My xantia is wonderful to drive and id love to me these people who say its not reliable..they probably bought a bad conditioned car..
Ive had no problems with my car at all except for servicing the suspensions and the normal stuff
i think ppl should not compare citroens to nissans or toyotas or fords..compare a xantia with an e36..
I bought my Xantia turbo diesel secondhand with just over 100,000 miles on the clock,thinking I would save money on running costs and that a high mileage would be no problem for a diesel car. Wrong! Normal garages will not touch these cars so for every repair it had to go to an independent Citroen specialist. Repairs were many and included a snapped clutch cable,worn suspension bushes causing uneven tyre wear,a leaking water pump, and a steering ram leaking hydraulic fluid. On the positive side, when the car was actually running it drove like new.Fuel economy was good and acceleration from the turbocharged engine was superb. I really wanted to keep this car. A few weeks before our summer holiday in 2004, I was driving along the M62 when the hydraulic fluid warning light came on followed by a cloud of thick white smoke from under the car.A hydraulic pipe under the car had corroded, spilling fluid onto the exhaust. Several of these pipes were the worse for wear and the final bill was £300 plus. With our holidays weeks away I didn't trust the Xantia anymore. Any money saved on fuel had been eaten up by repair bills. A local garage had a 10 year old Nissan Almera for sale with only 32000 miles on the clock. I traded in the Citroen and now own a super-reliable petrol car which is just as economical on fuel as the Xantia was.
I got my Xantia (M-reg 1.8 8v SX, as this web site doesn't list this model) over six years ago, an ex-company car with 52,000 miles on the clock (but I think it may have been clocked?).
Since then I have only had the usual run-of-the-mill problems like a failed cluch cable (fixed in about 20 minutes, as it is usually just the plastic clip at the pedal, but you need hands the size of a newborn child and to stand on your head to do this...) and the spheres. These can be found for as little as £35 each and can be put on with an oil filter wrench (plus youll need a large bag full of rags to catch the oil).
Apart from that I have put on a new exhaust (complete system and catalytic converter £165) and the car starts first time and has 110,000 miles on it now! However, it is now time to sell it as my ever-growing family needs more seatbelts.
However, I'd recommend the Xantia to anyone who isn't afraid to get their hands dirty!
I've owned this car for about 6 months and other than a new fuel pump it's run like a dream, the suspension is fantastic, the comfort is great,my only complaint is the small glove compartment. Definately the best car I've ever had. I drive 300 mile journeys once a month and I arrive as fresh as I left every time. Buy one, you wont regret it.
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