1993 Citroen Xantia LX 1.8i from UK and Ireland
A very comfortable, reliable, high-mileage express
Remote locking fob didn't work so I obtained a new one which didn't work. I then replaced the infra-red receiver unit and that didn't work either so I decided that there was a wiring problem in that area! It didn't matter too much because the car still has a touch-pad for the immobiliser.
I also replaced the middle/rear box of the exhaust, which wasn't too expensive at £125 (thanks Formula 1)!
Drivers seat had started to wear slightly, but with 160k on the clock this is not surprising.
I bought this car because it was very very cheap, only £700, and I expected it to be quite unreliable, being a Citroen, but I have been pleasantly surprised. The only things to have gone wrong were the remote fob and the exhaust.
The engine on this car is superb, it's not quick and it doesn't like being revved, but it is very torquey and when I sold the car with 183k on the clock it still used very little oil.
The suspension proved to be very reliable, I experienced no problems whatsoever.
I would definitely considering buying another Xantia.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th April, 2003
10th Nov 2014, 01:25
Ha, my Xantia remote central locking was dead when I bought it, and the locks themselves started the typical spinning and not unlocking behavior. I knew it would cost me hundreds if I went to the dealers with no guarantees, so I went to the local motor accessories shop and bought a remote central locking kit for $50, and installed one of the plungers so that it pushed the door lock button up and down. Easy, cheap, permanent and works well.
I love these cars, but without a bit of DIY and lateral thinking, I can see how people could fall out of love simply because of the maintenance costs.