2000 Citroen Xsara TD 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Good value car


At 110,000 miles the alternator went. I changed it myself for a reconditioned one. Total cost €60.

Front link rod knocking at 140,000 miles. Changed it myself. Total cost €24.

Other than that the car has been very reliable for the last 120,000 miles.

General Comments:

The car gives great fuel economy and has worn very well. I reckon it's good for another 50,000 miles at least.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2008

2000 Citroen Xsara Forte 1.4 8v petrol from UK and Ireland


Reliable, cheap to run and nice to drive


Whole exhaust system replaced inclusive of catalytic converter. Cost around £145.

Timing belt replaced at 67000 miles.

Both front drive-shafts are currently in need of replacement.

Air-con doesn't work and hasn't during my ownership of the car. The condenser is leaking.

Power steering groans and occasionaly cuts out the car when parking or driving slowly.

Front brake pads caught fire during a particularly intensive drive.

Usual wear and tear items apart from the above.

General Comments:

All in all, a thoroughly decent car and one which I would recommend. It never fails to start, is fairly comfortable and refined and returns 40 miles per gallon.

Find the right road and, despite it's sluggish performance and slightly vague steering, and the car will entertain. The steering and suspension setup though, is not a patch on the Peugeot 306 on which it is based or even the Xsara's predecessor the ZX. Gear-change is horrible too.

It's quite a decent car for long journeys and performs actually quite well on the motorway.

Boot is huge and will easily carry three of four cases! My only gripe with it is that the rear seat does not split and fold - it can only be folded in one piece, and even then is not exactly flat.

Not too much room in the back for tall passengers if, especially behind the driver's seat if the driver is tall.

Cabin is trimmed quite gloomily and the dashboard especially is made from incredibly cheap and shiny plastic. It is well equipped however, with electric front windows, remote central locking, analogue climate control and four airbags. No CD player though.

The exterior of the car is not only dull to look at, but dents and scratches very easily. However, there is not a speck of rust and you can't see the outside of the car when you're travelling anyway.

Despite the rather hefty-looking list of faults above in just 18 months of ownership, this for me at least, is a very reliable car and one which I'd trust to take me anywhere. Other people seem to paint a different picture though...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2008

2000 Citroen Xsara Plaisir 1.6i from Belgium


Cheap 2nd hand, comfy, practical and reliable


When I first bought it, the airbag warning light was sometimes on. I was not at ease to say the least, but later I found out that it's a common fault. On most cars apparently, not just Citroens. I did what some guys here did: fiddled a bit with the connector under the seat and never had the problem since.

Otherwise nothing except normal maintenance.

General Comments:

Fuel consumption: excellent. The car consumes 6.5l of petrol per 100km. My driving style is normal I'd say. Not burning rubber and not sluggish either.

Road holding: very good. It doesn't corner like my previous ZX though...pity.

Performance: good for its size and the 1.6 engine.

Exterior: is rather bland, not ugly though. I quite like the view 3/4 back. You can also see that the Xsara has better aerodynamics than the ZX.

Interior: looks and feels much better built than a ZX. Very comfortable velours seats, nice steering wheel, much less noisy than a ZX, engine noise greatly reduced, very good size boot. Thank god for the airco.

Gearshift is o.k. I've seen better.

Visibility backwards isn't that good because the window is narrow and there are also the rear head restraints.

Costs: doesn't use a lot of petrol, my Citroen garage is very good (nice people, know what they're doing, very reasonable prices).

Bought it privately as a 6-year old for 4000€ with 40000km guaranteed. Never regretted it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2007