1993 Citroen Xantia Reviews

1993 Citroen Xantia LX 1.7 TD from UK and Ireland

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 1.7 TD Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles
Previous carFiat Tempra

Summary:

The Best Car I have ever owned

Faults:

Absolutley nothing for 3years: just normal servicing.

Nearly lost the car after the parking brake cooled and released in camping site in Spain.

LH electric window failed 75000miles

Suspension units needed replacement 77000 miles.

General Comments:

I bought this car because of the legendary ride quality, great Peugeot Turbo diesel engine and it had looks to die for. I do not reckon Citroen or any other manufacture has produced a big saloon car that looks so perfect. Even now it is a head turner.

Performance, ride and handling lived up to expectations: though odd passengers complained of feeling car sick when piloting it at speed on mountain roads.

Fuel economy at up to 50mpg was quite remarkable I could drive from one end of France to the Other on little more than a tank or 2 of cheap French Diesel

I just loved this car

The only reason I changed it was that my mechanic said they started to fall apart after 70,000miles He was right; I kept the Car for a few more months and the suspension failed the week I put the Car up for Sale

Cest La Vie!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2007

1993 Citroen Xantia VSX 1.9 from UK and Ireland

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.9 Manual
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance147000 miles
Previous carCitroen Visa

Summary:

You either love 'em or hate 'em and I adore 'em!

Faults:

A water leak creating a pool of water under, and rusting, the back nearside seat.

The hydraulic pump 'exploded' - the suspension is then almost on the wheels and this car is seriously heavy without the power steering!

The heater has a leak, so there is a constant smell of hot water when its on and it's in such a daft place you have to dismantle the whole dash to get to it - costly!

General Comments:

Mine was one of the first in the country - a lovely, if sometimes quirky car that I am loathe to part with, despite having bought another Xantia recently.

You can't beat the ride - so comfortable - and they're great for towing.

I wouldn't recommend a main dealer for repairs, they're far too expensive. I've found an excellent private garage that knows about Citroens and keeps both of mine going.

The head gasket lasted until 146,000 miles and the clutch to 144,000 miles.

The back section of the exhaust has only just been replaced, the rest is as when I bought her.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2005

1993 Citroen Xantia LX 1.6i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired139000 miles
Most recent distance146000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 309

Summary:

What a bargain - I love it!

Faults:

The front brake pads and disc's and back pads needed replacing.

The windscreen washers had an electrical fault with them.

I knew about both of these problems when I bought the car.

General Comments:

The car is quick off the mark.

It is very quiet when running.

It is very smooth on the motorway.

The suspension can play up sometimes. It can be very slow to rise, but not very often.

This car is a lovely ride and comfortably sits five adults.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2004

1993 Citroen Xantia SX 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carRenault 19

Summary:

Decent, comfortable and economical (mostly)

Faults:

Front suspension spheres unreliable.

Suspension takes up to 3 minutes to rise.

General Comments:

Have discovered that this car drinks hydraulic fluid like there's no tomorrow.

Basically the Xantia is a great ride and easy to drive. There's plenty of head and leg room even though I'm 6ft5 tall.

The suspension is very very good once it's got going... but for the first few miles it's a little bit solid.

Tyres are cheap, and it doesn't wear them out excessively.

Very easy to park due to the lack of overhang at the back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2004

28th Apr 2004, 06:25

Replace the suspension spheres and change the LHM fluid regularly - suspension problems will vanish. Advanced engineering needs preventative maintenance!

1993 Citroen Xantia SX 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Great when it worked..

Faults:

Suffered total loss of hydraulic pressure three times as different components failed, leaving car with no brakes, suspension or power steering.

Nearside wing mirror broke off.

Offside mirror adjustment control stopped working.

Electric windows died at exactly the same time as the glove-box light. (?)

Anti-lock braking system computer failed making the anti-lock system work every time the brakes were applied.

Sunroof leaked when it rained.

General Comments:

The Xantia was very comfortable, nice to drive, and a good looking car. It felt pleasantly solid and had a nice interior and great ride.

Sadly, good points outweighed by abysmal reliability.

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

Review Date: 14th February, 2004

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 21 reviews