1997 Citroen Xantia SX 1.8i 16v from UK and Ireland
Very nice car, but takes a lot of looking after
First fault to go wrong was an ABS sensor, followed by the alarm sensors failing, causing the alarm to keep going off.
Key pad immobiliser failed; luckily failed whilst demobilised.
Fan switched failed, causing overheating.
Last fault was a severe fault, which was a fuel line leak, which caused the car to catch fire, which was sadly the end of the car's life.
The first thing that impressed me was the sheer smoothness of the suspension, although this did causes the car to have a bit too much body roll when taking corners at speed.
For a 1.8, the gear box had a lot of torque and acceleration in 4th and 5th gears. I often found myself not needing to down shift prior to overtaking on county roads.
I like the grown up styling the car had, without being boring or old fashioned. The key pad immobiliser system is a pain when driving about doing odd jobs, parking up for two ticks, returning to the car in a hurry, and having to re-enter the pin each time.
Alcantara seats are a must have; better than leather in my opinion.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd October, 2006
4th Jul 2007, 14:52
Vis-a-vis the keypad immobilizer, there is a trick that I play with mine, and on the ZX I had before it. Key in the pin number to 'unlock' it, then prise the keypad out from the housing and pull the plug. Bingo... the lights on the dash will still flash, but you never have to key in the pin again. Very handy if you do lots of stopping and starting!
7th Jul 2015, 21:32
I was told that you could unlock the car using the keypad and then remove the fuse, which disabled the keypad.