Citroen Berlingo Multispace (2008–2018)

What's good

Practical and versatile family transport that's cheap to buy and run.

Lots of carrying capacity with individual folding rear seats.

 

What's bad

Recall 20-7-2016 AIRBAG MAY INCORRECTLY DEPLOY. On affected vehicles the driver's air bag inflation device may not conform to specification. As a result may not deploy correctly during an impact. Replace the driver's air bag module on affected vehicles. Build dates: 26-4-2016 to 2-5-2016. VINS: VF3******GZ023603 to VF3******GJ676851

Low thrills interior.

Rear-windows don't open fully.

Ride can be poor on twisty roads.

11-7-2017: Report of dog teeth on 5th gear assembly breaking up on a 2004/63 Citroen Berlingo. Requires a complete transmission rebuild.

5-12-2017: Report of man in Aberdeen buying a new Citroen Berlingo Multispace and after one week, having done less than 100 miles, the clutch failed. The dealer blamed the man's driving and wanted to charge him £2,000 for a new clutch and DMF. Our suggestion is to take the mattrer to Small Claims in the local Sheriff's Court. 

31-8-2018: Mystery ailment reported with 2008/58 Citroen Berling Multispace 1.6HDI at 69,000 miles. From the outset the engine would not pull, seeming to misfire. Having gradually built up speed to 60mph lifting off the throttle resulted in a instant increase in revs and rapid faultless acceleration which then suddenly dropped off again with a puff of black smoke. This cycle continued for the entire journey. MPG was in the low 30s rather than the normal 60 plus. Subsequently discovered that pulling away on tick over in first gear, as in a traffic jam, when applying throttle there is nothing there at all. Change to second, again with no gas, the throttle responds in the same lumpy fashion. At tick over it seems to be missing a beat. Cannot hear it but can feel it through the seat. No warning lights come up and nothing other than a single injector fault on the plug in. Injector change made no difference. ECU re booted by Citroen dealer. Variety of sensors tried on another Berlingo that was in for service. All functioned as normal. Apparently no abnormal read outs. After many hours of fault finding at my local general workshop they relayed the vehicle to a Citroen dealer. Citroen's analysis was "haven't got a clue". £780 spent so far to no effect. We wonder if the problem is the turbo. Possible a blocked turbo bearing oil return pipe and failing turbo bearing oil seal so the sudden acceleration is coming from injections of sump oil.

3-3-2019: Report of 2011 Citroen Berlingo requiring 4th replacement clutch in 68,000 miles together with a new dual mass flywheel. Dealer and Citroen blame elderly owner's driving.

30-5-2019: Report of turbo failure in 2010 Peugeot Partner Teepee (same as Berlingo) 1.6HDI DV6 TED4 engine. The Peugeot/Citroen warranty fix (when done properly) is not just a replacement turbo, but a revised turbo lubrication system with larger feed and return pipes and a higher capacity oil pump. The common out-of-warranty repair is just a new turbo and feed pipe (of original design) because this is about half the cost of the proper fix. The 'cheap' fix will work, but only with regular oil changes and always letting the turbo cool by idling to ensure a flow of fresh oil through the bearing before switching off.

2-10-2019: Report of engine faults with 35k mile 2016 Citroen Berlingo 1.6HDI EGS. Diesel emission was the first and straight after that was fixed the AdBlue injector is now indicating a problem. Local dealer seems to be struggling to get to the root of the problem. Last time owner paid £300 for a replacement pressure sensor and related pipe plus an extra hour's work to update the EMS software to the latest version. A fill with 15 litres of AdBlue solved the problem.

16-10-2019: Report of timing belt of 2017 Citroen Berlingo 1.2 Puretech partially disintegrating at 47,000 miles and debris from it blocking oiways leading to a loss of oil pressure and the oil warning light illuminating. Dealer assured owner that it can be repaired with no lasting damage to the bearings etc.

What does a Citroen Berlingo Multispace (2008 – 2018) cost?

List Price from £18,280 +VAT
Buy new from £11,479 +VAT
Contract hire from £148.00 +VAT pm
Lease from £155.00 +VAT pm