I went to see a Xantia yesterday at a dealer, a '97 1.8 16V with about 94k miles on the clock (there's enough evidence to believe it's genuine). The interior was in great condition, the body wasn't too bad either (no rust), but the thing that really surprised me was the suspension - the ride was so much smoother than anything else I have driven (I had been looking at Accords, Primeras and Mazda 626s up until now), even on bogger Co. Cork roads, and yet it didn't handle like a barge either. The suspension controls seemed to work fine.
Would I be crazy to go for this? He's asking for €1650 which is a lot for such an old car but I'm sure I could haggle, and there's a few things wrong with it but the dealer will sort it out - one of the mechanics there seemed to know his stuff about Citroens which is promising.
There's also the benefit that he said he'd take my Fiesta ('98 1.3) for €250 - I was dreading having to sell this privately as the engine is misfiring when idling so needs work, and the only place I have to keep it off the road is up in Limerick which would make selling it difficult.
So basically -
- Ride, handling and comfort (main things I was looking for in a car)
- Condition, suspension seems to be working ok
- Might get some sort of warranty with it
- Get rid of old car easily
- Doesn't look pig ugly like the '99-'02 Primeras I've been considering
- It's French (will it be stereotypical?)
- Older than my current car!
- Pre-facelift model
- Seats are quite soft - not sure what that'll be like on long journeys (anyone have experience?)
- Timing belt - was apparently done at 50k, not sure what recommended intervals are, but for all I know it was last done 8-10 years ago which I wouldn't be comfortable with (Anyone know cost of getting this done?)
- Few things wrong with it - sunroof and temp. gauge not working, code needed for radio (but all would be fixed by dealer)
- Not a diesel, but I can't find any in the country without intergalactic mileages