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Twelve months & 10,000 miles down the road, time for a progress report on my DS3, I think.

Right from the first visit to the dealer things felt right - greeted by the receptionist as we walked in through the door,offered a test drive without having to ask. Buying the car was a pleasant process - the salesman managed to hit the right balance between lack of attention & pushiness.

So, what of the car? It's a 120Vti, the non-turbo 1.6. A nice, rev-happy little engine which sounds sweet at high revs but it does lack that Alfa sound which I loved about the Twinspark. Performance-wise it's pretty much on a par with my old 2-litre 147; less power but also considerably lighter. Nice & quiet on motorways despite the lack of a sixth gear, not available with that engine. Road noise is not too bad - maybe more than the 147 at low speeds, but much better at motorway speeds.

Ride is firm but not harsh; streets ahead of the 147! Handling is good, despite being on Michelin Energy tyres. It's got that old Peugeot feel about it - push it hard & you can feel all four wheels digging in. . . maybe lift-off oversteer is on the cards? Steering feel is not bad, a bit artificial-feeling at times, but I've driven worse. Good brakes, too, although the high initial bite took some getting used to.

Space-wise it's not bad. Plenty of room in the front, less in the back but that'snot a problem for us as we never use the back seat. The boot is slightly bigger (5 litres) that the 147, but arguably more usable as it's a more regular shape & taller - my wife's big rucksack will stand up in the DS3's boot. Extending the luggage space is easy as the seatbacks just fold down; the downside to that is that it doesn't leave a flat floor & the space is not as big as it could be.

I've always had the conception of Citroens as being cheap & cheerful; in that respect it's exceeded my expectations. There's an overall feeling of quality about it, particularly the interior - a nice place to be.

What's gone wrong? Nothing! There have been a few small niggles - fastener missing from the front inner wing, occasional creak from the dash & slight wind noise from the driver's side door - all so insignificant that I left it until the first annual service & for each of which modified parts have been introduced to cure the problems. Pity about the stone chips . . . all two of them. Still can't get used to only checking the oil level once a month, though.

I can honestly say that I've never had a car which has attracted so much attention & so many compliments & yes, I do turn round to look at it as I walk away!

There is life after Alfa & it's good!

(Dons flame suit!)
 

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Top Gear car of the year to ! :thumbs:
 

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I've never been too big a fan of Citreons but if i had to replace the 166 I might look at a C6, I sat in a facelift C% at the British Motor Show & that seemed just right. I'm sure the DS3 is a funky little car, and I'm glad you've had no major problems. Flameproof suit not needed. Just one question: Is there a switch to turn off those silly LED daytime running lights? They do not do any justice!
 

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I like the DS3, glad your happy with your purchase :thumbs:
 

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I've never been too big a fan of Citreons but if i had to replace the 166 I might look at a C6, I sat in a facelift C% at the British Motor Show & that seemed just right.
Seems to me they have come a long way, quality-wise, in the last two years or so.

Just one question: Is there a switch to turn off those silly LED daytime running lights? They do not do any justice!
Mine does have the option to turn them off in the configuration menu, although I suspect that it won't be possible in later cars - mine was registered before the legal requirement for daytime running lights came into force. I like them!
 

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I've never been too big a fan of Citreons but if i had to replace the 166 I might look at a C6, I sat in a facelift C% at the British Motor Show & that seemed just right. I'm sure the DS3 is a funky little car, and I'm glad you've had no major problems. Flameproof suit not needed. Just one question: Is there a switch to turn off those silly LED daytime running lights? They do not do any justice!

I fell for a new V6 C5 Tourer, partly to my surprise. Same chassis as C6 but I prefer the looks and did not want the C6 separate rear seats. Cost more than a C6 in the end! It's a great car for smooth, fast, comfortable wafting around. It's not a sports car but I've got the GT for that.


DS3 looked good in the showroom and could be specced from silly street racer to cool and funky from the options list.
 

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I've never been too big a fan of Citreons but if i had to replace the 166 I might look at a C6,
I did, and there are quite a few of us ex-166 owners on the C6 forum. They are tumbling down to stupid money now (chasing 166 prices as fast as they can!) so make a cracking used buy.

Not sure about the looks of the DS3 - maybe it's a generational thing and I've too many grey hairs to appreciate it - but the spec is great.

Great report - I'm really pleased nothing has gone wrong :thumbs:
 

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Sorry to bore those who have already read of me say this, but I have continually owned at least one citreon for getting on for 20 years now, around 11 in total. My old Xantia went to around 180k. The 06 C4 which we have had from new and is our company run around I have been driving for the last 8 weeks. With 65K on the clock and much abused, its still not bad for what it is. Apart from service it has not cost us a penny. For that matter I have never had a major fault, breakdown or expense with any Citreon ever. They are damned good cars.
 

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Citroën are on it big style at the moment, so no flames from me, I have always loved French cars.
 

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So, Michaelb and Dave Brand - where's the best Citroen Forum on the net? Only one I found was too quiet for my liking, and registering has been a pain.
 

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Harryf,

It is a real problem. When I bought mine there was precious little info on the 'Net about them. I even had to use Google translate to trawl through some French forums trying to get a feel for potential problems.

Finally, after buying mine, someone set up c6owners.org - which is very good but unfortunately for you only C6 specific.

One problem I'm having now is finding a local indie. Mine is four years old now, out of warranty, and I want to avoid the dealers, but I can't find any indies like there are in the Alfa world. I'm in central London, there must be someone in London who maintains Citroëns but all the searches I've done throw up specialists hours away. Even my nearest dealer is quite a distance away.

I think this is part of the same problem. Alfa owners are passionate about their wagons and will chat about them endlessly on here, and also support their local indies. I suspect a lot of Citroën owners treat their cars as appliances.
 

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One problem I'm having now is finding a local indie. Mine is four years old now, out of warranty, and I want to avoid the dealers, but I can't find any indies like there are in the Alfa world. I'm in central London, there must be someone in London who maintains Citroëns but all the searches I've done throw up specialists hours away. Even my nearest dealer is quite a distance away.

I think this is part of the same problem. Alfa owners are passionate about their wagons and will chat about them endlessly on here, and also support their local indies. I suspect a lot of Citroën owners treat their cars as appliances.
This guy is in Battersea ( under the arches , behind the Shell garage ) he really knows and loves hi DS'. I am sure if you drop in / give him a ring he will steer you in the right direction. Good Luck :thumbs:
DS World
 

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How many people can't spell Citroën?!

Cracking cars, don't think I have owned a bad one. Had a xsara vts prior to the gta, and a xantia activa prior to that. I'm a Citroën man at heart.
 

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This guy is in Battersea ( under the arches , behind the Shell garage ) he really knows and loves hi DS'. I am sure if you drop in / give him a ring he will steer you in the right direction. Good Luck :thumbs:
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Thanks for the link - I'll give him a call.

Cheers :thumbs:

Apologies to Dave for semi hi-jacking his thread :)
 
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