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Why reliable Citroen trucks, the Germans constantly broke down?

  • Published on May 28, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • Why reliable Citroen trucks, the Germans constantly broke down?
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  • The Ubiquitous Potato
    The Ubiquitous Potato 3 months ago +6712

    Someone needs to tell citroen the war is over man cause theyre still breaking down every ten miles.

    • Trev C
      Trev C 3 months ago +124

      Nope, that's VW.

    • The Ubiquitous Potato
      The Ubiquitous Potato 3 months ago +159

      @Trev C don't know about that trev my nk1 golf is fine, but I had a saxo when I left school and that thing was built in a wind storm by a chimp. Panel gap wider than the chunnel.

    • Epic97
      Epic97 3 months ago +81

      Ha ha I don’t think they where sabotaging these trucks they are just shit in general and so do the new Citroen models

    • cookieDad
      cookieDad 3 months ago +30

      No, that's the American junk

    • Exploring Wichita Falls with Bob and Marijane
      Exploring Wichita Falls with Bob and Marijane 3 months ago +65

      ​@cookieDad american cars are reliable as hell with proper maintenance. Its really only Japanese cars that you can drive for hundreds of thousands of miles with sketchy maintenance. Lots of chevy silverados 500,000+ miles

  • M
    M 3 months ago +3170

    Someone tell Citroen that the war is over

    • David B.
      David B. 3 months ago +55

      😂 they missed the memo 📝

    • Allexander Christian
      Allexander Christian 3 months ago +18


    • MRD
      MRD 3 months ago +6

      Clip come from Citroën???? 😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😊

    • xander ortega
      xander ortega 3 months ago +5

      French were at it again

    • Bas Heinen
      Bas Heinen 3 months ago +3


  • Gabriel Nascimento
    Gabriel Nascimento 3 months ago +3064

    They liked it so much that they are still producing unreliable vehicles

    • Firefighter GTX
      Firefighter GTX 3 months ago +15

      Hahahahahahahahaaa 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    • Gabriel Mairchi
      Gabriel Mairchi 3 months ago +13

      Ahahaha so untrue

    • AbdulAziz4CaNaDa
      AbdulAziz4CaNaDa 3 months ago +10


    • Green Goat
      Green Goat 3 months ago +2

      ​HVAC Quality Assurance they probably still have an agreement with the Germans to sell VWs

  • Life Of Vadim
    Life Of Vadim 3 months ago +1133

    1939 was the last time somebody used the words "Citroen" and "reliable" in the same sentence

    • chamonix
      chamonix 3 months ago +23

      2cv is bomb proof

    • Wilhuff Tarkin
      Wilhuff Tarkin 3 months ago +24

      Never driven a 80s and 90s citroën have ya? These are some of the most reliable vehicles you can ever get.
      Colleague of mine bought a BX in 1987 brand new. He had it for a long time, and had 450.000 on the clock, only ever had to replace and alternator. Before he sold it he did a full revision of the block and it was good to go for another 450.000. These engines can get up to a million of you want.
      He bought a C5 after that car. But he still regrets getting rid of it.
      I have a Xantia myself. Best car i have ever had

    • ojars zvaigzne
      ojars zvaigzne 3 months ago +1

      Today "Stellantis" is the new Citroen!

    • chamonix
      chamonix 3 months ago

      @Wilhuff Tarkin yeah the 80s 90s diesel citroens are also bombproof, just rust issues really but thats most 90s cars

    • Samuel Mellars
      Samuel Mellars 3 months ago +2

      ​@chamonix I've got a 1988 2CV! Had to replace the cylinders a while back because it had seized. Less than 500€. Needed a new clutch soon after. 300€, installed.
      I'm not sure how many hundreds of thousands of km are on it, the dial has rolled over at least once!

  • David Flowers
    David Flowers 3 months ago +436

    Germans used horses more than people realize.

    • Lord Eden
      Lord Eden 3 months ago +18

      Now tell us some thing we don't know!

    • Jakub Rzepkowski
      Jakub Rzepkowski 3 months ago +52

      ​@Lord Eden before start of the war germany was least motorized country in europe so they used horses but nobody renembers that because people were forbiden to take photos of them but even during the war as germany captured lots of vechicles the horses were still used

    • Z38
      Z38 3 months ago +7

      @Jakub Rzepkowski He asked for something we don't know not to explain the point we already know

    • Ro Lux
      Ro Lux 3 months ago +24

      @Jakub Rzepkowski where did you get this information from?
      „Least motorized country“?
      Germany was far ahead countries like Poland, Holland, Belgium etc when it came to mobilization.
      Especially Poland was/is far behind in everything that has to do with technology.
      Yes the Germans used a heck lot of horses that’s right, but „least motorized country in Europe“ is a completely false statement..

    • Go4Pro
      Go4Pro 3 months ago

      also bicycles.

  • L'Homme Net
    L'Homme Net 3 months ago +1122

    same with Peugeot, which was commissioned to manufacture the V1 missiles, but had so many "problems" that deadlines were never met.

    • Sergio m
      Sergio m 3 months ago +44

      Thats something that happens with nearly any government contracted European private firm in regards to schedules and price limits… hahaha

    • Eduardo Albornoz
      Eduardo Albornoz 3 months ago +48

      ​@Sergio m no, it was intentional, the citroen owner also fled to united states before the germans realized it was a known problem

    • chibani
      chibani 3 months ago +47

      ​@Sergio m Peugeot directors even ask the allies to send bombers to destroy their steel foundry and factory.

    • Maxime B
      Maxime B 3 months ago +19

      and for that some of the Peugeot family was deported and the person who was in charge of the Peugeot foundry was Ferdinand Porsche

  • Keso_de_bola917
    Keso_de_bola917 3 months ago +457

    The word "Citroen" and "Reliable" are two words I never thought I'd hear in the same sentence without a "not" in the middle.

    • Puebes Puebes
      Puebes Puebes 3 months ago +11

      Pre world war 2 french industry was a powerhouse, now we are a service industry !
      We could still build 2cv and traction avant but those car only sell once.

    • Mungo
      Mungo 3 months ago +6

      Except French in those years were one of the best car builders and designers.

    • Discofelsi
      Discofelsi 3 months ago +6

      Yeah in those days. Now they build self destructing engines where the timing belt is running inside the engine and kt dissolves in oil in like 40k km. Or diesel cars where the intercooler freezes shut in winter. Or spark plugs that melt and fall into the cylinders yeah great cars! French cars the last 10 years onwards are the biggest cheapest pile of trash I have ever worked on. Yeah I’m a former Opel and now sadly PSA mechanic.

    • chris davidson
      chris davidson 3 months ago

      @Discofelsi would that be the engine with timing gear designed by BMW?

  • LateNightCable
    LateNightCable 3 months ago +54

    Any German mechanic could tell that the vehicle is low on oil, as if reading the dipstick was their only option.

    • Haru Yanto
      Haru Yanto 3 months ago +8

      They act as if the Germans didn't have world class engineers and mechanics better than the french.

    • Olmost Gudinaf
      Olmost Gudinaf 3 months ago +1

      But would they know WHY it was low on oil?

    • BL DontMatter
      BL DontMatter 3 months ago +2

      ​@Olmost Gudinaf oil starvation is a common problem on vehicles of the time and it's due to low oil or weak pumps, bad dipsticks. The Germans would know

    • Ker Dart
      Ker Dart 3 months ago

      ​@Haru Yantoactually, no.

    • clothbooster
      clothbooster 3 months ago

      ​@Olmost Gudinaf because it's the first thing you check

  • brucewilson77
    brucewilson77 3 months ago +710

    Any mechanic would know that engines were failing because of lack of oil. This sabotage would not go on for very long before it was discovered sounds like an old wives tale to me.

    • Barney Den stad
      Barney Den stad 3 months ago +100

      Good catch. Esp as germans were good at technical things... Still, there may be a corn of thruth in it; somebody come with the idea and instructed to set the level mark low...(so it doesnt need to be the french, its enough with 1 someone production responsible in the factory)... After a while this was surely discovered "Citroens needs more oil than into the mark", but the myth was born.

    • Reuben G
      Reuben G 3 months ago +52

      I can confirm this I've found flawed dip sticks in heavy equipment before. Someone repaired a dipstick that wore out and didn't mark it or order a new one these peices were checked daily. With fuel consumption and and a 24hr shift for several months they would be checked 4 times a day. So they do wear out.

    • Grateful Guy
      Grateful Guy 3 months ago +6


    • Ahsan Sariyadi
      Ahsan Sariyadi 3 months ago +4


    • Robert Moffett
      Robert Moffett 3 months ago +80

      Yes, the damage would indicate low oil, or starvation, but WHY that happened wouldn't be so obvious. Germany was extremely short of oil, your unit could run out at times. Other parts could be at fault. It's during war, not like a peacetime motor pool. Chaos reigns. You don't know the vehicle, or who did what to it. Most importantly, perhaps, as anybody who does fleet maintenance knows, drivers NEVER check their oil.

  • Larry Sorenson
    Larry Sorenson 3 months ago +485

    As a teenager my grandfather worked in a Racine Wisconsin. The contract was with the French government. Remember that trucks had been around for less than 20 years. Gramp’s job was to drive the finished truck off the assembly line, take a lap of the plant and if all was OK park it for shipment. If the transmission made lots of noise he was to put a big handful of sawdust into the tranny and see if that quieted ‘er down. Then off to the front! 12 months later he was staring at France over the rail if the USS Hesperus. Probably saw some of his trucks in ditches in the following months.

    • Grateful Guy
      Grateful Guy 3 months ago +22


    • Larry Sorenson
      Larry Sorenson 3 months ago +38

      @Grateful Guy Yep, that’s what he told me.

    • Grateful Guy
      Grateful Guy 3 months ago +16

      @Larry Sorenson but where would it go? How does that work?

    • Alec James
      Alec James 3 months ago +75

      @Grateful Guy It probably thickened up the transmission fluid enough to start catching the gears

    • An2TheA
      An2TheA 3 months ago +48

      remember that in the early 40s, americans didn't yet put in sulfur into their transmission oil for better performance as europeans did. So it's possible that the now more sticky oil just clinged better to the gears.

  • Lord_Tachanka
    Lord_Tachanka 3 months ago +31

    "we do a lil trolling"

  • NightFall92
    NightFall92 3 months ago +45

    Oh A mechanic figured it out but I bet when he told what the problem was he wasn’t believed.

    • Bob B.
      Bob B. 3 months ago +7

      He was sent to the front line

  • Medial A
    Medial A 3 months ago +41

    Citroen and Peugeot managed to keep these reliability issues after the war up to current day.

  • Robert Moffett
    Robert Moffett 3 months ago +74

    Since the Germans were critically short of oil all the time, they put the minimum amount in to begin with, so this was way more effective than if they had actually filled crankcase properly

    • Jan Tschierschky
      Jan Tschierschky 3 months ago +10

      Nonsense, oil was always at max. Vehicles are checked before use.

    • Wolacouska
      Wolacouska 3 months ago +5

      @Jan Tschierschky why do you keep insisting that your modern German military experience tells you what protocol was for the Nazis in WW2?
      That sounds like a policy they would implement AFTER seeing this problem occur.

    • backcountry164
      backcountry164 3 months ago +1

      ​@Wolacouskahow about common sense?? Or a very basic understanding of automobile engines. Wouldn't that be enough??
      This literally makes no sense. Any mechanic understands the risk of under lubricating an engine and all of the extra work that results from it.

    • Gunslinger I Lv
      Gunslinger I Lv 3 months ago +1

      Not that kind of oil

  • Rondo2ooo
    Rondo2ooo 3 months ago +58

    And then the French forgot to revert that to make their cars reliable again.

    • _stoupa2_
      _stoupa2_ 3 months ago +2

      They are still making reliable cars.

    • BL DontMatter
      BL DontMatter 3 months ago +1

      ​@_stoupa2_ says you

    • chris davidson
      chris davidson 3 months ago

      @BL DontMatter and a lot of other people

  • Shawn 🏴‍☠️ Stafford

    That's a good easy way of sabotage to destroy the engine. Makes sense and simple.

  • Daniel Galvin
    Daniel Galvin 3 months ago +37

    Zitroen is German for lemon. Citron is French and Danish for lemon. Dutch is citroen.
    They kept breaking down because they were literally lemons.

    • john smith
      john smith 3 months ago +3

      Zitrone is german.

    • Daniel Galvin
      Daniel Galvin 3 months ago

      @john smith ah yes. Misspelled.

    • Dan Duntz
      Dan Duntz 3 months ago

      Literally lemons, means they were actual oblong, yellow items of fruit.

    • Daniel Galvin
      Daniel Galvin 3 months ago +2

      From Websters dictionary
      1 of 2
      : an acid fruit that is botanically a many-seeded pale yellow oblong berry produced by a small thorny citrus tree (Citrus limon) and that has a rind from which an aromatic oil is extracted
      : a tree that bears lemons
      : something (such as an automobile) that is unsatisfactory or defective.
      Literally a Lemon
      In many states, for a car to qualify as a lemon, the car must have a significant defect. It also must have occurred within a specified period, either in time or miles

  • Geoff Lancaster
    Geoff Lancaster 3 months ago +14

    A tradition still upheld by today's French automotive industry!

  • Adalbert Felber
    Adalbert Felber 3 months ago +45

    Someone should tell the french factories the war is over

  • Rockridgewoodshop
    Rockridgewoodshop 3 months ago +22

    Shelby GT350s had a higher mark on the dipstick in order to hold just a little bit more oil. A windage tray kept it from hitting the crankshaft.

    • Vladimir Makarov🇺🇦
      Vladimir Makarov🇺🇦 3 months ago

      so the mark is higher than regular mustangs?

    • SJ
      SJ 3 months ago

      Windage trays are used in all new cars

    • Brian Adams
      Brian Adams 3 months ago

      so how many quarts did it need total?

  • Roger Partner
    Roger Partner 3 months ago +24

    If this is true. It’s really cool. It’s like the French Railway engineers putting small coins into the OIL DRIP FEEDS TO THE main Crank Pistons and Shafts. Sadly the Germans caught on to this and many many French railway men were shot them for sabotage a capital crime. A small 5 centime coin could disable a 120tn. Locomotive within a few miles. There’s a black / white film with Kirk Douglas as the Railway Manager trying to cover up but still sabotage the French trains. Never forget Kirk Douglas other film set in WW1. About the First World War French soldiers being shot for cowardice etc er. Great movies.

    • Adrian Otero
      Adrian Otero 3 months ago +6

      The movie was called The Train and it wasn't Kirk Douglas .....it was Burt Lancaster.

    • bob brown
      bob brown 3 months ago +2

      The other one were one movie was either passed to Gloria or paths of glory. There was one great shot right before they first went over the top when he's walking down the trench and he's got his back turn to where the pyros are going off and a dirt clod from one when he's got the whistle in his mouth bounces off his head and hits the camera lens. It was just such a fantastic shot to make you feel immersed into what's going on. Stanley Kubrick film also

    • Milton Hollis
      Milton Hollis 3 months ago

      ​@Adrian Otero one 💯 percent correct! matter of fact I saw that
      movie last year....Mr Otero

  • Insert name Here
    Insert name Here 3 months ago +33

    Seems like Citroen never remembered to make them reliable again after the war

  • VonSchpam
    VonSchpam 3 months ago +32

    We don't have a design flaw ... it's a German deterrent device... we did it on purpose. No, there is no recall and we are not covering it under your warranty

  • Timberrr
    Timberrr 3 months ago +101

    The French sabotaged all trucks by building them with one missing main bearing. This would create more wear.

    • Jan Tschierschky
      Jan Tschierschky 3 months ago +10

      What else are you gonna pull out of you backside ?

    • Timberrr
      Timberrr 3 months ago +10

      @Jan Tschierschky You

    • Biały
      Biały 3 months ago +2

      @Timberrr The French were making good money out of this and did everything to not blow up this deal... after war they simply restricted access to any historical documentation to only Ferench historians plus any book about WW2 was censored before it was allowed to be printed... first book that was not censored and published was a quarter of a century after the war... and that book also did not reveal anything that the French did not want to reveal!

  • andrew hopkinson
    andrew hopkinson 3 months ago +21

    They were Citroën and I've yet to meet anyone who says " get a French car they are so reliable " 😂😂😂

    • Haru Yanto
      Haru Yanto 3 months ago

      The only thing that is reliable from the french are their cheese and women 😅

    • Ker Dart
      Ker Dart 3 months ago

      ​@Haru Yantoour women ? Come on, no.
      Our wine yes

    • Mr Spandel
      Mr Spandel 3 months ago

      Oh they are no worse than any other cars really. I've dailied a 2000 Peugeot for the past four years and other than wear items and some accident damage I haven't had to repair much on it.

  • Optimaloptimus50 50
    Optimaloptimus50 50 3 months ago +17

    Small things like these can make big impacts.

  • Patrick Graf
    Patrick Graf 3 months ago +46

    This method was kept so secret during the war that it is standard in all French cars even after the war.
    Til today ...😉😄

    • Sun God
      Sun God 3 months ago +5

      To be fair theres still a lot of 90s and 00s Peugeots on the road

    • Georgio de Grenoble
      Georgio de Grenoble 3 months ago +5

      My daily car is citroen Cx from 1984.

    • Patrick Graf
      Patrick Graf 3 months ago +3

      @Georgio de Grenoble Now you know why you had to fill up more oil than gas 😉

    • Franz Liszt
      Franz Liszt 3 months ago +2

      French cars were not know for their reliability. For the last 25 years they have improved a lot.

    • Luich
      Luich 3 months ago +1

      ​@Franz Liszt until the puretech... Shitbox

  • Thomas  Gumersell
    Thomas Gumersell 3 months ago +5

    One little alteration by the manufacturer. With the Oil Dipstick made these trucks break down very quickly. That is very enginious and certainly worked. 💪🏻🙏🏻✨

  • Mike Bonk
    Mike Bonk 3 months ago +23

    The same thing happened on the pacific side, the Japanese had invaded Korea, a gentleman by the name of Chung Ju-yung, open an automotive repair and the Japanese brought to him their service work, he made certain his clients were to return time and again by lengthening the dip sticks…he later started a much larger business know as Hyundai heavy industries…the largest ship builder, steel fabrication and automotive builder in all of Asia and worldwide!

    • Unsubed from taxes
      Unsubed from taxes 3 months ago +2

      You do know they invaded korea centuries before ww2 right?

    • Clarence Ratkowiak
      Clarence Ratkowiak 3 months ago +1

      Your story sounds far fetched, you do know that, right.

  • Kenneth Smith
    Kenneth Smith 3 months ago +7

    I like how citron absolutely fuked up and then tryed to make it out it was a deliberate

  • robert colbourne
    robert colbourne 3 months ago +12

    Because they were Patriots. Even French trucks fought better than the French Army.

    • Bruno Kirchensittenbach
      Bruno Kirchensittenbach 3 months ago +2

      …The best comment I ever read in the last 45 years of existence…👍…( 🐖💨🇫🇷 )..Gott mit Uns…🇩🇪🇩🇪🇷🇺🇩🇪🇩🇪

  • Higor Guedes
    Higor Guedes 3 months ago +4

    Citroen liked that practice so much they still do it to this day

  • R Burrows
    R Burrows 3 months ago +9

    The French also built their tanks to go in reverse only

    • AJ Stevens
      AJ Stevens 3 months ago +2


    • Clarence Ratkowiak
      Clarence Ratkowiak 3 months ago

      Too funny and are you sure you're not speaking of the Italians.

    • R Burrows
      R Burrows 3 months ago

      @Clarence Ratkowiak the Italians had used French tanks drove the same lol

    • FlorEx
      FlorEx 3 months ago

      ​@R Burrows this joke still existing in 2023, you need to grew up kid and paid some respect to dead people from this war.
      Remember if allies continued the figth and win, it's because french men died at dunkirk for saved british army and british spirit to figth.

  • john paul porrelli
    john paul porrelli 3 months ago +8

    Wow that explains a lot. Can someone let Citroen and Peugeot that the war is over and can they please make cars that function

  • Lars Ronæs
    Lars Ronæs 2 months ago +1

    My grandfather was in Danish resistance during WWII. He worked as a ships carpenter at the Royal (naval) Shipyard, occupied by the Germans. They were forced to build wooden propellers for the Luftwaffe. So they built them out of balance. Weight was even in all ends, so the Germans couldn't measure any deviations. But the angles of different propeller blades were different. Not enough to notice, but enough to have impact on the performance.
    One day my grandfather and others were invited to watch flight tests at an airport. One planes, a two seater, doing acrobatics did some very difficult maneuver and suddenly seemed to not being able to follow up on the pilots intentions. Anyway it resulted in a full speed nose-dvie crash into the ground, then an explosion. The crash left a crater 10 metres deep. From my late grandfather I have a small fragment from that airplane. 🤔 I wonder what wnt wrong with that plane?

  • Ed Dwiggins
    Ed Dwiggins 3 months ago +3

    The words RELIABLE and CITROËN should never be used in the same sentence

  • Adrian Chetwynd
    Adrian Chetwynd 3 months ago +5

    A tall story, the first oil change would give the game away.

  • wright vcx
    wright vcx 3 months ago

    That's the kind of excuse I give when I keep failing the exams.

  • Skylined
    Skylined 3 months ago +1

    American car manufacturers: "Write that down!"

  • Johnny Wad
    Johnny Wad 3 months ago +2

    I don't have a high opinion of things french..but that was a genius move!

  • Holger Narrog
    Holger Narrog 3 months ago +22

    Seems nonsense. Most of the trucks in German hands got very low mileage due to the lack of fuel. The main challenge were the roads in the east (The Soviet Union had a very few paved roads only) that made most vehicles break down. The second challenge was that most French trucks had weak motors. Together with overloading and non - existing roads the truck life was short anyway.
    The second point...If a motor broke down behind the front line it was repaired by maintenance units. The typical damage in case of lacking motor oil is a damage of the connecting rod bearings. It is wellknown to mechanics hat the main cause is a lack of oil pressure. The mechanics would have noticed it checked the oil pump and if working it is lacking oil. The driver would have become accused first and got a punishment. If it happen more than once most probably the cause would have become found if not....
    A potential reason that it was perhaps not found out is the German soldiers habit of overlubricating.
    I was a technical officer in the German army of the 80ies. I regularly observed that the soldiers overfilled oil and grease (vehicles of the 50ies) until it got out of the bearings. I assume that their fathers did the same in the 40ies.

    • Mark Zenhorst
      Mark Zenhorst 3 months ago +5

      one of the head designers altered the dipstic so the cars were indeed running low on oil.
      Pierre-Jules Boulanger

    • Alex Adamson
      Alex Adamson 3 months ago +6

      They where designed to drive around France. Not the muddy fields of Russia. No shit they broke down. All the reasons listed in the video are small components of a larger over all problem.

    • Mark Zenhorst
      Mark Zenhorst 3 months ago +2

      I know how modern day france looks like, i dont dare to think about 1930s french roads.

    • Holger Narrog
      Holger Narrog 3 months ago +7

      @Mark Zenhorst The French roads were quite well compared to other countries. For the German forces the challenge was the Soviet Union with nearly no paved roads.

    • Holger Narrog
      Holger Narrog 3 months ago

      @Mark Zenhorst my comment is revised

  • Wayne Taylor
    Wayne Taylor 3 months ago +4

    Gotta love their creativity? They used sabotage as opposed to bullets. Wonder how many German soldiers were put in jeopardy by this trick? WELL DONE!

    • Jan Tschierschky
      Jan Tschierschky 3 months ago +4

      None, because is utter bs

    • Biały
      Biały 3 months ago

      Lucky that Germans know absolutly nothing about cars because otherwise any semi-inteligent mechanic would instantly discover that the broken engine lacked oil(you need to drain it before you replace any part in it->so you can see how much oil was inside...) but somehow the indicator was claiming that it is OK.

    • Wayne Taylor
      Wayne Taylor 3 months ago

      @Jan Tschierschky You are certain of that? Based upon what?

    • Jan Tschierschky
      Jan Tschierschky 3 months ago +2

      @Wayne Taylor I am a German ex soldier and driver. I know the training, maintenance, and control structure. Every vehicle is checked to be used, and oil is always min 90% .
      If your engine is destroyed due to lack of oil, your next assignment is the penal battalion. Also, every vehicle leaving the factory is checked because sabotage was expected. If you got court, you and your family will enjoy the hospitality of the nearest KZ.
      Any organisational sabotage in factories did not happen.
      Sabotage in later years was very subtle, missing screw etc.
      So that story is utter bs.

    • Wayne Taylor
      Wayne Taylor 3 months ago +1

      @Jan Tschierschky Thank you for the personal history. During WW2 Nazis were fantastics about MUCH. It certainly follows that vehicle maintenance would be a top priority.

  • Sergio m
    Sergio m 3 months ago +11

    Effective; completely deniable except for engineers after long research; easy to carry out; 0 cost; 0 risk involved;… the perfect sabotage plan

  • Homemadehero
    Homemadehero 3 months ago +1

    “They were running out of oil, but no one could figure out why they were breaking down” bruh

  • M. Koksal
    M. Koksal 3 months ago +1

    Some say, this shortened the war with 6 years.

  • Enrique Oliva
    Enrique Oliva 3 months ago +3

    Ford had a dipstick recall at one time,can't remember the recall number,the reason and what year model vehicle.

  • t3h_51d3w1nd3r
    t3h_51d3w1nd3r 3 months ago

    And Citroen has continued this tradition right up until modern day

  • Dylan Greene
    Dylan Greene 3 months ago

    Some one needs to tell Citrowen about Citroen.

  • xys7
    xys7 3 months ago +7

    Master race should have figured that out

    • An2TheA
      An2TheA 3 months ago +2

      Do you actually believe that?
      Drip oilers were still common in vehicles at that time so deivers were used to dump in liters of motor oil multiple times a day. There's no way this made the damage this short implies.

  • John Murdoch
    John Murdoch 3 months ago +1

    Moral of the story is build your own equipment in war.

  • Nova Noir
    Nova Noir 3 months ago +1

    French: "we might lose the war, but we tamper with the dipstick, now they are in the deep shit"

  • identifies
    identifies 3 months ago +4

    French auto manufacturers still employ this trick, legend has it theres an electronic version of it as well.

  • James Damron
    James Damron 3 months ago +1

    To this day they keep up the tradition!!!

  • Paul Wells
    Paul Wells 3 months ago

    Kia and Hyundai engineers lean forward in their seats and replay this video while taking notes

  • Nick B Bad
    Nick B Bad 3 months ago +8

    No it’s just French quality, they came up with that story post war 😂

  • LOCAL 38 ON-TV
    LOCAL 38 ON-TV 3 months ago +1

    Last time Citroen was known as reliable the Kingdom of Yugoslavia was still kicking it

  • Veljko Stejic
    Veljko Stejic 3 months ago

    citroen: the car is still reliable to this day
    people: it still breaks down every ten miles
    citroen: it is still reliable

  • Sharon Sutton
    Sharon Sutton 3 months ago +4

    I can’t stand these AI voices that can’t pronounce names correctly, Citroen, not Cit-ro-en.

  • Daniel Powers
    Daniel Powers 3 months ago

    wait they gave them a longer dip stick . I love it.

  • Bruh 567
    Bruh 567 3 months ago

    And then after the war they went "Wait a minute, we can do this to the customers too"

  • ThatGuyPal
    ThatGuyPal 3 months ago +7

    “Why did the reliable trucks consistently break down” are they reliable or do they constantly break down bozo?

    • Laz Zie
      Laz Zie 3 months ago

      They were reliable, but the new ones the Germans orders were not. The narrator isn't very good with phrasing.

    • Robert Moffett
      Robert Moffett 3 months ago

      Seriously, though, you understood it, right?

    • Kutter_TTL
      Kutter_TTL 3 months ago

      It was explained pretty well in the video. You did watch the video, right?

  • Dennis
    Dennis 3 months ago +1

    Man if you pronounce citroen like this one more time im going to lose it lol

  • Stevie Todd
    Stevie Todd 3 months ago +1

    It was okay, Ford and GM were supplying the Germans with plenty of trucks that worked.

  • Lukie Bennett
    Lukie Bennett 3 months ago +4

    Bullshit. The mechanic didn't test and see that the oil was way to high after he put in the set amount of oil. since the mark was way low than it should be.

  • Coloradohikertrash
    Coloradohikertrash  3 months ago

    And Citroën never stopped fighting

  • ClearTrackSpeed
    ClearTrackSpeed 3 months ago

    A great example of why you shouldn’t have your enemy making your products

  • Bruno Kirchensittenbach
    Bruno Kirchensittenbach 3 months ago +5

    …Nevertheless the “ Wehrmacht Marschiert in Paris the Summer of 1940 Gott mit Uns “…

  • Daryl
    Daryl 3 months ago +1

    in this case ya gotta love the engineer's.

  • Eric ERTO
    Eric ERTO 2 months ago

    When they took over the factories they treated the workers like absolute garbage. They literally were starving them so the workers decided to fight back in this manner and it worked out beautifully they had no idea. They would leave bolts out forget to drill holes in certain oil passages and so on and so forth it was wonderful

  • Mat Tim
    Mat Tim 3 months ago

    One could assume the French really lowered the sabotage bar.

  • billigerfusel
    billigerfusel 3 months ago

    Citroen: that's my secret, cap. I'm always unreliable.

  • dormantsuperhero
    dormantsuperhero 3 months ago +1

    The french car manufacturers are still at war with their customers 😂

  • Lucian Warpula
    Lucian Warpula 3 months ago

    1,000 IQ move right there

  • Chavdar Naidenov
    Chavdar Naidenov 3 months ago +2

    How the French fought without fighting? They employed myths.

  • David Lalremruata
    David Lalremruata 3 months ago

    When a whole country hates you, that happened.

  • Adam Badri
    Adam Badri 3 months ago

    "The french created this problem" 😂 yeah right

  • Herra Käärme
    Herra Käärme 3 months ago

    Now I know that if I ever end up with a Citroen, I will never let the oil level anywhere near the minimum mark.

  • John Titor
    John Titor 3 months ago

    When trolling saved lives.

  • monkchips
    monkchips 3 months ago +1

    The Citroën symbol is a mark of chevron gearing. If this has been mentioned before forgive me for not searching every comment.

  • theghost1920
    theghost1920 3 months ago

    I honestly have never heard Citroen pronounced like that ever 😅

  • Memememememememe
    Memememememememe 3 months ago

    I actually drove around in the first car they designed after the war and they are fairly reliable if you maintain them more than you would a normal car but i never knew this

  • Barney Potter
    Barney Potter 3 months ago

    Gotta love those French men

  • badbiker666
    badbiker666 3 months ago

    In WWII, all the trucks used by our allies, the USSR, were built by Studebaker. They were reliable, powerful, easy to repair, and lasted.

  • Constantin B.
    Constantin B. 3 months ago +1

    Legend has it.. all french cars continue this tradition

  • Tensutoraika
    Tensutoraika 3 months ago

    Citroen really did not have to stick with that after the war

  • Roger That! 10-4
    Roger That! 10-4 2 months ago

    The French Resistance used Citroen cars like tanks, using the massive fenders to have machine gunner's on them, it worked really well for Hit &Run missions. Everyday people doing unbelievably Heroic things.

  • Frank Cutugno
    Frank Cutugno 3 months ago

    I LOVE this story! You just cannot find sneakier b@stards than the French! 😅

  • Memento Mori
    Memento Mori 3 months ago

    Citröen: creative unreliability

  • Moses Manaka
    Moses Manaka 3 months ago +1

    You probably mean the maximum mark was lower on the dipstick, in other words it was a longer dipstick which gave the false impression there was enough oil in the engine when in fact there wasn't.

    • Jammit Timmaj
      Jammit Timmaj 3 months ago

      The "full" line was in the correct place but the "add" line was too low. At the "add" line the engine was actually two quarts low instead of one.

  • bird718
    bird718 3 months ago

    Tell Citroen that they could fix the dipstick...

  • Ahmet Cumur
    Ahmet Cumur 3 months ago

    Can someone tell Citroën that the war is over please?

  • Tony Linh
    Tony Linh 3 months ago

    Cap: u can’t be reliable and break down

  • Susan Rand
    Susan Rand 3 months ago

    This was the truck that keeps on giving headaches

  • enes cakir
    enes cakir 3 months ago +1

    Every mechanic would understand low oil mulfanction btw lol comments are great 😂

  • Dragan Dragojevic
    Dragan Dragojevic 3 months ago +1

    And they still didn't fix that 😅

  • Thomas MacGinnes
    Thomas MacGinnes 3 months ago

    that is classic “Sabotage” and is 101 !

  • Brian Wood
    Brian Wood 3 months ago

    The simplest and cheapest sabotage EVER !

  • bil playmo
    bil playmo 3 months ago +1

    it's due to internal sabotage during made process, in a way it's a resistance act during WW2 under german occupation inside factories.....working for all planes, cars, trucks made for germany...example : NC 900 is FW 190 made in france, buildt during german occupation, so much defect that each fly was a record due to sabotage...thanks for sharing, B rgds : )

  • E Camp
    E Camp 3 months ago +1

    Effing Brilliant!

  • Roque Mocan
    Roque Mocan 3 months ago

    They kept the tradition of making them unreliable, after that