Happy to be proven wrong - it's happened before - but C5s have never been sold in Australia with a 1.6 litre engine. It would likely be a 2l or 2.2.
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    There are a bunch of C5X7s that got sold with the 1.6 THP petrol engine. The VIN number will tell the story. These engines do have issues but mostly only the early ones. Check for timing chain noise and fuel trim as the inlet system gets clogged and can need cleaning.

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    Those 1.6 THP petrols were much later cars, and not SX models. My understanding is that the earlier series SX is a 2.2 diesel.

    C6 diesels were always 2 litres or more.

    To comment we need to get the car model clarified.
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    Hi Guys,

    David S will know much more than me re the C5 X7 engine availability, but as far as I am aware there were X7's brought in with the 1.6 lt BMW engine and steel springs.

    I would have to assume that this C5 engine would suffer the same problems as the engine in other Citroens and DS3'

    As the X7 is fairly heavy, my choice will always be the 2.0 HDI, and if you want lots of grunt, either the 2.7 or 3.0 HDI engine, but you suffer from the engine requiring some minor problems that are a hassle to fix.

    Craig, I remember you were wrong once before over alloy rims on C5's, but my therapist says that we shouldn't bring up the past, so I won't go there........ROFLOL

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    I don't think we know what the car is. Too many contradictions. I doubt it's an EP series motor because 2007 and HDI rule that out. My speculation is that it's a C5 SX with the 2.2 diesel. A VIN will clear it up.

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    Hi Seasink,

    My post was not so much about the initial post and what exactly the car is, but more over that there were 1.6 litre C5 X7's brought in.

    best regards,

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    C5 HDI Exclusive 2.7 '09, Pluriel '09, Berlingo 1.6 HDI '10, C4 VTS coupe. C4 Picasso '08, 2CV Charleston '84 Grey, 2CV, '55 Australian delivered. 15/6 H '55, SM '74 BVM, DS21 EFI BVH, DS21 '67 BVH.
    We Had:
    1930C6F, '73 GS1220 wagon X 2, '75 G special, '75 GS panel van, '74 GS Birotor, '82 GSA panel van with factory AC, '85 CX25GTI BVM, 2002 C5 V6, 2006, C5 S2 HDI, '86 BX19GT, '72 DS21 BVM, '55 15/6H, '54 Lt 15,'73 Dyane, '82 Visa Super X, with Chrono Mecs & factory AC, 1972 SM.

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    Pricing
    2012 Citroen C5 Sedan

    C5 Attraction 1.6 petrol (a) $35,990
    C5 Attraction 2.0 HDi (a) $37,990
    C5 Seduction 1.6 petrol (a) $39,490
    C5 Exclusive 1.6 petrol (a) $44,990
    C5 Seduction 2.0 HDi (a) $41,490
    C5 Exclusive 2.0 HDi (a) $46,990 (reduced $11,000)
    C5 Exclusive 3.0 V6 HDi (a) $56,990 (reduced $13,000)
    We Have:
    C5 HDI Exclusive 2.7 '09, Pluriel '09, Berlingo 1.6 HDI '10, C4 VTS coupe. C4 Picasso '08, 2CV Charleston '84 Grey, 2CV, '55 Australian delivered. 15/6 H '55, SM '74 BVM, DS21 EFI BVH, DS21 '67 BVH.
    We Had:
    1930C6F, '73 GS1220 wagon X 2, '75 G special, '75 GS panel van, '74 GS Birotor, '82 GSA panel van with factory AC, '85 CX25GTI BVM, 2002 C5 V6, 2006, C5 S2 HDI, '86 BX19GT, '72 DS21 BVM, '55 15/6H, '54 Lt 15,'73 Dyane, '82 Visa Super X, with Chrono Mecs & factory AC, 1972 SM.

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    In my experience all Citroens are unreliable regardless of the model. They do have charm and appeal though..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    ... as far as I am aware there were X7's brought in with the 1.6 lt BMW engine and steel springs.

    I would have to assume that this C5 engine would suffer the same problems as the engine in other Citroens and DS3'

    As the X7 is fairly heavy, my choice will always be the 2.0 HDI
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    Yes, on all counts. However, the 1.6 EP engines did not arrive here in C5 until 2011. Afew of them arrived in Exclusive trim too, with hydropneumatic suspension, so they are basically the same car as the Exclusive versions with the larger engines. The motor works harder to move it, but they are OK.

    I think what has happened here is the OP's friends has seen "HDi 16" on the engine cover of a 2007 model and thought it was a 1.6 HDi. It would not have been sold in our market. It is most likely a 2.0HDi or maybe a 2.2HDi, both mated to the 6 speed auto. Look in the VIN and if it contains RHR, it is the 2.0HDi, and if it contains 4HS it is the 2.2HDi. If it's not either of those, then it's very unlikely to be a 2007 model. There is always the slight possibility of it being a private import too.

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    not getting mixed up with 16 on motor cover?tomfrog

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    As Jeff H hasn't been back to clarify, I'll speculate that it is not a C5 but a C4........... Makes more sense to me that way

    Cheers
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