What should I look for in a used Citroën Xantia hatchback?
The Xantia doesn't have the best reputation for reliability, but there are plenty of cars that run smoothly thanks to their caring, attentive owners. These are the ones to sniff out, so insist on a full service history.
The gas/fluid Hydractive suspension requires a pricey overhaul every five years, so check for evidence of this in the service records. Also ensure that the car sits level, irrespective of load, and rides smoothly over poor surafces. If not, suspect suspension trouble, the biggest cause of claims made by Xantia owners to Warranty Direct. We've also heard of clutch problems on the HDi turbodiesels and faulty fuel injectors that can make diesels smoky. The anti-lock braking system can give trouble on all models. Coolant leaks and clogged radiators aren't unheard of either, while electrics can be iffy. Finally, check that the spare wheel is still there - it should be in a cradle under the car. Some of them get nicked.