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Amongst my citroen collection I have a Citroen xantia, yes its poorly at the moment but thats not its fault.
---Looks and interior---
It doesnt look like your average mundanoe and compared to the cars of today it still holds up well, different but not too different.
I personally prefer the mark 2 style with body coloured bumbers all round, it looks more modern than the series 1
With numbers dwindling you cant be too choosey, but there are plenty of scrappers on ebay and leather interiors and the like become available fairly frequently. Some even come with heated seats!
Being a proper Citroen it of course has hydraulic suspension and mine being non hydractive does not have any electricary to bugger it up. Therefore while not being as soft as a Cx it is still a lovely bump free ride that will make you wonder how you put up with tin sprung cars for so long! That said if you have a well maintained and working hydractive xantia it also rides very well.
To clarify lower specced xantias will be non-hydractive, And higher models will be hydractive, using a computer to determine how firm or soft the ride should be. This can be very handy when driving enthusiastically.
My 1.9td is manual and has very smooth gear changes, it feels very nippy and is responsive with little turbo lag.
The 1.9td unit is a well tested Xud engine and was used since the late 80s. They will take much abuse and are exceedingly reliable provided you change the cambelt on time (guess how I know) being an interferance engine if the cam spaps its bye bye cylinder head time.
The hydraulic suspension is not as scary as some make out, in fact it is easy to maintain and any weak spots are well known and easily overcome. The main one to watch for is the strut tops as these rot and can cause the struts to punch a nice dent in the bonnet. If you are going to buy one and do nothing else, look above the front wheels and have a poke about. Also have a look underneath the car for a minute or so whilst its running to check for hydraulic leaks.
Another common rot spot is on a join on the upper sill area that can be seen when the rear doors are opened. However in my expereince the rust protection on Xantias is very good.
---Reasons to buy---
Fantastic amount of car for little outlay, yes C5s are getting cheap now, but Xantias in my opinion are just better! Especially if you buy a good one thats fully loaded with cruise/ air con etc. If you do buy one there are excellent forums with expert knowledge at hand to help and advise.
Was lent this car by my father after writing off our old car a few weeks ago in the snow so wouldn't necessarily have chosen this for myself. However our last car was an older citroen so I pretty much knew what to expect of these citroen diesels.
These cars are work horses, they keep going forever (this is on 170,000 miles and going strong) but they are noisy and can be a clunky ride.
The interior is basic but beautifully comfey and although we have only used it locally so far I can imagine that it is a good vehicle for longer journeys. We wil soon be using it to tow the caravan off on holiday so I guess that will be a good test of its comfort factor!
So far it has been fairly economical but if you constanlt drive it letting the turbo kick in then it will guzzle fuel so you need to be a conservative driver to get your moneys worth from the diesel although the turbo will be very useful when towing.
Overall I haven't had it long enough to really comment but so far it seems like other older citroen diesels - a good basic car that is reliable, cheap to run and easy to drive.
I had a 13 year old Ford Escort, which I'd owned for 2 years before someone stole it. I was thinking of getting rid of the car anyway, as it was starting to play up. However as a result of the theft, I needed to get another car sooner than expected. A friend of a friend was selling their Xantia - a 1998 1.9 TD estate with 138,000 miles on the clock. I've always steered clear of Citroen's before, mainly due to the thought of spending lots of money when they go wrong, but as I only paid £250 for the car, I figure that if anything goes seriously wrong with it I can simply drive it to the nearest breakers and get a few quid for it! I've only had the car for a couple of weeks, but I'm so impressed with the ride, the trim level, etc.
All the usual bits and pieces, air bags, immobiliser (which will hopefully stop the local neds from stealing this one). Being a Diesel it's noisy when ticking over, but nice and quiet when the windows are shut! The ride is amazing with this gas and oil suspension. The car handles well and goes round corners like it's on rails. The gearbox is - French! Notchy, just like my old Peugot 405 which i had a few years ago. Scary things - The Brakes which are fierce until you get used to them. Other than that, although it's early days, I don't have anything bad to write about this car. I would urge anyone looking for a big, older, load lugger to look seriously at the Xantia.
Had my 1997 1.9 TD estate for 6 years ago with 84,000 on the clock, have now covered 236,000 miles. fited 2 timing belts, new alternator (220,000 miles) new pump seals (210,000) and several clutch clips. Still does 44mpg. but now needs new clutch, so may be time to scrap it :(This has been a great car which has cost little to run.Mike.
Xantia 1.9 SX TDA few design niggles that you expect from a Citroen, but mine's done 197000 miles+(bought at 33k), still on original clutch.Replacement items - common to all cars - 3rd battery, second radiator, second front discs, new rear wheel bearing.Xantia specific - Second set of spheres(£150), 3rd ride hight clip (£1.83), 2nd clutch clip.Owned for 9 years, abused, comfortable + reliable.
Had a 1.9td Lx since Feb 2006..Engine provenly Good / Reliable PEUGEOT diesel gives 55+ MPG.REST TYPICAL CITROEN.Poor Build Quality.Even the smallest repair is a Major expense.Gearchange Baulky .Clutch Rubbish.Cheap tacky plastic pedal attachment badly designed. Breaks frequently Takes 4 hours to fix. New clutch £ 600 minimum. Expect Fuel feed Leaks,complex suspension,rev counter, sensor and electrical faults regularly.Cannot fault comfort and Loadspace thoughWORST CAR I HAVE EVER OWNED.
About three months ago, my car completely gave up the ghost and I was left needing to purchase another car as soon as possible as I had no other way of getting to work.
I have friends who work in the trade and I was able to ask them for their advice and assistance.
I was told that due to my budget (which was less than £1000) my best option would be to buy a trade-in vehicle that the dealership wanted rid of quickly.
These are usually very competitively priced as the dealer does not want them taking up space in the compound and they also feel that they can get more from a quick sale rather than send it to auction.
After looking at a number of similar vehicles (such as a Mondeo and a Vectra) I decided to buy a 1993 L Reg Citroen Xantia 1.9 TD for £200 from a Citroen dealer in Chester.
The car had 63000 miles on the clock - which is very low for a car of that age.
The car still had 5 months MOT left to run on it, which was very handy.
I had to buy 6 months road tax which cost £93.
I rang around a few insurance companies and ended up with a quote for £220 for a years fully comprehensive insurance with Privilege.
So all in all, it cost me just over £500 to get the car on the road - which was very reasonable.
The car itself is a large family car with 4 doors and a large boot area.
It has a very comfortable suspension system, which can be altered manually by moving a switch by the handbrake.
It will either lift the car up onto high riding (which is ideal for the speed bumps and rough terrain) or it can be put on its low setting which allows for a smoother ride and better turning circle.
All in all, it is a very smooth ride and can easily fit 4 people comfortable, 5 if needed but perhaps not for too long a journey.
Features & Gadgets:
It has electric windows and sunroof which can be all controlled from the driver's position without having to search for the buttons.
Front and rear fog lights.
Engine management system, which tells you when there is anything wrong with the car - indicated by a series of flashing lights.
Integrated Radio with tape player - with controls mounted on the steering wheel, allowing for safer driving. Speakers are placed on the inside of each door panel, allowing for good sound transition.
Alarm system, controlled by the key fob (although this needs repairing to wear and tear).
Towbar, which has become very useful for towing my caravan, the Xantia handles the weight very well and is a good tower.
The turbo system, although rarely required - this can be useful for overtaking, etc...
Electric mirrors - saving your arm from getting wet when it is raining.
The Xantia has good acceleration throughout the gears and will sit quite happily at the motorway limit without being too high up the rev counter.
Recently I have noticed the clutch beginning to slip, but this only seems to happen when the car is in third gear and usually when the engine is cold.
With regard to fuel economy the Xantia runs on diesel and performs very well. I usually get 600 miles from a full tank (65 litres) and around 450 when towing.
A problem that can be quite annoying is the turning circle on the car, it sometimes won't perform a three point turn.
With regard to the reliability of the car, I have never had any major problems, sometimes a warning light comes on but the goes off straight away (an electrical fault perhaps?)
With airbags already fitted and seatbelts all round - the car feels and most likely is - very safe.
The car that I have bought has so far been very reliable and a pleasure to drive.
Cost, performance and reliability are definitely the three most important features in a car, and the Xantia passes all these with flying colours.
For a cheap and old second hand family car it has been really good for me and my family.
I can highly recommend this car BUT, try to avoid buying one in a colour like mine - GOLD!
I am the very happy owner of a Citroen Xantia Turbo diesel. How we got it is a bit of a long story & we didn't choose it ourselves or do any research, but my mum bought it & made a very good choice! I didn't think that I would ever own a car and especially not as we live in central London. However, now that we have two very small children it has got a bit difficult to get on & off public transport & the tube isn't very accessible to mums with children in buggies. I was also fed up with all the time I wasted at the bus stops waiting for buses (up to 40 mins at a time) & I really started to wish that we had a car to get about in. Coincidentally my mother-in-law was ditching her old car & gave it to us. My mother decided that as it was on its last legs (or wheels) & didn?t think it was very safe so she told us that she would swap it for a better car. My parents have had Citroens for the last few years & have found them to be very good, reliable & cheap to run. They get their car serviced regularly at their local Citroen centre, so it was while my mum was there that she saw our Xantia for sale for £1600. When my mum took me to see it, it had already caught my eye. I thought "that's a nice looking car" as my mum drove in, but I didn't realise that it was actually the one that was going to be mine! I was so thrilled when I found out - It was definitely love at first sight! We traded our old car in for £300 (not sure it was actually worth it as my mother in law only paid £250!) and my mum paid the rest. Getting the car has definitely been one of the best things that happened this year. The Xantia Turbo Diesel (1.9L) is an extremely good looking car. It is a large saloon model (although you can get an estate model) & from the exterior is looks very stylish. Inside the car, it is extremely spacious & comfortable & there is plenty of leg room in both the front & the back. The seats are very comf
ortable & fairly adjustable. I t is definitely a very comfortable car to both drive & be driven in. If you take the parcel shelf out & put the seats down, which is very quick & simple, then the carrying capacity in the back is enormous. We have moved a huge chest of drawers & put a small 2 seater sofa in it! I had never driven a diesel car before, I had always driven various small petrol engine cars. The first thing I noticed about the Xantia was that it seemed very big & very powerful compared to anything that I had driven before & being a diesel engine, it has a lot of pulling power so it is fairly difficult to stall the engine. I have definitely found it much easier to drive than anything I have driven previously even though it is much bigger. The steering is very good and it is power assisted which makes it very light to handle even though the car is fairly big. It manoeuvres very easily. Our car has a very high mileage, it?s a 1996 car & it had done 142,000 miles on purchase. The mileage seemed very high, but I have been reliably informed that diesel engines go on for a very long time - at least until 200,000 miles and beyond. I must admit that I have seen an identical car advertised with 206,000 miles on the clock & it was still going strong! The car has been serviced regularly & it is running very smoothly. The car is very economical and does about 40-45mpg although it obviously does less when doing town driving - particularly in London due to all the slow roads & stop start stop start driving conditions which use up more fuel than normal driving. One of the fancy things about the Xantia is that it has an interesting suspension system which raises & lowers the car from time to time to keep it level. You don't often notice it when driving but sometimes when you stop or pause at a traffic light, the car levels up which is a bit strange but it certainly provides a very smooth comfortable ride. Our
Xantia is the very basic one & although there are a couple of fancy ones (like my parents one) with remote central locking, electric windows & the like. I am not too bothered about the windows, but I would have liked central locking as it can be a bit of a chore after getting the kids out of the car & the buggies out of the boot then I have to lock all 5 doors up! One very good feature of the car is that it has an integral immobiliser. The only way that the car?s engine can be started is by tapping in a code by the driver after the key has been turned a couple of notches in the ignition lock. Once the code light goes green you can start the engine . With a diesel car you have to wait a couple of seconds for the glow plugs (the diesel equivalent of spark plugs) to heat up - the light goes out on the dash & you can start the car. Usually by the time the code has been entered, the lights go out - if you don't wait, then you risk damaging the engine. The immobiliser is obviously a very good feature & its very reassuring when we have to park our car on the street every night as I feel slightly less worried that it could be stolen. Some of the fancier models, like my parents one have the remote central locking & you cant drive off or start the engine unless the correct remote control key is in the ignition lock. I can say that based on the fact that my parents have owned Citroens for years & my sister had an old one off my parents, that Citroen is a very reliable make and the cars are very well made and reliable. I would definitely recommend it for being a reliable, economical and comfortable family car & don't be put off by high mileage if it has been regularly serviced as it should still go on to give you miles of pleasure!
Once upon a time, when I was gainfully employed (I was recently made redundant), I used to travel 140 miles per day to and from my place of work. As you can imagine in that scenario, I had 3 real requirements for a car, comfort (700 miles a week can get frustrating), reliability, and perhaps most importantly - economy. At the time I had a Rover 620 SLi, which whilst a very nice car - was only returning 30mpg, which meant it was costing me a bomb in fuel costs. So I had to find a replacement. After a very length search - using such tools as the Parkers Price guide, and indeed their vehicle guide (which I found invaluable for obtaing mpg and vehicle comparisons), I decided upon a Citroen Xantia 1.9TD SX. Now, I had never owned a Citroen before, so I wasn't entirely sure what it would be like. I had read the reviews which all praised the reliability, and especially with the Xantia, the 'magic carpet' ride due to its self regulating pneumatic suspension. But having no previous experience of the marque myself, I was curious as to how it would drive. Diesels, whilst generally appreciated for the frugal economy (at least on the whole, although these days some petrol cars can match and even exceed these values), are not noted for being a joy to drive. Now the car in question was an 'L' plate - and this was in 1998 - so it was approximately 4 years old, and already had the glorious sum of 100k + miles on the clock! I realise that would scare a lot of people, but I had been assured by a number of technically competent friends that these diesels could go forever, as long as they had been looked after. And indeed, the car I purchased had a full service history - so I was not unduly concerned. The first thing I noticed when driving it was that it didn't actually feel like a diesel! It drove like a competent petrol - and whilst it was certainly no hot hatch - it was acceptable, with a
smooth progression of power - resulting in my having no qualms in overtaking - even at motorway speeds. Next there was the ride. 'Magic carpet' certainly is a good term for describing the feel, as you do seem to glide over most of the bumps, making for a very relaxed drive. Even the cornering was good - although I must admit that the power steering did not provide much feedback, although the car itself handled perfectly. The trim level was excellent as well, with teh SX model I had offering amongst others: remote central locking, electric windows all round, electric mirrors - driver and passenger (heated), electric slide and tilt sunroof, etc More than adequate for most users. Now - as I mentioned originally I had 3 main requirements to fulfill. 1. The car had to be, comfortable. This it managed in buckets 2. Reliability. Well, I had the car almost 4 years, and rarely had it serviced, other than brakes, tyres etc. It had 102,000 miles when I bought it, and 178,000 miles when i got rid of it. In all that time I had only to replace the exhaust - standard wear and tear, and the wiper motor for the front windscreen went, costing me £32all in from an inetrnet motor factors (including delivery). So I think I can say it achieved that purpose more than adequately. 3. Economy. Either travelling long distances, or even when my wide had the car in the latter years and only did short local journeys, we still got a consistent 45 mpg from it. Certainly not ground breaking, but for a large family acr - with the degree of road handling and ride comfort that the Xantia possessed, I think it faired very well. As I said in the title of this opinion, I liked this car so much that I actually went and bought a second one, same years, same spec, 3 years later. Again this car gad over 100k miles on the clock, and it behaved in very much the same way as the roiginal o
ne, with the only difference being a slightly firmer ride. All in all, anyone wanting a good second hand car at a reasonable cost could do far worse than consider the Xantia 1.9TD SX. I hope this has been of help.