But history has not been kind to the big, angular Citroen, and its relative sales success and critical accolades lie largely forgotten. Instead, the world remembers it as a car of dodgy electrics, dubious reliability and gawky looks. It is also part of a largely dead class. Remember the Vauxhall Carlton, Renault Safrane, Peugeot 605 and Ford Granada? You probably do, but it's unlikely that you'll remember them fondly.
The most desirable XMs, therefore, are estates fitted with the well-regarded PSA group 2.1-litre turbodiesel. But Shed would never be that straightforward, so today's SOTW is a 2.0-litre, 16-valve petrol hatchback. Oh dear.
This last was especially significant, as the original Hydractive system frequently failed to work properly, leaving drivers with a nuggety, rock-hard ride rather than the pillow soft waft that their car ought to be capable of.
Best of all it has a comprehensive history because, with an XM, you'll need to know exactly what you're buying. Even with the better second-generation versions, you'll have to watch out for slurring auto 'boxes, dodgy clutches on manual cars, knackered ABS (particularly rusted ABS pumps), seized suspension links, worn discs and pads, knocking noises from 2.0-litre engines and failed strut top bearings (and breathe)...
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Citroen xm 2.0 sx 16v auto For Sale (1996) (£650)
For reluctant sale due to unforseen circumstances,excellent condition,everthing works(except alarm),electric sunroof,electric front windows,abs,original stereo,,suspension is as it should be,being soft in normal mode and responsive in sport mode,no leaks,perfect velour interior,twin air bags,all chrome strips are excellent due to being replaced,comprehensive history including cambelt,87k miles,new front tyres,good rears,only done 1200 miles since last mot,4 mudflaps,previously maintained by citroen enthusiast and car has wanted for nothing, 2 months mot and 4 months tax.also new battery just bought for it.
Advert Type: For Sale
Category: Classic Cars
Model: xm 2.0 16v sx
Telephone: 07043 239620 (Privacy Service)
E-mail: Contact Advertiser via Email
Listing Date: 06-Jul-2010