1993 Citroen Xantia LXi 1.8i 8v from UK and Ireland
A fault ridden mule - to put it politely
The car suffered from terrible suspension, the ride was terribly hard and bouncy. Pressure accumulator was constantly "clicking" and a replacement was just as bad. I would even go so far as to say the suspension was life threatening when cornering at speed on uneven surfaces.
Exhaust valve burnt at 80,000 - £350.
ABS sensor broke at 85,000.
Remote locking button was worn out after 5 years.
Uneven tire wear all round.
Drinks oil by the gallon - slight exaggeration.
Terrible front lights.
Ignition was known to mysteriously fail during rapid deceleration.
A rather enjoyable, comfortable, "fast" car, but the suspension, dealership service, and complexity of manufacture let it down, badly.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd January, 2001
Once the car has risen, the pump should only click about once every minute. Much more than that indicates a weak accumulator sphere which will place an additional strain on the pump. A pump which has been strained by a weak accumulator will show leaking LHM fluid from behind the pump pulley.
The LHM fluid should be green and semi-transparent. Change it every 36,000 miles to keep the suspension in top health.
Spheres are past their best at 60000 miles.
My first continental car. I owned a 1997 Xantia 1.9TD at 55,000KM done. Ever since, life has become restless, because this is the only car I have to earn my living. Problems surface like a timebomb (any moment).
I have repaired and replaced the following within the 1st year of my ownership: both side strut-mounting cracks, radiator fan motors worn off, pulleys & tension bearings, air-conditioning compressor bearing, ignition keys & lock due to switch failure, T joint hydraulic systems, electrical system disruption, hydraulic sphere leaking, engine mountings (3 nos.) & still more to rectify...
Well I am baffeled with mine. it clicks like mad continuosly, but has had the front spheres and accumulator renewed. the back ones have not been renewed, but I can't be bothered anymore its costing too much. any ideas?