What should I look for in a used Citroën Xantia estate?
It makes sense to track down a car that has a full service history, because the Xantia is prone to gremlins.
Check the suspension carefully - the car should sit level at all times and the ride should cushion you impressively from bumps and potholes. The Hydractive gas/fluid suspension needs an overhaul every five years (which isn't cheap), so look for that in the service history. Warranty Direct customers suggest that the suspension and axles are the biggest cause of concern. The electrical systems and air-con (check it blows cold) are also prone to faults, and there are reports of trouble with the anti-lock braking system. Clogged radiators and coolant leaks are common, too. On HDi turbodiesel modes, ensure the clutch works smoothly, and watch out for smoky engines on all diesel models, which can be caused by faulty injectors. Finally, ensure the spare wheel is still in the cradle under the car and hasn't been nicked.