1998 Citroen Xantia Exclusive 2.1 td from UK and Ireland
Fantastic mile muncher, and a real bargain buy
The micro switch for the alarm on the bonnet catch worked loose making the alarm intermittent. Fixed in 1 minute!
A great motorway car with every luxury you need. The suspension works superbly switching between modes & ride quality is excellent. The automatic wipers are also a great help on the motorway dealing with spray etc.
Maybe a memory function on the seats would be good idea as my wife is a fair bit smaller than me, & there's so many electric adjustments on the seats that you can fiddle forever!
The 2.1 engine is typically old school diesel in response with a heavy flywheel slowing gear changes (bad thing?) but it's quick at motorway speeds partly due to the good aerodynamics of the car. Economy is excellent at 43 mpg average, 46 on a run. Who needs HDI? Refinement is also superb.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st January, 2003
27th Jul 2004, 15:31
Noticing the age and mileage of your car have you changed the cam belt yet?
26th Jan 2010, 00:41
No, it will last the life of the car.
4th Feb 2010, 18:38
The cambelt will NOT last the lifetime of the car, it needs changing dependent on manufacturers specs. With the Xantia it's around 5/6 years or 72,000 miles, which is sooner.
The only belt that lasts the lifetime of a car is a chain cam-belt, the Xantia has a rubber cam belt.