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.

General Comments:

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

24th Jul 2002, 04:08

Michelin Energy tires are very resistant. On a Xantia my rear tires lasted 95000 miles and still looked perfect. I changed them only because I decided that they are getting too old, enough is enough. My front tires lasted 60000 miles, but they had to be changed at that mileage.

1997 Citroen Xantia 1.9 TD from UK and Ireland


A great bargain - just avoid main dealers!


Glow plugs failed, shortly followed by the battery, during the first winter I owned it. Car had covered over 80000 miles by then and the plugs & battery were the originals, so can't really complain!

Indicator/light switch broke at 100000 miles, but I managed to repair it.

Suspension spheres were all replaced at around 95000 miles, but this is really just routine maintenance on a Citroen and the old ones still had some life left.

Mine is the 'base' (fleet only) model, so doesn't have any of the electronic gadgets that can often give trouble on the high-spec models.

Generally totally dependable.

General Comments:

Performance, ride and handling generally very good, especially for a cheap diesel family saloon.

I've seen a lot of these being used as minicabs now, which is a good sign in my opinion!

For servicing, either do it yourself, or find a good independent specialist. A lot of Citroen main dealers are awful & very expensive in my experience.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th April, 2002

1997 Citroen Xantia SX Desire 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


A luxury bargain


No problems up to now, but I have heard of some problems with the poorly designed clutch cable clip. Maybe someone ought to invent a metal conversion so this fault can be rectified!

The air conditioning needs regassing, but that can happen to any car.

General Comments:

I'm very pleased so far, it starts at the turn of the key and has been OK up to now, it's probably too early to tell what it will be like a couple of years down the road.

It handles well enough so long as you're not Michael Schumacher.

I think the styling is OK the interior on my car is very nice, the back end is a bit bland, maybe a spoiler would make it look a little more interesting.

Having read some of the reports on this site from other owners, it seems as though older cars suffer more with faults, I suspect this is down to age and lack of some servicing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st January, 2002

1997 Citroen Xantia TD SX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Best sporty diesel executive for its age


Clutch clip snapped at 100,000 miles. One hours labour and cost about £40.

Overheating engine, I replaced the radiator at 120,000 miles.

Usual remote radio control problems:- The volume buttons sometimes change station settings.

The suspension has got very shuddery at 130,000 miles. I suspect our Irish roads. It may be the spheres need replacing.

General Comments:

An absolute joy to own. It has let me down once or twice but I wouldn't hold that against the car.

I got this car in London from an auction, and drove it back to Dublin. The roadholding is superb and I found myself unaware I was speeding.

I got 45,000 miles out of Continental ContiEco tyres, as recommended by Citroen, and for my first 20,000 miles, I got up to 50 miles per gallon at motorway speeds.

I have problems with the suspension now but I believe that a change of spheres will sort that out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2001