Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Citroën Xsara Picasso MPV?
The Picasso is based on the Xsara's proven chassis and mechanicals, so there should be little worry over major components.
However, the suspension and axles are the biggest areas of concern, based on data from independent warranty provider Warranty Direct. Electrics are worth checking thoroughly, too. Warning lights can come on for no reason, but if your intended purchase flashes up lights on the dash, assume the worst and look for another. There are so many used Picassos, you don't need to take the risk.
Check that the spare wheel is there. It's strapped underneath the car and is vulnerable to theft - you might want to invest in a lock for it if you buy a Picasso.
Build quality can be iffy, so listen for rattles, squeaks and buzzes. Check door seals, look for signs of leaks and inspect the sunroof carefully.
Early HDI cars had problems with clutches failing after about 30,000 miles, but later cars are unaffected.