1998 Citroen Xsara Reviews - Page 6 of 6

1998 Citroen Xsara VTS 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous carCitroen Saxo

Summary:

A high performance bargain. Love it

Faults:

Annoying side airbag light which is from a loose connection, easily fixed but works its way loose easily too.

Disgustingly high insurance group.

General Comments:

Great car, pulls very well above 3000rpm ,loves being driven on its edge.

Loves the B roads, handles crisply.

Outruns a load of other supposed "performance" models.

Buy used, as residuals are unfairly dreadful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2001

1998 Citroen Xsara TD SX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles
Previous carFiat Punto 75 ELX

Summary:

Possibly the best company car in the world

Faults:

On the 36,000 mile service, my dealer phoned me at work to tell me that there was a problem, a big one! The oil seal around the rocker gasket had leaked into the cambelt shaft and had contaminated the belt, solution = new cam belt at half it's designated life.

The car by this time was 14 months old and Citroen didn't want to do Jack to help me, even though the garage bill was over £450.

Otherwise, no other faults with the car so I'll just put it down to experience.

General Comments:

Feels like a tank on the road, if you do a lot of motorway miles then this has to be one of the best cars to drive. Go for the SX version though with PAS, A/C, full airbags etc, it makes a difference.

On average I drive around 500 miles per week with work etc, I fill the car up once a week and that's it. Performance isn't bad either but it does trundle round the town a little bit due to the diesel factor, the turbo doesn't kick in until around 3000 rpm.

I have to say that I'd definitely buy another one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2000

12th Feb 2010, 16:26

I bought the estate version of this off e-bay for £400. We needed to travel to Scotland, and this was cheaper than rail fares or hire car. Having had a Ford Focus TD previously where the turbo blew up on me after 18 months, I love my Citroen. I could get as far as Aviemore from the midlands on a full tank in the Focus, but the Citroen goes all the way with 1/4 tank to spare. That's over 45 / gallon with 170,000 on the clock.

I believe it's been serviced regularly, and I've had it 5 months and just put an exhaust and 2 tyres on. MOT due next month, so it will be interesting to see how it does.

A very comfortable car with enough acceleration when you need it from the turbo. So far very economical too!

1998 Citroen Xsara VTS 2.0 16v from Chile

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 kilometres
Most recent distance48000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

Great overall sports car

Faults:

Only problem was the airbag warning light, which would turn on without a reason. Cause was a faulty connector, changed by the dealer at no cost.

General Comments:

Great car!!! Quite fast and has fantastic handling. Was a great bargain, since I bought used. So far it has been very reliable, plan to keep it 2 or 3 years.

Since it looks like a normal Xsara it doesn't stand out which is great with the Police... gives your average Golf driver a scare at the stop lights.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2000

1998 Citroen Xsara SX Break 1.8 16V from Sweden

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 16V Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired32 kilometres
Most recent distance1300 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 309 XS

Summary:

Stylish high-quality compact with a rare combination of comfort and road-holding for the price

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

A lovely little station wagon with a very comfortable ride, smooth and powerful engine (1.8), low fuel consumption (below 6.0 l/100km on motorways, 100-120 km/h). Comfortable and well built interior. Especially the quality of this vehicle amazes me. Past Citroens could feel a bit tacky, but this one feels strong and solid. Everything works very well indeed. I'm very pleased. They've learned the lessons from the past. In Sweden it comes with a very good warranty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2000

1998 Citroen Xsara Exclusive 1.8 16 valve from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.8 16 valve
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

CD player stopped working - found to be caused by the plug dropping out!

General Comments:

Air con not as effective as a sun roof, but this is purely personal.

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

Review Date: 11th May, 1999

1998 Citroen Xsara VT 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Lots of rattles, from door latches, rear seat and parcel shelf. Pickup is not good between 40 and 60 mph.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 1999

1998 Citroen Xsara Exclusive 1.8 16V petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.8 16V petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10

Faults:

Power steering replaced.

Electric windows failed.

Air Con failed.

Heated rear window failed.

General Comments:

Engine great but let down by niggly faults. Dealer unhelpful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

1998 Citroen Xsara LX 1.4i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.4i petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10

Faults:

Nothing up until now.

General Comments:

Having driven the ZX prior to the Xsara and had a few problems, was rather apprehensive but first impressions with just over 1,400 miles on the clock - I am very pleased with the improvements over the ZX.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 1999

24th Mar 2001, 13:41

I have a 1.4 LX I haven't serviced it even though its now on 26,000 and it is as reliable as any other car I have had. I think it is a lot of metal for the price.

1998 Citroen Xsara Exclusive 1.8 16V petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.8 16V petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Handbrake cable makes a scraping noise under the floor when riding over undulating surfaces. Some lights in steering wheel mounted radio controls have blown.

General Comments:

Nice all round, should be more radical in design though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 26 reviews