Car prices.....what do you think?

42 replies
Found 19th Jan 2010
Ok guys, was driving along the city bypass yesterday and my bonnet flew open, decided it is time for a new car!

Today I saw A Citroen Picasso 1.6, 04 plate done around 64,000 miles. Priced at just under £4000

Think it's a good price? Have managed to get the guy down to £3,200 cash and my wee banger :-D

42 Comments

why citroen?

What you got at the minute? A Clio?

Original Poster

ALICOM007;7594879

why citroen?



Just been to a few garages today and haven't seen anything else reasonably priced. I like this car, it's got loads of space and seems a good family car

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harlzter;7594918

What you got at the minute? A Clio?



Yes, how did you know ? :w00t:

Probably because of the bonnet flying up it's a common clio issue. Picasso is an awful car imo.

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jtx;7594943

Probably because of the bonnet flying up it's a common clio issue. … Probably because of the bonnet flying up it's a common clio issue. Picasso is an awful car imo.



Yeah it scared the living daylights out of me, It wasn't nice.....

Why do you think they are awful?

Wow munnski, between me you and worto03 that'll be 3 clio's off the road inside a week!
Didnt you get a letter to take the clio to your main dealer to get the bonnet catch changed? I did, it was on watchdog. Mine never actually flew up but the bonnet wasn't closed properly for about 18 months, scary stuff.

munnski;7594964

Yeah it scared the living daylights out of me, It wasn't nice.....Why do … Yeah it scared the living daylights out of me, It wasn't nice.....Why do you think they are awful?



Because every french car I have ever bought has been plagued with problems...

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michelleleemoo;7594992

Wow munnski, between me you and worto03 that'll be 3 clio's off the road … Wow munnski, between me you and worto03 that'll be 3 clio's off the road inside a week!Didnt you get a letter to take the clio to your main dealer to get the bonnet catch changed? I did, it was on watchdog. Mine never actually flew up but the bonnet wasn't closed properly for about 18 months, scary stuff.



I never recieved anything, although the car is pretty old.....it is an S reg.

It was awful, had my youngest in the car with me, and then the bonnet wouldnt go back down! Had to get some maintence guys to get some tools to prize it back down, have a lovely cracked windscreen and a dented to hell bonnet!

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jtx;7595000

Because every french car I have ever bought has been plagued with … Because every french car I have ever bought has been plagued with problems...



The Clio has brought me nothing but bother since I bought it... :x

The only mechanic that would recommend a Citroen is a Citreon mechanic and if they worked on anything else that would even change their mind. Buy Jap

munnski;7595011

I never recieved anything, although the car is pretty old.....it is an S … I never recieved anything, although the car is pretty old.....it is an S reg.It was awful, had my youngest in the car with me, and then the bonnet wouldnt go back down! Had to get some maintence guys to get some tools to prize it back down, have a lovely cracked windscreen and a dented to hell bonnet!



munnski;7595017

The Clio has brought me nothing but bother since I bought it... :x



You should have had a registered letter to sign for, I moved since buying mine and they still got the letter to me, must go on dvla details. I must admit I wouldn't have another clio if you gave me one for free, shocking amount of problems ive had with mine, glad to see the back of it :thumbsup:

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Burty;7595060

The only mechanic that would recommend a Citroen is a Citreon mechanic … The only mechanic that would recommend a Citroen is a Citreon mechanic and if they worked on anything else that would even change their mind. Buy Jap



But why are they so bad?

michelleleemoo;7595081

You should have had a registered letter to sign for, I moved since buying … You should have had a registered letter to sign for, I moved since buying mine and they still got the letter to me, must go on dvla details. I must admit I wouldn't have another clio if you gave me one for free, shocking amount of problems ive had with mine, glad to see the back of it :thumbsup:



I haven't recieved anything :x And I am the same, I hate the blooming thing, had nothing but problems with it since I got it and yesterday was just the final nail in the coffin! :?

munnski;7595097

But why are they so bad?I haven't recieved anything :x And I am the … But why are they so bad?I haven't recieved anything :x And I am the same, I hate the blooming thing, had nothing but problems with it since I got it and yesterday was just the final nail in the coffin! :?



scrap it, its so liberating :giggle: I'm just waiting on a delivery date for my shiny new pap pap and I cant wait, I know how you feel, I have shed many a tear over mine and its spent more time on the back of a recovery truck and declared sorn than it has on the road!

It's not cheap either

]Autotrader

Love my citroen

Lulu'sMammy;7595148

Love my citroen



Don't sell it:thumbsup:

Citreon feel the need to change things that work into things that are different just for the sake of it : suspension, indicators engine angles, they are made with creaky plastic crap and are in my opinion ugly. They are a bit better nowadays bit I hate them. I'd say they are the worst cars ever to work on.

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michelleleemoo;7595125

scrap it, its so liberating :giggle: I'm just waiting on a delivery date … scrap it, its so liberating :giggle: I'm just waiting on a delivery date for my shiny new pap pap and I cant wait, I know how you feel, I have shed many a tear over mine and its spent more time on the back of a recovery truck and declared sorn than it has on the road!



Well this mad garage is going to give me £300-£400 trade in value on it :w00t: Ooooo a shiny new car, i want one :-D

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jtx;7595141

It's not cheap either]Autotrader



A lot of them have done a lot more miles than this one though, but I am not 100% sure it is a good price. Thing is I know nothing about cars so wouldnt want to buy from autotrader incase it had a lot of problems.

This one comes with a years MOT

Lulu'sMammy;7595148

Love my citroen



So you'd recommend them? Finally, someone :-D

Burty;7595218

Citreon feel the need to change things that work into things that are … Citreon feel the need to change things that work into things that are different just for the sake of it : suspension, indicators engine angles, they are made with creaky plastic crap and are in my opinion ugly. They are a bit better nowadays bit I hate them. I'd say they are the worst cars ever to work on.



I think they look nice :oops: But thats about all I know about cars :w00t:

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64,000 miles is a lot of miles for a citreon...........dont do it!

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Now the ones nearer me become a lot more expensive :?

Original Poster

Ok guys.......then recommend me a good car :-D

We had a Picasso for 8 years, great family car. Changed to a Zafira and had nothing but trouble!

If you do go for a Picasso pay less than that for an '04 plate, we had a '56 plate 1.6 Desire with 28k miles and that sold for £4900 in September. For an '04 you should pay no more that £3k total, and make sure it is perfect. Check on bodywork as it is flimsy, interior trim wears out quickly and is expensive to repair, at 64k miles make sure the cambelt has been changed. Check all of the dashboard functions, if one thing is not working it is a full change at £650 + vat and fitting. Check for scuffing and scratching round the door handles, these are family cars and children are not sympathetic (always a good bargaining point). Air conditioning is essential, there is a lot of glass so in the summer it gets pretty hot. The 1.6 engines are pretty rough and can be thirsty, we used to average 35mpg and that included a mix of towns/motorways. Gearboxes are fairly sloppy but engage well, any stiffness or notchiness is bad.

I reckon you should be pushing for another few hundred pounds off, the dealers always price these cars higher than they should.

munnski;7594923

Yes, how did you know ? :w00t:






I iz stalking you










Common problem with them:thumbsup:

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pugw$sh;7595401

We had a Picasso for 8 years, great family car. Changed to a Zafira and … We had a Picasso for 8 years, great family car. Changed to a Zafira and had nothing but trouble!If you do go for a Picasso pay less than that for an '04 plate, we had a '56 plate 1.6 Desire with 28k miles and that sold for £4900 in September. For an '04 you should pay no more that £3k total, and make sure it is perfect. Check on bodywork as it is flimsy, interior trim wears out quickly and is expensive to repair, at 64k miles make sure the cambelt has been changed. Check all of the dashboard functions, if one thing is not working it is a full change at £650 + vat and fitting. Check for scuffing and scratching round the door handles, these are family cars and children are not sympathetic (always a good bargaining point). Air conditioning is essential, there is a lot of glass so in the summer it gets pretty hot. The 1.6 engines are pretty rough and can be thirsty, we used to average 35mpg and that included a mix of towns/motorways. Gearboxes are fairly sloppy but engage well, any stiffness or notchiness is bad.I reckon you should be pushing for another few hundred pounds off, the dealers always price these cars higher than they should.




Thanks for that, I did notice today that there was a lot of wear on the handles, the interior looked intact and in good condition apart from this. If I was going to go ahead with this I would check out the belt and the dashboard features so thank you :-D

However, I have been looking on autotrader and any Picassos near me are pretty expensive, and this seems a reasonable price for this.....I have already knocked him down to £3200, and throwing in my dodgy car to boot :-D

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harlzter;7595496

I iz stalking youCommon problem with them:thumbsup:




:w00t:

Yeah, I heard that yesterday after it happened, bloody dangerous things :x

munnski;7595017

The Clio has brought me nothing but bother since I bought it... :x



i've had mine for about 18 months, a 2001 privilege. so far nothings gone wrong apart from the key, a spark plug and some joint thing that needed changing for the MOT (cost about a tenner). otherwise she's a bit shakey on a cold start but she's fine! TOUCH WOOD!!

dont buy anything french or italian!! get somat japanese poor image but so well made even better than a lot of german brands ahem!!

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baconsandwich;7595539

i've had mine for about 18 months, a 2001 privilege. so far nothings gone … i've had mine for about 18 months, a 2001 privilege. so far nothings gone wrong apart from the key, a spark plug and some joint thing that needed changing for the MOT (cost about a tenner). otherwise she's a bit shakey on a cold start but she's fine! TOUCH WOOD!!



I had mine 3 days and the coil spring went, it went downhill from there....

mrcareful;7595555

dont buy anything french or italian!! get somat japanese poor image but … dont buy anything french or italian!! get somat japanese poor image but so well made even better than a lot of german brands ahem!!



Any ideas as to what one?

I had a citroen synergie people carrier for years with no bother at all,mind you tht particular model was a joint effort between pug,fiat & citroen. was recently looking for a small car and tried a diesel clio....awful! since reading above posts i'm glad i didnt buy it.

I had a 51 reg diesel picasso and had no problems with it. A bit cheap looking inside but very roomy. The price isn't too bad, if you shop around anywhere for anything you'll always find it cheaper.

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PhilthyPhil;7595640

I had a citroen synergie people carrier for years with no bother at … I had a citroen synergie people carrier for years with no bother at all,mind you tht particular model was a joint effort between pug,fiat & citroen. was recently looking for a small car and tried a diesel clio....awful! since reading above posts i'm glad i didnt buy it.



NSAmacky;7595654

I had a 51 reg diesel picasso and had no problems with it. A bit cheap … I had a 51 reg diesel picasso and had no problems with it. A bit cheap looking inside but very roomy. The price isn't too bad, if you shop around anywhere for anything you'll always find it cheaper.



Thanks guys, I am so torn as to what to do :roll:

We have a Honda Civic 1.4 and its great. Not to much for tax, insurance or tyres e.c.t

It recently cost just £240 for 4 Mic tyres fitted and its a great car to drive. during this spell of freezing weather no problems at all.

Cost us £4800 year ago and been briliant so far. Not the most modern looking car and some don't like the gear stick being up on the dash but once used to it ..its fine. Even the insurance is reasonable because its a 1.4

Plenty room too....similar to this

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t145/icemanonline/hondacivic.jpg

Nice reliable cars


renagade27

I have an X reg citroen xsara (a hatchback rather than people carrier) that I bought 5 years ago as I needed a 'family car' that would get a buggy in the boot when expecting my first child - can't get much in a ford Ka! It's been the most reliable car I've ever had, only ever needing the things that wear out replacing (tyres, brake pads, cam belt, wipers, etc.) although it does have an intermittent electrical fault where all the electrics cut out (windows, fans, indicators and wipers) - a bit scary, but if i stop for a couple of minutes and then restart the engine they all work again and it only happens about once every 6 months so the garage can't identify the fault.
I believe citroens are expensive to repair, but would definitely buy another one and understand why my Dad had lots of them when I was little - would never buy another ford, but would consider a nissan as my micra went on for years (wish I'd never changed it for a Ka). Also hyundai and kia give 5 year warranties from new, rather than the usual 3 years, so they must think they make reliable cars or it would cost them a fortune!

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renagade27;7595848

We have a Honda Civic 1.4 and its great. Not to much for tax, insurance … We have a Honda Civic 1.4 and its great. Not to much for tax, insurance or tyres e.c.tIt recently cost just £240 for 4 Mic tyres fitted and its a great car to drive. during this spell of freezing weather no problems at all.Cost us £4800 year ago and been briliant so far. Not the most modern looking car and some don't like the gear stick being up on the dash but once used to it ..its fine. Even the insurance is reasonable because its a 1.4 Plenty room too....similar to this Nice reliable carsrenagade27



Thanks :-D Will have a look into them

cattarn;7595889

I have an X reg citroen xsara (a hatchback rather than people carrier) … I have an X reg citroen xsara (a hatchback rather than people carrier) that I bought 5 years ago as I needed a 'family car' that would get a buggy in the boot when expecting my first child - can't get much in a ford Ka! It's been the most reliable car I've ever had, only ever needing the things that wear out replacing (tyres, brake pads, cam belt, wipers, etc.) although it does have an intermittent electrical fault where all the electrics cut out (windows, fans, indicators and wipers) - a bit scary, but if i stop for a couple of minutes and then restart the engine they all work again and it only happens about once every 6 months so the garage can't identify the fault.I believe citroens are expensive to repair, but would definitely buy another one and understand why my Dad had lots of them when I was little - would never buy another ford, but would consider a nissan as my micra went on for years (wish I'd never changed it for a Ka). Also hyundai and kia give 5 year warranties from new, rather than the usual 3 years, so they must think they make reliable cars or it would cost them a fortune!




It's nice to hear positive stories about the citroens I am very tempted by this car, really dont want to dive the Clio anymore and I am struggling to find a reasonable priced car, even in the autotrader :?

Honda Civic, thats more like it! Cost a bit more to repair but hardly ever go wrong. Always the chance of a unlucky one as any car but, a very good starting point. Most Jap cars are reliable.

cattarn;7595889

Also hyundai and [COLOR=Blue]kia give 5 year warranties from … Also hyundai and [COLOR=Blue]kia give 5 year warranties from new[/COLOR], rather than the usual 3 years, so they must think they make reliable cars or it would cost them a fortune!




Not anymore, KIA have recently stopped the generous 5 year warranty.














and replaced it with a :-D7 year warranty

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munnski why dont you do the scappage thing and pick up a new kia or something for about £5000 i know its a lot but not much more than the citreon type thing!

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RFC;7605480

munnski why dont you do the scappage thing and pick up a new kia or … munnski why dont you do the scappage thing and pick up a new kia or something for about £5000 i know its a lot but not much more than the citreon type thing!



I have only had the car about 10 months, dont qualify for the scrappage and I couldn't keep it another 2 months !
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