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Anyone have a Citroen? 'Limp mode'

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Educator3, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. Our nearly three year old, new to us C4 went into 'limp mode' today, citing a pollution filter fault or something. The car decclerated suddenly and only went back to normal After I turned off the engine and restarted. It's been fine since. Looking at forums it seems this is a 'feature' of Citroens. It seems really dangerous that a huge range of often trivial faults can cause the car to sudddenly slow down with no warning. What if you were overtaking?
    Does anyone have a Citroen and experienced a similar problem? And can this 'feature' be disabled? Even if the garage fixes the problem, which seems unlike from what other owners are saying, how can I ever feel confident that it won't sudden;t happen again? I dread to think what would happen if the car sitting on my tail had crashed into me, or worse, if it had been a big lorry.
     
  2. Our nearly three year old, new to us C4 went into 'limp mode' today, citing a pollution filter fault or something. The car decclerated suddenly and only went back to normal After I turned off the engine and restarted. It's been fine since. Looking at forums it seems this is a 'feature' of Citroens. It seems really dangerous that a huge range of often trivial faults can cause the car to sudddenly slow down with no warning. What if you were overtaking?
    Does anyone have a Citroen and experienced a similar problem? And can this 'feature' be disabled? Even if the garage fixes the problem, which seems unlike from what other owners are saying, how can I ever feel confident that it won't sudden;t happen again? I dread to think what would happen if the car sitting on my tail had crashed into me, or worse, if it had been a big lorry.
     
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  3. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    I think you'll find most modern (ie. computer controlled) cars have 'limp modes'.

    When did you last have your car serviced? Oh, and welcome to TES.
     
  4. I had a volvo that regularly went in to "push mode"
     
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  5. Richie Millions

    Richie Millions New commenter

    I had a Renault that was perpetually in, "Rust Mode."
     
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  6. moonpenny

    moonpenny Occasional commenter

    This happened to me a couple of times on the motorway - car lost power - not good when you are travelling in the fast lane- and after taking it into the garage about 3 times, they finally found out it was a faulty accelerator pedal and replaced it for me under the warranty.I haven't had a problem with it since.
    Also once the warning light came on to show there was problems with the catalytic converter.Citroen wanted to charge me nearly 600 quid so I took it to a little indi garage and the bloke took it to the MOT place, tested the omissions and said they were fine.Light went off and had no further problems with it.
     
  7. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    How can you test what's missing?
     
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  8. moonpenny

    moonpenny Occasional commenter

    Emmisions - anyway he didn't charge me which I thought was really good of him.
     
  9. mmm...Milk

    mmm...Milk New commenter

    I had an H reg polo that used to do this! The man called it Icing up and bypassed somthing and it was fine. Citroens are rubbish. My husbands had a right load of problems - a right saturday morning after the staff anual night out. Exhaust, fans, door locks, indicators, steering, crash magnate (everyone crashed into him) he hates it.
     
  10. Well I'm glad it's not just Citroens! I googled the problem without 'Citroen' and just as many complaints seemed to come up about other manufacturers. It seems completely bizarre though. Our old car, a rubbish Fiat, just told you when there was a problem and then you could choose what to do about it.
    I don't like all these computers in cars. When the Fiat had a problem the dealer never did get to the bottom of it. Apparently it just spewed out codes that no one knew what they meant! This too seems to be a feature of modern cars. Surely it wouldn't be that hard for the manufacturers to actually tell their dealers what the codes mean. Otherwise it's all a bit pointless.
    I was very much in two minds about the Citroen (we've only just got it). The Fiat was lovely but a bit rubbish and my head told me something like a Ford would be more robust, but they don't make a car that really does what we want as well as the Citroen. And we had the Fiat (well, two the same) for eleven years, having almost not got one because it was a bit strange, and yet it turned out to be the perfect car for us, just a bit uselessly built.
     
  11. I miss my ickle Saxo. So cute, so nippy, so silver and sleek... so... written off by my little brother when I had to get a car large enough to fit stupidly tall hubby in :(
     
  12. I miss my Multipla more. So hideous it was beautiful. And it didn't have LIMP MODE.
     
  13. Old headmaster had one of them - his sons were trying to pretend they weren't with him, even HE was trying to pretend he wasn't with himself and all the staff called it his bread van.
     
  14. mmm...Milk

    mmm...Milk New commenter

    My mum had a saxo automatic that was great. She replaced it with a 3C because she needed a 5 door, and this one has been rubbish. No end of problems and horrific automatic gearbox. I love my Yaris.
     
  15. When we test drove our original Multipla my husband said, 'It's just a van really, isn't it?' The salesman was deeply upset. And our sons' friends used to boast that they'd been in my new car. It was badge of honour.
     
  16. bedingfield

    bedingfield New commenter

    Why do we need computers in a car? Until last month, we have always had old cars where if something went wrong it was easy to fix. Still miss my old MK II Escort. At the end the engine was still going strong, but if you joined all the rust holes up in the floor it would have fallen out.
    Now have a new(ish) car with so many things that are automatic. I would like to have control of my own wipers and lights thank you. Haven't worked out yet whether I can override them or not.


     
  17. Yup, Citroens are rubbish and this is dangerous. I've just driven, heart in my mouth, down a dual carriageway with no hard shoulder, hoping that the problem wouldn't reoccur, having just had it happen earlier.

    I've had this problem for a couple of years and spent a couple of thousand pounds in my local Citroen garage trying to fix it to no avail.
    My local garage have not been helpful, finding faults to fix that aren't actually causing me problems and asserting that the problem that is a problem (if you call going into crawl mode on dual carriageway with no hard shoulder at 60 mph with your kids a problem) is not a problem because there's no error code stored. Nice to know that I'm just hallucinating and the risk to me and mine isn't a thing.

    I have given up hope at solving the problem and just wanted to encourage any other readers to do likewise- as well as not buying citroens. It looked like it was solved... but it's come back and in my opinion, it's a rather dangerous fault and situation.

    If you have the same problem, don't waste money like I have...run straight to your nearest Citroen garage with a straight face and trade it in. Admittedly you will then have another Citroen car, but at least you won't have your one and they can deal with the problem that isn't a problem on their own time and money. I really wish that's what I had done,
     
  18. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    Built with a Gallic shrug. And that string of onions and the smoke from the Galouise keep getting in the workers eyes as they put them together.
     
  19. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Years ago I made the mistake of buying a Citroen Saxo. I don't know what I was thinking. It had a sun roof and central locking and Ibwas in the car park of a school one day when the central locking went into overdrive, clicking itself on and off and effectively trapping me in the car, as it rapidly clicked on and off. I eventually managed to get the door open and disable the central locking.

    It turned out that water had infiltrated he seal on the sun roof and somehow was getting into the electrics.

    I hated that car. I hated it even more when a Spanish lorry driver, who spoke no English and could not therefore respond to my rant at him, scraped his lorry down the passenger side of the car on the slip road between the M25 and M3.

    I was not happy.
     
  20. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    I had the same problem with a C5 2.2 diesel, got rid in the end nothing seemed to work. It was a lovely car to drive just a shame about the computer.
     

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