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Citroen C3: Automatic gearbox - Citroen C3 Owners Manual

Citroen C3: Automatic gearbox

Citroen C3 Owners Manual

Citroen C3 / Citroen C3 Owners Manual / Automatic gearbox

Four-speed automatic gearbox which offers a choice between the comfort of fully automatic operation, enhanced by sport and snow programmes, or manual gear changing.

Therefore, four driving modes are offered:

- automatic operation for electronic management of the gears by the gearbox,
- sport programme for a more dynamic style of driving,
- snow programme to improve driving when traction is poor,
- manual operation for sequential changing of the gears by the driver.

Gear selection gate

1. Gear lever.

2. Button "S" (sport) .

3. Button " " (snow).

Gear lever

P. Park.

- Immobilisation of the vehicle, parking brake on or off.

- Starting the engine.

R. Reverse.

- Reversing manoeuvres, vehicle stationary, engine at idle.

N. Neutral.

- Immobilisation of the vehicle, parking brake on.

- Starting the engine.

D. Automatic operation.

M. +/- Manual operation with sequential changing of the four gears.

Push forwards to change up through the gears.

Pull backwards to change down through the gears.

Displays on the instrument panel

When you move the lever in the gate to select a position, the corresponding indicator is displayed on the instrument panel.

P. Park
R. Reverse
N. Neutral
D. Drive (Automatic driving) S. Sport programme
. Snow programme
1, 2, 3, 4 . Gear engaged during manual operation
-. Invalid value during manual operation.

Foot on brake

Press the brake pedal when this indicator lamp is displayed on the instrument panel (e.g.: starting the engine).

Moving off

  • Apply the parking brake.
  • Select position P or N .
  • Start the engine.

If this procedure is not followed, an audible signal is heard, accompanied by a message on the multifunction screen.

  • With the engine running, press the brake pedal.
  • Release the parking brake.
  • Select position R , D or M .
  • Gradually release the brake pedal.

The vehicle moves off immediately.

If position N is engaged inadvertently while driving, allow the engine to return to idle then engage position D to accelerate.

When the engine is running at idle, with the brakes released, if position R , D or M is selected, the vehicle moves even without the accelerator being pressed. When the engine is running, never leave children in the vehicle without supervision.

When carrying out maintenance with the engine running, apply the parking brake and select position P .

Automatic operation

Select position D for automatic changing of the four gears.

The gearbox then operates in autoadaptive mode, without any intervention on the part of the driver. It continuously selects the most suitable gear according to the style of driving, the profi le of the road and the load in the vehicle.

For maximum acceleration without touching the lever, press the accelerator pedal down fully (kick down). The gearbox changes down automatically or maintains the gear selected until the maximum engine speed is reached.

On braking, the gearbox changes down automatically to provide effi cient engine braking.

If you release the accelerator sharply, the gearbox will not change to a higher gear for safety reasons.

Never select position N while the vehicle is moving.

Never select positions P or R unless the vehicle is completely stationary.

Sport and snow programmes

These two special programmes supplement the automatic operation in very specifi c conditions of use.

Sport programme "S"

Press button "S" , after starting the engine.

The gearbox automatically favours a dynamic style of driving.

S appears on the instrument panel.

Snow programme

Press button " ", after
starting the engine.

The gearbox adapts to driving on slippery roads.

This programme improves starting and drive when traction is poor.

appears on the instrument

Return to automatic operation

At any time, press the button selected again to quit the programme engaged and return to auto-adaptive mode.

Manual operation

  • Select position M for sequential changing of the four gears.
  • Push the lever towards the + sign to change up a gear.
  • Pull the lever towards the - sign to change down a gear.

It is only possible to change from one gear to another if the vehicle speed and engine speed permit; otherwise, the gearbox will operate temporarily in automatic mode.

D disappears and the gears engaged appear in succession on the instrument panel.

In the event of the engine labouring or over-revving, the gear selected fl ashes for a few seconds, then the actual gear engaged is displayed.

It is possible to change from position D (automatic) to position M (manual) at any time.

When the vehicle is stationary or moving very slowly, the gearbox selects gear M1 automatically.

The sport and snow programmes do not operate in manual mode.

Invalid value during manual operation

This symbol is displayed if a gear is not engaged correctly (selector between two positions).

Stopping the vehicle

Before switching off the engine, you can engage position P or N to place the gearbox in neutral.

In both cases, apply the parking brake to immobilise the vehicle.

If the lever is not in position P , when the driver's door is opened or approximately 45 seconds after the ignition is switched off, a message appears in the multifunction screen.

Return the lever to position P ; the message disappears.

Operating fault

When the ignition is on, the lighting of this warning lamp, accompanied by an audible signal and a message on the multifunction screen, indicates a gearbox malfunction.

In this case, the gearbox switches to emergency mode and is locked in 3rd gear. You may feel a substantial knock when changing from P to R and from N to R . This will not cause any damage to the gearbox.

Do not exceed 60 mph (100 km/h), local speed restrictions permitting.

Contact a CITROËN dealer as soon as possible.

There is a risk of damage to the gearbox:

- if you press the accelerator and brake pedals at the same time,
- if you force the movement of the gear lever from the P position to another position when the battery is fl at.

Gear change indicator

Speed limiter

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