1996 Citroen Xantia Estate 2.0i litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand


A very good, honest and driveable car, with a bit of flair


Speedo transducer failed twice.

Intermittent remote locking.

Leaky rear hatch door seals.

Drowned motor in floodwaters due to very low air intake.

Persistent engine oil leak.

Driver's door electric window winder failed.

Hydraulic leak in rear suspension.

Replacement accumulator sphere.

General Comments:

Despite the niggles, the car is a seriously pleasant drive, great ride, not too sluggish and hugely drive-able.

Comfortable seating, and logical and easy to use controls.

Also the wagon has bucket loads of space.

Very reasonably priced, as compared to your average Japanese fare of this era, and a damned sight better to drive.

Despite niggly electricals, the basic mechanicals and hydraulics are reliable, and I expect to get big km's out of the car before it dies.

Would readily consider a turbo diesel wagon if I could find one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2008

1996 Citroen Xantia LX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


My favourite car


I got a bit of a lemon for my first Citroen, there was a lot that needed doing for the first year, and one by one I had them done. First I was stung badly by the local Citroen dealer, then I got to know the local independent specialist (vital as a Citroen owner).

As different things were repaired (front suspension complete, spheres, brakes, radiator, clutch, clutch cable, hot plugs, LHM pumps, filters, oil, exhaust...), it became more new than old; with almost all the suspension replaced it drove like a dream!

The engine had run on synthetic oil when new. and had a good service history.. up until a couple of years before I bought it.

I just loved driving it though, and way more so than any previous car. You can drive a Xantia in two completely different ways, economy or fast, and neither make much difference to the excellent fuel economy of those 1.9 diesels. I wish I had it now, or even a 2.1TD.

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

Review Date: 6th October, 2008

1996 Citroen Xantia 2.0i from Malaysia


I wouldn't leave home without it


The faults in my car were caused by poor maintenance by the previous owner. For example, the spheres in my car are on their way to hell.. I have replaced the rear spheres and I'm going to overhaul the suspensions.

The car had overheating problems because the previous owner put in a stupid japanese fan and modified the fan wiring. Got the original fan working and never had any problems since.

I have not checked the strut mountings for cracks, and I'm going to do it soon before it shoots out.

General Comments:

On the whole.. the Xantia is a fun and wonderful car to drive. I look forward to driving it everyday.

The suspension system is a dream, which makes you feel like you are floating over highways. The car corners effortlessly, giving me a kinda feeling that I can do almost anything while driving.

After I finish my work on the Xantia, I will get an XM!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2007

1st Oct 2007, 03:25

Go get the XM! I just returned to Johor Bahru from Kuala Lumpur. I have a 1991 XM series 1, Bought it about 3 months back. Already made 4 trips to Kuala Lumpur in the XM (each return trip is 800kms). Absolutely fantastic car.

Today's trip I used the Semenyih-Broga-Mantin back roads... an absolute leech of a car.

No regrets getting the XM. Shortly I will head for Kota Tinggi from Johor Bahru... I am still fresh from the Kuala Lumpur trip.!!!

1996 Citroen Xantia Dimension 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland


Brilliant, a smart, reliable, middle-of-the-road motor that never misses a beat


Apart from replacing the normal things that wear on any car - tyres, windscreen wipers, bulbs and exhaust bits etc, nothing - repeat NOTHING has ever gone wrong with this car.

I thought this unblemished record had become tarnished some 2,000 miles ago. Although she started as normal and idled perfectly, power was down and she struggled uphill. I checked everything, compression was good and even across all cylinders, there were no inlet leaks and no electrical gremlins. The problem turned out to be a collapsed monolith in the catalytic converter, (it had done 120,000 miles so no criticism) so the lambda sensor was giving duff information to the engine management system. I fitted a new cat. and my hat hit the back seat the first time I touched the gas pedal. Since then she has performed like a new car.

General Comments:

This car has been an absolute joy to own and to drive.

The engine is quiet and responsive, burns no oil and starts first time EVERY time.

The ride is 'magic carpet' smooth with the Activa suspension stiffening when cornering hard.

The air con has never been touched and still works perfectly.

Parts are cheap and readily available.

Interior is comfortable and easy to maintain.

In the recent wet weather the hydro-pneumatic suspension has been a godsend in that I have put her on high lift and have been able to tiptoe through deep flood water and not even get the body wet.

I admit to being a bit of a Citroen freak, (I currently own five different models), it's not that I collect them, I just find I cannot bring myself to let them go when I get a new one. Logically I know that they are just so much metal and rubber, but these cars are like nothing else on the roads and have such quirkiness and personality that they almost become one of the family.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2007

21st Apr 2008, 12:26


Not being disrespectful as I am a Cit fan also, particularly Xantias and XMs.

If you're driving a Dimension, you simply can't be driving an Activa. You most likely have standard Xant suspension as dimensions are bog-standard underneath. Only activa has Activa suspension. Not even 3.0 V6 Exclusive models have Activa. It's a different set-up and, in UK only, a magical 2.0T lump to go with it.

All the best,