2001 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
Good performance and handling, but let down by poor build quality and poor aftersales from dealers
Drivers door rubs on rear edge of front wing (door welded onto body at factory slightly out of position!)
Drivers door aperture rubber seal came adrift (took 5 visits! to dealer to rectify), in the end I fitted the seal myself as the mechanics fitted it like a blind man would.
Driver's door window rattles when fully closed or open about an inch. not rectified to date. Dealers attempts include packing window channels with masking tape to pack "rattle clearance out".
Driver's window squeaks when the car is wet after raining.
ECU unit reprogrammed twice, in 1st instance ECU warning light came on, in 2nd instance car was pinking under light loads. Now OK, but for how long?
Knocking coming from rear nearside over speed bumps, potholes,curbs etc.
Dealer unable to trace so sprayed grease over all of rear suspension units. I eventually found the cause myself, but do not know of a cure, fault is the handbrake equaliser bracket knocking against the chassis.
Occasinally idle speed varies up and down on its own.
Floorpan damaged when dealer lifted car on a 2 post lift incorrectly. Mechanics positioned lift arms under the floorpan and rear shock absorbers.
Stereo speaker blown in the nearside door.
Very poor build quality.
Dealers not interested after sale of car.
Nippy, fast acceleration with good handling/cornering.
Reasonable economy unless thrashed.
Speakers poor quality.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st March, 2002
18th Nov 2009, 13:12
I know the answer comes late, but the varying idle speed is normally a well known problem at Citroën dealers:
The root cause is the idle speed stepper motor, which becomes old. One cheap way to repair it is to take it out and clean it. Or simply replace it (around 200 euros).
The motor is located on the throttle valve block, on the opposite of where the gas pedal wire comes through.
And as its name indicates, it only comes into action when you release your gas pedal and the engine stays at idle speed.