I purchased this vehicle used from my local dealer back in 2008 and I was happy when I collected it. However that soon went south after a few days when the central locking stopped working. Luckily it was still under the dealer's warranty so they paid for the repair; which was a total replacement of the wiring loom. That should have sounded warning bells for what to expect in the future.
Overall this car was okay when it worked. It was my first and I was happy with the handling and the fuel economy. I was able to get from the Midlands to Scotland in one tank of petrol which for me was a bonus.
However the annual maintenance and MOT costs were not cheap. There was always something that needed replacing and it always turned out to be something important and expensive. The latest and final straw came when the clutch release bearing went and took most of the gearbox with it. This set a repair estimate at over £1500, which is more than double the car's worth. So in the end I decided to have it scrapped.
I hadn't even had the car for a full three years and I had been plagued by expensive repair bills that just became ridiculous.
To be fair, the car worked well when it did and it was a comfortable ride. It never had any problems starting and despite the huge repair costs, I will miss it.
If you do buy a Xsara hatchback, be prepared to budget heavily for the MOT and servicing repairs. But think twice and very carefully if the one you're looking at has over 100,000 miles
I purchased this Ice Blue model New in 2003. It is spacious for passengers and luggage. It is comfortable and quiet to drive in town and on motorways. Air Conditioning plus many internal fixtures eg.,Airconditoning plus Filter, Stearing Radio Control, Automatic courtesy lighting etc., still outdo many cars of its class today. It is reliable, economical ( 52 mpg ) and weathers well. Neighbours have admired its sleek design. I can see why the SS commandeered the Citroen Factory in France in World War 11.
I originally posted this in the wrong model section - it should be here.
The Xsara 2.0HDi 110hp is extremely pleasurable to drive, good traction and excellent torque delivery. Very good fuel consumption at middle to top 50mpg range. Comfortable drive with good cornering ability and surefootedness. Brakes are reliable and responsive. Haven't really found any niggles as yet - apart from the awkwardness of changing headlight bulbs, a little restrictive unless you have small hands. DIY servicing is easy and cheap enough to do. Cabin controls are well laid out and accessible. Aftermarket spares are reasonably priced and readily available from motor factors. Build quality seems to be reassuringly solid, couple that with the abundance of airbags and I believe it would certainly offer great protection in the event of an accident. No nasty suprises with this HDi unit, unlike the Pug 307 2.0 HDi, Citroen 2.2 Hdi equivalents that have diesel particulate filters and fuel additive to keep the cat/dpf clean - very expensive to have them replaced. I did have the 1.4i petrol version of the Xsara and found that to be very good indeed, but the HDi version is even better. I would reccommend this model. Motorway driving is effortless and long journeys are comfortable. Generally a very good car and great deals can be had in the second hand car market because of the new car dealership offers/prices.
Having been the owner of a nissan Almera in the past which I traded in for this heep of poo,(bad mistake) in addition i have owned various other cars ranging from a C220 merc to a fiesta I can state this is one of the worse cars I have ever driven. To start with the economy 2.0 hdi 90bph they say 60+ on a run more like 40, very basic inside, and just not fun to drive. Do yourself a favour if you are thinking of buying this car don't save your money.
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