Citroen XM for sale, forum, usa, v6, review, club, parts, diesel, estate, manual

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Citroen XM


The XM spans three each updated and revised, but identical. The Mark 1 was sold October 1989 to the middle of thats G, H and J registration, plus on the K-plate. At first they pretty unreliable, and early are now very cheap. However its to avoid these unless a pretty competent mechanic. The 2 ran from late J registration to L and are much more reliable Mark Is – as reliable as other executive cars in

You can pick them out by their two steering wheel – but also have ABS brakes and II suspension. The suspension uses a computer, so comfort and roadholding are However the suspension computer on the III is faster still and it transforms the XM the car it was always intended to be.

Look for the XM on the drivers side of the boot to youre looking at a Mark III were available from late L-reg onwards. also very reliable and quality is not far removed from levels. Whatever the age of the XM youre at, its very important to make the cars been properly Ask the seller for the service record and the invoices.

If the cars fairly only buy if theres proof its been serviced by a Citroen every 6,000 miles. On cars, look for 2 or 3 years of servicing followed by visits to a specialist every 6,000 Dont worry too much if the odd has been missed – but if a pattern of neglect or theres no record, dont buy at any price. For peace of mind, have a with any Citroen specialist with the car before you agree to

Finally, when you go through the record, make sure the adds up to whats on the clock; buy if there s any reason to suspect the been turned back.

To test the LHM fluid in the suspension, need a hypodermic syringe the needle. This is the most check on any XM so its well worth one at your local chemist, you go to look at a car. Locate the plastic reservoir at the rear of the compartment on the passenger side, it and draw up a sample with the The LHM fluid should be a sparkling colour like Fairy

Golden brown means it changing as soon as possible. If its milky or any other colour from green or brown, the car because the whole suspension probably needs replacement. Put a of LHM on the tip of your tongue, remembering to it out straightaway. If it tastes bitter, its topped up with normal fluid and will rot all the rubber in the so reject the car.

If the LHM has been every 36,000 miles it be fine, unless the car has done a high mileage. Start the The engine should turn vigorously, start first and settle easily into a idle.

If it doesnt then the probably been neglected or has a high mileage. In fact a engine that doesnt easily should be rejected. If standing for a few hours an XM will down but it should be back up to ride height within 30 seconds of the engine starting. actually see the whole car lifting. But if it a while to do so, particularly if there are any noises, get the car checked over by a specialist before you agree to

The suspension spheres are the most part of the suspension because act as the springs to keep the car level. And act as the pressure reservoir for the hydraulic The nitrogen in the spheres leaks slowly, so budget 250 every 2 for new spheres and new LHM, although on V6s may need changing more than that.

You can get recharged spheres but reports that they dont long on the XM. To see if the spheres need check the accumulator sphere as thats the one that needs most often. If you hear a whirr-click noise from the of the engine every few seconds, its certainly dud. A whirr-click 20 or 30 seconds means its got plenty of

To check the other spheres, the suspension to Auto on the panel the seats, then drive for a few If the suspension feels hard and the spheres need changing. go on with the road test and buy unless the seller is willing to get the changed so you can check the suspension If the car appears to ride pretty the next thing to check is suspension computer switches between the Auto and Sport

Try to find a smooth but twisty select the Sport setting, and down it at 40 to 50 mph. On Sport the car should feel firm and cornering with very roll. Drive down the road with the setting on This time the car should softer on the straights when gently but under hard or if you start to corner enthusiastically or hard, the computer should switch back to the Sport until youre cruising

If you dont notice any difference, it could be that one or more of the has stopped working or the computer is When this happens, it goes to Sport setting. could cost plenty to fix so is the safest course.

Reject any Citroen XM if:

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LHM fluid is or dirty Car rises slowly or after being left doesnt start easily modes dont work problems Servicing has been ABS light stays on Radiator is coolant Second fan doesnt on

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sound and reliable car. We that once you have one that passes all the CarCheck you then get the car checked by a professional We also recommend that you ownership and history with or the AA (see Useful Numbers). here for PhoneChecks and FaxChecks

For all XM engines, check if the engines then undo the radiator cap on the side of the radiator. If the water up to the level marked on the outside, buy as the cars either losing or its been neglected. The basic 2.0 petrol engine with 8 is good for 150,000 miles if its well maintained, and its the easiest XM to work on.

There are no known problems with the turbo but insist on a meticulous service showing oil changes every miles, otherwise the turbo only have a limited The same applies to the latest 16 2 litre XMs the oil must have changed religiously. On all these the service record must show that the cam belt was at 72,000 miles.

If it doesnt, don t buy it suggests serious neglect. owners change the cam belt at miles, not 72,000 miles as by Citroen. It is also wise to the water pump checked and a new oil seal fitted at the same On diesels, the fuel filter be changed every 12,000 to protect the injection pump. Its to avoid the V6s.

Theyre so engine or gearbox problems are expensive to get fixed. For example, the manifold often cracks, leads to exhaust leaks, and can only be fixed by removing the If youre considering a 24 valve only buy if a Citroen exchange has already been fitted the engines wear very Even then, the clutch on the will probably need every 25,000 miles or so at a of 600 or more a time.

Both have turbochargers, so the 2.1 is reasonably while the 2.5 is fast and very Ask the seller to let the engines idle for a with the bonnet shut. On and the petrol turbo, push the to the floor after about 5 and hold it there while the revs up.

Dont worry if this a bit of black smoke, but if there s a of blue/grey smoke, the turbos on its way out so away. Keep the engine while you look through the youll see

two cooling fans. one fan will come on, and then the If this doesnt happen by the the temperature gauge shows the close to overheating, the switch has probably failed.

This costs around 70 to replace but the gasket and the cylinder head may been damaged already, so buy.

The manual ones are reliable but dont have an life. Do a test on a traffic-free of road by accelerating hard in third and fourth gear, a smart change up at about revs. Then change down again from down through third second. If there are any crunches, or the wont engage easily, or are any odd noises, reject the car.

On the and the 2 litre petrol-engined XMs, automatics are fairly reliable, but on the the automatic boxes can fail any from 70,000 miles As a precaution, you should do these tests on any auto XM, once the is fully warmed up. Just somewhere quiet and put your hard on the brake. Then the selector to D position.

If there are any or intermittent noises from the car, the gearbox is near the end of its Move the selector to N, any jangling here also spell a on the way out. Replacing a gearbox can over 1,500 at a specialist or over 2,000 at a Main

But these symptoms don t emerge a box is on its last legs, so any auto XM is much more of a risk.

a Mark 1 XM, its even more to check that the car has had main servicing for the first 3 years of its making it much more that the car has had the modifications devised by to improve reliability. To check this is indeed the case, the bonnet and locate the front of the wing, just behind the on the passenger side. There be a series of electrical wires all at a point.

These are the earths for the the biggest problems on early If these cables push on to a fitting bolted to the body, havent been modified and you only buy if you re an experienced mechanic. On the hand, if the cables end in metal and are bolted onto the earth the cars probably had the modifications.

check any electrical gadgets happen to be fitted for example: the sunroof, electric windows, front seat adjustment, mirrors, fog lamps, built-in system and air conditioning. If some of dont work, and youve noticed other signs of dont buy. And even if else checks out okay, buy unless the car is cheap to compensate you for the of possible future problems.

even if a Mark I version all the tests, take your before making a decision. go to see both the last owner on the registration document and the people who done the servicing. Ask them they know about the history and in most cases, be happy to advise you.

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