1995 Citroen Xantia Dimension 2 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Nice but USELESS
The clutch cable has snapped at the plastic clip on the pedal 11 times and each time has cost between £40 and £105 to repair. Also I have had 2 new clutches, not because they wear out, but because Citroen dealers and garages say that the clutch is stiff and causing the clip to break.
Basically it is a nice car, but unfortunately it is useless because the clutch cable snaps too often. I had a clutch fitted today and it snapped 2 hours later. I have spent thousands on the clutch, but nothing works.
The AA cannot repair this cable so every other week I have to be towed into a garage. So far I have tried four different garages, all replaced the plastic clip, but it never lasts. I have had a metal clip made, but then the cable snapped after 2 months. The people repairing the car are not at fault, it is a design fault which makes my car USELESS.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th April, 2001
I have owned my present Xantia (1993 TD SX) from 67,000 miles up to 174,400 miles and the problem you mentioned happened only once, about 8,000 miles ago. My garage told me that replacing the cable was "an absolute pig of a job" as it is very easy to kink the cable - and if you do that the cable jams in the sheath and the clip comes off... I have the service history from new and the vehicle never had a replacement cable fitted prior to the last one.
Whilst looking for some Xantia info, I found a company in the USA which makes metal clip assemblies...
The issue you have IS caused by the repairers not having the intelligence or diligence to look further than a broken cable or retaining clip. There's always a reason for this happening, and as one of your repairers commented, the clutch is "too stiff". If they'd bothered to look further they'd have found the clutch actuating shaft (which runs down through the bellhousing) to have partially seized in its bushes. This can be sorted out in-situ by careful lubrication of the shaft bushes. It's even easier if the 'box is off to change the clutch. Many other cars suffer from this issue too - it's not just Citroens!
What is the company that does metal clips in America??