2003 Citroen Saxo Reviews - Page 2 of 3

2003 Citroen Saxo VTS 1.4i petrol from Netherlands

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.4i petrol Don't Know
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 kilometres
Most recent distance39000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen AX

Summary:

Quick little fellow

Faults:

We had a flat tire once, but that's all.

General Comments:

It's a nice looking car with the VTS kit on it to give it some muscle. It handles very well in corners and once you've flatten out the pedal it just keeps accelerating. Tough suspension, but stil comfortable. the braking power is immense.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2006

2003 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance27000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Corsa

Summary:

Cheap to buy, road legal go-cart

Faults:

Eats front tires.

Rattles.

Wobbly passenger seat.

General Comments:

Handles like a go-cart, very fun car to drive fast.

Very basic car, compared to others, no luxuries, but that isn't what these cars are about.

If you like cheap thrills, then this is a car to consider.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 6th September, 2005

2003 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6 8v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 8v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired2000 miles
Most recent distance8000 miles

Summary:

Nippy as hell will smash most off the mark

Faults:

All the pedals are too close together, due to this not much feet space.

You can feel the clutch vibrating a lot when you are on the motorway traveling at some pace.

The engine really starts to scream when you hit bout 90mph.

The back windows will vibrate now and then.

Go too fast round a bend and the back end will go.

Can really feel the bumps in the road when you go over them.

Needs to be a little cheaper on the insurance if you are only starting out you could be looking at a couple of grand easy.

General Comments:

Very quick off the mark, and the acceleration is very good for an 8v engine.

Standard seats an really comfortable, they follow through with you when you brake the car.

The assisted break system (ABS) is an absolute life saver will stop you in your tracks very quickly.

Standard bodykit and wheels look really good, only need to lower it a bit and it look like a dream.

The sound system in the car does go pretty load, get a bass box and you are booming.

Let the car go to about 40,000 revs and you really feel the power of the car really good for 100bhp.

Probably one the best sports hatches around, quick and really not that bad handling.

10 pound will get you roughly 100 miles if not raced all the time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2004

26th Sep 2006, 11:44

There is very little weight in saxo's especially at the back of the car. So the back end could slide easy at speed. If you accelerate a little bit during a corner then it will help to stop the back end sliding. Also I find having a passenger or 2 in the back improves the handling due to the extra weight.

2003 Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 600

Summary:

Too highly priced

Faults:

Noisy power steering pump replaced under warranty.

Steering Rack waiting to be replaced under warranty.

Excessive tyre wear on nearside.

Revving up on its own which was rectified under the warranty.

Passenger seat very stiff to move back to allow people to get in the back.

General Comments:

Best car I have owned in regards to holding the road.

The only real regret is buying a black one as it shows every little mark.

Not very comfortable in the back.

By the way I am coming up to 51 Years of age, so not exactly a boy racer !

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2004

6th Mar 2005, 04:08

If you're approaching 51 years of age then shouldn't you be driving a Rover or something along those lines. The Citroen Saxo is an excellent little hot hatch, cheap to run and insure and when has the driver ever had to sit in the back of the car???

5th Mar 2006, 16:10

Hot hatch I only call car with at least under 9 seconds 0-60 a hot hatch.

6th Sep 2006, 17:36

The guy can buy what ever car he likes.

The VTR will beat most ZR's in the range, and the Saxo VTS will beat them all. Just though I'd point that out... hehe.

2003 Citroen Saxo VTS 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance7000 miles
Previous carCitroen AX

Summary:

A nice little motor!

Faults:

Body kit not fitted correctly, fixed at 1500 mile check.

Knocking noise when changing gears, took to the dealer, no fault found, problem worsened, took back to dealer, new spring kit required between engine and manifold.

Oil leak due to faulty cap, new cap acquired from dealer.

Alarm sensors to be replaced due to alarm randomly going off.

Airbag light came on at 3,000 miles, repaired by dealer.

General Comments:

After owning an AX GT for several years the obvious upgrade was the Saxo VTS and with the free insurance and 2k cash back it seemed excellent value.

The car is nice to drive and nice to look at although I'm a little disappointed with teething problems, in saying that though they have all been put right by the dealer and with a 3 year dealer warranty the faults aren't really an issue.

For 10k the car is excellent value and a good performer with a sub 8 second 60 time. The build quality isn't the greatest, but for the price, the free insurance and the warranty I can't complain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th December, 2003

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 16 reviews