2000 Citroen Xsara VTR 1.4
A totally unreliable beauty
Indicator lights went crazy 3 months after it was bought. I was pulling the handbrake and the oil lamp was turning on. I had to wait 5 months for the replacement part.
Alarm-lights switch went off 2 months after buying. I had to disconnect the battery to turn off the alarm-lights! I had to wait 6 months for the replacement part.
Door locks went crazy after a car wash. The car locked me in by itself while I was driving!
Temporary electrical failure for no particular reason. It just wouldn't start. It started after 15 minutes and a dozen tries.
General electrical failure while driving in the rain (this car just isn't waterproof). I had to replace the battery at 10,000 km.
Recently the electrical window started to make a strange noise.
Beautiful car with a lot of space and very comfortable. But these are the only good things about it.
I wouldn't recommend this car to anyone. It is totally unreliable and potentially dangerous. Especially the electrical system. It let me down twice and had several other problems.
I was very happy when I bought it, but now I am trying to get rid of it as soon as possible.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th August, 2001
15th Dec 2001, 13:02
I've been driving my Xsara TD for 115000 kms now and only my side-airbag light lit up due to a bad contact under the passenger seat. That's all, no strange things happened.
17th Jan 2002, 15:37
I too had an airbag light come on for no apparent reason. Also my Throttle Positioning Sensor caved in causing a rough ride and making the car near impossible to drive!
22nd May 2002, 05:40
I have been driving my xsara with as much pleasure when I bought it 2 years ago. In 2 years, I have had absolutely no problem whatsoever. The engine is powerful enough, the comfort is satisfying. An official Citroën garage chip tuned my engine just two weeks ago, which resulted in a 10-15% performance increase, and I can safely say that there are very few cars that can keep up with me.
For me, especially from a financial point of view, this is one of the best cars available, combining performance, comfort and style.
5th Aug 2003, 12:00
I bought a Citroen Xsara 2.0i Exclusive (Manual) in June 2003. It is a very good car for myself and my family. The engine is powerful enough for its low weight. The car likes a bullet when it starts through a cross. I have driven the car over 200km/h in the highway. There are no problem when driving in high speed, comfort and safety. It is equipped with Car-PC which can indicate speeds of the car, consumption of fuel, and most everything of the car operation. Good car for interested persons.
6th Sep 2012, 16:56
How did you fix the problem with the oil light turning on when handbrake was pulled?