1999 Citroen Saxo VTS 1.6 16v
An awesome little car. Fragile, but capable of scaring you long before you reach its limits
Catalyst internals fell off their mountings at new.
Paint fault on the tailgate when new.
Dealer didn't replace the radiator cap to second notch after a service (prove that one if you can!). Engine cooked all gaskets above the head. 12,000 miles.
Suspension noisy. Bushings to the anti-roll bar drop links and the wishbones are wearing, but the dealer won't replace until failed. From 10,000 miles.
Gearbox stiff, especially coming down the box to 3rd. Linkage wear or synchro?
Sun roof rubber seal popped out of its mount. Replaced, but if not opened in a while still can stick and pull out again. 18,000 miles.
Intermittent hesitation on acceleration, then would not hold idle. Faults showing a knock sensor fault. Replaced. Same problem plus other sensors reporting faults (mixture, oxygen etc.) 30,000 miles. ECU Dying?
Excessive steam from the exhaust until at normal operating temperature. Always noticeable in cold conditions.
Well done Citroen for introducing a 3 year 60,000 warranty. Too late for me, but enough to make me consider a new one.
Cracking car. Shame about the dealer network and the warranty at the time.
Feed it Mobil 1 and it'll never use any oil between services.
Standard radio cassette (now has CD as standard) only good to put back in as you sell the car on again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th February, 2001
11th Feb 2001, 19:16
Ouch I really feel sorry for you mate, I have VTS as well, it's only done 600 miles and needs a new part on the exhaust system. This car does not fill me with confidence at all I must say.
Although the performance and road handling are incredible.
7th Mar 2001, 01:54
I like the thing about the CD player, I was thinking the same way, I'll put it back when I sell it.
20th Jun 2002, 06:37
I have a 106 GTI, which suffered from the same problem with the sunroof seal. The dealer wasnt really interested so I solved the problem myself. Get a tube of silicon (not the sealant kind) and spread it around the top of the seal. You can get it from most DIY shops, just ask for Plumbers Silicon. I've had no problems since. Its worth having a look under the panel where the sunroof handle is, as water tends to collect there if the seal has lifted.