1997 Citroen Saxo SX 1.4i from Israel

Summary:

Best for it's price, good work commuter

Faults:

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.

1997 Citroen Saxo SX 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Brilliant wee reliable fun car!

Faults:

Just bought the car from my dad and had to put it through a M.O.T.

Oil leak in main compartment.

Brakes replaced, discs and pads.

New battery needed after 96k on the clock.

General Comments:

Brilliant wee car for first drivers.

Nippy round the corners and enough power for motorway driving.

No power steering so drives like a tank when you first use it.

Pedals a bit close together, which are very small take getting used to.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2005

1997 Citroen Saxo vsx 1.4i from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A great car to drive... when it's working!

Faults:

When I first got the car the power steering pump had broken and still hasn't been fixed.

At about 75000 miles the car started to cut out when at junctions and traffic lights. the head gasket and clutch also went at about the same time.

After replacing the above parts the car wouldn't move. I tracked the problem down and it turned out to be being caused by two broken wires on the sensor on the air intake manifold. After the wires were replaced he car ran smoothly and still does.

The sun roof leaks through the handle.

Alarm sounds for no reason.

Something has broken in the back suspension, but I can't be bothered fixing it because it makes the car look lowered.

General Comments:

Apart from the things that have gone wrong, this is a very nice car.

It's quick on take off and can keep up with the best of them.

She handles well even without the power steering.

The car seems to go through a lot of fuel, but that might just be my heavy right foot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2005

20th Apr 2005, 17:14

It is 100% true. I had a 98 VTS, it was the best car on handling I have drove, but for every 2 weeks of driving it would spend 3 in a garage.

Problems I had :- power steering pump.

Engine mounts.

Engine fell out.

Clutch.

3 reconditioned gearboxes.

ABS sensor.

And many more.

Otherwise, very fast and good at handling. It's OK if you're a millionaire!!! After £1200 thrown away, I scrapped it.

1997 Citroen Saxo VTS 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Very very very very very bad!!!

Faults:

Where can I start with all the problems the saxo caused me.

First of I had replace the cam seals and cam belt due to the seals leaking oil, not very cheap.

Then the clutch cable snapped, 2 weeks later my clutch went, not cheap again.

Things were fine for a few weeks, but oh no, leaking oil very badly again only to be the main gearbox seal, once again cost a lot to fix.

Um, electric mirrors didn't work.

Brakes are shocking, very bad.

Rattles everywhere, poor build quality, dents very easily.

General Comments:

Handling is good in the dry, watch the back slide in the wet.

Quick car off the lights, over 4,500rpm is when it realy goes.

Cost me a lot of money to keep repairing, still didn't pay off due to more leaks had to sell for 1100 just to get rid of the thing.

If you got money to burn, perfect car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st April, 2005

2nd Apr 2005, 02:01

Aside from the various oil leaks, why buy another saxo after already owning one if you were concerned about the quality and longevity of such a vehicle? Asking for trouble?, guess you got it.