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Does anyone know anything about cars? Is anyone married to a mechanic?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by impulce, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Could it be the alternator (the bit that powers the battery) or the battery itself? If it is, you'll find that the stereo/lights/power steering will all come and go until it gives up completely. Dont think its TOO expensive if its that.
     
  2. polly2

    polly2 New commenter

    Hmm, would like that but everything else is ok, it is just the steering that is a problem. It feels like I am driving a tank! I only had it fixed last week. I know my first post didn't make sense, I spotted a few typos. Sorry guys!! Thanks impulce for your answer.
     
  3. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    Try the car forums (search to see if there is a Citreon one - you will also be able to find out if this is a common fault, or if any of the others where in order to complain). I use the fiat one on occasions, some very knowledgeable people on them. x
     
  4. polly2

    polly2 New commenter

    Hi littlemissraw, do you know any. I have been looking and the only one I can find lets you click on a link and then says "service unavailable" grrr! Thanks!
     
  5. tarkus

    tarkus New commenter

    hi polly, had exactly the same sort of issues with my daughter's 2005 plate c3 desire; low mileage, full history, etc - bought secondhand from a dealer with only 7000 miles on clock - had already had replacement springs; ran ok for a few weeks, although blew fuses on the windscreen washer all the time; then battery light on, engine management light on - new alternator and exhaust, 450 quid bill - a couple of weeks later engine management light on... endless blogs on internet about build quality and dodgy electrics on c3s. had enough of this thoroughly unreliable, glitchy car. took it to a dealer while it was running ok, and traded it for a slightly older (03 plate) honda civic hatchback. problem solved - happy, trouble-free motoring guaranteed. sorry to be negative about your citroen but trust me we've been there - my advice is get rid of it before it bankrupts you, and get yourself a civic, a jazz or a yaris, and start enjoying life again! good luck.
     
  6. polly2

    polly2 New commenter

    Hey tarkus, your post seems fair. I have already said once it is repaired I am going to sell it and get an older car. As long as it works, I honestly do not care. It is time to stop worrying about how it looks in the car park!!
     
  7. anon468

    anon468 New commenter

    There's a reason Mr manny calls them shitroens...
     
  8. tarkus

    tarkus New commenter

    polly, though, the civic looks sensational, in really nice nick inside and out, only had to stump up a few hundred to swop the cars; you'll still look good! : - )
     
  9. Get rid!!!
    I had 2 c3 pluriels, nice little money drainers.
     
  10. polly2

    polly2 New commenter

    Tell Mr Manny, I am stealing that name!!!
    Ok, will have a look at the Honda's - quite fancy one!
     
  11. anon468

    anon468 New commenter

    LOL - feel free, polly! [​IMG]
    Best of luck with the next car. If it's any consolation we're having a run of lousy luck with both our cars at the moment. The latest is a £700 (minimum - could be more!) job to replace the fly wheel/clutch mechanism in the Rav4.
    Bloody expensive things, cars. [​IMG]
     
  12. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    to be honest do your research first. do some searches for reliabilty,value for money etc..for example a honda jazz has poor resale value as they are not to well made.or citrons, renualts,some fords and suzuki(over priced).
    There are some quite reliable cars out there but look them up......you could for examle get a decent trade in for a new car such as a Fiat 500 or even the new punto..and fiats give you things some other cars dont . You might even find the payments are not much more than what youare paying now for your banger.
    take a hint go into the dealers and sit in the cars, pretend your interested and even test drive them. see what deals they might offer as many are desperate to shift cars now.Even a pre registeredone( means it has one owner but has gone no where as they have taken their profit off the car) are good buys or demostrator cars.
    it could be that many come with warrenties of 3-5 years but you should really try them for 'fit first'.
    Beware of buyng in the street unless you really know what your doing....although sometimes the little old couple down the road do have cars which they dont use or cant drive anymore.
     
  13. polly2

    polly2 New commenter

    No kidding!! Sorry you are having a rubbish time of it too. I just feel since the turn of the year all I have done is pay out. Ok, so the bodywork was my fault. I crashed it at Christmas in all the ice when a man was screaming at me through the window after he walked in front of me and I had to break so I didn't hit him. It is the first and only time I have ever crashed a car in nearly ten years of driving. [​IMG]
     
  14. polly2

    polly2 New commenter

    Thanks Oldsomeman, I will take any advice on board. I can't afford not too! [​IMG]
     
  15. modelmaker

    modelmaker Occasional commenter

    I've never owned a Citroen, and never intend to. My friend has one that's been forever breaking down, something to do with the engine management system. Then they said it was the turbo was shot to bits.
    He recently replaced the exhaust with a custom-built one at a cost of £2,500 and says the car goes like stink. Apparently the law is soon to be changed to allow such a modification and he got in just in time. It involved removing all the stuff controlling the exhaust emmissions to a level that will meet the potential targets of 3011.
    As cars go, Citroens are far too complicated for their own good. I think you pay through the nose for the features, they skimp on the things that actually matter and once you're locked into one, they rip you off with aftersales support.
    The best car I ever owned was a Saab 900. Solid as a rock. Had a cam chain instead of a cam belt and never needed replacing. I'd still own it now if some idiot on drugs or whatever hadn't driven into it and written it off, then sped away.
     
  16. polly2

    polly2 New commenter

    Its just a nightmare, I am resigned to the fact that the car is **** and the sooner I am rid, the better. It is just the fact that I really am broke and now I am gonna have to pay god knows how much on another repair. I really just wanted to know if anyone had a rough idea (ie know someone who has had the same fault). I can see bank of Mum and Dad or bank of boyfriend been called on again. If I was a frivolous person then I would take it on the head but have been walking around in shoes letting in water for half the year because they still looked ok!!!
     
  17. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    firstly make sure you take aman in with you,your boyfriend if he is any good..they tend to rip woman off more.
    if y ou know what is wrong..ask at the dealers for thier price, ask at car shops for a 'pattern or recon' version. next ask around differnt garages for rough quotes and dont accept just the dealers quote
    the clutvh went on my fiat( my fault im heavy on clutches) deal wanted £600 plus vat to replace
    local man did the clutch , a service and new discs on front for £700....which one do you think i went to? plus my local guy is around the corner .literally.often the small guys can undercut dealers............or look in internet and phone book for other repairs of your make.
    i wanted to plug inthe car to comp....dealer wanted £80 plus vat,another fiat specialist wanted £48 and if i drove to sth london a fiat specilist would d it for £35. So it pays to shop around
    If you use yell .com you cn find all the local garages.you might be suprised....ot yellow pages unde the deale logo.
     

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