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      06.10.2013 19:48
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      wouldn't part with mine

      At the grand age of 28 I decided it was time to pass my driving test.
      There were many cars that I wanted but I had to be realistic about how much insurance was going to be. I know this sounds basic but I was mainly bothered about what colour my car was, it had to be orange or yellow. After looking on eBay for a few months I came across a lovely Citroen saxo 1.1 east coast edition in mango. I paid £850 for my car (subsequently called Betty) with about 60,000 miles on the clock.
      Firstly inside the car it pretty unique and fun, the the door locks each have yellow bobbles on as does the gear stick, all the seat belts are different colours, the seats are blue with yellow piping on them. The east coast edition also has a CD player and an immobilsor.
      The safety features on the saxo are basic, the driver has an airbag and that's it. There is no power stearing or abs breaks, I don't mind not having power steering it gives the arms a bit of a workout but sometimes it would be nice to have abs.
      I have owned my car for 2 years I have to say I won't part with Betty until she is really knackered, I enjoy driving my car whether nipping into town or motoring along country roads.
      I have had to have a few bits replaced such as clutch, fan belt etc nothing major, probably normal for the age of the car. I think not having everything electrical means it's easier to just take it out and pop a new one in.
      I would recommend this to anyone who wants a car that's relatively cheap to insure and reliable, however it does depend on how well it's been looked after.
      Inside the car is surprising roomy, you can fit 3 average sized people in the back no problems. The back seats also fold down and the parcel shelf come out to give you space to carry large items ( I've had a double bed frame in the back) the boot itself if surprising large plenty of room to do a weekly shop for 2 or 3 people.
      On the drivers dash board there is a speedometer, clock (no revometer) oil gauge, petrol gauge, mileage counter, petrol warning light, fog light indicator, indicator arrows I think that's covered most of them. In the middle of the dash there is the radio, heater selection, hot or cold air,heating for the back windscreen, cigarette lighter, ash tray/coin holder. The passanger side a a spacious glove box with a bit to put your drinks can on although I'm not sure how well it would hold in while on a bumpy road.
      The car is a great starter car simple to use no fancy buttons, good to build up no claims bonus, pretty fuel economical too as its only a 1.1

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        12.06.2012 12:36
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        Overall, I would say that the Saxo is a great choice for a cheap (maybe first) car.

        I've been driving my '01 Saxo for about a year now. I bought it third-hand of a dealership and was pleasently suprosed about its condition.

        First things first, the car looks good. I mean, there are cars which look better, but in the category that this car falls it looks better than its friends aka the KA or fiesta. The interior is spartanic, but has all you need. depending on the version you can get little extras such as electric windows or a sunroof. The "desire" series of the Saxo has both aswell as central remote locking. So if these things are important for you add "desire" to the search.

        Now to the drive, despite its small 1.1l engine, the car is everything but slow. according to specs it can do 0-60 in about 12 seconds (although I cannot say if that is true or not). However, for comparison purposes: a 2010 1.2 VW polo does 0-60 in 17 and a bit, a 2007 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 in 13. What I can certainly say is that the car does not have to hide from more modern cars in that engine category. On a normal drive, the steering and gear change go reasonably well, again I would say above average of similiar cars. The suspension is relatively hard in my opinion, (as compared to that of a VW Passat) but its easy to get used to and gives it this "sporty" feeling. When driving normal, my average fuel consumption is around 33.6mpg, however this figure goes up or down, depending on how you drive

        In the year that I've had my Saxo there have been no mechanical faults of any kind. However, as I first asked to take the car for a test drive the brakes had stuck it to the point. The dealer brought the car to a garage so now I also have new brakes on it. Another small error of my Saxo is that it pulls ever so slightly to the right when I let go of the steering wheel, but because im not a mechanic I cannot tell wether its because of the new brakes or something else.

        After 70,100 miles and 11 years my tires are now worn out, so anyone buying a Saxo from '01 or before should make sure to check the tires.

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          07.03.2009 22:11
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          A great car as a first car. For a family car this is not the ideal one

          Welcome to my first car. I bought a 1.1 citroen saxo sx in the colour gold (51 reg) when i was 17, i learnt to drive in and had 1 years happy motoring in it. I bought it because they look good for a first car, they are cheap to buy and cheap to run with a group 4 insurance. At a 1.1 litre engine with a top speed of 101mph the car isnt going to go fast as i soon found out on the dual carriage way doing 70mph the accelerator used to shake. These cars really are the ideal first car for a boy or girl. I always used to find this car nippy to pull off at roundabouts or anywhere which is a good thing as you dont want to be taking a long while to pull out. If you are looking for a first car this is an ideal purchase with 43.5 miles to the gallon if you are looking for a powerful, big, spacious family car then you need to look further a field. There is plenty of plus points to this car including i never once had a problem with this car in 2 years, i then sold it to my mum who used it for a year and then sold it to my younger sister for her to learn and pass her test in, not once did it not start or have anything major go wrong, but the two down points i can think of is 1.) It doesnt have power steering and 2.) The interior is quite basic and plasticy. Rating 8/10

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            24.01.2009 19:47
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            A good first car

            I bought my little Saxo last August after deciding it was about time I got myself a car to practice in (I'm currently learning and am soon to take another (!) test) I dont know the first thing about cars and just wanted something small and nippy to get me about in and that wouldnt cost the Earth in running costs and petrol.

            Luckily a friend of mine who runs a garage had a Saxo bought to him by someone who wanted to sell it, I received a call to ask if I was interested in taking a look and my boyfriend insisted I did saying I wouldnt go wrong with it. I gave it a test drive around the block and loved it (thats not hard really seeing as I've only ever sat behind the wheel of 3 cars my entire life)

            I bought my Saxo for £2k which I think is a pretty good deal seeing as it had only done around 40,000 miles and was 8 years old, one driver from new etc...

            I took the car out for its first proper run this morning, an hour to Salisbury then back again and got on quite well with it. The gear box is smooth and easy to work though it can crunch a bit when going into reverse. Due to the small engine it can struggle uphill and I find I have to change down to get it upto 60mph on long sweeping hills around this part of the world. On the flat however it drives like a dream and is comfortable.

            A couple of bad points, the brakes. I was amazed on first driving this car how spongy the brakes are, I have to press down really hard to get the car to slow and at times have almost become a cropper when I've had to stop suddenly and the car doesnt respond quick enough. Now I've driven the car a bit I'm used to it and know what to do but I believe this is something that should be looked into.

            The other bad point is the pedals, the accelerator and brake pedals are very close together meaning at times my foot occassionaly catches the wrong one. Another problem that Citroen need to sort out in newer models.

            Running costs -
            I've recently starting driving the short journey to work and back each day which is a total of 12 miles, this together with weekend shopping trips gives me a petrol cost of £20 per week, a whole tank costs about £25. Road tax is £120 per year or £66 for 6 months.

            As I gradually get used to my car and driving on a regular basis I'm becoming more comfortable and happy with my Saxo, the seats are comfortable though I would be even happier if the seat could be raised as I'm very short. The instruments are easy to locate and operate plus there are drivers airbags, handy if I ever hit a pheasant again as I did this morning!

            Generally I'm happy with my Saxo though like all things in life it's not perfect. I would recommend it as a nice little first car for someone like myself just starting out in the world of motoring, just make sure you have a steady right leg for the brakes!

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              10.11.2008 13:16

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              Despite all the abuse I dished out, this baby kept on going at a very economical rate!

              This is a great little car!

              I bought mine used from a Citroen dealer in 2000 when it was two years old. It cost me 5k but it was my first car. I was only 19 and literally insured it within 24 hours of passing my test, I think it was about 800 fully comp which sounds like a lot but I had 0 no claims bonus and a very very new licence.

              Eight years on, I only sold it last week but it totally did me proud. I fully abused it, I never had it serviced, I think the brakes were changed once and I had one new exhaust but it never broke down, never ever let me down.

              It was really economical, I think I could get about 100 miles out of a tenners worth of petrol and the insurance obviously got cheaper and cheaper.

              I ran it into the ground completely and really didn't look after it well. My Dad fixes cars for a living and even he was amazed that it was still running given the lack of care on my part but, despite all the abuse I landed on it, it was the most reliable little car ever! I was sorry to see it go but after 8 years and no service, the power steering finally died about a month ago and I decided it was time for a new one. I sold it to a guy who's going to restore it to it's former glory and sell it on. Long may she live!

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              Great fun to drive and spot on for a car of this age.Cheap all round on parts,tax,insurance and fuel

              Introducing....My motor!!! The Saxo I'm going to tell you about is the 1.1litre SX model born in 1996. Now if you want to buy a Saxo then you will have to get it second hand. Citroen stopped making them and did the whole new beginning thing for the mellenium with the C3. Very similar to the Saxo but more expensive to buy and maintain with more expensive and harder to locate parts.

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              I will start with this because I think it is the thing we all want to know about when considering buying a car.
              I paid nothing for the car as it was a gift from my Dad when I passed my test. However it did cost me some money to fix a few faults which are common to Saxo's. For a 1996 SX you can expect to pay £600. That's if it's running right. Before you purchase I would ask the seller when the last time the brake system, drive shafts, clutch and exhaust was changed. These parts need replacing on an average every 3 years. Depending on the driver, the drive shafts will last longer but only with a steady driver, not a racer.

              Now then if you do need to replace these parts it's not as scary as it may seem. According to Jonny It's all easy to get to, and simple enough if you know what you're doing. This sounds about right as it only took him a day to do the drive shafts and four new brakes (discs and callipers) and then another day for the clutch and general tidying up. 3months later the whole of the exhaust took another day. This wouldn't have taken as long if some numb nuts hadn't bodged up trying to put a heeeuuuge back-box on and made a mess of the welding!!!
              The parts that you will need are easy to find from ebay or your local car parts shop. Yes the saxo went out of production 7 years ago but it is a rather popular car so the parts are still made. This is where our old pals Bits-For-Cars come in...again!!! The drive shafts (shaftS there are two of them on a Saxo) cost £40 when we took the old ones back. Exhaust was £80 for the full system and all new brakes system on all four corners cost £60 all together. A new clutch cost just £40
              A full service icluding new plugs and oil change only cost me just over £50 if I remember rightly.
              Not bad eh £270 to get her up to MOT standard. Even better if you or a friend is mechanically minded and then you don't have huge labour charges from a mechanic.

              I put £20 a month in that tank and this month I put my £20 and decided to re-set the mileage thingamajigum and at the moment it's just started flashing when I go up a hill and the mileage thingamy says 108miles Bloody hell eh 108 miles not bad eh! That's on local minor roads mostly and a 2mile sprint on the M606 once a week to see Daddy. So I think that if you're using it for mostly motorway driving then the cost will go up but it's great if you're like me and just use it for to and from work or to and from Morrisson's.

              Insurance wise you're going to love it. Take me for an example. This is my first ever car on my first ever brand new shiny licence. £654 for the year with £100excess. This quote was baised on having 0 no claims,a full licence which was just 3days old at the time of insuring and that was on third party fire and theft. For the benifit of this review and because Im so nice I've just got a quote from direct line which was £479 Fully comprehensive with £150 excess not bad at all I think.

              Tax is also pretty cheap with it bieng a 1.1 litre engine it's £118 per year.

              Now then alot of people avoid buying second hand cars because they are affraid of the costs. So they go and pay £10000 for a nice little motor, brand new with 12months free insurance and a three year waranty. Drive it out of the show room and they've lost £4000. Yes you dont have to MOT it for 3years and Yes you wont have to incur any major maintenance costs because of the waranty. But you do the maths, £4000 for driving it out of the show room as opposed to spending £200 every three years for parts and £50 a year for an MOT. If you aren't or nobody in you're family or friends is mechanically minded then the costs will go up, however I still think it's better than buying a new car.

              Costs wise this car is brilliant for new drivers who have high insurance premiums to consider. Even with 0 no claims and a new licence the insurance is still cheap. In fact everyone out there who is looking for a cheap run around ought to put a Saxo on thier short lists.
              Yes there are parts that go kaput every so often but that is through French design. I get the feeling that these parts are designed to break. They take all that strain away from expensive bits like the engine and gearbox.

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              Well the features in my SX include 3 doors, a sun roof, electric front windows, central locking, key-code imobiliser, steering lock, factory fitted alarm and what would have been a cruddy cassette player.
              There is no power steering which is great for getting rid of those bingo wings and as the car only weights just over £800KG it's not that much of a downfall.

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              Not bad for a 10 year old car. It's very much like it's big sister the C3 except without the smooth, rolling curves. It reminds me of a Peugeot 205 but not as boxy. The exterior is pretty good. There are a few rust spots around the boot and doors but it's very little and caused by it never having seen the inside of a garage for at least half of it's life!!! The bumpers are colour coded too, adding to the sleeky Frenchness.

              Inside it has fabric upholstury has worn quite well on the seats. You can see that it has faded and lost some of it's lustre but come on she's an old girl now!!! Around the door handles the fabric has split and frayed which is just too much hassle to sort out. It's easier to blow it and buy new door casings. The carpets are grey, as are the mats. They also cleaned up very well and are not worn through in patches at all. The dashboard is the usual black plastic with no chips or scratches. The clocks are just the petrol guage, speedometer and rev counter. There a few warning lights at the bottom for the air bag, hand brake, oil pressure, temperature and stuff like that.

              In the middle you've got the gear stick which is positioned comfortably. Above that is the controls for the heating which is very baisic and simple...no air conditioning!!! Above the controls is the radio and then the vents.

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              Stereo...well I cant comment It all got replaced when I bought it. 2 new door speakers, 6x9's in the back and a new head unit. Jonny says thast the orrigional speakers are cruddy though and a cassette player...deffinately a 90's car!!!

              The engine is pretty quiet to say this car is over 10 years old so the engines wear well. However that depends on weather a chav or a grandma was the previous owner. I have no idea but i suspect a grandma to say its only done 70,000 miles in 10 years!!! Perhaps if a chav had owned it then the engine would be noisier and more difficult.

              The glove box is pretty deep and roomy I get alsorts of rubbish in there. The side pockets aren't up to much though. Enough for a windscreen cloth and de-icer for the windscreen and that's it.

              The boot is the same but the rear seats fold down. You can pull out the actual seat bit and fold down the backs so that they're totally flat.to fit in loads of stuff when say for example helping a mate to move house.

              Well what can I say she's an awful lot of fun whether you're on the motorway or minor roads and country lanes. From a stand still she sets off like a bat out of hell. You can get up to 25mph in first gear!!! I just love bieng able to pull away from folk who like to get up my behind!!! Unfortunately this isn't so on steep hills. She doesnt like hills at all, especially with a week's shopping or passengers. Duh it's a 1.1 wadya expect???

              The clutch also isn't great. It's biting point is far lower down than what I'm used to and it doesn't like you to use clutch control. It's difficult to keep it from creeping forwards and also this will wear the clutch quickly. Changing gears is smooth though, the clutch doesn't cause a bit of bother there. Whilst on about gears it can be stubborn about reverse. It sometimes takes a bit of pumping on the clutch to get it in reverse. Also if you don't get it in reverse properly then it will just pop out of reverse unless you hold the gear stick where it's supposed to be.

              On motorways it is alot of fun. Yeah it's top speed isn't that of a Mercedees Mclarren but she doesn't half like to go. Cruising at 60ish in fourth and you get some corsa boy trying to race you, drop it down into third, foot down and in no time you're at 80!!! not that I speed its usafe and irresponsible...it's just funny to see thier faces when a girl gives them a run for thier money!!! The problem is the top speed. Put her in fifth gear and she doesn't want to accelerate anymore. She will stay at a steady speed but if you need to accelerate away from some plank who's causing you problems you have to down shift to get the speed up.

              It's comfortable on long journey's with plenty of leg room in the front. The seats wont give you a numb-bum after a few hours. But it wobbles about something cronic in side winds and you have to fight with it a little. At least you can't get bored and fall asleap at the wheel though!!! I like these quirks, it's character and fun!

              Now I cant really get away from the fact that the Saxo has a racer-boy's reputation. Lots of young lad's like it because it's nippy and easy to modify. Or if they cant afford to modify it then they will just rag the heck out of it. SO for all you racer-boy-chavs out there here's Jonny's section.......
              What can I say lads it's like Nereesa says it's alot of fun. But she's a girl and can't drive like I drive!!! You all know what I mean when I talk about country lanes. Them winding corners, chicanes and dips give all us "real drivers" loads of enjoyment. If you're looking for a car that will give you pleasure on random drives around the Dales then look no further. There is some body roll and the disc brakes are not ABS so if you don't really know what you're doing then some farmer will be pulling you out of a ditch so don't push yourselves too far. That set aside the steering is responsive. You can feel the engine and suspension really well without doing a Jerremy Clarkson and knocking yourself out on the roof. It's just enough to let you know how the car is responding. Some of you won't like the amount of body roll but I just see it as fun. It doesn't feel dangerous and the car will let you know when you're pushing it towards it's limit before you go too far.

              Tadaaa I couldn't have written that bit because the only time I push the old girl is in a straight line on the motorway!!!



              Right then to sum it up this car is pretty great. I'm not happy about the common problems with those parts. It's shoddy French design that makes them go but on the other hand they are designed to be replacable and to cause less strain on the more expensive parts like the engine and gearbox. It's alot of fun to drive and a fantastic first car. Very cheap running costs make it perfect for anyone who is wanting a little run around which won't guzzle petrol or cost alot in insurance.

              That's your lot guys you will be glad to know I've said all I've got to say!!! Thanks for the reads, xxx

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                28.08.2002 23:38
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                a short intense experience of this car as a courtesy car. Awful brakes (how can Citroen sell you this thing), awful transmission, plastics of a quality that would have embarassed the old Soviet Union, awful driving position, awful switch positioning, poor storage. I did not feel safe or comfortable in this car. Buy soemthing else. I cannot comment on reliability as I had no experience of it. Buy a Punto, Ka, Clio you can get all of them for about the same price or maybe just a little more-it would be worth it, they might actually give you pleasure as well as a bit more confidence. I appreciate that the sport models are a different beast altogether, but budget cars dont have to be like this. I don't like this car, its my personal decision but poor driving position, inadequate brakes, poor quality of materials, insubstantial build are enough for me to go on. If there is nothing positive I am sorry, but there are better alternatives. Look at this car then look at alternatives before you say yes. Citroen went through a phase of forgetting that budget motoring could be fun, and this is a product of it. Its good value though.

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                  We have a Citroen Saxo 1.1i SX as a second car. It is an S-Reg and has been ours since new. It has a sunroof, imobilliser, remote central locking, electric windows and a drivers air bag. I find that as a town car it is brilliant. Milleage is exellent and reliablity is second to none. Infact, I only have on gripe about the car. The brakes, or rather lack of. You know when you learn to drine and you have to memorise breaking distances that have been out of date for 50 years? Well with a Saxo you have to double these distances. It is a shame that the car has this flaw as it is great fun. I have ventured as far as Scotland in it (I live in Liverpool) and found it a very capable car on the motorway as well as in town. The power steering is too light for driving at speed, but you soon get used to it. When you arive at your destination and come to park the steering redeems itself. With a turning circle of just 10.2 metres (according to the hand book) and the ability to go to full lock with just your little finger the car is easier to park than a radio controled car. (Which the aerial gives it a resemblance to). If you are looking for a car for use mainly in town without too many passengers the saxo is ideal. Perfomance is respectable enough given the engine size and handling is superb. Just don't forget about the brakes like citroen did and you'll be fine. Oh yes, and the standard radio is a bit naff too, if you are looking at a second hand one find one with a CD player for similar money. Just make sure it's got central locking, as the models without are very easy to break into. My brother had a saxo without central locking and a CD player (an East Coast) and it was broken into 4 times in a neighbourhood that's quite a nice one. Mind you, all saxo's have an exellent imobiliser fitted as standard so they may get in but they'll never drive away!

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                  My son after passing his driving test required a good motor. He had been driving a Citroen AX but with him working 30 miles away, wanted something a little younger than his 10 yr old AX and also something a little more comfortable and powerful than his nippy 950cc AX. He narrowed the choices down to 3 possibilities, all of which were in with a shout. His chosen 3 were Citroen Saxo, Rover 25 and the MG ZR. Unfortunately despite it's desirability, the MG had to be scrubbed due to the high insurance costs. So that way it came down to the Saxo and the 25. We went a ride out and saw a Rover 25, W reg for £6000. I was a real big fan of this when I saw it, it really caught the eye. My son however liked this motor but wanted to go and pay a visit to Bristol Street Citroen, our local dealer in Burton-On-Trent. I personally had always been a fan of Citroens, having owned a Citroen van continuously for over 10 years now. We went to Citroen and started off by asking about the possibility of a part exchange for his AX. The dealer estimated between £500 and £1000 with the final figure being dependant on the cost he was trading in against. So we went to check on what they had on offer. My son ideally wanted a diesel due to the large number of miles he has to do to get to work each day. Unfortunately they had no diesels on there books at all so we decided on taking a look around what they had got. There was one car that took my sons eye particularly. It was a Saxo East Coast in metallic woodland green. It was very smart looking. To cut a long story short he decided to go for this due to the fact that they only wanted £4700 for it with it being a V reg and having only 6000 miles on the clock. He got £700 part ex for his AX. Anyway about the car. It was a Saxo East Coast special edition. It was the most popular of the Saxo engines being the 1.1i version (1124cc). There is a reasonable amount of extras with this car. It came with a radio/cd play
                  er with detatchable front plate. This is a very impressive piece of kit made by Blaupunkt, with all the different settings and the addition of cd capabilities along with the added security of the front plate being detatchable. The engine as I said before is the 1.1i (1124cc) version. Despite it only being around 175cc bigger than his 950cc AX, you can really tell the difference of the extra power. It is very nippy around town with decent acceleration for a car with such a small engine (helped by it's light body weight) and yet it can easily coast along at 70mph down a dual carriageway without the engine being under any kind of stress or pressure. That's one thing you can guarantee with purchasing from the Citreon Peugeot Group, and that's that you'll get a quality engine. Coupled with this is a very smooth changing 5 speed + reverse gearbox (with particularly flashy yellow gearknob!!) The dashboard was a lot more advanced in the East Coast model than the basic one. On the dash you get speedometer, clock, petrol guage, water and oil warning lights along with the standard air bag, handbrake, ignition and indicator lights plus more. On the centre console you get a fully adjustable blower outlet, ashtray, cigar lighter, heating control and a coin slot. Another nice little feature is the addition of a dashboard lighting control allowing you to increase or decrease the strength of the light behind the dials. To the left of the dashboard you get a decent sized glove box and also easy access to the fuses behind a front clip on plate. Mounted behind the sterring wheel is a driver airbag. There is ample space in the back for 3 averagely sized people although 3 larger people would create a squeeze. The front seats are very comfortable and fully adjustable. In the boot you get a decent amount of room for such a small car. All in all this is a very nice car with a nippy turn of speed despite the smallish engine. It is a very id
                  eal car for people to start off with due to the affordable deals available and also the lowish insurance group on the 1.0i and 1.1i models (group 3 on the 1.1i). Excellent fuel economy also adds to the economy of this car.

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                    I bought my Citroen Saxo 1.1 SX in 1997 and in general have been very impressed with it. I previously had a Rover Metro 4 speed 'baby' so this was certainly a vast improvement at first! My Saxo is Metallic Blue and looks brilliant - easily one of the best looking small cars around. Mine is the three door model (there's normally only ever me travelling in it) and the doors open wide to allow you to exit easily and with grace! It runs very well, and I have so far done 80,000 miles....it's ticking along nicely. I've kept up with my regular services which hopefully has helped. The servicing costs for a full service on my Saxo have averaged out at between £80 and £100. The gears are smooth and all the in-car instruments are easy to locate and operate, always a plus for me! The design on the seats is very tasteful and not at all garish and the dashboard is rounded and attractive. The seats are very comfortable. Oh, and I have electric windows, which I loved at first...but now find them a bind when I have to turn the car engine on to wind them down! Safety features:- I do have a driver's airbag and I believe there are passenger ones on the next model up. Now for the downside...the brakes! I have always found that I have needed to depress the brake pedal fully to even start to stop slightly! At first when I had the car, I thought there was something wrong with the brake pads and mentioned this on my first service. However, I was simply told that this was a design issue on the Saxos and I would have to put up with it! The first time anyone else drives my car, they get terrified when they try and brake and realise they have to try really hard to make the car stop! Also, I have noticed that the accelerator pedal is VERY close to the brake and my foot often ends up touching both at the same time. I have thankfully become used to the time I need to stop, but it is terrifying at first
                    . The Saxo is a great looking car, economical to run (as with most small cars) but I just hope for safety's sake that the brake problem has been fixed in the last few years. And if you're in the Cambridge area, and you see a blue Saxo behind you, that doesn't appear to be slowing down, I'd tend to move off very quickly!

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                      12.05.2001 02:51
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                      Dooyooers, My Saxo is a god sent, cheap, reliable and quite speedy! I got a Saxo SX, which has special additions, a sunroof and electric windows and locking. It took me ages to find out all the details for you all. I like to help.... ------------------------------ Engine Details: Engine 1.1i Cubic Capacity (cc) 1124 Bore and stroke (mm) 72 x 69 Compression ratio 9.7:1 Number of Cylinders 4 in line Max Power DIN (hp/rpm) 60/5500 Max Torque DIN (Ib ft/rpm) 69/3500 Cooling system Liquid and electrically operated cooling fan Fuel system Monopoint fuel injection ------------------------------- Steering 1.1i Number of turns lock to lock 2.98 Turning circle between kerbs (m) 10.5 -------------------------------- Economy details: Economy - Litres/100km (mpg) 1.1i Urban cycle 8.0 (35.3) Extra Urban 5.0 (56.5) Combined 6.1 (46.3) -------------------------------- Suspension: Anti roll bars front and rear, front - Macpherson strut/coil springs. Rear - independent trailing arms/torsion bars -------------------------------- Wheels etc.. 13" steel wheels with 155/70 R13 T tyres --------------------------------- Fuel tank capacity litres (gallons) 45 (9.9) ---------------------------------- Brake type Servo assisted, X-split circuit front discs, rear drums, VTR and VTS ventilated front discs, rear discs, four sensor ABS standard on VTS ---------------------------------- Maximum speed (mph) 102 (It can beat that easily!) 0-62 MPH (sec) 11.4 ---------------------------------- Load space: (This is all you women need) Your blokes don't want it looking anymore fuller or they'll have a heart attack! Seats up 280 litres (9.9 cubic ft) Seats down filled to waistline 640 litres (22.6 cubic ft) Seats down filled to roof 953 litres (33.7 cubic ft) ------
                      ----------------------------- All you Environmentily friendly people will be suited to this car... CO2 Emissions (g/Km) 145 ------------------------------------ To sum it up, this is a very cheap and very practical car. What they're charging: SAXO 3 Door 1.1i Forte £6,420.00 The stats are the same as the 5 door litery! My personal experiences of the car are that it is a very dinky car with a very feisty attitude, that could be the driver but still... The car has had no faults since it was bought, I have been very impressed with this. We were originally going to get a Renault, but the leg room is slightly better in the saxo. The car could do with a bigger boot as some people, of whom I aint saying cos I'll get, well you know! Cheers

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                        22.09.2000 06:19
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                        I bought a Saxo 1.1 a year and a half ago from a dealer in Glasgow. It seems like a nice car and don't get me wrong - it is a nice car for the money. It has basic features and a nice interior but I found the brakes to be a bit of a bummer. They are extremelly hard and terrible at stopping you - I'll just repeat that TERRIBLE! If this was your first car then you might not notice it as much but if you have driven something else then you will - and you won't like it. Saxo also refuse to admit that there is anything wrong with the brake setup it's just the way they are - so be warned TRY OTHERS first as this could be a major reason NOT to buy it - it's a shame as the rest of the car is quite nice. My verdict - try the clio or Punto

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                        21.08.2000 01:58
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                        I got a Saxo from new 18 months ago, and it has been a brilliant little car; the ride and fun fun of driving it makes it well worth the inconvenience (for me) of it's size. It took two of us to the South of France and back covering 2000 miles in 10 days with no problems, and was comfortable and great to throw round corners! The flimsiness of the AX has been pretty much eradicated in the Saxo, and it's pretty tight and solid for a small Citroen. The fuel economy goes without saying, and the 1.1 injection engine is a perfect balance between value and zip. I'll be sad to see it go in a year's time, as I need a larger car....I'll be reading the other Dooyoo opinions carefully.

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                        06.07.2000 16:38
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                        I was a 1st time car buyer and specifically needed a reliable car for 2 years as i will probably get a company car after that. The offer that citreon did with 2 years free insurance was of a value of around £3k to myself. With it being a new car I also got road tax and the like. As for the car, it exceeded my expectations. I thought that it would be a tiny, poor handling, slow car. I have the 1.1i model and I must say that it handles very well and is nippy for the size of the engine. Inside my only complaint is that the pedals are very close together. The customer service and after sales service was also excellent and after having the car over a tear, i still have no complaints.

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                          01.07.2000 21:25

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                          Citroen Saxo This is an elegant car with a sporty look to it as well. It does 0 to 60 mph in 10.4 (secs) reaching a maximum speed of 113.7 mph and a terminal speed of 78.9 mph. The on the road car price is £10,680 which I find very reasonable. It has an insurance group of 7 and the service interval is 12,500 miles. The warranty is 1yr/unltd. You get a driver's airbags in with the price as well of an Immobiliser, 14-inch alloy wheels, power steering, central locking and remote also electric windows, radio and a sunroof. It also has a five-speed transmission. The only thing that lets the car down is the interior really because it could be a lot better value for money.

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