1997 Citroen XM Review

1997 Citroen XM Exclusive 2.5 turbo diesel from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 kilometres
Most recent distance153000 kilometres
Previous carFord Scorpio


As someone said, it's a spaceship on the road!!!


Only thing that was wrong with the car when I bought it was that on highway car wouldn't go over 150km/h. That was resolved later.

Except usual maintenance (changed all spheres, brakes, fluids) I really didn't have many problems.

Some "ghostly" problems like, speedometer stops working one day and next day is fully functional (happened once so far) ;

Also, some weird knocking sound coming from front side, but dealer couldn't find any faults (of course they couldn't). It stopped later itself.

Since then I had no problems whatsoever.

General Comments:

Most problems came from dealer (s) - I had to change 3 different dealers to find out why my car will not go over 150 km/h on highway; - One of the sensors was disconnected from small pipe which is providing pressure for it.

Also, two out of 3 dealer shops was not sure how many spheres car has???

Scary, isn't it :)

The car is pretty roomy, lots of space inside and in the boot;

Handling is superb especially in the “sport” mode.

The 2.5 turbo engine with inter-cooler has enough power to give you pleasure driving it;

I kinda like it sounds on the long runs. It gives you confidence.

Fuel consumption is also great; I can do 6L/100km to 7/100 with air-condition running.

Leather interior is still in great shape although car has more than 150.000km on the clock.

Overall, I'm much satisfied with it…for now :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2004

3rd Dec 2004, 14:08

I agree. I have narrowly avoided selling my 2.5 Td Exclusive at some apallingly low sum due to the fact that I took a day off work and attended to its tribulations; mainly, electrical anomalies which are in fact surprisingly easy to locate and, a set of spheres and some LHM flushing fluid. The car is now as though new and I am thoroughly glad I decided to keep with it. The cost? £200. It feels like no other car in its class (or beyond, frankly.. and yes, I worked as a chauffeur with the overtly solid Mercs and rather better though inherently tarty Beemers).. so I am rather glad to keep it. What a fascinatin and unusual car. It really is one to keep.. and enjoy, whatever it throws at you. And it goes like stink.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 1 review