1998 Citroen Saxo Reviews - Page 6 of 19

1998 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired37400 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles
Previous carRenault Clio

Summary:

A fun little car for young ones

Faults:

Fuel pump broke one week after purchase.

Power steering sometimes a bit lumpy.

General Comments:

The car as a whole seems to be quite impressive so far. Its 1600cc engine gives you the impression that you can beat anything else on the road - which is a problem I found when I had my butt kicked by a Golf GTi recently. Although it seems very quick, performance isn't all that great. There are a lot of larger cars around that can match its acceleration, and you have to really push it hard before you can start beating people at the lights. I'd be more than willing to put my foot right down if I knew that I wouldn't have to spend so much on petrol after.

However, I don't think the acceleration is the most important aspect, because the handling will have you taking corners faster than most cars. The car sticks to the road and after taking a corner at excessive speed, leaves a fairly smug grin on your face.

Overall, I couldn't be happier with any other car, considering I'm only 18 - other cars with the same performance and handling couldn't expect to be a group 7 insurance. It still costs a fair bit though - I'm paying £1600 for third party insurance, but surprisingly only a few hundred pounds more than my Clio 1.2.

The Saxo VTR is great for young drivers, because it turns heads and offers the best performance out of the low insurance range, but once you turn 30 you should seriously consider getting rid of it. It has a boy racer image and there's nothing more depressing than seeing grown men zipping around in this young boy's car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2003

19th Sep 2003, 06:20

Oh my god, £1600 third party! Don't be put off by reading that, as I am only 19 with a VTR and I pay £980 Fully Comp. It's a great car to drive, mines silver with blue dials. Very stylish! It looks very sexy and is extremely nippy! For the price range you get a hell of a bargain!

1998 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance47000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

A fantastic little car that handles and corners well

Faults:

Leaking sunroof, fixed in 5 minutes by reinserting the rubber seal.

Radiator leaked, fixed by dealer 1 day later in a couple of hours.

The front seat sometimes doesn't lock in place.

General Comments:

The car is pretty quick.

It handles extremely well, especially around corners, one of the reasons for buying the car.

The dealer fixed the fault under warranty promptly, but their prices for servicing and parts are expensive, so I use a well respected local mechanic.

I've had no problems with head room, but I am quite short, and it comfortably seats four.

Very little to complain about. A well recommended little car.

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

Review Date: 23rd July, 2003

1998 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 309

Summary:

Excellent all rounder

Faults:

The radiator blew at 45,000 miles.

The fuel pump died at 50,000 miles.

The power steering pump became blocked at 55,000 miles.

The head gasket went at 72,000 miles.

General Comments:

If it's 'smiles per pound' you're looking for, you won't go wrong with this car.

The handling is fantastic, the performance is outstanding, especially considering the low insurance and good fuel consumption.

My car has had it's fair share of faults, but they cost so little to fix, they're not worth worrying about.

I have had this car for 3 years, and I have no intention of changing it. With 74,000 miles on the clock it still runs very well. The only thing I would change it for, is a VTs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th July, 2003

21st Sep 2003, 12:37

I've got a VTS. Like you say they handle very nicely, they're a bit nippy and look nice.

I've had mine a year and when I bought it it had 53000 on the clock, now it's on 74000.

Within that time I've had to have the oxygen sensor replaced to fix the poor emissions and also the lumpy tickover. I've had to get the rocker cover sealed on as oil was trickling out of the top. I've had to replace one of the front and one of the rear ABS sensors. Also had to have the radiator replaced, and most recently it decided to start misfiring and then completely flood and stall itself while pulling out of a car park late at night. It's still in the garage waiting for a diagnosis.

In a few words, unless you don't have to get to work, and have lots of time to wait for it being in the garage, and still by some miracle have lots of money to chuck at it, DON'T BUY ONE!!!

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