1998 Citroen Saxo Reviews - Page 4 of 19

1998 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6 8v from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 8v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Bling

Faults:

The car was mistreated by the previous owner. She ran it with no oil in the gearbox, so I had to fit a new gearbox.

I fitted a new clutch and a new radiator, but that's just general wear and tear of a car, so not huge problems I suppose.

General Comments:

Well being 18 at the time of having the car, I was going through the whole "bad boy" times. I ended up kitting the car up by adding a set of wheels, a full body kit, quad exhaust, had it lowered, fitted a K&N, put on clear lights. Cost a fortune, but looked mint.

Got me loads of attention, but it become a problem, because I was scared of leaving it places, and of bloody speed bumps.

I sold the car to a kiddy near my area, so if you see a green Saxo fitting this description driving around Bristol, laugh at him cos he's been telling everyone he built the car himself, and that annoyed me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th April, 2005

1998 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles

Summary:

It was fun while it lasted!

Faults:

Water leak through sunroof (common fault, with rubber lining)

Power steering pump gone (again common fault)

Replacement of breaks after just 10000 miles! (again common fault)...though this could have been due to the fact that the saxo I bough had been stood around for a while, so it could have simply been residue on the disc's rubbing off onto the pads.

General Comments:

I believe the phrase 'hot hatch' is particularly relevant to the VTR. Due to its particularly low weight, combined with a rather powerful 1.6 8v engine, this car, can beat quite a few cars off the mark.

Handling on the VTR is also unbelievable, a recent "test" I did, (night before I sold the car!) was to see how fast I could turn right on a reasonable size roundabout in light rain. As far as I could tell the needle did not drop below 50! And even though it 'twitched' slightly half way though the turn, it handled WAYYY better than expected.

The main issue regarding the Saxos is that their brakes are borderline "atrocious". If you do not have expirience in gearing down in a difficult situation (which new drivers will struggle with... or worse won't even know about) then chances are you will be involved in a collision.

I myself am a vehicle dismantler and often visit numerous salvage auctions and I can honestly say that there are usually A lot of Saxos at salvage auctions. This should give you a good indication of the safety record of this car (and to some extent the ability of its drivers!).

In addition to the rather questionable safety record, the car is of poor build quality. Gearbox is very clunky, body panels are of poor quality. Dash is nothing too clever, but I won't say it looks bad. Rather cheap plastics though!

So in summary, even though this cause has an excellent engine and good road manners... well that's about it. Poor build quality, poor safety record, too many "common" faults let this car down and in the end will result in a hole in your pocket.

Also the cars are dropping in value fast, so do not expect to get anywhere near what you paid for it.

There is also a certain security flaw in the saxo that will give easy access to your car without even damaging a panel or breaking a glass... but I should rather not mention it!

Thanks for reading, I'm off now in my Civic Type R, (4-5 saxos rolled into 1!)

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

Review Date: 4th March, 2004

15th Mar 2004, 18:14

I've got to agree about the comments regarding brakes, they really are that bad!

1st Apr 2008, 16:43

2000 blue saxo vtr.

Yep sure are but I've been lucky so far. touch wood!

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