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Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso?  
Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - drjaking

Joking aside, I'm running a 51 plate 18 petrol Picasso with 85k on the clock, we do about 6k miles a year. I'm wondering whether to replace it or invest in it - it needs the cam belt and water pump replacing and hasn't had a pro service for a year or so. It runs OK but it's starting to show signs of age - cutting out after starting occasionally, even less power than it used to have. I'm worried it might be about to enter a period of expensive failures. But it's been a very reliable machine and the total cost of owning and running it has been really low.

So... should I quite while I'm ahead and replace it, or keep it going?

Tags: technical issues cam belts maintenance and servicing cam belt replacement

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - hallington

Have you changed the oil and filters regularly since not having a pro service and are all other levels as they should be and in the radiator water there is no oil? I had a citroen xsara that I used until 14 years old and only traded as the radiator and cam belt and starter motor was starting to go:)

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - Jase

Depending on the cost of a decent service plus timing belt & waterpump change, this car sounds like it has plenty of life in it!

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - Happy Blue!

This sounds like the type of car where say £500 spent now on a good service etc will be far cheaper than selling and buying something, whose history you know nothing about.

Find a good Peugeot/Citroen independent garage and let them fettle it.

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - Bromptonaut

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Find a good Peugeot/Citroen independent garage and let them fettle it.

+1

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - drjaking

Sigh. Deep down I know you're all right. Given that it does 90% of what we need (would like the extra 2 seats) it's sensible to keep it going.

Thanks!

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - hallington

I like Citroens, but the Picasso does drink fuel, for me that would be one big reason to sell it. She says being a bad influence :)

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - Happy Blue!

Yes, but......as has been said on here many times, not least by me, buying a different car to save money on the fuel bill is dreadfully wasteful and will not save you a penny. It will take x years to recover the additional cost by which time the replacement car is ready to be changed itself.

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - drjaking

haha, yes, a Picasso with a roof box is probably the least fun way to burn a tank of petrol in an afternoon.

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - Avant

I noticed the 'sigh' ! There's lots of sensible advice above but it's easy to forget that car buying isn't just done with the head - it should also be fun if possible, with the heart featuring somewhere in the process.

I have the impression that you're bored with the Picasso and would like something different - is that right? Buying another car will be a gamble, for sure - but so to some extent is keeping the one you've got.

If my impression is anywhere near the mark, tell us what sorte of car you need and what your budget is. There are plenty of original thinkers on here who will no doubt offer advice.

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - unthrottled

I'm usually guilty of advising people to stick with what they've got-until there is a compelling reason to change. This is not to say that no one should ever get a new car. However, if one is simply 'bored' with their car, it is useful to have a really good think about exactly what it is that bores them.

Boring cars are usually reliable-otherwise they wouldn't be boring! Actual dependability (as opposed to survey data) is not to be dismissed lightly. Cars with very little value are also a weight off the chest. If it gets scraped in a car park you don't care. You will care if your new pride and joy suffers such a humiliation. No GAP or finance worries is also a boon. If it dies, you scrap it and get something else.

Remember that your replacement car will probably consume almost as much fuel as the old one. Tyres, brakes, servicing and cambelt changes are routine and will not go away just because you've changed vehicle.

It is a classic mistake to overspend on the car and scrimp on running costs. Next time you're stuck behind a slow driver, take a note of the age of the car. Odds on it will be 60 plate or newer, The driver put all the money into a new car that hemmorhages thousands through depreciation and now baulks at the cost of a tank of diesel. Madness.

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - drjaking

Absolutely right, I fancy a change!

Went to Cargiant yesterday so try some of the options for size. We've recently acquired a dog, so holidays are going to call on more space, unless we get a bigger roof box. The dog crate now takes up 2/3 of the boot.

I've always liked the look of the S-Max and it certainly feels much more roomy as well as more car-y. I liked it a lot. Unfortunately the named-driver, as I like to call her, immediately took a dislike to it and wandered off to look at VWs.

The new Picasso doesn't look any bigger really than the old one. The Galaxy just seems too big, isn't it just an S-Max with headroom?

The only thing we both liked was a Passat estate with leather seats. I am slightly over the whole MPV thing... it promises much, but actually, other than having seven seats, I'm beginning to wonder what the advantage is over a decent sized estate.

Sorry for rambling...

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - madf

The only thing we both liked was a Passat estate with leather seats.

Hmm

And you have just acquired a dog... please reconsider the issues of dog scratches and overheated seats on your posterior and the dog's.. (the latter being more important legally of course).

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - Bobbin Threadbare

That's true but on the flip side, the dog hairs and mud won't grind into the upholstery as badly; leather is easier to hoover. But if it's black it'll get stinking hot in the summer!

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - SteveLee

What about the C3 Picasso? They drive much nicer than the Xsara equivalents. If the car has been reliable then you may as well keep it an run it into the ground. Passats of a certain era can be absolute nightmares, mechanical, engine and electrical problems aplenty - and you still pay a premium for all that joy because of the shiny badge - be careful.

While you are visiting car-giant - take a look at the Chevrolet Captivas, the 4x4 versions usually have 7 seats, not fast or particularly refined - but a lot of car for your mullah - well equipped too. www.cargiant.co.uk/Chevrolet/Captiva/details-54626...0

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - unthrottled

,I'm beginning to wonder what the advantage is over a decent sized estate

None. But Multi-Purpose Vehicle sounds so much more dynamic than 'estate'.

You can get a lot of boot space back by putting the dog in the pasenger footwell. Larger dogs like this area better than the boot because the shape of the footwell provides support. Bit of a fag for the front passenger though!

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - Avant

The Passat estate is a good car but if you're looking at one of these, Drjaking (not sure whether you're D.R. Jaking or Dr J.A. King!) it's also worth looking at Skoda Octavia estates or even a SAuperb hatchback or estate. The Superb estate is fairly new on the market ands we don't know what your budget is.

The petrol 1.8 is a good engine in VWs and Skodas: if your annual mileage warrants a diesel, go for the 1.9 TDI or the newer 2.0 common-rail diesel, avoiding the potentially troublesome earlier 2.0.

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - barney100

If you want a changef it go ahead but a service and a bit of tlc will be much cheaper!

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - bridge.end

Hi, sorry to jump into your thread but i have a problem with my picasso, its started spluttering and its like its running out of fuel but it has loads, does anyone have any ideas, dont want to sell it as i like it...... thanks AL

Citroen Xsara Picasso - Is it time to replace my Picasso? - Avant

You'll probably get some advice if you post this in the Technical section.

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