1989 Citroen XM SEi 2 litre petrol
High comfort and high-style executive car
Engine Control Unit failed suddenly.
Rear windows seized up.
Front left window seized.
Heater matrix leaked.
Hydraulic leak, front left side.
Despite what amounts to a generous list of fault and failures in almost four years, this car has been a pleasure to own. Two things: one, it has never failed to complete a journey, some up to 800 miles in one day. And two, maintenance costs have never been heart-stopping or unrealistic. I have spent what I wanted to spend on this car to keep it happy and it has never required overdrafts or budget-busting payments for the mechanic.
The car looks like nothing else on the road, and also drives very nicely all day. It especially enjoys motorways, but when asked to do so it can be a fun car to hustle along narrower, smaller roads.
The XM can be a limousine due to its comfort, a workhorse due to its space and utility and even with its mild mannered engine it is more of a sports saloon that you would expect.
The interior is especially comfortable for both the driver and passengers. All those who have driven in the car have been very impressed with its comfort and style. The velour upholstery has been very hard wearing and the plastic trim has also lasted well. The same can't be said for the door-lock tabs which have all popped off. And the glove box lid lock is bust along with its fancy gas strut. But that exhausts the list of interior failures.
If I were redesigning this car I would pay more attention to wind noise which can be quite noticeable. Also, the secondary ride is good, but not great. Expansion joints and cat's eyes make more of a thump than would be expected from a car with this type of suspension.
Overall, it's a smooth running luxury bargain. Style, space and utility are what this car has by the bucketful.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th October, 2003