RE: Shed of the Week: Citroen C2 VTS

RE: Shed of the Week: Citroen C2 VTS

Friday 22nd December 2017

Shed of the Week: Citroen C2 VTS

The C2 VTS arrived at peak Max Power. It's now landed squarely in Shed country...



Back in the early 1990s, Max Power magazine exploded onto the motoring scene with lots of blinding (often quite literally) ways for Young Motorists to jazz up their motors.

This was a timely development. Up to that point the big British car manufacturers had been quite happy to serve up bleakly-specced and overpriced mainstream porridge to a captive market. Their turgid tat was begging for en-jazzing. A magazine pointing the way to a vibrant aftermarket that aimed to provide such enjazzment was okey-dokey as far as the industry was concerned. After all, it wasn't costing them anything, and some of the machines the kids were creating made small-engined Astras and Fiestas and the like look almost exciting.


Things changed somewhat once the manufacturers realised that making cars look appealing on the production line was a potential revenue booster. The launch of the Citroen C2 in 2003 was quite significant in this regard as it was the French company's first attempt to beat nasty customisers at their own game.

The plan was simple. If the C2 was cool enough to start with, customers wouldn't be inclined to waste their money messing about with it, and Citroen could charge extra for that 'works' custom look.

One theory goes that the C2's designer, the brilliantly-named Donato Coco (D Coco, for those who remember the days before self-cleaning engines) took a look at the cars that were coming out of Audi - specifically, the TT and the A2 - and aped their prominent-wheelarch look, drawing a bonnet that followed the arch line to create a 'strong' look, and bunging in non-flowing rear side windows to add extra bonkers value for the youth.

Unfortunately the C2 didn't sell well, not just because creative young motorists didn't like being told what to buy by The Man, but also because the car was lumbered with rubbishy interior materials, hopelessly 'advanced' (ie unreliable) electronics, even worse SensoDrive automatic transmissions, and handling that made you wonder where the chassis engineers responsible for the AX GT had disappeared to.


At least Citroen had a go at producing a VTS performance version like the one you see here, but even with this there seemed to be a disappointing disconnect between the expectation of 125bhp and what you actually got on the road. The insurance was hot hatch-high, but the thrill level wasn't. Enthusiasts hoping for a modern AX GT or 106 GTI ended up drifting away from PSA and into Renault showrooms for sporting Clios that really delivered.

Citroen gave up on the C2 in 2010, which coincidentally (or not) was just one year after Max Power folded. The industry had worked out how to kill the profit-stealing styling aftermarket by making cars that were hard to modify (or even service). There was no place for cars that looked quick but weren't really.

All of which could be said to give this C2 some interesting curio value. The MOT is long and the history is fairly scare-free, although the phrase 'coolant leak' appears as an advisory. That could be something as simple as a punctured hose. Looking at it more charitably, surely we're all allowed a bit of coolant leak at this time of year?

Here's the ad.

CITROEN C2 16V VTS in silver, well kept body work in good condition. I added the side stickers to give the car a more sporty look. Lots of work done to it in the last 2 months no more money will need to be spent on any repairs as its had done:

New clutch
Cambelt changed
Serviced at 93k
New Battery 
3 New tyres 
New exhaust bracket

Car has Auto Lights, Auto Wipers, Climate control, A/C, Steering wheel radio controls, Deadlock, Front fog lights, Remote locking, Traction control, 6 speakers.

Any more questions or for more information please contact me 

 

 

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givablondabone

Original Poster:

2,498 posts

86 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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Not for me, sorry

Cambs_Stuart

261 posts

15 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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So (according to the article) it's slow, doesn't handle, is expensive to insure and has a rubbish interior.
I'd prefer last week's toyota.

ElectricPics

353 posts

12 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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Nasty when brand new, nastier still now...

meehaja

482 posts

39 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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having lusted after a 106 rallye, I was really excited by the C2 GT... it was exactly what i was looking for and would be a perfect replacement for my 1994 fiesta 1.6zetecS. ordered a brochure, booked an appointment at the dealers and came away so under whelmed. I tried the VTS as well, but it was just so meh that i bought a mk4 golf instead!

FN2TypeR

5,364 posts

24 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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article said:
3 New tyres
Rejoice hehe
Advertisement

Nanook

31,644 posts

118 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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Cambs_Stuart said:
So (according to the article) it's slow, doesn't handle, is expensive to insure and has a rubbish interior.
I'd prefer last week's toyota.
Yeah, they're not exactly selling it to me.

TBF though, I already knew they were slow and a bit crap.

TameRacingDriver

11,863 posts

203 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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meehaja said:
having lusted after a 106 rallye, I was really excited by the C2 GT... it was exactly what i was looking for and would be a perfect replacement for my 1994 fiesta 1.6zetecS. ordered a brochure, booked an appointment at the dealers and came away so under whelmed. I tried the VTS as well, but it was just so meh that i bought a mk4 golf instead!
eek christ it must have been bad for you to do that hehe

T1berious

1,089 posts

86 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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This has left me scratching my head,

Car completely outclassed by competitors at launch (never a good start) think I'd rather go Clio.

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

Confused

AlrightYouns

2,363 posts

23 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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FN2TypeR said:
article said:
3 New tyres
Rejoice hehe
Suggests it's been run on a budget.....

DrSteveBrule

1,577 posts

62 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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Unless this was a hasty last minute decision to sell there's no excuse for not running over the thing with a sponge and a vacuum.

Is this the first shed consisting of a long list of negatives?

Edited by DrSteveBrule on Friday 22 December 10:10

alorotom

4,564 posts

118 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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I had a brand new one as a courtesy car when my SportKa was destroyed by vandals after having to be abandoned at the side of the A19 one winter - I was shocked at how bad it was on fuel - the sportka wasn’t good but this was just horrendous!

All the electrics seemed a little flaky as well, electric windows sometimes didnt work until the 3rd click, the radio didn’t really function if it wasn’t damp, lights flickered under acceleration ... for a new car at the time it was woeful

Howard-

3,825 posts

133 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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Junk.

MJ85

1,388 posts

105 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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TameRacingDriver said:
meehaja said:
having lusted after a 106 rallye, I was really excited by the C2 GT... it was exactly what i was looking for and would be a perfect replacement for my 1994 fiesta 1.6zetecS. ordered a brochure, booked an appointment at the dealers and came away so under whelmed. I tried the VTS as well, but it was just so meh that i bought a mk4 golf instead!
eek christ it must have been bad for you to do that hehe
'94 Zetec S? Si, shirley?

sgtBerbatov

693 posts

12 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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Guy I used to work with bought a Citroen C2 Sebastien Loeb edition. Limited to 1500 cars I think, his was in the 400's. Cheap interior yes, but the dashboard did look cool as the rev counter and speedo looked like something from a rally car. And it did go like stink really.

But it wasn't enough to convince me to get one. They look podgy and Peugeots & Citroen's of that vintage will suffer reliability problems if you just sneeze in it's direction.

Poor shed. No where near worth the same as the Toyota shown last week.

mnx42

196 posts

94 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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Had one of these as my last car! It cost me so much money as it was always going wrong that eventually I chopped it in and got a SSS instead.
Mine was black and thought it looked OK but the thing didn't really accelerate very quickly, MPG wasnt very good and as I said reliability was horrendous.

Kringle

44 posts

23 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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st of the week, shurly

AndySheff

5,722 posts

138 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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Poor show this week.

The Crack Fox

12,981 posts

123 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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Lol at the 'decoke gag'. Good stuff smile

Designer Donato Coco later went to work for Lotus under Dany Bahar, and his missus managed their tat shop merchandise.

The C2 should be mega fun, but French from that era? Non!

Edited by The Crack Fox on Friday 22 December 10:38

Six Fiend

6,067 posts

146 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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Had a 1.6, 108bhp, diesel VTR as a courtesy car for a week when my Nemo van broke under warranty. Just shy of 2000 miles added by me.
Went well.
Carried loads for such a small car.
Sipped diesel.
Huge giggle doing overnight blood runs in it.
Great in the city.

One of those cars where you need a manual box and the right engine for it to come alive.

Lack of air-con went against it but I’ve considered them as Sheds a fair bit.

Range Rover tailgate oozed class wink (Was actually useful for just grabbing packets out of)

Edited by Six Fiend on Friday 22 December 11:22

StoatInACoat

1,109 posts

116 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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Drove a VTR version of this with a DSG type gearbox a few years ago. It was the most hilarious gearbox I've ever used. I'm not sure if this one was broken but there was a gap of 2-3 seconds between flicking the paddle and the car actually changing gear.