CJPLDDs cars

So I’ve been lurking on the forums now for the past 4 years or so and have never actually made a post. Thought about doing one in the past but chickened out because the internet is scary and I can’t write so good.
Some of you may know me from the Discord server; I’m not exactly a regular but I’m not as shy there as maybe I am here.

Anyway, I’ll try and keep this brief (apologies if A) it isn’t brief and B) my grammar or spelling is bad; for some reason proof reading just isn’t in my nature).

For the past year and a half my daily driver has been this (seen below), 2003 Citroen Xsara 2.0HDi SX 110 (snappy I know). If you want specifics, I believe it runs on the DW10 ATED/RHZ engine, although I’ve never actually confirmed that, and has a standard 5 speed manual.

I bought it on roughly 106,000 miles/170.600km for £900/€1100/$1130 (technically traded in my previous 2009 Peugeot 207 Verve for it but I like to pretend that car never happened) and have put enough miles on the car to consider myself comfortable with it (it’s now sitting on roughly 124,000 miles/199.550km).
It’s had two previous owners before me (hence I am the third) and the last guy looked after it like it was some kinda Rolls-Royce Not complaining, just wasn’t expecting so much love and care to be given to it as most of these are kinda abused.

It needs some work - because old - there’s some cluncking when releasing the clutch with the wheels turned, general squeaks, a bit of a clunky gearchange, and a noisy release bearing (I think), as well as just some general odds and sods like sorting out some really small dents/stone chips, sorting out the front headlight discolouration and whatever else I feel needs doing. Need to look at the engine temp readout too as it never seems to get above 1/4… christ maybe this thing needs some work lmao (please feel free to let me know what you think is causing some of these issues - I’m no mechanic so any help/advice is greatly appreciated)
Have another pic to help break up this wall of text.

It’s pretty cheap to run though considering the cars age. £155/€185/$200 a year on tax, currently just over £500/€600/$630 a year on insurace (pretty cheap as seen as it’s the UK, and I’ve only been driving 3 years), and it gets at least 55mpg (5.13 l/100km, 46MPG US) every journey, with more and more going above 60mpg (4.71l/100km, 50MPG US).
It’s also fun to drive. The turbo makes a nice noise, I like the torque pull from the diesel (it’s the fastest car I’ve owned to date), and because it’s on some really good tyres, it’s fun to chuck about a little bit too. And yes, the chug chug noise of a tractor-esque Euro 3 diesel is quite delightful to my ears.

Another picture because text can be boring (sorrrrrryyyyyybutnotreally)

Please ignore my long legs, but if you’re wondering what that file is, it’s the cars history (it’s very extensive) and that bottle below the HVAC? It’s a bottle of touch-up paint the previous owner provided for me.

I don’t plan on getting rid any time soon, as far as I’m currently aware, I actually intend to keep it until I just don’t need it. Planning on possibly doing my CBT soon to try and get a bike of some description, but that’s more of a pipe-dream than anything (bike be expensive) so my pushbike will have to do for now for small journeys around my town.

So yeah, I’ll try and keep whoever the heck reads this in the loop if and when I do anything “My Ride” related, but until then… uhhhhhhhhhhhhh, thank you for reading, I hope I didn’t put you to sleep, and look after yourself.


Don’t know if I can answer about engine stuff in here but the first check would go to the fan. Does the radiator fan turns up? If it does it’s the dial that’s wrong if not does the needle climbs to the average mark if the car stays stationnary? If so It can be the thermostat locked open otherwise it could be the temp sensor…

Otherwise be careful with the camber of the rear wheels.If it’s obvious the rear torsion bar assembly should be replaced and it’s not a simple job. Every PSA car of the era 205/106/306/Xsara/Saxo/Berlingo etc… are concerned.

Otherwise, great driving car, tough reliable economical simple engine. Much more comfortable than a 207.


Thanks for responding :smile:

The fan - to the best of my knowledge doesn’t switch on. Yes, the needle does climb to the average mark if stationary whilst the engine is on. I did have a feeling it was the temp sensor, but I don’t have the time to check for another month yet (just uni stuff so it won’t be driven a lot), but as soon as I get chance I will be working on the car.

And yeah, I am aware of the rear suspension, thankfully in all the documentation, the previous owner did buy and fit a new rear axle. I don’t have it to hand but that’s at least what I believe he replaced.
Currently it all looks very straight, but I’m tempted to take it to a Citroen Specialist in the summer just for complete piece of mind, and of course I’ll be keeping my eye on it all.

Agian, many thanks, I’ll certianly take what you’ve said into consideration :smile:

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Well it’s been a hot minute but things are changing 'round these parts now.

The Xsara is still existing with me as my daily for the time being, however at the time of writing that will not be the case in less than a week, as I have bought a new car! In the last post I said I had no intentions of replacing the Xsara, however my living situation has changed from being a student to being an employee so I now have money… apparently to absolutely burn.

I will be picking up a blue, Mazda 3; pictured below without its plate on as it had literally just arrived off the back of a truck. (I was also very happy to see that it was manufactured in Japan - no idea why but it makes it even betterer)

I am mega excited for this car :grin:. I ordered it back in Oct, after painstakingly looking at new cars (not to buy, just casual browsing) - all of which I hated the look of. Apart from this obviously; It instantly caught my eye and I basically fell head-over-heels for it.
It’s a weird spec for the UK market what with it being a saloon rather than a CUV/SUV/hatchback. I just love saloon shapes and think that they’re cool, so I’ve put my money where my mouth is and bought one.

For more specifics, it’s an SE-L Lux with a Skyactiv X supercharged mild-hybrid petrol with a 6spd manual - bucking just about every trend currently going within the UK car market.

So now the fate of the Xsara is up in the air a little. I’m not part-ex-ing because I know the car will just get binned off, but I genuinely don’t know what to do with it (apart from actually wash it, I haven’t done so since about Nov :sweat_smile:). Gotta be quick though as I can’t really have the car sitting about (yes I have had ages to decide, but I’m an awkward and indecisive individual.

Cheers for reading :smile:


Small, affordable passenger cars (as opposed to SUVs, crossovers and pickup trucks) are on the decline globally, and especially in Europe, as I have described here - so it’s good to see someone buying a small hatch/saloon for a change, especially one with three pedals.

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Nice. You can’t deny that Mazdas are great looking cars nowadays.


Mazda is an interesting manufacturer, mainly because they really haven’t made ugly cars. Maybe boring and uninspiring, but not necessarily ugly.

Nah, I have a hard time thinking of an ugly Mazda, regardless of model year.

I’d argue every car they put that evil cartoon grin onto

I think they look too meh.

I’m in the minority that actually likes the evil grin look. Better to look ugly and stand out than to be meh IMO. Same with colors. Give me baby barf green or neon pink over gray any day(and nobody can say I don’t live by that since I drive a bright yellow Fit and I used to drive a purple Civic)

I Nearly bought a 2010 Mazda 5 in 2020, but I live in WONDERFUL NEW YORK where the constant snow and salt kills your car! All and all it was to rusty, and it had 130k on it so I ended up sticking with my Grand Caravan.