1997 Citroen Saxo 1.1i from UK and Ireland
Great little runaround intended just for a first car, but I won't part with it until I have to
Driver's door catch sometimes freezes in winter.
Rear passenger side brake sometimes freezes on in winter.
Fan belt squeals in low temperatures (I've replaced it, and the new one still does it).
The boot catch is temperamental; it sometimes takes a bit of jiggling to get it open.
Exhaust fell off twice (separated at the front, just underneath the engine).
Despite the small engine size, the car has decent acceleration, especially when gear ratios are used well. The small engine size also means it's fairly cheap to run, and combined with its age, it is also reasonably cheap to insure.
Inside it's small, but comfortably fits four adults (or, less comfortably, five adults can manage) and being a hatchback, the boot is large enough to carry all manner of things. It's also quite comfortable, handles fairly well, and doesn't have much problem driving on ice or snow.
Great features include:
- No central locking (less to go wrong).
- Fuel cap requires the key to open it (no doubt about whether it's been locked after fueling).
- Front two doors have to be locked either from the inside or with the key (dramatically reduces the chance of locking the keys in).
- Brilliant visibility.
- Manually adjustable wing mirrors (can be adjusted to suit perfectly).
In 3 1/2 years of owning the car, very little has needed to be replaced or repaired, and usually only then due to general wear and tear (such as brake pads, windscreen wiper rubber). I've read several reviews from people who were ticked off about their Saxos pretty much falling apart, but mine has been very reliable - even when the exhaust fell off twice, it was simple to repair. I am slightly pleasantly surprised at how decent my car has been so far, especially as I drive mostly country roads with potholes and hills, but it has served me very well so far, and I hope it continues to do so.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 17th February, 2012