Citroen DS3: common problems and solutions

The Citroen DS3 is a supermini car which is produced by the French automobile manufacturing company Citroen. The DS3 replaced the C2 in 2009 and was the first of the DS range for Citroen. The DS3 was voted car of the year by Top Gear magazine in 2010! These cars have a very stylish design, are great to drive and have some extremely good engines available. Despite its qualities, there are some known common issues. We have listed some of these with the solutions and difficulty rating for how to fix these problems. You can also find a list of the most recent recalls made on the DS3.

We want to help you find any replacement parts you need to get your problem fixed, and we want to help you find them at the lowest possible prices. Whether you find your issue listed below or not does not alter the fact that we can help you find the right parts at the right prices. Give us a call on *0905 232 3000 to speak to one of our specialist advisers or enter your vehicle registration number in the part finder at the bottom of the page.

Citroen DS3 common problems and solutions

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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.


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.


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.


The part you need: Search for your Citroen DS3 replacement seat belt mechanism by clicking here

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.


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.



The Citroen DS3 has now been in production for 4 years and has had a very high number of recalls in this short time. If you want to view this full list of recalls, visit the department for transport recalls database at If you check here to ensure that you have had any recall issues fixed on your car free of charge, as it is the responsibility of Citroen to fix them due to their own manufacturing errors. Click the links below to view the full details on the latest recalls:

If you did not find the solution needed in our common problems and solution section then it does not mean its not a common issue. Our list is by no means exhaustive, but lists some of the most common issues. Have a look at our Citroen DS3 parts page or enter your vehicle details in our part finder below to begin your parts search. You can always speak to one of our friendly advisers by calling us on *0905 232 3000.