1998 Citroen Saxo Reviews - Page 19 of 19

1998 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6 8-valve from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 8-valve Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance16500 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Mini

Summary:

Great engine and handling, nothing gives more smiles per pound

Faults:

Nothing, other than rattles and squeeks. The stereo reliability is a bit poo.

General Comments:

Great handler, and quicker than claimed, I think. Good fun to drive, bad news for license endorsements. I go through front tyres quite quickly, and they are a cool ton each - ouch! Economical, but interior a bit cheap. Perfect when new, but squeeky-rattly now. Dealers not very helpful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th March, 2000

1998 Citroen Saxo Exclusive 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 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)
8.4 / 10

Faults:

1) Bad tyre valve from new.

2) Faulty ignition coil at circa 17k miles.

General Comments:

My previous car was a 106XR 1.4 (1994). The Saxo is more solid, rolls less on corners and is generally v. civilised. There are the typical French rattles from various parts of the cockpit! It is extremely economical - typically better than 6l/100km (50mpg); the performance is not that far off the VTR, which I test drove, and much better than the 1.1 models I've had as courtesy cars.

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

Review Date: 16th October, 1999

1998 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.6i petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Nothing as yet.

General Comments:

Pay extra for a spoiler, well worth it, standard alloys are fantastic, gets plenty of attention.

Pretty quick off the mark and a lot of fun to throw around tight corners, sticks to the road well, perfectly balanced.

Have added a few things like blue neon indicators - not a good idea, been pulled over 3 times now and on my way to work this morning.

Great little car, keep the revs high or you could find yerself in trouble when you want to overtake, can take a bit of hammering - got 65mph out of mine in second!!!!! Don't do it though.

Getting rid of mine for its big brother.

Great fun, highly recommended pocket rocket, super little motor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 1999

1998 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.6i petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Nothing has yet gone wrong, braking veers to the left at high speeds, comes to a halt rather rapidly though.

General Comments:

Quick little car, would rather have a VTS, good for 128mph (down hill), can't go wrong with 2 years free insurance, worth putting the spoiler on though, makes all the difference, a real gem.

Just add a sticker like "Never take me alive copper" and you're away.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 1999

1998 Citroen Saxo VTS 1.6 16V petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.6 16V petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Great car, quick, reliable and very economical as long as you don't give it too much. Previously owned a 106 GTi which is more aggressive, VTS probably aimed more as a family hot hatch (If you know what I mean). Recommend buying VTS or GTi, it puzzles me why only Citroen claim 0-60 in 7.2 secs as the GTi is just as quick, after all it's the same engine.

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

Review Date: 7th March, 1999

2nd Sep 2001, 10:52

The VTS weighs less than the 106 GTI, I guess that will have an effect on the 0-60 figures.

28th Dec 2005, 20:08

The real reason is that Peugeot puts weight in the car (people) and a full fuel tank when they record tests.

Citroen doesn't.

19th Sep 2009, 18:59

You're both wrong, it's actually the gear ratios. The VTS has different second gear ratio getting it to 60 faster, whereas the 106 has to change to third to get to 60.

The result the 106 has a better gearbox for everything else except reaching 60. The Saxo can got to 60 faster. Everything else is practically the same.

1998 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6 8v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.6 8v petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10

Faults:

Only got the car yesterday with 5,000 miles on the clock. Noisy grinding brakes haven't yet stopped even though its been used enough for the surface rust to go. Also high pitched whining noise from under bonnet. Possibly alternator? Got to go back this weekend to dealer. Also bulb gone on dash.

General Comments:

It's the wife's car not mine and she loves it. Also all her mates do and their husbands are getting an ear bashing because they all want one. If you are over 6ft tall forget it. I am and you need a chiropractor when you get out.

OUCH!! Looks good on the drive, that's all I like about it.

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

Review Date: 24th January, 1999

1998 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.6i petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10

Faults:

Just got it on the 9th.

No probs as yet, usual running in probs of poor braking and engine response.

General Comments:

Very quick, highly chuckable around the bends.

Wait and see!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 1999

1998 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6i 8v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.6i 8v petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Rev counter went after 2,000 miles, noisy brakes at first but went away.

General Comments:

Superb car, can beat just about anything and handles really well. Raced a Pug 106 XSi (upgraded) and tortured it!!

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

Review Date: 17th January, 1999

1998 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.6i petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Near side wishbone bush had come apart after two months.

General Comments:

Seems to drink petrol like there's no tomorrow!! Maybe that's due to the 130bhp conversion!! Dog's dangly bits to the max!!

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

Review Date: 31st December, 1998

1998 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.6i petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Car pulls to the left when braking.

Drivers seat not especially comfortable on long journeys.

General Comments:

Excellent car all round, free insurance, handles like a dream, looks fantastic, does 130mph and uses hardly any petrol!! Who could ask for more (except a Ferrari).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

1998 Citroen Saxo X 1.1i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.1i petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Faults:

None, touch wood!

General Comments:

Great little motor, surprisingly good handling and no dodgy pneumatic suspension to go wrong!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 1998

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 86 reviews