1999 Citroen Xsara LX 1.9 turbo diesel
It goes on and on and on and on and on...
Fuel return pipe worn away. £6 repair.
Metal coolant pipe corroded.
Brake shoes and exhaust.
I usually buy end of life cars (bar one), as after a few months, the car is just the car, so why bother forking out.
I'm pleased to report, other than one other in my 24 years of motoring, this one lives on with another.
In the two years I had it, it only broke down once when it was leaking water like a sieve from a metal coolant pipe that goes around the back of the engine. The AA man made a temporary repair, but although the new replacement is still in the boot, the repair lives on three years later.
Possibly one of the blandest looking cars ever made. Other than its freakishly deep lacquer, which means it never looks dirty, it is without doubt an understated marvel. Very nippy around town, and lots of oomph on the motorway. Brilliant diesel fuel economy and reliability. Everything still works, including the air con, which is crisp and fresh.
I'd still have it now, but it's a bit under powered for towing my caravan, so I gave it to my father two years ago. With the exception of one MoT, which cost £180, it's whistled through the others without so much as an advisory. I dare say it could out live us all!
I had a smaller caravan when I first got it, and it's done hundreds of miles of towing with no drama.
I can't speak highly enough of it. I'm not keen on the French, but having owned Renaults, Citroen and Peugeots, (currently a 406), I cannot fault their cars. Superb!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th August, 2012