1999 Citroen Saxo VTS 1.6 16v petrol from UK and Ireland
Real pocket rocket
For the first 5000 miles the engine squeaked loudly when cold, suddenly stopping after about 10 minutes. Fixed after 2 trips to the dealer.
Accelerator pedal 'vibrates' at around 3200rpm. This doesn't seem as bad now though after nearly 30,000 miles.
Airbag warning light starts flashing for no reason. I think this must be VERY common because everyone I know with a Citroen/Peugeot car has this problem!
Brakes went very spongy at around 25,000 miles. I got the dealer to have a look but they didn't put the wheels back on properly. I had driven another 1000 miles before noticing 3 of the 4 bolts on the front left wheel had fallen out! I was very lucky!
Anyway, I fitted hi-spec discs and pads and now the brakes are great (once warm).
The cars performance still impresses after nearly 30,000 miles.
Take my advice, treat the engine with respect and it'll be OK. Wait for the oil temperature to rise before putting your foot down, and don't take it above 6000rpm, there's no point, just drop a gear.
The only disappointment is the attitude of the dealers. They don't seem to give a damn once the car has been sold.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th February, 2001
Max power of the engine is achieved at 6600 with the plain unmodded 16v, so yes, there is a point in pushing the gear to 7250 (limitator)
Max torque is achieved only at 5200, so if you want to drive fast, you should drive between 5000 and 7000 not below.
Below 4500, lack of power and torque is evident, while everything is coming in with a kick in th butt between 4500 and 5000...