In my experience C3
build quality is, by and large, fine. My mother has driven one since new two years ago, and hasn't had any problems with the build. It has suffered a couple of mechanical problems, which I reckon were probably unrepresentative of current Citroën mechanicals, too.
Early press reports of C3
quality were majorly overstated, and based on pre-production and very early-build cars. As one Autocar
tester said (I forget who, and when exactly), if you pull a piece of trim hard enough in any
car it's bound to come off.
Granted, Citroën doesn't use the best materials in the C2
/C3/Pluriel, but then it does cost far less than cars like the SEAT Ibiza and Škoda Fabia. (Note that I'm not including the latest generation of VW
Polo in "cars that feel upmarket inside", because it doesn't - it feels cheap and dour. Unlike the previous (facelifted) version (which, incidentally, was my mother's C3
's predecessor), which felt far
more expensive inside than it had any right to.)
Bottom line is, as far as I've seen, the C3
is screwed together perfectly well, being in a (thankfully) different league to the Saxo. Unfortunately the same can't be said of the C3
Pluriel, with reports last week that 500 of the 5000 sold so far in the UK have leaky roofs...