1993 Citroen XM SE Estate 2.1TD


Huge, comfy, economical load lugger


Uses a lot of LHM fluid due to system leaks, just keep topping it up!

Engine a little rattly, oil and filter change helped, no loss of compression or blue smoke even at this mileage!

Turbo noisy, but still gives a lot of urge for such a big car.

A few blown bulbs, but other than that everything works!

General Comments:

Cavernous load lugger that is surprisingly quick and economical, with 40+ mpg regularly achieved; 650 miles from a tankfull.

Sport setting gives impressive handling; B roads as much fun as Motorways. Self levelling suspension still good after all these years, drive one and see! Citroen solved more problems than they created with Hydractive suspension.

A lot of car for your money if you buy wisely. Cheap now and unloved by the trade so most are private sales. Don't pay more than a grand for a pristine full service history sub 100000 mile late model. Most though, under £500!

Underserved bad reputation, mostly for electrical problems, which depending on how much you pay can be mostly ignored or fixed relatively easily. Computer often blamed but not the main culprit; bad connections and corrosion in electrical joints main things to check!

Diesel Estate is the car to have for work and play. Double bed sized load area. 2.1td good, 2.5td better. Petrols good but not first choice at 98p a litre!

Excells as a tow car.

Body galvanised, but can rust badly in floor near jacking points and in chassis rails near mounting points for rear suspension; difficult and expensive to repair!

Armchair like seats both supportive and comfy. Easy to get a good driving position in.

Regular servicing of hydractive system will pay dividends. Engines and manual gearboxes tough and reliable if not abused too much. Avoid automatic unless it is reconditioned with bills. V6 not exceptional enough to consider though not to uneconomical, it is a bit complex. If you have too, get the manual version!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2006

1993 Citroen XM Si Turbo Estate 2.0 turbo petrol


A really great car


Front suspension units were replaced at 56000 miles

Door retaining pin replaced at 76000 miles.

General Comments:

Faults Auto 4th gear engages at 46 mph.

Hard to judge parking distances.

This is a magnificent car, nothing breaks, everything works, is comfortable, fast, and the biggest load carrier on the market. It will be difficult to replace.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2003

1993 Citroen XM Si 2.0


Oil leaks.

Wiring looms needed replacing.

New spheres required.

Remote keyfob failed.

Electric window failed.

Faulty display messages.

General Comments:

A superb car spoiled by niggling faults which are very expensive to put right.

One of the very best for space, comfort and long-journey motorway driving.

Spare part prices are unrealistically high if bought through the normal channels.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th November, 2002

1993 Citroen XM SED 2.1 turbo diesel


Luxury at an affordable price


Heater matrix sprung a leak at 171,000 miles.

Head gasket blew at 174,000 miles.

General Comments:

For a diesel, this car is extremely quiet when sitting in the cabin.

The economy is excellent 30-35 urban, 50-55 motorway at a steady 60MPH.

Very comfortable especially on long distant journeys.

This model has so many toys to stop you getting bored on long journeys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2002

1993 Citroen XM Turbo SED 2.1 turbo diesel


A remarkable, economical, long-legged tourer


The gearbox shed a main shaft cluster retaining bolt. Expensive to repair.

Air-conditioning leak. New drier needed. Not too expensive.

Rear LHS electric window pull down cable snapped. Not yet repaired.

Front LHS hydraulic return pipe perished. Simple to repair with some new pipe.

General Comments:

The car is remarkably economical for it's size, returning 30 (ish) mpg around town and 50-55 mpg on a long journey if taken at a gentle pace.

The ride is fabulous, when the suspension is well serviced.

The interior is very well appointed. Electric everything, AC, leather and even an electric arm rest.

Very comfortable and relaxed on a long journey.

The handling, when pushed, is very good for a car of it's size. It belies the low speed plushness.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2001

24th Mar 2004, 12:56

It has the best suspension 4 eva'.

Not to mention the comfort it has...

1993 Citroen XM 2.1 SED Estate 2.1 turbo diesel


A bargain, but get a FSH


Front discs replaced at 66k and 112k.

All spheres at around 100k.

Front strut saddles at 112k - this is a design fault - water sits and saddles rust.

Nothing serious - just wear and tear now.

General Comments:

Superb comfort, carrying capacity & economy. However, you need a friendly Citroen mechanic - not at main dealer rates!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2001

20th Jun 2001, 13:53


I have done 60K miles in 2 years (total now 118K) with total reliability, don't believe all those horror stories!!

It still looks immaculate, however the wife refuses to drive it - each to their own!!

1993 Citroen XM SD 2.1 turbo diesel


A superb car when sorted


Drive shaft within 10 miles of buying the car.

Clutch within 3000 miles.

All suspension spheres within 3000 miles.

Various bulbs.

Exhaust within 3000 miles.

Various switches.

General Comments:

Bought from a Citroen XM specialist with a full service and 12 months warranty, all repair work carried out.

In reality no repairs done, warranty not worth the paper it was written on, cost over a £1000 to put it in good order in the first 6 months, since then a superb car, handles as if on rails, luxury on wheels, sit back and enjoy the ride. Perfect long distance transport and economical over 45 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2001