1997 Citroen Saxo SX 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
Your average runabout, but I liked it
Lots, but mostly wear and tear.
Exhaust mid and rear section.
Shocks + springs back and front (expensive!)
Alarm and immobilizer was temperamental; had to get an auto electrician out to fix it as it had a stupid code entry system and could not get it started one day, even after repeated correct attempts.
The engine developed a small oil leak in its last year of my ownership, but nothing major.
Tried to look after it as much as I could, changed the oil and drove it carefully, but I do not think the previous owner took care of it.
This car was bought as a stop gap for a couple of years when I was a student and couldn't afford anything better. To be fair, apart from the problems above, it was a decent car and did not break down.
To drive it was not as fast as you might think - a 1.6 in a small car... quick right? No - remember this was the standard 1.6, and it was an automatic. Do not confuse this with the VTS, that was the hot hatch to have; this was by no means fast. Did a solid 40 MPG if you drove it carefully though.
Interior was as dull and cheap as it gets, but it did stand up very well to my wear and tear. Comfortable enough (just!) seats felt cheap and nasty, but you got used to it. Ride was interesting - felt bouncy even after those new shocks and springs; maybe it was meant to this way, French cars always ride indifferent from other cars.
Sold mines on for pretty much most of what I paid for it, so I was happy, though generally these cars don't hold value well.
Not got much more to say about it, it was an honest little car; nothing more, nothing less. Don't see too many around these days in standard spec, except maybe a VTS for hot hatch nostalgia, and that is what you should look for if considering buying one of these cars today.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2017