1998 Citroen Saxo Reviews - Page 8 of 19

1998 Citroen Saxo x 1.1i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.1i Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Zut alors! French Flying Sardine Tin From 2CV Stable!

Faults:

Airbag light occasionally flashes on. Turns out to be a loose plug under the passenger seat.

General Comments:

I has an Astra and then bought this. OK it's an ex courtesy car, OK so its boring furio red (non metallic turning pink) But, I love the nippy acceleration, and the fuel economy, returning 38mpg regularly. It doesn't like a crosswind, and its no rocket when you get to the legal speed limit, but then this is a city car for the masses, not a motorway cruiser!

Its been broken into once and needs a new door skin, however, why bother at this price, pass it onto a dealer when you're finished and get a newer model (perhaps a C3?)

It was a toss up between this car and a Peugeot 106. Both cars share the same platform and engines, so the Saxo with its smiley grille and more purposeful appearance, grabbed the deal. That said, the Peugeot 106 (especially the GTi) is no bad car either.

When you're paying about £6,000 for a brand new Saxo (especially if you have just taken up Citroen UK Dealers no vat deal), you can't argue. The Fiesta is good, but has little thigh support in the seats.

Highly recommended cheeky French Flyer!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2002

1998 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6 petrol from Israel

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 kilometres
Most recent distance72000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

Makes you smile

Faults:

Nothing. Great car!!

General Comments:

It's not a real Citroen; it reminds of the Peugeot 106 (same car, different badge) thus - great car, great performance.

My car has been very reliable, and has perfect handling. By adding Koni shocks, Sparco springs & and OMP strut, it feels even better.

Great buy - fun, fun, fun car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2002

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

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6i 8v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carRenault Clio

Summary:

Cheap pocket rocket!

Faults:

No major problems. Little niggles are the main bugbear of this car.

Tappets need adjusting every 20,000 miles to keep it sounding sweet.

Interior quality is a bit rough with creaky trim and unsupporting seats.

General Comments:

A quick little car with a lot of character.

Cheap and easy to modify, with lots of aftermarket parts.

Handling to die for when lowered, although this does means you feel every bump in the road!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2002

1998 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance37000 miles
Previous carCitroen AX

Faults:

Often when starting the car, I can hear this terrible rushing of water. I have taken it to a Citroen garage to have the system bled three times now, but the problem is still there. I have been told it is a fault with the heater matrix which can be solved by constantly having the heater on hot! I don't think so! Tell me if this a head gasket problem? Am going to the garage shortly for a test.

I haven't had a problem with the airbag light coming on, but I had it with the diagnosis light. Cost me £98 to have the software downloaded onto the computer to correct it!

I've only had the car for a few months and had fewer problems with my GT.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2002

23rd Sep 2002, 08:02

Hi, Thanks for your comment. My car is off to the garage tomorrow for the test. Over the weekend I notice a few tell-tale signs, white stuff on the oil cap. Out of interest how much did it cost you to get the problem sorted? I presume this did cure the rushing of water sound when you start the engine and more so when you apply revs?

6th Apr 2006, 15:35

Hi there I have had the same problem of running water to and white gunk on top of the oil cap, but no gunk in the oil at all, but at the same time mine is using loads of water has my head gasket gone???

1998 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance34000 miles
Previous carRenault Clio

Summary:

Good quality, cheap car

Faults:

Nothing, not one thing!

General Comments:

I have always been a fan of Citroens, and have previously owned several AXs. I love Citroen's unique styling - the Saxo is not so unique, but is gorgeous!

After owning an AX GT, I was a little disappointed with the performance of the VTR, which would surely be killed by its older brother!

I have had mine since January, and have had not a single problem with it. It's also a bit annoying that everyone seems to own one these days, and it is gaining a reputation as a bit of a rudeboy car.

Overall however, it is an affordable, sexy looking car, which drives like an absolute dream. I would recommend one to the vicar's wife!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2002

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