Product Type: CitroŽn cars
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Curse you citroen
CitroŽn Saxo 1.6i VTR
Member Name: Lord Winchester
CitroŽn Saxo 1.6i VTR
Advantages: looks great, nippy little motor, cheaper than other similar makes and models
Disadvantages: Built by monkeys using tape and pieces of string
This is my first review, so i`d warmly welcome any feedback :)
I purchased my citroen saxo brand new in June of 2003, i`d always liked the look of the car and decided that i`d treat myself (19 years of age at the time), however i didn`t really plan on buying a new one, until i sat down and looked over the finance packages that is. As it happens it turned out that a new car, (with a nice low intersest rate of 4%) figured out only a fraction more expensive than a 3 year old model and even though not 21 i still recieved money off my insurance upon purchasing the car (although insurance had to be taken out with Citroen Insurance)and a thousand pounds cashback.
I should have really known from the start that things would soon turn sour.
As my soon to be new (Black £250 extra) car was on offer i couldn`t choose any extras... none... it had to be the standard model, bar of course the colour, a little dissapointed ( i wanted leather seats and air con ) i signed my life away none the less and awaited arrival day.
As you can imagine i was itching to pick her up so was delighted when a phone call said i could it collect a whole week early. Only quarter full and with no mats (they had ran out? Maybe the monkeys where on strike?) away i went......
It may seem like i`m ranting here but i`ll try and be constructive. Don`t get me wrong, new car drove and looked superb, i loved it and was very happy i had it, until...after about three weeks the drivers door rubber seal went and i had a foot well full of water. After a promt phone call this was fixed, and all went well, for about another 3 three weeks.
I noticed that upon inspection it seemed that my "bodykit" seemed to be coming away from the rest of the car, rather worried i headed of back to the dealer. I was told this was only minor and just a loose clip or two and advised to drive to the larger dealership up the road for a quick repair. Here i was told this was a REAL problem and they needed the car back for 4 days to rebond the bodykit, spitting feathers i agreed a date and took up the offer of a courtessey car (which citroen duly tried to charge me for temporary cover, no chance, warranty job, i ain`t payin :))
Maybe to trusting i picked my bebonded car up and drove home only to find all the rebonded fibre glass panels distorted and out of shape (kinda looked like some1 had kicked it over and over again), an early phone call next morning and a chat with the bodyshop manager i was duly informed this was a common problem, something about the fibre glass being rather thin (cheap in otherwords) and normal practice was to send away for a thicker bodykit. Second time round, and after some rerebonding all was nearly perfect ( still have a broken clip from back bumper to wheel arch drivers side to this day so not quite flush).
My car is three years old next month and i`ve enjoyed it, but please be aware that there are so many little things that will annoy you, rattly door trims, windows and seats (normal for model, so i was told by the dealership? Didn`t catch that in the brochure) its a terrible shame, because i really do love my car,great handling, nice and quick, but at the end of the day its a cheap car with a load of bits stuck on, and from my experience the build quality really is quite poor. If your lookin for a bit of a cheap sporty hatchback go for it, but i think most will out grow this car by there mid twenties, leave it the youf... nuff said..
Summary: Blame citroen, if they put them together proplerly it would be soo much better