Champ Van with 1769 cc Diesel Engine
C15 Van covered by this Manual was introduced to the UK market in 1989,
except for the 954 cc carburettor petrol version which was only
available in France. The front of the vehicle is based on the Visa GTi,
and the rear can be either a standard load compartment van, a combined
passenger/load compartment with rear seats known as the Familiale, or
else a platform cab which can be fitted with specialised units such as
campers. This Manual covers only the standard load compartment van, but
is applicable to the other vehicles since they all have the same basic
design except for variations in the load compartment.
The standard van is available with payload capacities of 475 kg, 600 kg and 765 kg. The 475 kg version is available in petrol models only. All the vans have the same bodywork dimensions, and the variation in payload capacity is achieved by the suspension components, so that the heavier payload vans are higher off the ground. There were minor bodywork variations in 1992, including side-rubbing strips, and the vehicle was designated the "Champ" van.
|Service and Repair Manual
written by Mike Gascoigne
and published by Haynes
ISBN 1 85960 509 5
Both petrol and diesel versions of the C15 van have been available in Europe since 1985. There was a major re-launch in July 1988 when new 954 cc and 1124 cc carburettor petrol engines were introduced, replacing previous versions.
In 1990, the Bosch Monopoint A2.2 petrol injection system was introduced on the 1124 cc engine, to meet the emission requirements of some European countries. This became available in the UK from June 1994 until January 1996, and replaced the 1124 cc carburettor model which was discontinued in November 1994.
The highly popular 1769 cc diesel models were introduced to the UK in 1989, alongside the petrol models, eventually to replace them and become the only models available.
All models have front-wheel drive and fully-independent front and rear suspension. Power-assisted steering was available on diesel models from December 1993 onwards and in the UK it was fitted as standard to the 765 kg payload Champ vans.
All engines are derived from well-proven designs which have appeared in many Citroën and Peugeot vehicles. Both the petrol and diesel engines are the four-cylinder overhead camshaft design, mounted transversely, with manual transmission on the left-hand side. There are no automatic transmissions. Petrol models and early diesel models were fitted with either four or five-speed transmissions, depending on the engine size and vehicle payload capacity. During 1990, four-speed transmissions were phased out from the diesel models, so that they were all fitted with five gears.
Provided that regular servicing is carried out in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations, the Citroën C15 Van should prove a reliable and economical small utility vehicle. The engine compartment is well-designed, and most of the items needing frequent attention are easily accessible.
Mike Gascoigne, Write_on
Photo courtesy of Citroën UK