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#1 Cupcake

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 06:21 PM

It has been a few weeks since I was hoping to get my hands on my first C3. However, the last one I was thinking of buying had done in excess of 130K, so I decided to give it a miss. I have now found another, it has less miles (75k,) but the owners tell me it has an intermittent problem. It seems the temperature gauge goes up quite high. They turn the engine off, it goes down and then seems to be ok. With all you technical peops out there, is it likely to be anything serious, or is it perhaps just a faulty gauge? Any help would be gratefully received!
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Posted 14 July 2008 - 06:31 PM

fan not cutting in by the sound of it and this will cause the cylinder head to go if not fixed make sure the problem is solved or walk away problems could be a fuse/relay/ coolant temp sensor/sticking thermostat/air in coolant system and in that case there would be no heat from the interior blower
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Posted 14 July 2008 - 07:02 PM

fan not cutting in by the sound of it and this will cause the cylinder head to go if not fixed make sure the problem is solved or walk away problems could be a fuse/relay/ coolant temp sensor/sticking thermostat/air in coolant system and in that case there would be no heat from the interior blower


Thanks techbod, would you say these problems easily and inexpensively diagnosed at a garage?
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Posted 14 July 2008 - 07:26 PM

depends on the garage really the coolant temp sensors the most common because its linked to the engine fan so I would let them sort it "unless you've already bought it" and if that's the case ill help where I can but look for a friend who knows cars to assist you most of these problems are simple to sort out with a little knowledge :o
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Posted 14 July 2008 - 07:36 PM

depends on the garage really the coolant temp sensors the most common because its linked to the engine fan so I would let them sort it "unless you've already bought it" and if that's the case ill help where I can but look for a friend who knows cars to assist you most of these problems are simple to sort out with a little knowledge :o



If I were to buy and take it to a Citroen garage, do they have the computer equipment they link up to vehicles to ascertain faults? I used to have a Saab which used to get linked to a computer which diagnosed every fault on the vehicle! I guess Citroen would be the expensive option, perhaps a friend in the know is who to go for! :angry:
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Posted 14 July 2008 - 07:44 PM

a friend is the best choice financially as the dealer always find something else wrong and that's when the wallet gets a bashing, they charge 45+ vat just for a diagnostic and that's not to fix it so costs tend to run away but I wish you good luck in the fix
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Posted 15 July 2008 - 09:37 AM

If the seller wants to sell it he'll get it fixed. If he's not willing then walk a way from the car as you don't know what else is lurking under the bonnet.


there are many others out there to look at.

Remember that when you buy privately you are on your own as far as come is concerned, buy from a reputable dealer and your rights are protected.

Also 130,000 seems a bit high for a C3 at the latest price you could buy 13 of them for that. :lol:
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Posted 15 July 2008 - 03:37 PM

If the seller wants to sell it he'll get it fixed. If he's not willing then walk a way from the car as you don't know what else is lurking under the bonnet.
there are many others out there to look at.

Remember that when you buy privately you are on your own as far as come is concerned, buy from a reputable dealer and your rights are protected.


I agree 100% with that - if it's a "minor problem" why has the seller not had it fixed? Walk away and don't look back. There are plenty of C3's for sale out there, don't buy a (potential) lemon.
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Posted 24 August 2008 - 01:44 PM

I agree 100% with that - if it's a "minor problem" why has the seller not had it fixed? Walk away and don't look back. There are plenty of C3's for sale out there, don't buy a (potential) lemon.


Yes, I decided to walk away from that one, not only because of the problem but too many miles again. Have managed to find a 23K 03HDi Exclusive, which is terrific.
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