Product Type: CitroŽn cars
Newest Review: ... it was fitted for just £30, it also needed a new belt as the old one snapped when the mechanic took it off... this was £11. I fiirst no... more
I love my car...
CitroŽn Xsara L 1.4i 5-door
Member Name: MikeBorry
CitroŽn Xsara L 1.4i 5-door
Advantages: Cheap to run, nice car, comfortable
Disadvantages: No real disadvantages.
Before owning this car I had a Ford Galaxy, I found that rather uncomfortable and way too big for me so wanted a smaller car asap!
Whilst looking around for a nice car, I came across a few different models that I liked, this being one of them!
I bought it second hand and only paid £650 for it, I was really pleased with this, being a 2000 plate I think I got a bargain.
I have owned the car for 2 years now and have had no major problems with it, although only today it went into the garage for a new air conditioning unit! This I do believe could have ended up costing quite a bit, but I managed to get a second hand part for £15 and it was fitted for just £30, it also needed a new belt as the old one snapped when the mechanic took it off... this was £11.
I fiirst noticed a problem when the car started making a clicking sound now and again, it then gave up completely and sounded like a tractor!! I am just glad it was a relatively small job to get done.
I find the car really comfortable to drive and it has a height adjustable seat, you do this via a handbrake type lever down the side of the seat, very simple and very efficiant.
It has electric windows and mirrors, air con, and many other of the usual features you would find on a newer car. The central locking can either be used via the button on the key or by doing it through the lock on the door.
It has a nice amount of room in the back, I have 3 children, one 9yrs, one 6yrs and one 3yrs and in the back I have 2 booster seats and a chunky baby seat, and I can still use the seat belts without a problem. I noticed with some of the smaller cars I have had (Fiesta and Corsa) that I couldn't get to the seat belt clips with all the seats in the back.
They also have plenty of leg room.
In the back of the driver and passenger seat theres a little pocket, I find this handy to keep all the kids bits and bobs, so they aren't all over the car!
The boot is roomy, I have kept a pram in there since I have had it and there's plenty enough room for a big load of shopping. I think the boot size is quite an important feature in any car, as there's aways something to go in there!
Apart from what I had repaired today, this car has been fantastic, it's a really smooth ride, and so comfortable. I also think it's got quite a nice look about it, and for a small(ish) car it has plenty of room.
There's not one thing I dislike about it, the bonnet catch is a little tricky to open sometimes but thats not a big problem really, when you know how it's quite easy.
It's cheap to run, £10 petrol usually lasts me 5 days or so, in that I do about 40 - 50 miles. The insurance is quite cheap too and the tax is in a lower band. £65 for 6 months, £120 for a year (or there abouts).
Summary: A great little car.