Citroen C3 OK for Corsica?

Apr 4th, 2013, 06:10 AM
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Citroen C3 OK for Corsica?

Trying to use miles on Capitol One card for a car rental. We only have enough to rent a Citroen C3. It's a mini compact or economy (what do I know about the differences?) It's a manual with A/C.

Wondering if anyone has an opinion on if it would be suitable for our trip. Calvi for 4 days, then to the interior/mountainous area for 2-3 days and end up around Ajaccio for 4 days.

Just two of us with two pieces of luggage.
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Apr 4th, 2013, 06:26 AM
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Yes, unless you are outside "normal" size so say over 6'2" and 16 stone I would turn it down as you are going to be uncomfortable. It also depends a bit on your normal driving style, if you like to go fast you will need to gun it a bit. The good news is you will be able to park it in just about space.

16 stone is 224 lbs
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Apr 4th, 2013, 06:41 AM
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I drive a C3. It is very suitable for Corsica. However if you have a lot of luggage, the trunk is on the small side.
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Apr 4th, 2013, 12:39 PM
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bilbo - If I ever get to be 224 pounds I had better go check my hormones. Additionally, my husband weighs about 60 lbs less than that. What is that in stones? Anyway, sounds like it will do for us.

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Apr 4th, 2013, 01:01 PM
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As someone said you wil be ale to park everywhere, and parking can be right in some places.....
Did you settle on your itinerary yet? Looks like we may be going back to Corsica later in the year. Can't wait!
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Apr 4th, 2013, 01:02 PM
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Omg this apple key board is a nightmare.. That should say you wil be ABLE to park everywhere ( in your citeron) as parking can be TIGHT.
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Apr 4th, 2013, 04:04 PM
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Smeagol - I like your words in their original forms!

Yes, we have our itinerary. Not day to day, but areas. We land in Nice from NY. Spend 3 days there (never been). Then fly to Calvi possibly via Air Corsica (haven't booked it yet) and spend 4 days there. The into Corte for 2 nights, then to Ajaccio area for 4 days.

I hope the Citroen is OK in the mountains. No one has talked about that part and I just thought about it!

When will you be going?
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Apr 4th, 2013, 04:25 PM
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I am 6'3 and 205 pounds and I fit in a C3 without any problem at all. Typically I get a C3 Diesel with a manual shift via Europe by Car. They are a car broker located in NYC, as am I. A Citroen C3 Diesel with manual shift and a/c and unlimited mileage costs about $250. This must be prepaid before departing for France. They are located on William Street in NYC. Their website is www.EBCTravel.com.
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Apr 4th, 2013, 09:10 PM
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Yes, the Citroen is OK on the mountains. I live in the Pyrenees and drive there all the time. You won't be able drive fast on Corsican roads.
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Apr 4th, 2013, 10:09 PM
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Kenav, we will possibly go early September if our friends house is not being used. Can't wait have missed it, it's been a couple of years!
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Apr 5th, 2013, 09:45 AM
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The 1.6 Liter 75 HP HDI Diesel engine is imo one of the best cheaper ones that exist. Really nice, better than the 110 HP petrol version. Unfortuatly there's always the odd american tourist in front of you who's going dead slow. You end up going uphill in 2nd..... GRRRR
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Apr 5th, 2013, 09:54 AM
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The smallest C3 Diesel is the 1.4 Liters, don't know about ist Performance...
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Apr 5th, 2013, 11:44 AM
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logos - We're sometimes thought of as odd Americans. Don't know if that extends to my husband's driving skills though.
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Apr 5th, 2013, 11:52 AM
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One thing about the C3 with AC. Given t will be a low powered version you may need to turn the AC off when climbing hills. It may turn itself off, but just be aware that there may be occasions when you can be cool, or you can move forward.
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Apr 5th, 2013, 05:39 PM
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The C3 is not at all a mini compact by French standards. Compare to the C1 and you will see the difference!
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Apr 5th, 2013, 06:24 PM
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Thanks hetis and kerouac. Will tell my husband about the "turn off the AC" part when we're in the mountains (or on steep streets in the cities/towns?).
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Apr 6th, 2013, 03:56 AM
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"Will tell my husband about the "turn off the AC" part when we're in the mountains (or on steep streets in the cities/towns?)".

I have never turned of the AC anywhere, whether in the mountains or on "steep streets in the cities" and I drive a lot in the Pyrenees!
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Apr 6th, 2013, 03:25 PM
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Good to know!
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