Citroen Saxo road tests and car reviews

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Citroen Saxo

Pat Fray, Gwynedd

Citroen Saxo VTR 2001

If you’d have asked me at the time of ownership my verdict on the car, then I’d have had plenty to moan about. But years later, having driven a multitude of vehicles since then, I have to admit that my 2001 (new shape) saxo vtr is the best and most reliable car I ever owned. Bought her with 38,000 miles, she had 138,000 miles when I reluctantly got rid of her.

Apart from wear and tear/general servicing, and a Cam belt change at around the 70k mark, she was utterly reliable, and she was always driven hard! This was a car that begged to be ragged when you drove it – ok, so not as quick as the vts, but quick enough, very economical, and much cheaper to insure! I hammered the poor little thing for 5 years, on twisty A and B roads, up and down very steep hills and she kept on giving.

I even drove her for about 3 months with a sticking rear caliper, and I’d still get a return of over 40 miles to the gallon. Ok, so the bad bits? I’m 6’5, and it’s a tight fit, and the driving position is slightly offset. The car suffers under steer if you push it too much, but buy good tyres and they’ll last forever.

It rattles, squeaks, and drives you mad, but still makes you smile like a hooligan when you drive it. Every now and again mine would make a whining noise after prolonged motorway driving, which we always assumed was the diff, but never fixed it as I rarely did much motorway driving. It doesn’t hold up very well in a crash.

I hit some traffic cones at 20mph, and it broke the front bumper, broke the drivers headlight, the car went over the cone which broke the (ceramic) cat, dented the middle box, and ripped the spare wheel off from under the car. I would not like to have a serious smash in one – when you open the bonnet, half the car disappears – the bonnet makes up most of the front end, and it would crumple like a tin can.

The front seats annoyingly don’t recline all the way back, and have a fiddly mechanism which you’re always paranoid about passengers breaking! The cigarette lighter isn’t connected in any of the newer cars, so if you want to charge your phone or sat nav, you have to get it wired into the loom. The spare wheel is easy to steal, so often goes missing, and takes up a lot of room in the boot.

By today’s standards, this is a slow car, and far from being one of the safest. Almost every one has been hammered, but in my experience they’re solid, reliable, economical and good fun. (If I had a spare grand I’d buy another just for the hell of it!)

Simon Taylor, Oxfordshire

Citroen Saxo 1.1i East Coast 1999

Darren Manns, Staffordshire

Geoff Murby, Devon

Submitted: 2009-02-02 | ID: 2459

This morning I tried to turn on the heaters in my 2000 Citroen Saxo 1.5d but it wouldn’t start. I checked all the fuses and they seem to be okay. (Art Smith, 25/11/2013 16:06:02)

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Hello. I have a problem when I am changing to fifth gear from fourth in my Citroen Saxo. When I am doing that there is no speed and power in fifth gea. (Andrius Zukauskas, 25/11/2013 11:10:51)

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My Citroen Saxo`s engine cuts out periodically, no warning and no pattern. All the dashboard lights come on and I’m left to start it with the ke. (Peter Bailey, 19/11/2013 15:57:42)

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‘How do I clear the drains on my Citroen Saxo as I am getting water in the driver`s side well? (1.6 i)’ (Norman Hargreaves, 14/11/2013 15:30:39)

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My girlfriend`s Citroen Saxo won’t start now. We had problems yesterday with the CD player turning off and them back on, but she’s had it. (Lewis, 12/11/2013 11:46:07)

Vivienne Roberts ‘s question has been answered: ‘Broken rear spring or shock absorber – Paul Jones from Leicestershire’ ‘It is either the bearing on the song arm or the damper as it don’t hav. (19/11/2013 10:19:33)

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Marko Mancic ‘s question has been answered: ‘Sounds like your battery is on its way out to me. That’s most likely. Other causes could be a fault with transponder chip in your ignition key. (19/11/2013 10:09:20)

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