1999 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6i 8v petrol from UK and Ireland
A expensive game
You name it, it's gone wrong, everything from power steering to sunroof seals. Don't buy one of these unless you have money to burn. It's cost me 1000s in repairs and I'm not a boy racer. I could have got a Nova with less problems.
Quick, holds the road at speed, cheap and low insurance. But what you save on insurance be prepared to spend on repairs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th October, 2000
I agree, what you save on insurance you pay in repairs. But the tax banding is high at over £100 for six months... Which is also why it's cheaper to insure perhaps?
A lot of the repairs tends to be general maintenance such as brake pads, but please be aware that things wear a heck of a lot more quickly on a Saxo than on other cars, it's likely that you'll be forking out £200 every 6-7 weeks for repairs which might include the following:
A new bearing plus fitting... CV joints... Driveshafts... CAT converter... Ignition barrel replacement... Clutch... Handbrake cable... Engine relays. I blame cheap parts manufactured by Citroen for these problems, but I have not heard of a single Saxo that hadn't had problems. You might even get extra unlucky and buy one that has an unidentifiable fault. Never, ever take it to a main dealer, they will rip you off and charge you even if they don't find a fault...
I have the Saxo VTR, it handles like a little go-kart and not even my new car matches the performance on corners, but my new car is much smoother to drive and classier and quicker (Audi A3 1.8 Turbo Sport). The Saxo is sitting on the driveway at the mo... Again it is in need of a new CV joint/Driveshaft and they were all replaced a year and a half ago.
I'll let you decide.
I have had my Saxo for 6 years, and the only thing I've replaced is tyres and brakes! I do over 60 miles a day to work and back!
I recommend one of this little wippers. Some times you'll get the odd Friday car, but don't let that put you off! You can get a Friday car even with Audi. Don't let someone's bad experience put you off.
The majority of people who drive these cars thrash them around. If you don't thrash around in them and generally look after them, then they won't break.