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Citroën Xantia Saloon 2.0 Hdi 110hp SX

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      22.09.2000 02:43
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      We bought our 2 litre automatic Xantia 2 years ago from a Citroen main dealer. It came with 12 months warranty as standard and unfortunately we had cause to use it a number of times. The abs braking packed up and most components in the suspension system were replaced at one time or another, some more than once. The thing drinks fuel like its going out of fashion and costs a fortune to service at the main dealer, a requirement of the warranty. Despite this I love driving it and will be a little sad to see it go. Its great for covering big miles on the continent, being able to cruise at 100 for hour after hour (where the law allows of course). Its probably done 80% of its miles at high speed and the rest on the trip to Sainsburys and back... Its comfortable, the suspension when working properly gives a truly magic carpet ride and its also well equipped with just about every gadget you could want. Would I buy another one though or recommend one....no..I can't say I would, unless of course you're interested in owning a white, 2 litre auto one, only driven by a little old lady......

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      13.08.2000 19:35
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      The Xantia is an excellent all-rounder, and exceptional in several ways. Only one word of warning: as with any large saloon these days - remember the fuel bills. I bought my Xantia about a year ago. 2.0i 16V SX - ABS, power steering, twin air bags, electric windows (F + R), electric mirrors, AC, 6 speaker stereo with 6-CD changer, alarms,...etc...etc. It came with 12 months unlimited parts and labour warranty and 12 months roadside assistance. With under 12,000 miles on the clock, I still got it for under £12K and I've had no problems (touch wood) Superb people carrier, ride is smooth and quiet, the stereo is one of the very best I've heard. My brother (who drives a new VW Passat) agrees that the stereo is better in the Xantia. Interior is well designed and doesn't dissapoint like the equivalent Fords and vauxhalls. Compared to all other saloons in the same sort of price range, I would put it in the top 3. However, things I would now consider when buying are: 1. I bought mine before real pressure started to be put on UK car prices. Citroen have responded to this by keeping the prices more or less stable, but putting more stuff in their cars as standard...some real bargains can be picked up nowadays, especially for pre-registered models. 2. Any bigger engined car will cost more to run - fuel costs having risen so much in recent months, I would think twice before buying a Xantia - high running costs will also put downward pressure on its resale value. 3. Road tax is of course higher on any car with more than a 1L engine - but I wouldn't be surprised to see this increased even more on 1.8's and 2.0L+ cars in future (especially if the govt can't generate as much as it wants through tax on fuel!) 4. Cars with power steering, big wheels and ABS, put extra wear on tyres and brake pads. Citroen has softened it's brake pads to cut down on hard breaking problems, but this means pads we
      ar out a little quicker. Unusually for me, since driving the Xantia I hadn't even considered my next car because I was so happy with it; until fuel costs started to bite me. Now, I'm having to be sensible and consider changing to a smaller engine - but I won't like it.

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