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#1 Ronat42

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Posted 26 June 2018 - 10:28 PM

We've had our new C3 for 15 months and still only done 1200 miles. Most of this is in the past 3 months since we loaned our Xsara Pic to our son's family because they had problems with both of their own cars and we are having problems getting it back and they do not want to do a swap - even free!

 

The problem is that the C3 Pic is fine on smooth roads but a nightmare on most town and country roads. We went out a few days ago and after 5 miles turned round to pick up our other car because of the ride quality. It is sad because in most other aspects it is perfect for our needs. I think it has a lot to do with the use of low profile tyres on 17" wheels or possibly to any "enhancements" for the Platinum. It just seems to follow the road contours so closely that we are tossed around pebbles in a wheelbarrow over a cobbled street. Speed bumps bring on panic attacks. If we hadn't loaned out the old Pic this one would have just sat on the drive because no-one wanted to use it. I remember test driving an earlier version 3-4 years ago and not being aware of this problem.

 

Is this a standard for this model or can anything be done. If not, it will have to go and we shall demand the return of our old Pic. 



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Posted 26 June 2018 - 10:34 PM

Wow when I was working I'd have done over 60,000 miles in that time, but in a Mondeo.


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Posted 26 June 2018 - 11:26 PM

What year is it. My 2012 C3 Pic was a nice ride. It was IIRC on 16 inch tyres though. The usual reason for rutting is due to tyres being overinflated. However I did own a Corsa with electric power steering similar to C3 pic and that was atrocious with self steering, rutting etc. It was never cured and we got rid of it.
It might be worth borrowing some 16 wheels and see if they are the trouble. If not then possible dealer and rack change.
My new C3 MK3 saloon is even better with steering stability and lack of suspension noise and much improved ride.
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Posted 27 June 2018 - 01:07 AM

10 years ago I was doing 50K + a year in a variety of cars over the years, most being retired at 200 - 250K. Since reluctantly giving up work at 67 nearly 7 years ago it is down to around 10k. It would probably be more if I could find something more comfortable. We would have considered the C4 Pic but we have a MK3 Galaxy with only 30K on the clock as well as our original Xsara Pic which we do most of our travelling in. It had no trade in value and it is a good thing that we kept it. I might have been tempted to a Mondeo but at 6' tall with Ernie Wise legs I struggle to get in and once in all I wanted to do was get out.  

 

I have checked the tyres and they are bang on the required pressure. The car is a 66 Platinum bought early March 2017 as a pre reg with less than 50 miles on the clock. When driving, it is possible to hang onto the steering wheel but it is absolute misery for passengers. I can understand it to a certain extent due to the height/width but it really is unusable in it's current form. We really only bought it as a gesture to low emission motoring and based on over 14 years with the old Pic.

 

Our other car is a 2012 Galaxy Titanium bought at one year old and we had a similar experience with that although less severe but that was partially resolved by ditching the almost new run flats and replacing them with cheap imports set of 4 for less than the cost of one of the run flats. A cushion on each of the front seats solves the problem of the "Sports" seats (AKA commodes) but the ride in the back is still pretty miserable. The silly thing in this case is that the basic model has more comfortable seats and a much better ride  with smaller alloys. It all seems to be a modern trend as the now 16 year old predecessor which we gave to our son still out performs the new one in just about every important respect, comfort, ride quality, economy, drivability, all round vision and, believe it or not, emissions even with more than 200k on the clock. He won't give that one back either!

 

 


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Posted 27 June 2018 - 06:49 AM

Sounds like you have quite a collection available to use, park the c3 in the corner or loan that out instead if the x/pic and use one of the others from your fleet, my son now owns my c3 pic, I never liked it, I now have an old c4 pic


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Posted 27 June 2018 - 08:12 AM

Honest John recommends running the tyres at 2lbs/inch under the recommended pressure for a better ride.


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Posted 27 June 2018 - 08:12 AM

Honest John recommends running the tyres at 2lbs/inch under the recommended pressure for a better ride.


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Posted 27 June 2018 - 08:13 AM

so it's still under warranty go an dhave a talk to the dealer and demonstrat it to them, what have you got to loose, nothing but you could gain.


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Posted 27 June 2018 - 09:35 AM

Thanks for the input folks.

 

Granpa - I think we had this conversation a while ago. In the past I have run cars to the point of zero value so the only continuing cost is insurance and maintenance so, with my wife's 55 years no claim and my 2 car full claims together with being old and decrepit we can insure 3 cars for little more than many pay for one and with our son and his wife driving a total of 170 miles a day to work a spare is always useful.

 

Stimulator - my local dealer has kicked Citroen out because of unreasonable demands after promising to give me a substantial discount on my next service for charging me for a full tank of adblue at £70 when the car didn't need it.

 

Lancelot - I tried that on the Galaxy and was rewarded with scrubbed tyre shoulders. I think the Pic's problem is a fixation with F1 type cornering ability above passenger comfort. I.E over stiff anti-roll but the low profile tyres don't help. I queried this with the dealer and he assured me that it made little or no difference. With the Galaxy I find keeping a full size spare wheel and a couple of 2" 2' x 2' slabs in the back helps and contrary to popular belief it doesn't affect fuel consumption and the spare wheel is a great comfort.

 

The only Citroens I can get into comfortably are the 2 Picassos and the only Fords that offer anything like the headroom, comfort and ride of older cars are the Galaxy and, daft as it sounds, the KA+ being the smallest in their range. (Designed in South America and built in India!!!)

 

I am now searching Ebay for a well kept 25 year old vehicle of some sort.  :mellow:


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Posted 27 June 2018 - 06:00 PM

I've seen several people say avoid the 17" alloys because of the harsh ride. Mines not too bad on 16" rims with Michelin cross climate tyres.(vast improvement over the factory fitted tyres!)

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Posted 27 June 2018 - 07:03 PM

Thanks Fred. I sounds like a visit to Halfords for a set of alloys with tyres might be on the cards. When I dumped the Bridgestone runflats (still with over 6mm of tread!) and put on 4 Landsails at £50 each the improvement was amazing both in ride, cornering as well as general stability. They did just under 30 K before I changed them and they still had 3mm tread.

It's about time the manufacturers and motoring press realised that not everyone is a Hamilton wannabe.

 

The factory tyres are exorbitantly expensive 'cos I just paid £150 for a replacement after an unfortunate meeting with a small rock on a dark road. A sensible rim and tyre would have survived. 



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Posted 28 June 2018 - 08:54 AM

I bought my 2011 C3 Picasso at 3 years old, and drove it home to Devon from Yorkshire. I was immediately impressed by how flat and stable it drove - it felt like a skateboard - after my slightly lumbering Zafira, but I then went through a rough-surfaced roadwork chicane at low speed and felt the rear skitter sideways; that was a surprise. Come that winter and first flurry of snow on the country roads, I could barely keep the rear attached to the car going round bends - it broke away at the first opportunity.

 

It also 'crashed' about on potholes and ridges and this was getting on my wick a bit.

 

The 17" (and 7" wide) 'Clover' wheels were also already well 'kerbed' when I bought the car at 21k miles, and I added to that almost from day one - if you as much as touched a kerb when parking, they were scored. The increasingly poor state of our roads with potholes aplenty made me realise that I hated low profiles tyres, especially when they sat on rims which were the virtual same width.

 

I settled on a set of 16" alloys from a C5 no less (the older models had only 4-studs) and colour-coded them to suit the BlackCherry. They now have 55-profile 205s on them, and the improvement is very clear. It has renewed my enjoyment of the car; it really is a tough car to beat for room, comfort and overall ability.

 

My old - and scuffed - Clovers sold easily on eBay; the buyer had them professionally refurbished in black and machined alloy. I wonder if they still look good...

 

I now have a unique BlackCherry - which rides significantly better than before.

 

When it comes to tyres, I can thoroughly recommend 'Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance' tyres at only around £64 a corner fitted. They are BAA rated - B for fuel economy (that's good), A for wet-weather grip (that's superb) and also only 68db noise level - that's very low and instantly noticeable improvement there too.

 

I bet you'll find plenty of 16" alloys on eBay to try, and most will come with usable tyres (tho' swap them for the Goodyears at the first opportunity!). Also have a search for 'breaking C3 Picasso' and enquire about the alloys - condition, etc. Finally try https://www.1stchoice.co.uk/ - I can also thoroughly recommend them. Simple as it gets - enter your reg number (or car details) and click on set of alloys 16".

 

Please keep us posted if you decided to go through with this - it would be interesting info for others too :-) .


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Posted 28 June 2018 - 05:39 PM

Blackcherry - thanks for all of that. It may it seem worth trying to solve the problem rather than dump it on someone else.

 

Having been through this with the Galaxy I hoped there could be something that could be done. The first time I took the wife out in that after about 20 miles she got out and declared that she never wanted to get into it again and yet all the motoring press were overboard in declaring it so much better than the previous MK2. It was so bad that as little as catching a cat's eye on a minor bend was enough to send the back end on a dance that created panic about which way it would end up pointing. It doesn't even have ANY comfortable seats, or at least any that compare with the MK1 or MK2. There is also the issue that the earlier (Ghia) versions of the MK3 were much more in keeping with the older standard. The "Improved" Titanium spec was several steps in the wrong direction. I fear that the dropping of "Exclusive" for "Platinum" is much the same. I think the term is "Cost (Profit) improved."

 

Back to the Picasso - I shall continue to look around for some wheels but with new 15 alloys and tyres on offer for less than £500 a set that might be a bullet worth biting - If they pass the insurance test.

 

However, If and when we get the Xsara Pic back with 5 comfortable seats, pleasant interior and loads of storage My wife might dig her heels in.  Also, as part of our desperate efforts to find alternatives and leaving dealers without finding anything I could get into we fell across the Ford Ka+ - the smallest cheapest in the entire range but with 4 comfortable seats, loads of headroom, a smooth ride and an absence of low profile tyres and unwanted computerised junk being the first car for a long time that I felt perfectly at home in immediately, even in the rear seats - well I think I need a few good nights sleep. My wife didn't want to get out of it but then she was perfectly happy with the old Pic. At least it is the cheapest on offer! I might even get something close to a straight swap. Or, I might end up with 4 cars - again! The kids keep hinting.

 

All this because I wanted to do my bit for the environment!!!!!

 

I shall report back - If I can stay sane.

 

P.S. My wife's spine has been pretty well wrecked by the Myeloma so being thrown violently from side to side is more of an issue than for most.

 

 


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