1997 Citroen Xantia LX Estate 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
A second hand bargain
Too early to say.
However the drivers side door has been welded at some stage apparently a common fault.
There's no service history, but the numbers on the clock are all in line.
There's some kind of oil leak from the sump / gearbox - could be the drive shaft oil seals or could be hydraulic fluid leaking from the tank.
Not as economical as expected, only does 30 mpg around town & 35 on a run.
Rear suspension sticks when inflated then returned back to normal height, cured when totally deflated & returned back to normal height.
Seems to burn oil, perhaps due to lack of servicing.
Goes like a rocket when driven hard, the turbo only kicks in at approx 2700 RPM.
The car's comfortable enough, however avoid the A/C version, the air-con works fine, however this drinks the diesel. I have not used this yet, but have heard this from 1 or 2 people.
Overall not a bad car for its size & weight.
I plan to tow a caravan, the tow weight is approx 1250-1300 Kgs, 50 - 100 Kgs over the limit.
3 diagonal lap belts is a very clever design.
Parts are cheap, however the dealers are pricey. Suggest people use a Citroen specialist rather than expensive dealers for repairs on cars 4 years +. It cost me £60.00 for a belt change, that's using a genuine Citroen belt.
Providing that nothing serious occurs & that I can sort the fuel consumption problem, I intend to keeping the car for 2/3 years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 2nd July, 2001
26th Jul 2001, 02:36
I agree about the mpg. I expected around 40 in town but 30 is much nearer the mark which is similar to the 1600cc petrol driven Nissan I had previously which, incidentally, started first time everytime. I cannot say the same about my '96 Citroen LX TD when warm it is appalling and can take up to 4 minutes to start - will it - won't it, very embarrassing at the pumps!
7th Sep 2001, 06:19
Ref: fuel consumption, regularly use a injection cleaner. I was getting 36mpg before using some cleaner, now getting 45mpg.
S.T.P. is the best @ £5 approx. Injectors need cleaning or replacing @ 60.000 mile intervals.
Ref: poor starting, try new glow plugs and check that the relay unit is working properly.
25th Sep 2002, 04:00
Disagree that using the Aircon drinks fuel. I keep a log of my fuel consumption and reckon it is costs no more than 2 MPG.
30th Sep 2003, 13:43
I have a sx td 1996, overall very pleased with it, now done 170,000. only problems starting from cold, heater plugs seem fine as does general economy. so I think injector, s OK too.can't seem to solve the problem. any thoughts?.