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Grumpy GrandPa   
Sat Nov 14 2015, 11:31am
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Joined: Aug 28 2009
Location: Hull: UK City of Culture 2017
YES. I would get it serviced and a winter check done.
Unless you are a mechanic get someone to do it for you be it Citroen or a local independent garage.
Cars cost money to maintain.
Breakdowns caused by non-maintenance are a pain in the ...
Accidents caused by lack of brakes etc are very rare BUT even more of a pain ...
How much do you value your safety?
How much is the cost of a service compared to a tankful of fuel????
wozza   
Sat Nov 14 2015, 04:33pm

Member No: #2
Joined: Aug 12 2006
Location: Manchester
Think of it this way. A service is £115 at Citroen.

A new turbo is £1000+ an not servicing regularly will result in the turbo going bang. Which in turn can lead to more damage on top.

Simply put. Every 12 months or 10,000 miles as a minimum. If you can do an oil and filter change yourself every 6 months or 5,000 miles do it.

It's a case of oil is cheap, engines are expensive.

Any other engine I'd say you would be fine to do the longer service schedule. The 1.6 HDI is prone to turbo issues from lengthy servicing though, so better to be cautious and do it earlier and more often.
riven1962   
Sat Nov 14 2015, 04:35pm
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Joined: Mar 23 2011
Location: Widnes, Cheshire
Going by the mileage you say (4500 in 12 months), with 8000 miles to go before a service, do you really need a car. Doing 4500 miles a year means it will be the best part of 3 years before each service, that is far to long for oil to be in a car before its changed.
FrankBullitt   
Sun Nov 15 2015, 01:46am

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Joined: Apr 12 2011
Location: Cambridgeshire
love2drive wrote ...

No one yet answered whether I should go for servicing or not. last full servicing was done November 2014 and since than it has just run 4500 miles only and still showing 8000 miles to go for next scheduled servicing.

I did - your low mileage is immaterial, it's been 12 months since it was last serviced which as per my first post, means it should be done.

As you are not sure if it's really needed in your own mind, just get the minor service done at Citroen and then alternate major/ minor every 12 months.
Dave_Retired.   
Sun Nov 15 2015, 02:23am

Member No: #1
Joined: Aug 07 2006
Location: Northumberland
The service intervals in your car's service book are outdated. Citroen changed them to 12 months, not 2 years.

However that is immaterial when buying a used car as you have no idea what oil etc. has been used.

As a minimum you should have an engine oil and filter change using the correct Low Saps oil and an OEM filter, plus a fuel filter change to protect the engine.

As wozza said though, a 'value service' from a Citroen Dealer would mean the car gets a proper checkup.
routemaster1   
Sun Nov 15 2015, 02:48am
Member No: #574
Joined: Jul 08 2007
Location: Dorset
I don't know if other dealers do it, but my local Citroen agent does a service pack, which is 3 services and at least one MOT for £300. I have taken this out for our C3, and seems to be good value.
love2drive   
Sun Nov 15 2015, 03:50am
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Joined: Oct 09 2015
Location: London
riven1962 wrote ...

Going by the mileage you say (4500 in 12 months), with 8000 miles to go before a service, do you really need a car. Doing 4500 miles a year means it will be the best part of 3 years before each service, that is far to long for oil to be in a car before its changed.

I bought this car 1.5 months ago. Since I bought I drove it almost 1.5k. I live in London and do job locally. The car is just to take my family for day out trip, holiday or house shopping.
DeuxChevaux   
Mon Nov 16 2015, 10:25am
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Joined: Nov 21 2010
Location: North Norfolk UK
love2drive wrote ...

riven1962 wrote ...

Going by the mileage you say (4500 in 12 months), with 8000 miles to go before a service, do you really need a car. Doing 4500 miles a year means it will be the best part of 3 years before each service, that is far to long for oil to be in a car before its changed.

I bought this car 1.5 months ago. Since I bought I drove it almost 1.5k. I live in London and do job locally. The car is just to take my family for day out trip, holiday or house shopping.

Stop wittering and get it serviced!
And - do it again next year!
Does that make it clear enough for you?
BigJohnD   
Mon Nov 16 2015, 11:12am

Member No: #82
Joined: Jan 22 2007
Location: Hoylake


I see you have a diesel which you hardly use. Yes, get it serviced.

And consider changing to a petrol engined car as low mileage and short journeys on cars with DPFs is asking for trouble. The exhaust system will never get hot enough to burn off the deposits properly the car becomes plagued with error message about the emissions.
Dave_Retired.   
Mon Nov 16 2015, 12:58pm

Member No: #1
Joined: Aug 07 2006
Location: Northumberland
To put servicing a car into context.

I used to work on £3,000,000+ coal face installations and we checked and topped up fluid levels when the shearer had gone from one end of the coal face to the other, so every 300 metres and which could be as many as 5 times per shift.

The consequences of not doing it could be a breakdown, that stopped production for several days, costing thousands of pounds in lost revenue.

Not servicing a turbo diesel car regularly could result in a blown engine costing more to repair than the cars market value.

You have no idea of a used cars real previous treatment so get it serviced.
riven1962   
Mon Nov 16 2015, 01:15pm
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Joined: Mar 23 2011
Location: Widnes, Cheshire
I hope he gets the message now.
YOG   
Mon Nov 16 2015, 02:49pm
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Joined: Feb 08 2011
Location: West Sussex
love2drive wrote ...

riven1962 wrote ...

Going by the mileage you say (4500 in 12 months), with 8000 miles to go before a service, do you really need a car. Doing 4500 miles a year means it will be the best part of 3 years before each service, that is far to long for oil to be in a car before its changed.

I bought this car 1.5 months ago. Since I bought I drove it almost 1.5k. I live in London and do job locally. The car is just to take my family for day out trip, holiday or house shopping.

If you're done nearly 1,500 miles in 1.5 months, I make that a yearly average of nearly 12,000 mpa, hardly a low mileage! You will need a yearly service, in that case.
love2drive   
Tue Nov 17 2015, 04:49pm
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Joined: Oct 09 2015
Location: London
Guys, I got my answer. to many man to many mind. anyway, I'll do servicing right before the MOT which is due on January 2016 and after that every year. thanks to everybody for the suggestions.
maniacs_id_vaunted   
Tue Nov 17 2015, 05:35pm
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Joined: Apr 15 2015
Location: hampshire
Hello my 2 cents worth. Have your car serviced now. Then every 6000 miles do the oil and filter, then the normal service every 12500. When doing your oil change add a engine flush additive to the old oil before draining. One thing that no one has informed you off, the main reason the turbo fails! the oil feed pipe bottom banjo bolt has a filter that should be removed.
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love2drive   
Thu Nov 19 2015, 07:10am
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Joined: Oct 09 2015
Location: London
maniacs_id_vaunted wrote ...

Hello my 2 cents worth. Have your car serviced now. Then every 6000 miles do the oil and filter, then the normal service every 12500. When doing your oil change add a engine flush additive to the old oil before draining. One thing that no one has informed you off, the main reason the turbo fails! the oil feed pipe bottom banjo bolt has a filter that should be removed.

Thank you so very much. I still didnt do it, just searching around for the best oil for my car C4 1.6HDi 2006. So I should just add flush additive in the oil tank before draining it, don't I? What is name of that filter and where shall I get it? Thanks once again for pointing me out these.
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