2000 Citroen Xsara Forte 1.6i from UK and Ireland
Hmmmm, OK, but get a warranty
Airbag warning light keeps coming on - 4 times since we had the car. Local used car dealer we bought from has been very helpful, but it seems that Citroen main dealer that has been tasked with resolving the problem is not up to the job! Personally I blame the shockingly poor wiring quality, but the dealer thinks the connectors need replacing (at £150 per visit)... luckily for me, the local car dealer is resolving the cost with the warranty company! Also, the air con didn't work - investigation by local specialist revealed that the condensor was "porous" - new unit ordered and fitted, and air con recharged - £304.23! Again, luckily for me, the local car dealer chipped in. Car was serviced yesterday by local independent specialist - £75 for minor service, but car needed brake pads too, also about £75. My bill this time!
Well, we bought it second-hand, at two years old as a second car for my wife. Cheap enough as a used car, but fuel costs have come as a shock after using a 1.1 litre AX for 5 years! Insurance is about £5 a month more than the AX, but obviously the "big-car" benefits are provided in compensation. Lovely ride, and actually quite brisk despite being the 90bhp 8v model. So, mixed fortunes so far, but according to our local indy specialist, the car is basically is sound and should be OK for at least 2 more years! Which is nice...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th May, 2003