1996 Citroen Xantia LX 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
If only it was more reliable
Mostly electrical. Too many to list.
As with any car, oil changes are a must and I kept it serviced. Mechanically, the usual parts were replaced expected of high mileage - brakes, exhaust, etc. Looking at the cars history, it had the famous "pneumatic suspension" repaired at a dealer when fairly new for over £2500!! Thankfully not during my ownership.
Interior is surprisingly sturdy despite lots of cheap looking plastics used. Outside the paintwork was a little faded.
Good looking in red, the Xantia is a sharp car. Inside is also nice looking. Seats are a bit too soft but are comfortable. LX is mid range and was suitably equipped at the time.
This was one of my first French cars and was warned off due to reliability concerns. Although it was not great, most repairs were cheap enough to fix, and thankfully the major suspension problems the car was famous for was fixed before I got it.
1.8 petrol could average 35 mpg, and was quick enough for me. I've heard the 1.9 TD was the engine to have, high 40's mpg with decent acceleration, about as good as it got in the 1990's. The car handled very well for its size.
Ended up trading it at 10 years old and higher mileage. In general it wasn't as bad as some people made it out to be, but I couldn't recommend a Xantia nowadays. Maybe the updated 1998 models are slightly better. And I've heard the more modern Citroen C5 is much better, but cannot comment as I have never had one. I did however go on to buy a Renault Laguna from roughly the same time period, and was virtually identical to the Xantia in regards to reliability and running costs. Good looking nice to drive French cars, you could have for cheap if you have the patience for their common irritating faults.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 2nd August, 2022