Acar auction purchase has proved to be a very good buy for training company executive John Pepperell. He bought his 2001 Citroën C5 Estate Exclusive 2.2 HDi at British Car Auctions in Manchester for around £5,000 when it was three years old, with just over 60,000 miles on the clock. It started life as FN51 WBT, but John put his own personal plate on it, so it became E1 JFP.
Over his decade of ownership, the trusty C5 Estate has proved very reliable on its way to a quarter of a million miles on the clock. Not that it has had an easy, pampered life. John says: “It has been used to transport me all around the UK for work, sometimes with my caravan on the back. It has also been used to tow my Peugeot 205 rally car and grass track racing cars I’ve owned to circuits, and to tow a domestic trailer. So it has had a rather hard life. It has mainly had me driving, except after a good night out, and it has taught several of my grandchildren to drive on private roads.”
John lives in Denbighshire, North Wales, and the car has been serviced regularly by Slaters of Abergele. The only exception was when worn bushes called for a replacement rear axle, and he was advised by the dealer that it wasn’t worth doing due to the car’s high mileage. So he had a second-hand axle installed by French Cars in Shrewsbury. Otherwise, the Citroën has been very reliable, with only one breakdown.
“It has been a brilliant car,” says John. “Only once has it let me down, and that was taking my mother-in-law to Rhyl Station, some 15 miles away. It was taken to the garage by the RAC and a new injector pump was fitted. That’s apart from consumables, including brake pads, discs and tyres. I always use Dunlop racing tyres as they give good grip and they are road legal, but they don’t last long. I have averaged about £1,000 a year on keeping the car on the road, including several sets of tyres.” John reckons the C5 is near the end of its life, and has bought another C5 to replace it, but is now torn between keeping the old estate going a while longer, or perhaps using it for spares for the newer one. Either way, he’s been very happy with his auction find some ten years ago.