2001 Citroen Xsara Estate 2.0 HDI from UK and Ireland
Good ride, but suspect reliability
Dashboard air bag warning light came on, dealer rectified fault; faulty wires under driver seat. This occurred twice within 2 months of purchase and in warranty, this was some 8 months ago and thus far no further recurrence of the problem.
On a cold morning the car has been vibrating/juddering and it felt as thought the engine is "hunting".Dealer confirmed a faulty injector, which would cost nearly £400 to supply and fit new one, luckily the warranty hasn't expired and it will be change under that warranty; but the cost of fault diagnosis has to be paid for by me.
A cracking noise from the offside and nearside rear pillars the "C" posts, has been put down to body flexing by the dealer; the dealers cure is to remove the paneling and fill full of expanding foam!!
A very hard ride compared to my Mark 1 Mondeo.
The engine is very good and pulls well. At 70 miles an hour it will return some 57 miles per gallon, some 10 miles per gallon better than the Mondeo.
Very good headlights for night time driving, unlike the Mondeo.
Plenty of space in the estate for one person and suitcases/luggage.
Like the steering wheel controls for radio.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th November, 2004
16th Oct 2006, 04:38
I have had the same problem with the airbag warning light. This is now on continually despite returning it to the garage to be reset.
I have also had a worrying problem with the brake pedal not depressing during first 5 minutes of running the engine. On one occasion I called the RAC as I was frightened to drive the car. It has been checked over and no obvious problem found, but the brake pedal still will not depress properly on intermittent occasions when the car has been left standing for a while. Has anyone else had this problem? My local garage is stumped.
21st Oct 2007, 03:37
In Late reply to the stiff brake pedal problem - sounds like the Vacuum pump failing, most diesels will have a vacuum pump fitted to power assist the brakes, an LDV and 406 I had, had the same problem to stop the car you had to stand on the brake pedal. It'S easy to replace and operates off the fan belt. Breakers yard normally sell them for around 40 - 50 quid.