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Citroën Saxo 1.6i VTS 16V

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      06.01.2013 13:05
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      A great car

      My Saxo VTS is an R reg and I bought it second hand when it had done 72000 miles. I paid around £2600 mark and it was definitely one of the "boy-racer" cars of the day. Mine is a lovely sought-after green colour.(note : there isn't just one shade of this 'green' I found out when I wanted a tin of paint! That was an adventure in itself. ) and had all the usual VTS trimmings like the spoiler on the tailgate...except it had a few modifications like the majority of the cars I've owned. Mine has 17 inch Kah wheels, tinted windows, quad headlights and lowered considerably. I know that in my eyes it looks good but obviously that isn't for everyone.

      He was named ROCKY ~ (bet you are singing the Rocky theme tune now )

      ++++ Fuel economy ++++

      Being a VTS, this means it is a 1.6 16V engine. Certainly the engine to have. It is very nippy and has excellent acceleration without going through tanks of petrol.


      ++++ Exterior ++++

      Everyone must have seen a Saxo in their life at some point ~ the standard ones are of a bubbly kind of shape with no real style or 'wow' factor to it. The whole car can feel a little bit like a sardine can in some ways. I had someone lean on the arch and dent it. I think because the car is so light, obviously the metal has to be thin to allow this. It never did feel as sturdy as my Golf does for example.

      ++++ Interior ++++

      Obviously, this is the area where most people focus on as that's where they spend their time. The dash is all plastic and has a little cubby-hole type of a glove box. It has a hinged lid and isn't big enough to fit much in. (Usual for me was a packet of haribo, my purse and phone ~ what more does this girl need?)

      The seats are of a great quality I have found and very comfy. This is even compared to some of the more expensive bucket seat types I have tried. The stitching never came lose or worn on the usual place where the driver gets in and out. They were however a green and black pattern which started to resemble one of those magic-eye pictures if you stared at them long enough. Rocky is a 3 door version and so the seats have to tip up for the passengers to get in the back. This is done by a simple lever but, be warned, pull that lever with car as the seat will flip forward at a fantastic speed.

      To start the car, you have to input a code into the keypad just infront of the gearstick ~ a little security feature which is always a bonus in the insurance companies' eyes.

      ++++ Boot Space ++++

      I had this car when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter and shock set in when I thought I may have to sell it. You should have seen the smile on my face when I found out a buggy would fit in the boot ~ pure joy! For this being a small car, it certainly feels roomy. My daughter's car seat fitting in the back with no problems.



      There were some down sides to owning this car however.

      The accelerator cable on my car would snap every now and again. Now this isn't much of a problem to fix either mechanically or financially but a great inconvenience. (This isn't a common fault with all VTS's though ~ this was possibly more down to the modifications that the car had.)

      The engine is mounted with a bolt that is about the same width of a cocktail stick! After the 3rd time of this being mended with genuine Citroen parts, my dad and brother fixed it with a huge bolt ~ problem solved. After talking to other Citroen owners of cars from this kind of era, this is common.

      Overall, I loved Rocky and I'll let you into a secret ~ I STILL own it and would never sell it. Rocky has 122,000 miles on the clock now and the engine is still sounding good. Just goes to show that this car can really be worth purchasing as I personally travelled up and down the country in it going to car shows and it was my daily commuting car.

      It needs a couple of new bushes and then it will fly through an MOT again and be back on the road once my Golf eventually dies.

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      14.07.2011 20:41

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      A good allround car

      A good nippy car which shows up a few bigger cars. Comfort and build quality isnt the best but a good car all round.This car is easy to modify and is good for the 19-25 age market!After owning this car a year the car has never let me down.Theres not many standard one's about nowadays and most have been thrashed but find a standard one and you cant go wrong.

      The brakes standard arent the best on these cars but you can adjust the brake pedal in the engine bay in less than 10 mintutes to give it a better feel for braking.Parts are cheap to replace on these cars and most parts can be bought from eurocarparts.com.

      The main problem with this car is the safety quality,its ncap rating is very poor!
      Alternatives: Clio 172/182 + Peugeot 206gti

      The only downside is the boy racer image and group 14 insurance.

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      25.01.2009 17:28
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      VTR or VTS ? VTS every time !

      I owned my Silver 1999 mark2 Saxo VTS for about 2 years. My experiences are as follows:

      Engine - The car has a 1.6 16v engine. Many question the difference between the VTS and the 1.6 8v used in the VTR. Let me tell, you, there is a big difference! The VTS produces all of its power at the top of the rev range.

      Performance - 120bhp with 107 lb-ft of torque can take you to 60 in a listed 7.6 seconds. The overtaking power of this car is fantastic. Drop a gear to 5k rpm and floor and you wont' be disappointed. It'll then go on to a listed 127mph.

      Features - As with most other Saxo's, the VTS is quite bare of features. It has the basics for driving but that makes the car what it is. A hot hatch, and people looking to buy these cars generally arent bothered about the lack of Air con etc.

      Driving - The best bit! These cars are a fantastic drive. Brilliant performance and the handling to go with it means you'll never get bored of having to go to the shops, even if its 2 mins away.

      Running costs - It'll do about 30-35 to the gallon, which isn't bad. Insurance however isn't cheap. Its group 14 so anyone who doesn't have no claims or is very young will be hit hard (although it was a hit I was willing to take).

      Summary - An excellent little car, relatively cheap to run (excluding insurance) but with the performance and handling to rival cars of a higher price and performance.

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      18.07.2008 10:49
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      As above .. small, fun & fst, but expensive to run!

      I owned my Saxo VTS for about 8 years, and for the most part, it didn't let me down. I only recently had to trade in my VTS for a more spacious, cheaper to run car due to the birth of my little boy.

      The Saxo VTS is stylish, small and very fast. The interior is also very stylish, but the dash fairly basic. The VTS model comes with electric front windows, electric side mirrors, sunroof and alloy wheels. The car is very fast for a 1.6l engine, being that it is so compact, and handles very well.

      One of the main disadvantages of the VTS are it's running costs. The car likes it's petrol, and you will probably get around 30 miles to the gallon with it. Insurance is not cheap either for the Saxo, being a group 12, and the car has also been hit with the recent car tax increases.

      I miss my Saxo, however now being a Dad, the car was just not practical. I had very little problems with the car over the 8 years I owned it, however with rising petrol and tax prices, I had little choice but to pass it on.

      So in summary, the Saxo VTS is a great little car to drive, fun and fast, however it is not cheap to run.

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        08.08.2005 01:09
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        Powerful, lightweight, corners like its on rails

        I love this car, with 120bhp (22mph more than the newer VTR;s) you wouldn't think it would be too much faster or worthwhile buying, but believe me IT IS!

        The only other car i had before my VTS is, yes, you guessed it, a VTR! As soon as i drove a VTS, i had to buy it because it was just such a power difference. Some specifications are below of the two cars.

        1.6 (1587 cc) VTR - SOHC (Single overhead camshaft) 8 valve - 90 bhp - 0-60 in 9.3 seconds - top speed = 116 mph (Phase II VTR models are 98 bhp!)
        Insurance group 7

        1.6 (1587 cc) VTS - DOHC (Double overhead camshaft) 16 valve - 120 bhp - 0-60 in 7.2 seconds - top speed = 127 mph
        Insurance group 14

        While purchasing the car at the dealership, i was displeased as the man selling me the car was rather rude etc because he thought the car was too fast/expensive for a 19 year old (im 20 now) to buy, so i wasn't too pleased with that.

        The VTS does drink a hell of a lot of petrol (a lot more than the VTR, but its worth it if you can afford to fill up every 10mins!) Although the suspension is firm and very eager steering, it is great fun to drive, every time I do take it out for a blast I have a big grin plastered on my face!

        Comfort-wise i am pleased as i only mainly do short journeys (never more than an hour or so in the car at one time) I have driven to a LAN event before which was about 3-4 hours away, and i could not wait to get there as the seats are quite firm, almost bucket seat like, that they got quite uncomfortable. Another disadvantage is the foot pedals as they are so close together i often press down the accelerator while my foot is on the brake! (Size 11 shoes)

        So basically, if you can afford the group 14 insurance and the amount of petrol it drinks, this is a fantastic car, overtaking a car on a dual carriageway/motorway, is a piece of cake and the engine revving up sounds so sexy! I've noticed a get a few looks from people too as you don't really see many VTS's around here, only VTR's or lower spec versions

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          20.07.2003 02:58
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          • "Going to need new tires every other week"

          About a week ago I found out I would be coming across some money and could finally sell my old Fiesta and get something a bit nippier. A new Zetec S maybe? 306 GTi? VTR? All nice cars, then I came across the VTS. Started reading up on them, including here, and thought, 'well, sounds good' , impressed but not in awe by any means. Before parting with my £7k I decided to go for a test drive today - and I can now say I am in total awe. The model I looked at had extremely low mileage (3288 on a Y/2001 plate), had been lowered and had a sports exhaust. After the polite waffle with sleazy salesman, a young fella offered me a test drive. He actually gave me permission to 'thrape the bollocks off it', his words; I quickly took him up on the offer. Plant your foot in first gear and get ready to wrestle with the wheel as the 120 horses try to drag the car all over the place at what felt like 3 G's; smooth gearbox led me into 2nd gear and tipped 65mph before the rev counter told me to find 3rd - 80 came and went and I remembered I was in a 40 limit. Came to the island at the end of the dual carriageway and decided to test the reportedly good handling; being lowered 40mm enhanced this and it felt like the car was running on tracks. The Citroen guy was by now staring dissaprovingly at what the dials were telling him, but I'd seen enough and took it back nice and easy, the petrol guage rather lower than when I set out. All in all, the ride was comfy, with a natural yet involving driving position. Had no problems with pedals as pointed out before. Steering was crisp and smooth, gear changes were unnoticeable (at normal revs). The car itself looks lovely - lowered and on some flashy alloys and in silver really makes it stand out. Probably won't be this particular one (£7499 seems a bit pricey, and I took a strong dislike to the greaseball trying to sell me finance), but this test drive has s
          old it for me. For the money, you will not get a quicker, more fun to drive hot hatch. Happy speeding! (err be careful too)

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            10.06.2003 07:56
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            I was first tempted to buy a Saxo VTS after readig a review when it first came out. However the cramped pedal put me off because my Nova SR had Rally pedals so I opted for a Corsa 1.6i 16v Sport instead. However, two years later after a second test drive I finally got to grips with the pedals and really loved the car. The acceleration was breathtaking mine hit 60mph in under 7 secs in second gear and went onto top 140mph on the Italian Motorways. The only problem I have encountered, apart from the limited interior and luggage space, was that the battery failed once in France and once now. The car otherwise is a dream and I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting spped and thrills at a cheap price.

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              22.07.2002 20:18

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              I love this car!! If its fun & acceleration you are after then get it!! - Advantages: Very Quick, Handles Excellently, ABS, Twin Airbags etc - Disadvantages: Basic looking inside

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              08.12.2001 03:07
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              I had the great oppertunity to drive this car. Granted, it was a company car and not my own. The car was quite impresiive, even though it already had a broken air vent when I got it (typical French car). I was instantly impressed with the revvy engine, which still needed running in so I waited for the best later from that. The interior quality wasn't as high as it could have been, but then I remembered I was in a Citreon (2CV anybody?). The responses of the steering were a little light, but not too vague(although the pedals were more vague). The grip was average, but the car was easily readable once its attitude was acquired. The car would understeer with high throttle levels during midcorner, now this is easily remedied by going in with mild throttle and increasing steadily. But when you've over done it it will easily slide the rear slightly when you lift. All very controllable and fun (in the right hands, tee hee). Most of the car held its quality through out its life. The engine is screaming for more power and desperate for more torque. This is it's major engine fault. There just isn't enough torque in it. You're stuck if you get caught behind a lorry going uphill and you need to speed up into another lane of traffic. Even the average interior survived a lot of bums and shopping. Including wood beams that were almost as long as the whole car(that was fun, scratched the dashboard doing that). I would recommend this car to a friend, with very few warnings to the ownership. It's fun, a little small on cubby holes but that's a small thing to all the fun you can get out of this pocket rocket.

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                28.09.2000 06:18
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                If you are in the market for a small, affordable hot hatch then look no further than the Saxo VTS. Having owned one for the best part of 2 years, I have enjoyed some 30,000 miles of fun-packed driving. The VTS is up there with the best of them. Cracking 60mph in c. 7 seconds is feasible and is dispatched in 2nd gear. This little flier can be a pussy cat around town but when you want to have a little fun, and shame many more sporting cars, out on the open road this is a hot little number. It will take tight corners with faithful ease giving excellent feedback through the steering wheel ... you always know what the front wheels are doing. It is a very easy car to drive fast. Fuel consumption is excellent, 50 mpg is achievable if driven sensibly! Average mpg is between 35 and 40 ... pretty impressive. The brakes are also superb, reigning the car in impressively if required. All in all, an excellent car and would welcome comments from other Saxo VTS owners or anyone who is interested in this cracking little motor!

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                  17.08.2000 02:15
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                  The Saxo VTS is a rapid machine that can quickly take you from 0 - 60 in around 7secs, not bad for a 1.6 engine!! Although the interior is not that big you have a feeling of security in my mind, especially with the seats holding you firmly. I cannot comment on the new style Saxo but the old one was an absolute dream. The car will handle any corner you throw at especially being partnered with the Michelin Pilot Tyres. These tyres are one of the best in my view, a friend has a VTR which he's just changed his tyres to BF Goodrichs (Due to cost of the Michelins) and has found that they don't stick anywhere near as good. Experience the sheer joy of sitting at a set of traffic lights next to any BMW (M3's excluded for obvious reasons) and watch the owners in your rear view mirror, as their jaw drops. You can even do it on the motorway, drop into 4th gear and leave them in your dust, Most Satisfying seen as they had to pay considerably more for there obvious lack of power. The only things to watch for are some problems they had with the first lot that came out (R Reg I think). The car when slowing down can cut out, only occasionly, Citroen fixed this with a new fuel pump however. Also be aware of the steering column, apparantly a number of people had problems with a rattling sound, mine was OK. Apart from that good and smile enducing motoring!!!

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