Good friend has one... he manages to get a fantastic miles per gallon rate out of his and thinks it's great plus he can get anything in it + his family. His is a 53 plate and never had a problem with it.
They've sold plenty of them so they must be OK. IIRC they were the best selling compact MPV at some point or another. My Dad had one and he loved it until some muppet wrote it off for him!
As with any French car just check everything works as it should, including the a/c if fitted, and make sure all the dash functions are working as the dash is a complex piece of kit, (all digital electrickery). Also make sure both remote keys are present and working and if it has alloys check the locking wheel nut tool is present too. None of this should stop you buying one, but a new key will cost you around £170, and if the locking wheel nut tool is missing you can't get a replacement as the code you need is stamped in the key tool itself. This means having the old security bolts forced off and new ones fitted. Barter accordingly if this is the case. On the upside not many Picasso's did have alloys so you should be OK.
If it's a diesel check if it has a DPF, (diesel particulate filter). The 110bhp diesel usually has one and later 1.6 136 bhp diesels too. If it has ask if the DPF fluid has been filled recently and ask for receipts if they say yes. The fluid is around £45 a litre, and it holds 5 litres from empty, it has to go on ramp to fill it, (ideally), and it also needs diagnostic equipment to tell the car's brain when it has been filled. If it's a petrol ignore all that bit but listen for any misfire type noises and rough running. The coil packs are known to fail sometimes. It's an easy fix but again another bartering tool perhaps.
Also check all the interior trim, it can prove a little fragile if little hands and feet have been battering it regularly.
Other than that check the service history, check it starts, goes and stops as it should and doesn't make any strange noises and you should be OK
Thanks everyone, especially Smokeysmoo-that is really really helpful. Im a typical woman when it comes to cars im afraid
Im not actually sure which one, but am looking for a 2006-/7 ish year, diesel. Im not rushing tho, but at least it sounds like it could be a good car if I choose wisely
Sounds like the original then. Versatile cars. Smokeymoo gave good advice. Had mine for about five years, loads of room in them, good mpg, bit sluggish depending on which engine you get but great value for money.
I had one for 5 years which we used as a company van, 140,000 miles without a problem. I have spent my life in the motor trade and have heard most scare stories there are about Citroens mostl totally unfounded and without proof. Citroens are no more prone to problems than a Ford or Vauxhall in fact I would say from experience the latter two are far worse. Servicing costs and spares are very cheap for Citroens, that Picasso would not have made top seller had it not been good.
The diesel I owned never gave less than 50 mpg, and I loved the fact that with the middle rear seat out you could roll a bike in upright without taking any wheels out etc.
I now own a VW Passat B6 estate and miss the Citreon a lot.
C4 Pic 5 door VTR+ (08 plate) owner. Lovely motor, drives well, handles fine for an MPV, loads of space and decent fuel usage. Services always been decent price (even from the main dealer), MOTs ok, tyre wear standard.
One item of note, pretty hard to get a bike rack for the back of the versions than have a spoiler...
Also owned 3 other Citties without issues, so the stories and urban tales of them being terrible are to be taken with a pinch of "Halfrauds" type salt.