1995 Citroen XM SX 2.0 16v petrol


Shamefully cheap


Dash display occasionally loses a matrix dot.

ABS light comes on intermittently.

General Comments:

I took a slight chance on this car as the engine had a slight knock from cold. It was cheap enough not to let this be a problem, and the noise has not increased in severity. Apparently these engines can suffer from piston slap, but this is not necessarily a serious issue. As long as the engine is clean internally and does not use any oil, I shall keep running it until something expensive goes wrong!

The car drives very well and cruises smoothly at motorway speeds. It's not a ball of fire - around town, particularly, the engine feels like it's having to work hard to haul around such a big car. On the move though it's fine, if a little unrefined. Fuel consumption is significantly better on the open road too.

The gearbox hunts for ratios at lower speeds, which can be annoying. I'm sure a manual would feel a bit quicker.

Overall a bargain buy which has (so far) exceeded expectations.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2006

28th Nov 2011, 17:15

Car ran in the end to 150,000 miles, nothing went wrong at all. Engine noise stayed the same, was almost certainly piston slap.

Pranged it in the snow after being lulled into a false sense of security.

1995 Citroen XM Exclusive 2.5 turbo diesel


Cheap luxury motoring


Drivers side window regulator.

Fan belt adjuster failed.

General Comments:

A big improvement over the phase 1. Smooth, comfortable and cheap to run.

All of the 2.5 TDs are manuals. Others may be autos, but steer clear, as they fail, and are £2k to fix.

On the other hand, if the clutch fails or wears out, it's the same price as it's engine out time.

For a big car, the handling is very good, especially if you renew the spheres. Unlike earlier Citroens, these won't rot as they were heavily galvanised.

I paid £1500 for this model, which was nearly £30,000 when new!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2006

14th Nov 2006, 10:17

I have a 1995 2.0 petrol which has corrosion on the front subframe, near the front wheel. It is not serious, but like the author of the review, I was under the impression that the body was fully galvanised.

1995 Citroen XM VSX 2.0i turbo petrol


The most comfortable and effortless car I have ever owned


Dot matrix display doesn't work.

Slurry automatic rectified by a change of transmission fluid.

General Comments:

The XM lacks the style of previous big Citroens, its styling is not 'ageless' in the way of the Traction Avant, DS, SM or CX. However, it still possesses a degree of quirkiness. I particularly like the 'band of light' and general stance of the car. However, the flat slab of a bonnet is rather bland and I wish it had continued the tradition of fared-in rear wheels.

The cabin is supremely comfortable and simply huge, with very high equipment levels. Whilst the colour and design is rather gloomy and lacks the flair of the CX, for a conventional interior it does work well ergonomically.

With a 2 litre (albeit turbocharged) engine it's not particularly fast, but it's quick enough and handles well for such a large car. My biggest criticism is the dropping of the diravi (Variable assist, high ratio and power to centre) steering from the CX in an effort to make the XM more accessible. It makes it less manoeuverable and slower handling than it would have otherwise have been. The other aspect of driving which warrants criticism involves the headlights which are very poor when dipped.

It's not the most refined car, but it is quiet enough, whilst the ride is second to none. This latter can be improved still further by changing the centre spheres for ones with higher pressure and by various other tweaks. I have not replaced the 4 spheres on the end of each wheel with 'comfort spheres' as, in my opinion, it makes the car under-damped.

Reliability wise, although it has a disastrous reputation, I have found it to be very reliable and cheap and easy to service. The build quality feels solid (it's a Mark 2 which in respect of the interior and electrics is much better than the Mark 1). For example, the doors are well sealed against the ingress of rain and mud from the country roads I drive on.

Overall, the XM is different, provides decent performance and handling, has proved to be reliable and well built (I understand it also has a very good crash rating-although I hope I never have to test that) and above all is extremely comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2006

3rd Oct 2008, 15:50

Hi. I have a 1992 Citroen XM, which is totally reliable.

I've just replaced the exhaust system, including cat pipe, and it's totally smooth.

I used to have the Citroen CX, and find the XM light to drive in comparison. Also the suspension not so refined, but the smoothness is still there.

I have ordered comfort spheres for the rear, as my friend has them on his XM, and it reenacts the smooth softness of the CX. I will put them on the front, and then the car will drive like a magic carpet ride, like the CX did.

The car has a styling of its own, and the leather interior is second to none.

14th Apr 2009, 09:32

Nice review, good to read, I just can't quite agree with you on its styling, maybe it's just my individual preference?

When I first saw the XM in 89 I was stunned, Citroen had done it again and made heads turn, I think that's the whole point of the big Citroen, you either love it or hate it. 2 XM's, lots of quirks but that's just the nature of the XM and probably will be merited on it as years go by. I am looking forward to my 3rd XM, but as you say it's a shame the diriva system wasn't introduced into the UK market, I loved that auto centre steering and you could fool your passengers with that "magic" trick "look no hands".

Thanks for your review, pleasure to read.