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.

General Comments:

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 Citro├źn 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?

2000 Citroen Xsara SX 1.4


The steering wheel buttons that control the sound volume for the radio did not work when the car was delivered.

General Comments:

Very beautiful car with impressive handling. A lot of safety features come as standard such as airbags for driver and co-driver, side airbags and side protective frame.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2000