1995 Citroen Xantia SX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Economical tank of a car
Bracket snapped connecting the front hydraulic suspension to the rear which meant the rear suspension went to the highest or lowest position, not to the drive position.
Overheated radiator caused major engine damage, over 1000 spent to fix.
Constant problems with the lights on the dashboard, warning of water in the diesel fuel and ABS failure.
Battery failure at the first sign of winter.
When everything is working, a nice car to drive even though I do not believe the suspension has ever been at its best since I purchased the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th December, 2000
25th Jan 2001, 05:12
Any car which has done 155,000 miles is going to give some problems. You seem to have got off quite lightly.
To restore the magic carpet ride, you need to change all five spheres every 60,000 miles or four years, whichever occurs first. A worn accumulator sphere will damage the hydraulic pump (check for LHM fluid behind pump pulley, if there's fluid leaking then the pump is straining)
Change the LHM fluid every 36000 miles, it must always be a nice semi-transparent green.
1st May 2001, 13:27
The battery problem is typical of diesels in general as they need a good amount of juice to turn over the engine. There is no solution - just expect to replace batteries every two or three years and don't expect to get away with a cheapie! (My current battery is 3 years old and will be replaced in September).
I have experienced a problem with the front suspension self-levelling sensor jumping off its clip - result: front stay on the ground whilst the tail rises above it all. There is a knack of replacing it. Other than that, the previous note about the hydraulics is spot on.
I have had an ABS failure, but it was only a sensor, not the computer. And all that in over 174,000 miles.
1995 Citroen Xantia SX Prestige 1.8 from Germany
Luxury you can afford
Nothing so far.
Splendid car. It is a Prestige (nowadays called Exclusive) and all the extras (e.g., heated seats) make you feel like God driving in France.
The ride is of excellent comfort but still the car is a very good turner. The suspension seems to "know" when to be firm and when to provide comfort. Even at high speeds (180kmh / 112 mph) the car is pretty quiet inside and is ultra stable on the road. I have owned a Honda CRX before and that felt a lot more unsafe at this kind of speed.
One little snag is that the engine wants the premium (super) petrol instead of the normal which is a bit more expensive. However, for all the pleasures the car provides I do not bother about this.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th September, 2000
Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 32 reviews