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Car scouting again - C4s any good?

Discussion in 'Car Repairs / Maintenance' started by DIYspanner, 10 Apr 2018.

  1. DIYspanner

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    Another car written off - my sister's 1.8 Primera.

    Have decided to go for a VW TDI, another Primera or a Citroen C4 because they already have a C3.

    Any weak points on C4s to take into consideration?
     
  2. DaveHerns

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    Diesels are the DV6 unit with known turbo oil feed problems. Automatic is a mechanised manual box and some people don't like the way it drives.
     
  3. DIYspanner

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    Thanks for posting.

    The search has now extended to Volvos. There's a 2008 S40 1.6 diesel (105k miles) nearby so that's on the 'to have a look at' list.
     
  4. mointainwalker

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    Maybe you should think about buying in bulk, like you do with oil ? :)
     
  5. DIYspanner

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    I've seen a 2008 Citroen C5 2.0HDi with 130k miles which looks decent in the photos.

    Anyone know of problems with the engines? Are they as good as VW TDI engines?
     
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    Volvo every time for me. Main problem with Citroen is the country of origin. A third of French vehicles don't pass their first MOT.
     
  7. DaveHerns

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    The 2.0 Hdi engine is far better than the 1.6. However in a C4 you'll have DPFs and EOLYS fluid to worry about. I did in my C5 although it got to 90k with no problems
     
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    VW 1.9 TDI was practically bulletproof, the early 2.0l TDI had a few problems with oil supply etc so be careful.
     
  9. DIYspanner

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    Have come across a Jetta TDI with a TIPTRONIC gearbox.

    So, TIPTRONIC, good or bad?

    Car is at 156k miles.
     
  10. DaveHerns

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    At 156k the whole car must be on borrowed time. Get her another Primera, most reliable car I've ever had.
     
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    Work coleague has just sold his Audi A4 1.9 TDI Manual 230,000 miles on clock and still on original clutch..
     
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    My Primera was the most unreliable car I ever had, all the four locks failed, new clutch at 50k and again at 75k.
     
  13. DIYspanner

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    Ended up with a 2008 Volvo S40 1.6D with FSH stamps. Actually quite a clean car and runs very well. Leather seats are very comfy!

    Got Quantum LL 507.00, Mann filters and a Gates timing belt kit, inc w/p, to service it as all are due.

    Thanks all for posting!
     
  14. Seafarer1966

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    Good choice on the Volvo. Bodywork made from virgin steel and not melted down scrap like a lot of other manufacturers (Sweden has lots of iron ore reserves). The engine is the 110 bhp Ford/ PSA Group 1.6 diesel unit used in various Peugeots, Citroens, Mazdas, Volvos and in the Ford Focus (probably some other makes of vehicle also). I am on my second Focus 1.6 tdci and the engine is identical to what Peugeot call the 1.6 HDMI. Go forever if you keep on top of the oil changes. I change my oil and oil filter at every 5000 miles. I've always used Mobile Super 3000 X1 FE 5w/30 oil in both my Focuses (or should I say Foci?) which is a low SAPS oil with added detergent to prevent oil clumping in the turbo. My previous Focus 1.6 tdci went to 150,000 miles and ticked over like a sewing machine until it expired in a pile up.
     
  15. DaveHerns

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    It does appear that doing oil changes "properly" the old fashioned way (via the sump plug ) is the key to engine life with this engine. Peugeot/Citroen issued an instruction to this effect. I suspect most garages were using suction extraction and leaving all the gunge behind.
     
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