2000 Citroen Saxo SX 1.1i from Greece


Basic little shopping cart


Head gasket (engine oil in coolant).

Radiator & radiator hoses leak.

Transmission oil leak.

Rear wheel bearing.

Rear brake cylinder leak.

Airbag light (wire under seat got damaged - common on 3d models).

Windows are wobbly if not completely open or closed.

Seats are wobbly.

HT leads.

Central locking doesn't work at times.

Right & left engine mounts.

Steering rack gaiters.

Front wishbone bushes shot.

Boot gas struts are shot.

Rain water gets into the rear light.

Rear passenger window screws got loose.

Reverse gear is tricky to get in (put it into 1st gear before putting it into reverse to avoid crunching).

Muffler has almost got an extra rust hole in it.

General Comments:

Considering how many miles I put yearly, and that we are talking about a 15 year old car, I am pretty pleased with how it fares.

When you get in for the first time, you notice that the pedals are very close to each other, showing that this is a car that was designed for women, so it's not a car for tall people.

The trunk is roomy for the car's size, especially with the rear seats folded.

For its age the fuel economy is not bad, but if you don't service it regularly, it can drink like a van.

My few tips:

- Using a torque wrench on the wheels' lug nuts will make for a smoother ride.

- The bolts that hold the wishbones have a tendency to get loose, especially if the car is driven hard, so make sure you tighten them regularly (depends on how you drive - I do them every 6 months) to torque spec; this will increase the car's stability and reduce fuel consumption.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2015

2000 Citroen Saxo Furio 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland


Great car, but keeps breaking


I have the same problem with the airbag light on all the time; comes off and on.

My main problem is, the car was only starting when it wanted to, so I replaced the fuel pump, and problem solved.

Only thing now is a month down the line, the fuel pump is knackered again. I've sent for another one, but wary of this one going as well. Just wondering if it's something electrical that's blowing the pumps? And if I should get the electrics checked before I put this pump in?

General Comments:

Apart from that, it's a great wee car, and is nippy for a 1.4, love it! But I live on an island, and it's not handy that it keeps breaking down, as I live 30 miles from work, eek!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2010

2000 Citroen Saxo Furio 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland


Unsafe, unreliable, uncomfortable and a death trap


Steering oil pump.

Back shocks.

Gear linkage system failure.

Driver's seat came loose.

Hand brake came loose.

Exhaust trouble.

General Comments:

Really regret buying this car. It's very unsafe and have had weekly problems with it since January when I bought it. I have nearly spent 1500 on repairs. This week I am selling it and will never buy a Citroen again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th October, 2009

14th Oct 2009, 16:20

"Unsafe, unreliable, uncomfortable and a death trap"

- All the reasons that Citroen has not been in the USA for many years now.

16th Oct 2009, 12:17

America would buy Citroen's bigger cars if they put them for sale there. The stereotypical American likes a big car with soft suspension. However anyone with a bit about them will know that that view of America is slightly out of date, and no doubt Citroen would do well there.

2nd Aug 2018, 17:27

Good man, 1st rule of motoring, NEVER buy a car from France or Italy, end of.

2000 Citroen Saxo Desire 5 door 1.1 from UK and Ireland


Nippy, reliable car


Not a lot has really gone wrong with this car, especially seeing as it was 5 years old when I got it.

The brakes are shockingly bad. I've had them all stripped down and checked 3 times in 4 years, and they can't find anything wrong with them. I suppose it's just one of its quirks. The brakes keep passing the MOTs so they must be OK I suppose, but I've had a few near misses.

The steering is poor too, I feel like I'm sometimes 'floating' on the road even though I've got decent tyres with plenty of tread.

I've had various parts of my exhaust replaced about 5 times in 4 years.

General Comments:

All in all this is a good car, cheap to run and insure, and very reliable. It's never once let me down, and I do a lot of stop start driving.

I don't like the plastic strip (body coloured), which runs horizontally down the sides, as mine have chipped really easily and look a mess, but I imagine you need new ones as opposed to being able to repair them.

Last but not least, I've never felt really happy in this car, I always feel that something could go at any minute, it's not solid like a VW Golf.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th September, 2009

7th Oct 2009, 12:58

Get a Golf then.