Reliability of the Citroen C3

The ADAC breakdown statistics determine which Citroen models are the most reliable and which have broken down most – a good help when buying a used Citroen C3.

In the statistics for 2022, all the breakdowns for which the German Yellow Angels had to move out in 2021 were recorded and evaluated. There is enough data available that gives an objective picture of the reliability of the Citroen C3.

Listed are all breakdowns of the vehicles between 3 and 10 years old. Causes such as an empty fuel tank (as a clearly self-inflicted breakdown) or tyre defects are not included in the ADAC reliability index. The evaluation of the breakdown frequency follows the colour scheme from dark green (= very low ) to red (= very high).

Citroen C3 Reliability

Breakdowns in the 2021 calendar year

EZ 2012 EZ 2013 EZ 2014 EZ 2015 EZ 2016 EZ 2017 EZ 2018 EZ 2019
4,1 3,0 1,6

Breakdowns in the 2020 calendar year

EZ 2011 EZ 2012 EZ 2013 EZ 2014 EZ 2015 EZ 2016 EZ 2017 EZ 2018
2,8 2,1

Breakdowns in the 2019 calendar year

EZ 2010 EZ 2011 EZ 2012 EZ 2013 EZ 2014 EZ 2015 EZ 2016 EZ 2017
25,5 2,4

Legend: Number of breakdowns per 1,000 vehicles registered (= breakdown index) by year of first registration (EZ)

Common Breakdowns

  • Timing belt (2010)

Source: ADAC

owner  Citroën C3 owners’ reviews

If you wish to know more about eventual problems of a specific car (e.g. real mileage, potential traffic accidents damages, odometer rollback, repairs, etc.), then we suggest going to HPI-Check.

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Recent C3 Recalls

Citroen-C3-2018-NOx-emissions
24. 01. 2022

The computer software used only in after-sales operations and for a limited period (October 2020 to January 2021) was incorrect. This … .

Citroen-C3-2021-pinion-driveshaft
10. 01. 2022

The outer pinion of the right driveshaft may break due to lack of heat treatment during the manufacture of the part … .

Citroen-C3-2010-airbag
03. 10. 2021

The gas generator of the driver and/or front-seat passenger airbag could be defective. This may result in uncontrolled inflation and the … .

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