1996 Citroen Xantia SXi 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Cheap as Chips, but Worthless Scrap


Remote central locking has given up and not been fixed because of the cost.

Rear wiper only works when it feels like it.

Drivers door bottom hinge welding has split.

ABS warning light comes on for no apparent reason the goes out again after a few miles.

Drivers side front suspension leg failed and pushed the sphere through the bonnet.

Keeps on blowing the drivers side brake light bulb every few months.

Water leak under the rear seats causing a flood in the rain.

Will not select 4th gear without a 3 second pause between 3rd and 4th.

When the central locking worked the rear drivers side door would stay deadlocked and required stripping to release it.

Gearbox is now making a strange rattling noise.

General Comments:

When I first acquired this car it was a pleasure to drive, but that was the calm before the storm. After a few minor faults I started to have major problems. The front suspension leg failed around its top mounting plate and ended up embedded in the bonnet. After I replaced the whole leg assembly the ride quality has never been the same. The car is now excessively bouncy on the front which can cause a problem braking hard on a bumpy road. The first Citroen that I have owned and will be the last.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th August, 2003

1996 Citroen Xantia 1.6 from Singapore


Definitely not for those who desire reliability


I) Very slow upward lift of rear suspension when the car is started after a 6 hour rest.

Ii) Aircon blower breaks down about once in 1.5 years.

Iii) Replaced aircon compressor four times. Also found that aircon compressor for Xantia just isn't ever cool enough.

Iv) Severe leak of mineral oil occurred three times during lifespan of car.

V) The suspension spheres are frequently replaced. They simply do not last.

Vi) Clutch pedal bracket snapped once, forcing my car to just jolt to a rude halt in the middle of traffic!!

Vii) Audio controls on steering wheel has completely failed.

Viii) Plastics seem to be brittle. Plastic handle of cylinder oil examination rod and gear knob have broken off very easily on the 5th year of ownership.

General Comments:

Xantia offers a lovely ride and is fairly spacey, but it is quite a temperamental car. There are times when I feel that the suspension is attempting to stage a mutiny against me by refusing to be consistent in terms of the ride comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th April, 2003

16th May 2003, 08:48

Who told you to buy a second hand European make? You obviously want to pay more for the repairs and unreliability. If you want to go continental motoring in Singapore, get a new one not second hand.

24th Jun 2003, 14:33

Yes get one of them great non-European cars, like a Daewoo... HA HA HA HA HA.

15th Mar 2007, 07:03

I once had a subaru turbo. After 2 years of huge bills I let it go for £500. Its not that it was really unreliable. Its just every time went in for work the bill would be £1200 minimum. No thanks drive a vauxhall now.

1996 Citroen Xantia TD 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Overall a crap car with great engine


Brakes are hideous, none of the pedals line up, buttons rattle, squeaks everywhere, things dropping off.

General Comments:

General wear and tear of the car is poor and does not stand the test of time.

Diesel engine is priceless, constantly giving 50mpg, and very reliable.

Suspension is unstable at best, even with new globes.

Brakes don't inspire any confidence at all and overheat too quick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th February, 2003

9th Apr 2004, 09:27

Why don't you just sell the car instead of MOANING about it! Things like the pedal position don't just happen... or have they moved overnight! Did you have a test drive before you bought it!! My personal experience of my Xantia is that it is a brilliant car and fabulous value for money.

5th Dec 2005, 04:52

If its too bouncy the 'globes' which are actually called spheres which shows you don't even have a basic knowledge for Citroen or its hydraulics need replacing.

Like the other post says, how can you comment on bad pedal position, if the pedal position is so bad why did you buy the car or did you not view and test drive it before hand.

No wonder citroens get such a bad name when people who seem to have no knowledge whatsoever buying them.