I bought this XSARA 1.9TD SX on the heels of a ZX Avantage 1.9 and the tutbo really makes a difference. On its way to 110,000 miles I took part in a Ministry of Trade check on small independents and if it wasn't for them my engine would have been knackered before the recommended 70,000 mile Belt Change. Although not specified for action at 60,000 miles (actually 62,000 miles) the belt was examined and it was bad. The Ministry of Trade Inspector could not believe that the belt was so bad and as far as I know Citroen now recommends 60,000 miles.
The boot holds 2 x sets of Golf Clubs etc or a full week's shopping so what else does one require?
As memtioned above, the bonnet has suffered in a School Playground and even though it was repaired the dent reappeared very shortly afterwards - I wonder if a Medicine Ball was being used instead of a Foot-Ball?
Since New the car has returned 525 - 550 miles per tankfull and considering that a lot of this has been in town during School Periods I cannot complain. On a cross-country journey the car does 12 miles per litre or more whilst averaging 48 - 50 MPH so not bad there either.
My precious ZX did 260,000 miles and I see no reason as to why the XSARA 1.9 TD SX should not do the sane as lomd as I change the belt every 60,000 miles.
PS. The Independent I use charges less than 50% of that I have been quoted by Citroen / Peugeot Dealers!!
I have had a Xsara TDSX from new for nearly three years now; in that time I have had only minor problems with it. The worst problem has been the brakes occasionally binding, the other main problem is, the bodywork is very susceptible to dents from car doors, trolleys etc. it seems as if another car door only has to look at it and it dents. Diesel consumption around town is not that great but on long journeys and motorway driving it is excellent, it is also very quiet at low and high speeds (although it does have a annoying wind whistle at high speeds) Driving the Xsara is fine the acceleration for a diesel is good, especially when the Turbo cuts in, it holds the road firmly and the suspension handles most things the road throws at it and best of all it feels safe at all speeds. Comfort wise, the drivers seat is a bit uncomfortable until you get used to it, the air conditioning is great in the summer, especially if, like me, you suffer from hay fever. Another good feature is the radio controls on the steering wheel which means you don't have to take your eyes of the road to adjust station, volume etc. On looks it is okay, I find the metallic paint colours look best on it, the interior is fine if a little plasticky. Service cost at main dealers are, in my opinion a bit high. All in All the Xsara is a reasonably good family car but if I’m being honest with myself it is a bit boring