1997 Citroen Xantia LX Estate 1.9TD from UK and Ireland
If bought at the right price can provide very cheap family transport.
Clutch Cable retaining Clip broke at 86K, cost £95 at a Citroen specialist, then £65 at another Garage to have done properly.
Cam Belt Tensioner broke at 88K, lucky not to cause valve-train damage. Cost £180 including new Belt.
Rear wiper failed at 93k. Not prepared to pay the quoted £130 to repair it.
Michelin Energy Tyres on rear "Bulged" within a few weeks of each other, still had 3mm of Tread. I was told it was old age! could they be the originals at 90K?
Drivers Seat height adjuster broke, fixed by myself in an hour, as were two of the Courtesy light switches.
The Alarm has never worked properly and the Tailgate central locking is intermitent.
Glow-plugs all replaced at 95K for £110, I believe that is long as they are expected to last.
Engine is now a bit smokey, doesn't use any oil so it might be the injectors (£150?) but I'll try injector cleaner first.
We needed a spacious cheap to run car with air-conditioning, and it has delivered, we paid £4K for a 3year old car. My wife hates driving it and I dislike the constant niggling problems.
However at 8p/mile to fuel and an overall running cost including depreciation of 18p/mile it fulfils our needs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 23rd July, 2002