Citroen XM Review from Spain

1995 Citroen XM SX 2.0 petrol

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 kilometres
Most recent distance126000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen XM

Summary:

Don't buy this car, it's a poor sod

Faults:

Front wheels wobbly at 120 km, steel wheels have been replaced by alloys with new tires, but problem persists. Probably the half axles need a check.

XM's always make noises and little bits and pieces go faulty, however they seem to regenerate after a while, so you better leave the car alone until it really breaks down.

General Comments:

This is my second XM and it will probably kill me because there seems to be no limit to merciless cornering on bad Spanish roads, especially if a stubborn Audi A8 won't let you go by.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2004

22nd Feb 2005, 14:43

Sadly, few Xm owners or tyre dealers understand that Xms only run true on Michelin tyres. A simple fact, but a testament to the design of the car, it is one of the few cars that has been designed to the point of a specific tyre working with the car, rather than being designed 'down' to a number of potential everyday possibilities of tyre choice.

13th Aug 2008, 09:59

Car runs fine now on Continental ECO2. I've driven it to Brittany and halfway Morocco without any problems (well a speeding ticket). Kms driven now 50000. Unfortunately headlights and airco go off whenever they feel like it, especially when dark or hot. Hope to be able to fix it, cause at the dealership this will be an expensive repair. If I push it, even now, no other car keeps up with this animal: mods are: chip tuning, turbonator fin at the air inlet, and 195/60 instead of 195/65; even though it's a 2 litre 16 valve, this car is very eager and well balanced. Please don't tell anybody else OK? Next year I want to buy the V6 12 valve manual, so I hope prices stay as low as they are.

29th Apr 2013, 03:51

Well it's April 2013 and I have owned this car now for nine years without major trouble. When I bought it, it was already a ten year old car. I'm afraid there are not many XM's left now for me to buy my third one.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review