1997 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6i from UK and Ireland


Quick, comfortable and stylish! What more could you want?


Drivers door hinge was damaged.

Front left speaker had blown.

Gearbox is quite difficult to get into gear.

Car makes a rattling noise when the clutch is unpressed and the gearstick is set to neutral.

Small space in the back.

Pedals are too close to each other; every time I go to brake, I also rev the engine.

General Comments:

Most of the issues that were wrong with the car, I have now fixed.

The only issue still going on is the rattling noise with the clutch. I have been told replacing the clutch will remove this annoying noise, but yet to find out if this is true!

This is my first car, so for me it's pretty quick! I love moving off from junctions at a quick pace, and as the owner before me kindly installed an air induction kit, it also sounds quite nice!

This car's handling is extremely good, and has an eye appealing look to people like myself (18 years of age), as it has a sporty look to it.

As I said earlier, this is my first car and insurance is £1000 for fully comp! That's pretty cheap, especially as this has a 1.6 litre engine!

Overall, I find this car to be an awesome drive for wherever I'm going, as it's quick, comfortable and stylish. If it were stolen, I would quite happily buy another!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th June, 2008

1997 Citroen Saxo S 1.1 litre Inline Cylinder OHC Fuel Injection from UK and Ireland


Great little car - Wants for nothing


Hazard warning light relay on the way out.

Flat spot mid rev range; Should point out, that car is due a service and has in the past been run short distances on crap fuel.

Exhaust catalyser failed at around 100000 miles.

Clutch biting point has become high despite adjustment - clutch still works fine with no slipping.

2nd gear syncromesh is starting to go, making the box grind into gear when hurried; a result of the dodgy clutch.

New driveshaft due to dry CV joint from a split boot.

General Comments:

My girlfriend's car, and what a great little bit of kit. It really wants for nothing.

Despite the abuse we give, it never complains. Getting a little tired now, but gets a hard time from my other half.

I won't harp on about the performance being a 1.1 liter, but it'll do 100 k/h when pushed, and acceleration is fine if not amazing. Lovely little chassis with great handling. No power steering makes it heavy at low speeds, but it digs in, grips well and has never caught me out. Brakes are pretty poor, but again, being a small town car they are fine for the job.

It always starts on the button, and despite the flat spot, runs well. Fuel economy is amazing and I know some diesels that can't match it for frugality.

It is fairly comfy, but being a basic 'S', it doesn't have many creature comforts. Again, something I don't really care about.

Reliability is fabulous and anyone who thinks Citroen are badly made is mistaken. No rust whatsoever (show me a Fiesta of the same age that isn't rusty), and the super tough little engine just runs and runs. The only money was spent last year on the MOT which cost £450 - expensive, but that included a new headlight, tires, drive shaft and discs and pads - not bad for 5 years of ownership.

Would make a great first car due to the tidy handling, low running cost and cheap insurance. Alternatively, a great little winter commuter for instance when the super-bike is tucked away.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2008

1997 Citroen Saxo SX 1.4i from Israel


Best for it's price, good work commuter


Seat very uncomfortable, a small back pillow could help. Expected from a car 8 years on the road.

Air circulation unit apparently chronic issue in these cars, the gears grind and the unit stops working. Easy to set though in circulation mode.

Make sure they change your suspension to a quality one - it makes all the difference in the world (when time comes).

Annoying little electric problems which are easy to solve.

General Comments:

Good car for such a low price. It's very economical at 15km/l average. Cheap maintenance. Got 3 adults in the car going a long steep uphill with a/c on at 90km/h on 4th gear. Can't get any other car these days at this price that has 2 airbags, original a/c, good comfort, power steering, economy and lots of power+handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2005

8th Jul 2007, 00:41

Original owner, nearly two years later:

Saxo now has close to 150,000km.

Apart from power steering control unit acting up ($20 to fix), aircon compressor failure ($400 for upgrading the whole system) and replacing the rear brake cylinders ($50), the car runs great and is still very economical.

Anybody looking for cheap transportation should consider this one. Just make sure to leave out the 1.1L and automatic versions which are sub par. The 1.4L and 1.5L are good choices; the 1.6L is for the sportier crowd.