Please can anyone suggest a Xantia replacement?

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Please can anyone suggest a Xantia replacement?

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Has anyone here found a car that can match the Xantia 2.0l HDI for comfort, performance size and economy?
We have driven diesel Citroens for the last 25 years. 3 BXs and 2 Xantias. Total purchase cost of the lot circa £6500.00 so not shiny new ones. All but the previous Xantia were killed by rust and one of the BXs had done 330000+ miles before it was pensioned off. Hours and hours of happy, cheap and relatively trouble free motoring. Anyway enough of the reminiscing. I think you get the picture.
Sadly we now have to acknowledge that the surviving Xantia (the only car we have, HWMO has a Relay van) has reached the end of its life and finding it's replacement is proving to be a challenge.
We haven't found anything to match it yet and we have a new problem with the choice because since I have retired, we only do around 8000 miles a year so anything with a dreaded DPF has to be ruled out. We don't have many dual carriageways in Norfolk let alone motorways.
So, a diesel car old enough not to have a DPF or, heaven forbid, a petrol car. Must be a hatchback or an estate of a similar size.. Back problems make comfort a priority and our winding country lanes make handling important if driving is still going to be fun. As you can gather, the budget has never been high for car buying but we would stretch it if we could just find something sensible that we really liked.
Any suggestions from those who have solved the same problem would be gratefully received.

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Difficult decision. How to avoid all those dreaded 3-letter recent nasties...
ZX probably too small (estate?), or 306 (ditto), maybe too old.
406?

There is a solution to hatch, space, amazing comfort, diesel economy, great handling, and not significantly more complicated than a Xantia . . . . . . . XM ! Norfolk is a particularly well-supported spot for these.

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While it is more complicated (due to the electronics) a Mk1 C5 estate could be worth a look. There is not a DPF fitted, the tax (because it is cleaner and comes after the cut-off date) is lower then an equivalent Xantia HDi, and it is pretty comfortable. Yes, if you intend to maintain it yourself you would find a FULL chipset Lexia system to be useful, but it is a nice car (and pretty economical as well).

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The Mk3 C5 may be to big for you but its a lovely car, The simplest and most reliable is the 2.0. Hdi VTR manual which has steel springs but the ride is superb, its also very quiet and economical, driving granddad style, as am and do, it can do 70 mpg on the motorway.

Mine are both estates, I paid around 1500 pounds for them but the saloon would be cheaper.

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Having owned 3BX's, a ZX, 2 Xantias, a Xsara, 2 XMs and 2 previous Mk1 C5s I have now attained the best car I have ever had. It is a Mk 1 C5 2.2HDi Exclusive SE with leather, heated seats, aircon, sunroof, satnav, multi CD, and loads more. I had to replace the aircon compressor and condenser and the roof arial to bring the car to Fully working condition. It is a 2001 with 82000 miles when I bought it off ebay for £550 and the parts cost me £380 in total so for £930 I have a fantastic car which gobbles up motorway miles amd zips round the lanes with the suspension in sport mode. The boot is huge, though the estate of course is even bigger but most estates have a harder life so I went fot the hatchback which even looks a bit like a saloon from the side. By far the best overall Citroen I have owned {and the second Xantia was an Activa} and I intend it to last as long as the law will allow me to drive it!! I am now coming up to 118000 miles and 9 months ownership and I love it!!! Just saying.......:-D
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Pre 2008 Skoda Octavia 1.9 or 2.0 TD will also fulfill your requirements.

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Theres always a Xantia, petrol though, and although it doesnt state it in the details, looks like its an oddity...an automatic.

Didn't sell at the December auction and overpriced despite its 21,806 miles and its "time warp" status. Can't be many buyers out there for that spec of vehicle. I expect it wont sell again at the Feb auction after which it may be open to negotiation.

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My C5 II 2.0 litre HDI VTR automatic estate probably fits the bill but it does have DPF not that I see that as a problem, it's a dream to drive.

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One thing not mentioned here about the C5 MK I and II is parts - now becoming extremely hard to source and especially suspension struts - which are no longer made and not generally available new. Second hand sources are drying up as people realise this. So ALthough I've owned both, it simply is a non-starter to consider purchasing one of these now IMO.

If you want Hydractive suspension, then a MK III C5 Exclusive is a realistic choice, but these do have their share of problems - steering racks are a known failure - consult the member poll here for faults amongst members' vehicles:

viewtopic.php?t=59630

They are a very comfortable car and generally very reliable apart from known issues and the last ever Hydractive Citroen to be made.

Or, hang on for a while and get a second hand C4 Cactus, these are quire rugged, have lots of room and space.

My next will probably be a C5 Aircross in years to come when they've ironed out the bugs, but will be avoiding any DS branded vehicles due to the total unreliability of the electrics and poor ride.

If you want versatility on a budget, consider a Xsara Picasso - there are still loads of these on the roads, they are cheap to purchase have room for a pony, seats can come out very easily of needed, good driving position and parts are still plentiful.

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NewcastleFalcon wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 10:41
Theres always a Xantia, petrol though, and although it doesnt state it in the details, looks like its an oddity...an automatic.

Didn't sell at the December auction and overpriced despite its 21,806 miles and its "time warp" status. Can't be many buyers out there for that spec of vehicle. I expect it wont sell again at the Feb auction after which it may be open to negotiation.

REgards Neil
That's the stuff of nightmares!! Expensive tax, certainly on the slow side of glacial, and uneconomical as well at any speed over .. idle.

I once had one as a courtesy car while my Activa was having work done. I was glad to get the Activa back as it was considerably cheaper to run!

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If it doesn't have to be Citroen, the Peugeot 406 is a nice comfortable car with a lot of internal space for its size. Parts are still readily available and quite cheap, also no DPF, or at least the 2.0. hdi doesnt.

Very well made and reliable cars, I ran them for about 10 years before I had the C5s. They made them up until 2004. 2.0. engine is virtually bombproof, very good on fuel too.

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So 406 parts are still readily available - but Xantia parts aren't (so I keep reading); confused!

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Possibly as there were far more 406s produced that Xantias?

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I would think so Steve, 1000s of them were used a taxis. I would probably still be running a 406 now except that when my wife drove the C5 she wanted one. Also the 406 developed a faulty brake servo, replacement requiring removal of the cylinder head or engine to get to the linkage as the servo was on the left, by this point it had done well over 200,000 miles.

I have never had or heard of another one failing so don't let it put you off. Otherwise the car is quite easy to work on.

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Don't assume you can't find another decent Xantia

I spotted one on eBay on Saturday afternoon - HDI SX, 75,000 miles, just had front and accu spheres rear calipers brake discs and pads all round, reluctant sale, £995

I was wondering whether to send a tentative query, why sell it if it's just had that work done and should last a while, but I might talk myself into being interested, having two might not be daft ...

Too slow. It disappeared by last night, no longer available.

Maybe they decided to keep it, or another fan will keep it going for some time.