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CAn anyone describe the Citroen Xsara Coupe

CAn anyone describe the Citroen Xsara Coupe

Old Apr 30th, 2002, 02:08 PM
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CAn anyone describe the Citroen Xsara Coupe

My car rental for my drive from Paris to Grenoble and back is the Citroen Xsara coupe 3 door (hatchback). Can anyone tell me their experiences with this car. I assume it is a 5 speed. Is the trunk big enough for a 30" suitcase and carryon bag? Good mileage? Comfy seats? etc... Any comments are welcomed. Thanks in advance for your kind words. Gregg
Old Apr 30th, 2002, 03:16 PM
beth anderson
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I have rented a 4 door Xsara a few times. I would liken it size wise to maybe somewhere between a Civic and an Accord. I don't know what to tell you about the 3 door. IF it's the same size, but only a coupe, you are fine. believe me.

I was the driver on the Riviera with 3 other friends (4 adults in the car) and us two women had our share of stuff - but MAN did one of our guy friends pack a bunch. never seen such a big suitcase in my life. I swear he packed a pony. wondered where that smell came from! ;-)

anyway, we really liked it. how many people will you have in it?

have you ever driven a Citroen before? it has an, um, unusual feature, which is very cool once you find it. it brought "hours" of amusement to the same said friend (guy) in the group. (me, I was enthralled for all of 15 minutes) he even videotaped it. (he has yet to make me watch the vacation videos, ha ha!!)

Old May 1st, 2002, 03:42 AM
helper bee
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topping for Gary - looks like he lost his post...
Old May 1st, 2002, 04:07 AM
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I'm just intrigued about this feature...come on Beth tell us what you're on about!
Old May 1st, 2002, 06:40 AM
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Yes Beth, do tell. There will be 2 of us and luckily we can leave some of the unessentials in Paris.
Old May 1st, 2002, 06:53 AM
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larger Citroens have hydraulic suspension.

You can adjust the height of the car from the wheel to cope with crossing fields, fast autoroutes, or even having to fix a flat.


Old May 1st, 2002, 02:05 PM
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Peter, ya beat me to it. I have been out all day with a friend & am soon heading out to enjoy the BEE-YOO-TI-FUL weather with more friends... had to pop this over there for Gregg.

anyway, YES! it has hydraulics. it is SOOO cool.

We discovered this by accident. The car's rear end would lift every time I took my foot off the brakes at a light, every time I backed up (very noticeably lifting - everyone in the car giggled every time I made a move).

Glenn, who was the only person brave enough to sit in the Death Seat (also he of the "packing a pony" bags) bumped the middle console accidentally when we were stopped and the whole car started lifting! and not evenly either - front end first, then back! at least six inches I think. it made a big difference when you opened the car door and saw the dropoff. needless to say we thought we had rented Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

said Death Seat was christened when we were clattering through an intersection in the crowded back streets of old town Nice our first day, looking for the Moyenne Corniche.. someone in the back yelled "N7!!" and right on cue I did a 90 degree turn onto it... good thing too, if you've ever been in the back streets of the older parts Nice you know what a pain it is trying to figure out which way to go - what a maze.

my daredevil driving rep was further enhanced when we spent way too much time looking for a parking spot in Eze - finally snagged a dubiously legal one on the edge of a dropoff (and two blind curves - one in either direction) - parking head in as there was a HUGE curb, more than standard size & I needed a run up to jump it (and stop before going over the edge - gee, why did everyone get out of the car for this one?)

when it came time to leave this spot, Glenn and Lisa stood on either end of the blind curve as spotters... I had to time it just right - back out at high speed, in the opposite lane but backwards so I could at least see traffic coming at me, and drive in reverse at high speed for 50 feet in order to back into a driveway which was a safe haven from the cars coming willy nilly in all directions.

needless to say there were high fives all around when we took off. "I've come, to save, the day!" and again no one was brave enough to sit in the car with me when I got us out of the jam. (they wanted to be 'spotters' - riiiight) tant pis!

and also needless to say, this was before we actually found the hydraulics. might have made the big curb jump easier, at least (no one would have had an excuse to get out of the car there, for 'weighing it down'... riiiiight. wimps! my friends are wimps).

So there you have the story - hydraulics, and I have one friend who would brave the Death Seat. even without picking straws...

(more than you bargained for huh Gregg? enjoy your trip! you'll be fine)

Old May 1st, 2002, 08:51 PM
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Wow Beth. Sounds like the experience of a lifetime--glad you lived to tell it! The xsara sounds great if just for the special effects. I always wanted one of those cars that could compete with the low riders. Gregg
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