1997 Citroen Xantia LX 1.8i 8v from UK and Ireland
Big, Comfortable, but can be unreliable at times, depending on age... Good family wagon
Clutch ceased shortly after purchase.
Had 4 or 5 new clips and a new cable put on as a result.
Niggling Electrical Faults, like Bitron Sensor telling the car it's overheating when it isn't, and the Air Bag light flashing sporadically. Also, the cabin blowers (heaters) have died.
Despite the faults (which could be expected on an old car) have only praise for this thing, much better than the Fiesta for all, but running costs.
Handling seems decent, and for a 1.8 it goes quite well.
Inside, its comfortable for 4 adults, and bearable with 5.
Clutch cables are notorious on these, as Citroen put a plastic clip on the linkage. There is a company that do metal clips so if yours keeps breaking, this is a good option.
Boot space is immense (i have the estate), and the rear seat fold flat for about 1600 litres of space (practically a van).
Suspension gives one of the best rides I've even seen in terms of comfort, although mine creaks oddly when it levels itself.
Here in the UK it costs about £50 - £55 to fill up (65 litre tank) and I can get 300 - 350 miles out of it with 95RON.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd April, 2005
5th May 2005, 01:26
The plastic clip is the bain of my life - which company offers metal clips??
2nd Sep 2006, 11:08
Had a '97 Xantia for about three years, and it's one of the best cars I ever owned. The only trouble I ever had was the hydraulics leaking, but that was my fault because I KNEW that the time had come for the lines to be changed, and I delayed.
Wonderful car - excellent ride, handling and power.