1997 Citroen Saxo Reviews - Page 12 of 12

1997 Citroen Saxo X 1.1i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.1i petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Brakes tend to be a bit gritty and noisy.

General Comments:

Great engine for a 1.1i, surprisingly nippy around town.

Accepted a Pioneer head unit and rear 6 by 9 inch speakers no problem.

I will definitely be upgrading my car up to a 1.4i West Coast.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 1999

1997 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6i 8v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.6i 8v petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

Driver's seat often doesn't lock into place properly after position altered.

Renewed front suspension bush at 19,000 mile service.

Faulty oxygen sensor at 27,000 miles replaced under warranty (but still cost me £50 excess!).

Occasional very rough running for first few miles when cold/wet.

Now at 29,000 miles and starting to get a bit creaky and rattly.

General Comments:

Good little car; looks and handles well and doesn't cost much to run (regularly get 40+ mpg, best of 47mpg). However I have doubts about Citroen's build quality and long-term reliability and will therefore probably change the car before it's 3 years old.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th February, 1999

1997 Citroen Saxo VTS 1.6i 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.6i 16v petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10

Faults:

Nothing really gone wrong yet (after 9,000 miles). My only problems have been a loose gaiter in the nearside wheel arch (recent and to be fixed on first main service), and I pulled the handle off the sun roof screen (two days before first service, but was replaced no problem).

General Comments:

I'd give this car 10 out of 10 for most of the above, but then it is only a £13,000 car.

It's a great car, as said many times very chuckable. Performance can be amazing, and fuel economy isn't so bad so long as you don't enjoy yourself too much. One thing - this car can be seriously boring on your favourite windy road if you abide by the speed limit (it's just too grippy). Watch you don't loose your bottle mid corner though as this car can become seriously sideways.

Enjoy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 1999

1997 Citroen Saxo SXi 1.1i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.1i petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

Leaking sunroof, faulty seat.

General Comments:

A good all round car, although brakes are noisy. Nippy car for only a 1.1.

You will find it hard to get a better deal on a new car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th January, 1999

1997 Citroen Saxo VSX 1.5 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.5 diesel
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10

Faults:

Faulty glass on electric mirror, replaced under warranty. Problem with brakes seizing, known problem to Citroen fixed under warranty. Alarm far too sensitive, had to go back numerous times - eventually sprayed internal sensors to stop it going off all of the time.

General Comments:

Excellent little car, will save you a fortune in running costs, in mixed driving I rarely get less than 65mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd September, 1998

1997 Citroen Saxo Desire 1.1i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.1i petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Huge dashboard rattle (nearly fully fixed under warranty).

General Comments:

Spare wheel was stolen because of Citroen not fitting a spare wheel bolt as standard. It costs well over £50. It's a disgrace.

Terrific value though.

Drives like an absolute dream!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 1998

1997 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

Noisey front suspension!

Creaking drivers seat!

Creaking interior (Rear)!

Rattling dashboard!

Car vears to the left!

Engine revs drop when Clutch engaged with occasional stalling (Supposedly normal according to Citroen)!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th March, 1998

1997 Citroen Saxo X 1.1i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.1i petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Noisy and "spongy" brakes. You've got to jump on them to get them to do anything. I reported this to the dealer at the car's 1st service, but they told me it was a design fault.

As at 18,000 miles, no other problems.

General Comments:

A nice little car with excellent handling and good looks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 1998

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 52 reviews