2002 Citroen Saxo Furio 1.4i 8 valve

Summary:

Very fun reliable car, that takes some abuse without flinching!

Faults:

Nothing other than normal wearing parts.

Back box (£72) late 2017, due to the silly way it's hung on rubbers. Always liable to leap off rubbers and sit snuggly against the inner side of the rear tyre. Damaged a joint in the process.

New box on and fitted a tiny motorbike fuel clip to prevent it slipping off the rubber... worked a treat!

Mid exhaust section (£45) a year later and the rear brakes/drums (£90) were shot.

Roof paint peeled. Rub down and basic DIY respray to seal it. Bonnet now doing the same, but it depends on the cost of its almost due MOT.

A few things rattling front end, lord knows what. Looked and saw nothing. Wheels to come off soon for a deeper look.

Clutch has supposedly been wearing out the last 2.5 years, but no difference, still works fairly well. May adjust nut, to use the last 10%.

Weird problem with the rear wash/wipe. Not solvable unless I take the steering apart and replace the stalk... no thanks! Did a DIY cowboy job and with a joint, put both water pipes onto one port. It works, so that I can at least wash the rear now!

General Comments:

It's been fun, fun fun!

The best little cornering car I've driven. Has the 185 alloys on it!

Love leaving much newer Fiestas etc behind on tighter corners and roundabouts!

The cheap Chinese sport tyres perform very well in the dry and are slow to wear!

I've driven over bricks etc, drive over around 40 nasty unavoidable potholes daily, and the tyres and suspension just seem to take it all!

I get around nearly 40mpg or over 45 when in a tamer mood. 55mph seems the sweet spot for economy in 5th gear.

So it's only 75bhp, but 3rd gear is a real surprise! I always get an idiot 4x4 4 feet off my rear bumper. A quick change down to 3rd on a 30mph onto a 60mph road, redline revs time and the 4x4 is a distant blurry dot in my mirror!

The engine is almost the best thing about this car, being totally reliable and seems very well protected against the worst weather. Huge puddles are no problem!

There is an afterthought alarm that Citroen added after building these cars. Previous owner said they hadn't ever used it the 5 years they had the car, so I took that as a dead alarm. It's an old Bullfrog(?) one that supposedly never lasted! Tried a battery in the fob and the alarm works really well, at 17 years old!

The cabin is fairly basic. Electric windows and a driver's airbag are the only extras apart from a neat winding sunroof.

After a year I fitted a £70 Sony radio/USB Bluetooth setup. Works quite nicely, but the front speakers are iffy. So set it mainly to the rear and it sounds quite good! Gets rid of an ugly hole and the display is a nice red.

Fitted Chinese LED sidelights, about 100% brighter than standard ones. Did the number plate too. Fitted 90% brighter headlight bulbs as the standard ones were just not safe at night!

The general ride is quite good for a small car and seats are fine on longer drives.

I had a Corsa B 1.2i before this car which was fine, but on performance, was no match for this Saxo Furio!

Am noticing that things are getting worn out, like electric windows mechs are not far from breaking... things like that. So putting in for 1 more MOT, but am also looking at car finance and cars that are 10 years newer... just in case!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2019

2002 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6

Summary:

Great Hot Hatch for the Money

Faults:

To be fair the only problem I have had, is finding one which has not been boy raced.

The only fault I could say is the ride is rather noisy, but you should expect this from a little hot hatch.

Would not advise this car for people with long legs, as myself find it rather hard to fit.

General Comments:

Superb handling, my father drives a 2004 BMW M5, he took the VTR out and was amazed by the road holding, and estimates to be as good round tight bends as the M5.

The 1.6 engine really does pull in 1st 2nd and 3rd, and really does put a smile on your face. Gearbox can be a bit "hit and miss", but overall a great box when you get used to it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th July, 2007