Citroen Xsara Picasso: common problems and solutions

The Citroen Xsara Picasso is a compact MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) which was produced by the French automobile manufacturing company Citroen. The Xsara Picasso was in production from 1999-2009 and is based on the Citroen Xsara small family car. We have written a full review on the Citroen Xsara Picasso which you can view by clicking here. These vehicles are very practical, affordable MPVs which have plenty of space and are reasonably comfortable. They are known for their poor handling and reliability, we have listed some of the most common problems with the solutions for solving these issues. We also have a difficulty rating for how difficult the problems are to resolve and a list of recalls made on the Xsara Picasso.

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Citroen Xsara Picasso common problems and solutions

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Door locks problems

Problem: The Xsara Picasso is known for having problems with the door locks. The central locking remote control which is built into the key is known to fail. This means that the alarm won't work but you can still lock the doors manually. There are also known issues with certain door locks not operating as they should.

Solution: Depending on which problem you are facing, you will either need to get the key fob fixed or you could first check to see if it is just the battery needing replaced (Watch the video below to see how this is done). If it is a problem with the locks themselves, we can help you find replacement locks at very low prices.

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Electric window problems

Problem: A common failure on the Xsara Picasso is for the electric windows to fail. If you are finding that the window is very hesitant in going up and down then it is usually due to a problem with the window regulator.

Solution: The window regulator can be fixed on these cars. Watch the video below to see how this is done. If it cannot be fixed, Breakeryard will help you find a replacement window regulator at very low prices.

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Heater blower problems

Problem: If you are finding that the heater blower is not working on certain settings or in fact not working at all. The usual cause is the heater blower motor failing.

Solution: You will need to replace the heater blower motor to sort the problem.


Whining noise from gearbox

Problem: When you are driving along and hear a whining noise coming from the gearbox, it is usually caused by faulty gearbox release bearings. This will definitely be the problem if you put your foot fully on the clutch and the noise stops.

Solution: You will need to remove the gearbox to access the bearings. The release bearings will need to be replaced to resolve the issue.



The Citroen Xsara Picasso was in production for 11 years and there are 4 recalls listed on the department for transport recalls database for this vehicle. You should always check for any recall issues to make sure you have had them fixed, as it is always the responsibility of the manufacturer to fix them free of charge due to their own manufacturing errors. We have listed these recalls below and you can access the full details of each recall by following the links below:

If you did not find the solution to your problem listed in our common problems and solutions list above, it does not mean it is not a common issue. Our list is by no means exhaustive but covers only some of the known issues. Why not have a look at our Citroen Xsara Picasso parts page or enter your vehicle details in our part finder below to begin your parts search. Give us a call on *0905 232 3000 if you would rather talk to one of our specialist advisers.