1995 Citroen Xantia LX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


A reliable, economical, comfortable car for very little money


Nothing, routine maintenance and normal consumables apart.

General Comments:

The most comfortable car that I have owned.

Very stable on the motorway and handles well.

Excellent brakes.

Good range over 600 miles per tankful.

Economical - 50mpg.

Must be one of the best second hand buys. Prices drop so much as the British public tend to hate anything French, and tend to be frightened off by unrealistic repair estimates.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2008

25th Jan 2022, 15:11

1990's Xantia - These were good cars, underrated in my opinion. Not the most reliable, but not as bad as people made them out to be, and certainly better than Renault's Laguna at the time, in regards to reliability.

26th Jan 2022, 10:21

The Xantia must have a lot going for it; where I live in France many of the farmers still have either these cars or the replacement first-generation C5 as their daily driver. They aren't the type of people known for wasting money for sentimental reasons!

1995 Citroen Xantia TD SX 1.9 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand


Great cruiser, not for the boy racer, an awesomely comfortable ride


Mainly niggly things. The whole time I had it, there was a slight leak from the heater matrix, but it hardly used any fluid, so it wasn't worth the cost of fixing.

Most of the suspension spheres done.

Motor for the petrol cap lock died, so I removed it. Who'd want to siphon diesel anyway?

Key remote died, so I put an alarm in; cheaper than a new Citroen remote!

Turbo hose perished.

Belt tensioner, engine mounts etc.

Worst time was diesel leaks when sulphur was reduced by the government, resulting in a pump overhaul, and the alternator brushes died at the same time.

Given the mileage she'd done, the problems were pretty minor.

Was pretty hard on tires, but I suspect that may have been more my driving habits.

General Comments:

A dream to be in. I love Citroen suspension. Judder bars (road humps) can be ignored when traveling around town.

Would still have it if I hadn't finally given in to my wife's insistence to get a green car.

Performance was way ahead of my previous non-turbo diesel; passing was still not quick though.

Mileage was great, and I've certainly missed that with my turbo petrol VW Passat since I sold her.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2007

1995 Citroen Xantia dimension 2 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland


Underrated practical workhorse


Slight oil leak on the oil pump, needs small top up every 2-3 weeks, apart from that the car has never missed a beat.

Oh just a fuel filter for the mot as it was still the original one from 11 years ago.

General Comments:

Sluggish pull off, but once over 30mph the car flies at a rapid rate.

Interior is roomy and well laid out, even with 70 thousand on the clock and 11 years old its in better condition than some 2 year old cars, no rips tears or stains on the seats its still like new.

Not a patch of rust in sight even underneath the car is spotless, these cars seem to fair much better than most.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2006

1995 Citroen Xantia LX D 1.9 from UK and Ireland


A luxury car for the poor


Well, I exchanged this car for my Honda Civic Shuttle 1.4. That car was about to die so I thought a newer car with ABS and airbags would be quite a good deal. The car seems fine apart from some little niggles which I will explain.

1) Whenever I apply the brakes the peddle feels as if it is pushing in and out with you having no control over it. I can't just brake and get smooth braking action its very tempramental! Can anyone help?

2) Whenever I change from 2nd to 3rd the gear box makes a crunching noise unless I do this VERY VERY slowly. Do you think it just needs some gear box oil or something? (I am not very mechanically minded!)

3) Random lights just turn on where there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the car at all. VEry confusing.

General Comments:

I am VERY impressed with the cars ride quality, it really feels like me and myt passengers a**** are being massaged by some sexy masseur! It handles very well and is high on features. I also fail to realise the point of the car rising and falling like some sort of pimped up dodge charger they have in the states. It is cool however, but it's just another thing that could go wrong. The cars are very good on rust, I bought my N reg one with not a patch of rust on it!

The 1.9 D engine is sluggish to say the least, good on diesel, but sluggish. You really need to floor it to get any sort of acceleration! It does have good torque and once you get your speed you don't have to struggle to keep it.

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

Review Date: 13th November, 2005

14th Nov 2005, 12:49

There is no specific point to the car rising and falling, however, as the engine needs to be running to maintain hydraulic pressure, and therefore keep the car "pumped up", it slowly sinks when turned off.

The pulsing you feel through the brake pedal is likely to be because the LHM (hydraulic fluid) system needs bleeding.