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.

General Comments:

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.

1997 Citroen Xantia SX 2.0i petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Small car handling with big car ride


Electrics crashed in first two months.

Excessive brake disk wear fist three years (since fixed).

Head gasket needed replacement after 70,000k.

General Comments:

This car is the best to drive I have experienced. Don't look to it for sporty handling and, with the standard 2 litre engine, performance is sluggish, but the handling is totally dependable and the ride on Citroen's oleo-pneumatic suspension is out of this world. Because of age I have now traded the car in and have not found anything on the market today of a similar size with a better ride.

Xantias have a bad reputation for reliability and I believe it is essential to have it serviced by a specialist in Citroens because of the touchy proprietary technology. I can only say that, while the assembly quality wasn't high by Japanese standards, I have had nine years of mostly trouble free, and very enjoyable motoring from it.

Subjective, I know, but I also think it is still one of the most attractive body shapes on the road.

If you can find a good one and have access to an experienced Citroen service agent I would have no hesitation in recommending.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 2006

1997 Citroen Xantia VSX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Comfortable and reliable


Wiper motor ball joint -220000 miles

Alternator bearing rumble- 225000 miles.

General Comments:

A very good car to have, not to be bought if you go to a main dealer because even they do not know what they are doing half the time and you end up paying through the nose.

Not to be bought if you do not comprehend how the car functions, there is nothing worse than listening to someone whine on how the car leaks, its heavy on front tyres or the suspension is hard.

It's a very easy car to work on and so simple to fix and a car that will last for ages providing you service it properly and know what you are doing.

It it very comfortable, best car is a turbo diesel estate vsx with leather interior.

The ride is very comfortable and the engines long lasting, I would recommend the xantia to anyone that has more than 2 brain cells to rub together.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2005