1993 Citroen Xantia VSX 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland


Good, but cheap long distance family car


The ABS ECElectronic Control Unit was found to be non-operational just before its last MOT. This could have been expensive to fix, but fortunately I found a second hand unit for £80 delivered to my door.

An ignition coil failed. (On the 16v model there is no single distributor. Each spark plug is energized by a coil that sits directly on top of it) These are much cheaper for the older models. This cost me £45 for the part, which I fitted myself. Some dealers recommend that all 4 are replaced at the same time. Rubbish! Only replace the one that is needed. The car will get you home on 3 cylinders, so don't worry about others failing later.

The key fob has failed - so I've lost the use of the alarm. Not much hassle here as there's a keypad that controls an immobiliser.

There is a key switch near the top right hand of the engine bay that will actually stop the alarm from ever being activated by mistake (for example via a run down battery).

Leak around sunroof, which seems to have disappeared now.

Recently required a flexible brake pipe for the MOT.

General Comments:

Very comfortable ride. The ability to alter the suspension height is very useful.

There are two levels of suspension.

The 2.0L 16v is very quick off the mark. It's the first car I've had that I cannot bring myself to see what it can do in terms of top speed!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 2002

1993 Citroen Xantia LX TD 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Va va voooooom...*bang*


My mechanic just sent me a postcard from Disneyland which prompted me to write...

Firstly, the fanbelt stripped which left me with no brakes, suspension or steering. Then the towing company grounded it trying to lift it onto the truck.

Little plastic clutch thingy keeps breaking... also accelerator cables seem to go quite a lot...

Back end creaks like a farm gate - guess what? rear axle is mild steel, but bearings are hard steel, so guess which wears out first...

Net result is annoying creak at all times and inside of rear tyres lasts about 5000 miles.

Back end doesn't lift up on starting, so I have to jack it up on the control then hop out and lift it by hand.

This week, 2 days before I was going to change it for a sexy yellow Volvo 850 T5, the suspension pump blew up. Nothing comes as a surprise.

It overheats erratically as well, and every time it does the fan switch melts!

My fingers have begun to seep blood so I'll leave it at that and hope you get the general picture...

General Comments:

This is a devastatingly good car that still looks the part, cruises at 100mph all day (hello, officer) and returns 55-65 mpg all the while. It's fairly quiet, too, and the speakers are monsters now I've let them loose on a decent stereo and scrapped that half-arsed standard Citroen 0.5 watt mono wireless receiver (cat's whisker kept jumping out of place).

I love the acceleration, but find it a tad lumpy - why can't the turbo kick in lower? It's just above the point where you change gear - and find the handling pretty exhilarating (I just can't catch it out), although the steering is a bit uninvolving, like an arcade game.

Citroen thoughtfully have provided a grab handle for my mother. Alas, no choke for her to hang her handbag, though.

I keep itching to replace it, but it subdues me with a huge repair bill for something or other to make me get my money's worth for just another couple of months.

I remember my dad ladening his Marina down with sacks of coal to stop the back end skipping about. The great thing about Priscilla is the back end doesn't go down under any weight due to the suspension, which is handy for driving half a ton of Welsh bluestone down the M4. I'm told they tow well, too, but can't afford a caravan due to having to save for the next repair bill.

It still looks great, though - a recent session with a carpet shampooer proved that the seats were in fact grey, not black - and really ought to have some personalised plates (I need the sixty quid for the next back tyres, though).

Unlike some of your other reviewers, I've found parts prices to be pretty good if you hunt around.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd August, 2002

7th Sep 2004, 01:56

The rear trailing arm bearings are in fact nylon or something soft like that. They do wear at around 100K and need replacing. Since they cost around 30GBP for the parts it is not a major expense.

This cures the squeaking from the back, the problem with it not going up and down and the wear on the inside of the rear tires. The suspension will be more comfortable as well!