Citroen DS3 Common Problems and Solutions

Reading these common Citroen DS3 problems should help you find out what is wrong with your Citroen DS3 – or just what to look out for in the future. We’ll also give suggestions on what to do if your Citroen DS3 does have one of these issues.

Glovebox rattle

Problem:

If you are hearing the glovebox rattle when driving you have a problem with the rubber dampers around the glovebox. This is common on these cars.

Solution:

Fitting replacement rubber dampers will resolve the issue.

Difficulty level

2

Part you need

Glove Box

Timing chain problems

Problem:

The engine on the DS3 has known timing chain issues. If you can hear a loud rattling noise from the engine when it is running and when it is in a stationery position. This is usually an indication of a timing chain problem. You may also notice a loss of revs at high speeds or engine hesitancy when taking off. Does the video below sound anything like your probelm?

Solution:

You will need to fit a replacement timing chain and tensioners to sort the problem.

Difficulty level

4

Part you need

Timing Chain

Seatbelt problems

Problem:

The DS3 has a known issue with the seat belts not going back up into the mechanism, leaving them loose on the seats. This issue is caused by the mechanism degrading over time, losing its power.

Solution:

A replacement seat belt mechanism is what is required to fix this problem.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Seatbelt

Rear wheel arch liner problem

Problem:

The DS3 is prone to having problems with the rear wheel arch liners coming loose. This means that the wheel arch liners sink down towards the wheels.

Solution:

You will need to attach them securely to the wheel arch to sort this problem.

Difficulty level

2

Part you need

Wheel Arch

Electric windows problem

Problem:

It is common on the DS3 for the electric windows to fail. If you are finding that YOUR electric windows are not opening and closing very well, this is a common symptom of the electric window regulator failing. You may also hear a sort of grinding sound when this is the problem.

Solution:

You will need to fit a replacement electric window regulator to resolve the issue.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Window Electric System

Glovebox rattle

Problem:

If you are hearing the glovebox rattle when driving you have a problem with the rubber dampers around the glovebox. This is common on these cars.

Solution:

Fitting replacement rubber dampers will resolve the issue.

Difficulty level

2

Part you need

Glove Box

Timing chain problems

Problem:

The engine on the DS3 has known timing chain issues. If you can hear a loud rattling noise from the engine when it is running and when it is in a stationery position. This is usually an indication of a timing chain problem. You may also notice a loss of revs at high speeds or engine hesitancy when taking off. Does the video below sound anything like your probelm?

Solution:

You will need to fit a replacement timing chain and tensioners to sort the problem.

Difficulty level

4

Part you need

Timing Chain

Seatbelt problems

Problem:

The DS3 has a known issue with the seat belts not going back up into the mechanism, leaving them loose on the seats. This issue is caused by the mechanism degrading over time, losing its power.

Solution:

A replacement seat belt mechanism is what is required to fix this problem.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Seatbelt

Rear wheel arch liner problem

Problem:

The DS3 is prone to having problems with the rear wheel arch liners coming loose. This means that the wheel arch liners sink down towards the wheels.

Solution:

You will need to attach them securely to the wheel arch to sort this problem.

Difficulty level

2

Part you need

Wheel Arch

Electric windows problem

Problem:

It is common on the DS3 for the electric windows to fail. If you are finding that YOUR electric windows are not opening and closing very well, this is a common symptom of the electric window regulator failing. You may also hear a sort of grinding sound when this is the problem.

Solution:

You will need to fit a replacement electric window regulator to resolve the issue.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Window Electric System