1998 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6 from UK and Ireland
Fast car, just sort out those brakes!
Accelerator cable snapped.
Air bag lights come on if anyone sits in the passenger seat.
I get a rushing water sound when the car is revved after starting?
I get a constant high pitch whine/whistle from the engine while it is running.
This car is very quick, especially when pulling from 2nd gear.
It has better build quality than my AX GT, but still has room for improvement.
However the brakes are terrible! I have just had the front discs and pads replaced and it still takes forever and a day for the car to stop. You also need to stamp on the brake quite hard if you want to stop quickly, and the brake pedal is quite hard to press.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th January, 2002
30th Jan 2002, 02:05
I have a '98 Saxo VTR which is coming up for 50k. I agree the brakes aren't the quickest at stopping, but mine feel OK, I've had no other problems with them. My airbag light was sorted at the dealer, it was the cable under the drivers seat.
30th Jan 2002, 17:23
Thanks for the reply - the airbag light has already been fixed once by the dealer but is back again - I can see an orange cable running under the passenger seat but there appears to be no break in it.
The car is going back to the dealer next week for the "rushing water" sound to be investigated as it is also starting to overheat, even though it is not losing any water from the radiator, pipes of leaking out of anything else?
Maybe I am expecting too much from a car that was built in 98 and already done 74k!
31st Jan 2002, 07:39
I have a 97 Saxo VTR and also had the problem of a running water noise when I started the engine. This was diagnosed as a head gasket by Citroen, but it was actually the radiator that had rotted. They are very flimsy and this may be the same problem that you are experiencing.
13th Nov 2008, 02:50
I have running water noises coming from my engine. I have a Y reg VTR Saxo. Thanks for the advice about the radiator, as mine looks a bit worse for wear. I hope it is that and nothing else.