Citroën had excessive hopes for its daring luxurious saloon however gross sales fell flat. All the higher for us - we reckons you need to snap one up sharpish
The Citroën C6 of 2006-2012 should be one of many few vehicles that was launched with its personal specifically commissioned storage. Described by the constructing’s designer as “an envelope to current the C6 in a really distinctive and impartial surroundings”, the storage, designed by architect Impartial, was created from light-transmitting concrete (it had optical fibres embedded in it) and value £112,000, or about 3 times as a lot as the most costly C6.
You gained’t discover any on the market within the small advertisements at this time. However, there are just a few examples of the automobile it was supposed to accommodate. A couple of, be aware, not hundreds, for the reason that C6 by no means caught on among the many Audi and BMW drivers at which it was aimed. Properly, sort-of aimed. The factor was, the C6 was extra showcase than fleet instrument. Its hydropneumatic suspension was the most recent Hydractive three+ model with three automated place modes (motorway, poor highway floor and both consolation or dynamic). The system used orange LDS artificial hydraulic fluid as an alternative of the standard inexperienced LHM mineral stuff.
At relaxation the massive Citroën seemed cool and smooth; at pace it rode the nation’s roads as if the Asphalt Business Alliance had finally bought its means and blown the nation’s highway tax on bitumen.
Commonplace tools included 9 airbags, an energetic rear spoiler, a pedestrian-friendly energetic bonnet, xenon lights, a head-up show and tyre strain monitoring. Choices included the Lounge Pack, providing powered and heated rear seats.
All this equipment took the worth of the most costly C6 to round £40,000, which was an enormous sum compounded by the horrendous depreciation that adopted. It was a steep curve however one which in current months has begun to backside out as patrons in search of one thing totally different hunt down tidy C6s.
Most surviving examples are of the 205bhp 2.7 HDi twin-turbo V6 automated selection (it was a six-speed ’field), accessible from launch and provided in Commonplace, Lignage and upmarket Unique trims. Additionally on sale from launch was a cooking 171bhp 2.2 HDi four-pot, this time in handbook in addition to automated varieties, though it didn’t promote effectively.
Representing the petrol nook was a 212bhp three.zero V6 auto, a refined previous lump however slower than the torquey 2.7 diesel. It’s a uncommon sight at this time.
It was all change in 2009 when the two.7 gave solution to the extra tax-friendly 237bhp three.zero HDi twin-turbo V6 auto. This mannequin can also be uncommon and low-mileage examples are wanted, so a 2010-reg with 12,000 miles bought lately for a excessive £24,000. Simply as the two.7 bowed out so too did Commonplace and Lignage trims, leaving Unique to battle on alone.
The view within the commerce appears to be that for all its complexity, the C6 is a dependable Gallic barge. And there’s a military of devoted specialists and homeowners’ golf equipment to help you need to hassle erupt. Purchase one earlier than costs for the most effective rise past attain.
Do you know?
French presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy used the Citroën C6 as their official transport. Vive la France!
An professional’s view
“I’ve been promoting and servicing Citroëns for 30 years. Most days I’m driving a C6, both one we’ve simply serviced, or operating one we’ve purchased. Apart from variations of their suspension the place the bushes may need worn, they’re fairly constant: they float over damaged roads however nonetheless really feel agile and optimistic. The C6 is a posh automobile and whilst you could discover the odd cut price, it’s value spending extra for a well-cared-for instance. The three.zero petrol is the quietest however uncommon. The three.zero diesel is uncommon too, however I’d select one over the sooner 2.7 diesel, which is costlier to tax.” Danny Pearcey, Wolsey Home Motors
ENGINE - Examine the situation of the plastic thermostat housing, which may crack, inflicting a coolant leak. First you’ll know is when the engine temperature gentle comes on, by which era it’s too late. Examine the metal coolant pipe within the nearside entrance wheelarch — it could possibly rust and lose coolant. The timing belt interval is each 150okay miles or 10 years.
GEARBOX - An indication of a cautious proprietor is one who ignores Citroën’s ‘sealed-for-life’ declare and has new oil each 20,000 miles.
SUSPENSION AND BRAKES - Examine entrance wishbones for put on and struts for leaks. Irregular tyre put on is probably going as a consequence of worn wishbone and decrease arm bushes — new components plus a four-wheel alignment ought to repair it. Examine for corroded suspension pipes and pipe ends. Examine tyre strain monitoring system. Rear-end clunks counsel worn suspension droplinks. Examine rear brake calipers aren’t seized.
BODY - Examine for galvanic corrosion the place the aluminium bonnet and doorways meet metal at the vanguard of the bonnet and the tops of the doorways. The powered rear spoiler ought to rise in two phases, first at 40mph after which at 80mph.
INTERIOR - Examine all electrical features and controls work. If all of the sprint lights are out, verify the ‘darkish’ button hasn’t been pushed — it extinguishes all bar the speedo. Examine rear powered seats and steering wheel adjusters. Additionally value understanding Only a slight drop in nitrogen strain within the C6’s seven spheres can significantly have an effect on the automobile’s perspective, so have the system strain checked by a specialist corresponding to Pleiades Storage, Sawtry. It could regas the spheres by drilling, recharging and sealing them. Anticipate to pay round £320.
How a lot to spend
£2250-£3195 - Early, high-mileage (120-190,000) 2.7 HDis in questionable situation.
£3200-£4495 - Nicer 2.7s Lignage and Unique-spec, round 100okay miles however most with FSH.
£4500-£5495 - Numerous sub-100okay miles 2.7s, primarily 2007-reg vehicles, in good situation.
£5500-£6995 - Respectable 2008-reg 2.7s with few homeowners, full histories and cheap mileages.
£7000-£8000 - 2009-reg 2.7s together with a 59-reg 2.7 Unique with Lounge Pack, 93okay miles and full Citroën historical past for £6995.
£10,000-PLUS - Uncommon, 2009-reg three.zero HDis with cheap mileages.
One we discovered
CITROEN C6 2.7 HDI LIGNAGE, 2008/08, 98,000 MILES, £3300
A full service historical past (however verify it’s extra than simply oil adjustments) plus a six-month guarantee (verify exclusions) are start line. It’s bought the black full-leather inside, too.
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