2000 Citroen Xsara VTS 2.0i 16v from Romania


Mediocrity for highest prices


The clutch doesn't work right, it needs to be changed the hole system (not only the disk). Gear Box is affected as well.

The engine cooling system has major problems. It's loosing the hole six liters of liquid during 2 weeks, and the official Citroen dealer in Romania cannot establish the reason or solve the problem.

The servo-steering pipe is loosing pressure as well.

Other details as the really mad rain-sensor which doesn't understand anything of the rain :)

The seats don't move forward.

The radio antenna has always a bad signal and when it rains water comes in through the antenna mount and drops on my hand when I change the gears.

Suspension is very low quality for our roads.

General Comments:

It's performance is good, but only when you reach 3000 rotations per minute. But I never had a car with so many problems at only 50000 kilometers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th April, 2004

7th May 2004, 06:22

I have one with 84000 khms,and didn't have many problems.

21st Jul 2006, 09:23

I own a second hand Xsara VTS 1999 model, had 76000km and a small front accident.

The engine and gearbox are great, the clutch needs to be replaced, and the driver's seat is not that perfect. Other than that, the car is great, no problems at all, very good on mountain roads, highways (although we could use a sixth gear), great fuel consumption, great cornering and braking and everything.

I use it on a daily basis for 50km minimum, and I love driving it... forgot to mention that I live in Lebanon, and roads can't be worse than that, so...

2000 Citroen Xsara Forte 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland


French masterpiece


One of the cooling fans for the radiator fell off which was an easy DIY fix if a bit steep at £70 for the new motor unit.

I have noticed a lot of the reviews on this site have listed a lot of common faults, but I have to confess that mine has been absoloutely bullet-proof with the exception of the problem above.

General Comments:

The car is typically Citroen, Peugeot running gear in a cheap car.

Build quality is good, but could be more solid, the interior feels a bit flimsy and cheap but this has always been a selling point of Citroen.

On road manners are good and not bettered by many others, only the 307, Focus and Golf really outshine it. Handling is excellent thanks to it's Peugeot 306 floor pan and chassis.

When underway engine noise is very noticeable which is disapointing for a car built in the year 2000.

The 1.4 8v unit is simply too small for this car and I can't believe they also stick the same engine in the new 307 which is bigger and probably heavier, the car has lesuirely acceleration, but the gears need to be worked hard to make any kind of forward progress, long journey's with lots of gear changing can be a particularly soul destroying experience, but with that said the tall gearing (3000rpm at 75mph) make it a relaxed motorway cruiser.

Seats are quite comfy bearing in mind this is an entry level car and the child lock indicators on the doors are a good feature I've yet to see on another car.

Whoever bought my car brand new must have opted for the safety pack as mine has twin front airbags and airbags in both seats as well as ABS brakes.

The boot has plenty of room (i know as I've done a few booze cruises in it!)

Why do Citroen's have such light power steering? the downside of this is that you don't get a 'feel' for the road surfaces which can be dangerous particularly in ice.

I think the Xsara is an excellent car which is often overlooked because of it's bland styling and French-origins and if people would give one a chance they will find a great car under the skin, I would love a VTS version one day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2004

4th Apr 2009, 17:10

All the 2000 model Xsara Forte hatchbacks had 4 airbags and ABS, which is excellent value.