2003 Citroen Xsara LX 1.6 16v petrol from UK and Ireland
A family car for not much money. Shame about the reliability
PAS hose split at 42000 miles.
Brakes failed 2 days after MOT and dealer service at 46000 miles - reason, no friction material on rear pads (should have been checked at dealer service).
Handbrake failed 2 weeks after having the rear pads replaced at dealer - reason, rear caliper not secured.
Throttle cable sticking at 50000 miles.
Exhaust manifold cracked at 50000 miles.
Spare wheel lowering screw seized at 53000 miles.
Clutch cable auto adjuster slipping at 55000 miles.
Auto wipers have never worked properly - just shut off whenever you pull up to a junction.
Radio sometimes loses station memory.
Screen wash fuse blown, which requires the removal of the battery and tray to open the engine fuse box.
Generally you can see where Citroen have cut costs and raided the PSA parts bin for this car, everything is just thrown together without a thought for how it can be serviced, like the battery and battery tray needing to be removed to replace a fuse, or that the screen-wash tank is only accessible by removing a cover panel from the engine bay.
The only good points I can think of are reasonable carrying capacity as its is an estate model, and fuel economy is not too bad at 40mpg.
Bad points are seats are comfortable only for short journeys as they are too soft and lack support, vague slow steering, extremely rubbery and notchy gear change and general dated feel of the car.
Basically you can find these Xsara Estates dirt cheap, but you get what you pay for...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 23rd June, 2006
15th May 2007, 07:04
The Xsara is generally a good car in the whole, but as you say they've cut corners here and there. Also, some things are really quirky like the fuse box, window washer filling location and accessibility for headlight bulbs that seem to last one year at the most.
They have some really weird details in the suspension. And the exhaust on these cars go after few years if you live in a snowy/rainy location. Reason is rust, and they've not thought this very well out.
If Citroen had spent just a little more money and engineering effort into this car it could have been one of the best cars ever built. But Citroen has ruined a very good basic construction. Attention to details would have helped.