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

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.

General Comments:

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?.