Rear Beam / Rear Suspension Citroën Xsara
The Citroën Xsara is a popular compact vehicle manufactured between 1997 and 2006 with a range of bodywork, including a three or five door version, hatchback and station wagon. Later, a family version was added under the name Xsara Picasso. Production ended in 2006 and gave way to another Citroën model.
We would like to draw attention to the huge success of Citroën Xsara at the WRC World Championship with the famous driver Sebastien Loeb.
Qualities and defects.
Xsara has a very wide range of petrol and diesel engines, so it can easily meet the needs of everyone. In the VTS version of the petrol range, you can choose from the small 1.4 with 75 hp to 2.0 with 163 hp. Diesel engines are available from an economical 1.4 HDI with 68 hp and an unrivaled 2.0 HDI 109 hp. The wide range of choices is still a big advantage of the PSA Group.
Citroën Xsara has become very affordable and is a very good choice if you are looking for a reliable and cheap vehicle.
Its great strength lies in the surprisingly comfortable interior. Very large car boot and great driving characteristics.
The weakest part is undoubtedly the Xsara rear axle! Its lack of maintenance information from the manufacturer rather than a design defect. PSA rear axles are often debatable matter and each has its own opinion.
How to diagnose rear axle failure?
The Citroën Xsara is equipped with the famous rear axle with torsion bars. Here is an overview of how to detect a failure of the rear axle. The first visible defect is the inclination of the wheels towards the inside of the body. This is often followed by a clatter or whistle, and worse driving characteristics may also occur.
The rear axle is available in several versions and it is not enough to indicate whether it is a Citroën Xsara sedan or estate. There might be brake discs or brake drums. If there is a brake drum we need to know the diameter of it. We do not recommend second-hand rear axle as it is impossible to verify its actual condition.