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Citroen Xsara Picasso Petrol and Diesel Service and Repair Manual: 2004 to 2008 (Haynes Service and Repair Manuals) [Hardcover]

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30 April 2009 Haynes Service and Repair Manuals
This guide to maintaining and repairing the Citroen Xsara Picasso features step-by-step instructions, hundreds of illustrations and photographs and details on equipment requirements, fault diagnosis and troubleshooting."

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844257843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844257843
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Can't manage without 'em; can't manage with 'em! 29 April 2012
By Andrew
Haynes manuals are a must for the car DIY-er. But beware! Every manual seems to have problems and this is no exception. A routine job (timing belt and water pump replacement on a 1.6 8V Picasso) almost became a nightmare. First, Citroen advise the use of an electronic belt tensioner costing 350 (Hello! DIY?) and a special valve compressing plate (neither of which garages seem to use!) Try getting (or, as Haynes advise, making) one of those compressing plates! Haynes, fearing litigation, dutifully repeat the advice. Just ridiculous! But then it gets worse, Haynes says that water pump replacement is an engine removal job as the pump is virtually inaccessible. Absolute nonsense! On the 1.6 8V the pump stares you in the face, almost inviting you to remove it! Imagine removing the whole engine on Haynes advice only to find it was totally unnecessary!
(Haynes made a similar error in removing the heater matrix in a Volvo 940)

Rough idling is a common problem on most modern cars with high mileage and the idle valve stepper motor is often the culprit, yet Haynes do not even mention this in their fault-finding chart and in the 'Fuel' section simply explain how to remove and replace the motor, with no mention of why you might need to do this; nor is there a photo showing its location.

Photos are a constant gripe. Apart from an absence of some quite essential photos, those available are often poor and fail to show location properly. (Try finding the flywheel locking hole in the cylinder block!)

The problem is that evidently Haynes do not get manufacturer-trained mechanics to review their manuals and weed out these errors or limitations.

So the manuals are necessary but often not sufficient. And, as in the above examples, they can be a downright liability!

My advice before starting what seems to be a big job, is to scour internet blogs, bearing in mind that they too can be misleading.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be a lot better 18 Nov 2010
The black and white photographs are of poor quality: clarity is lacking in many of them. The book would gain more respect from me if the photos were not so 'grainy' looking or if they were in colour. The explanations, at times, leave a lot to be desired: '...remove the clip', for example, doesn't indicate 'how' one removes the clip. Also, the layout of the photos in relation to the text to which they refer to is poor.

There are several safety warnings in the book, however. Little additional information is given other than the basics; perhaps that is unavoidable, given the type of book which it is.

Special Citroen tools are referred to in the book: most of the time the book shows how to make a tool to do the job without buying a specialist tool which, apart from being costly, might rarely be used.

The book covers maintenance schedules and in car repair. Torque settings are given for virtually all bolts/nuts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CAR OWNERS MUST HAVE ! 7 July 2014
By oscar wilde TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Fantastic manual as you would expect from Haynes. Full of all the information you will need to look after your car. I would highly recommend this item.
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4.0 out of 5 stars just what I needed 16 May 2014
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Just purchase the car and needed more infromation to look after it. Been using haynes manuals for years so knew it would do the job.
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2.0 out of 5 stars many details of cars missing 18 April 2014
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not as good as pevious manuals so much details missing wheel sizes tyre sizes original Haynes manuals were good this one debatable
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone 8 Jan 2014
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I found it Ok for fairly simple things to cope with but most needed skills and tools I do not possess, so the local garage is still my mainstay. Quick delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Citroen manual 19 Aug 2013
By gray
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Arrived, First class. Book very helpful. As with all manuals though hard to find out the very simple things like tyre pressures. One has to look up so many different sections to find the thing you want, which should be under the relevant section not under some obscure heading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haynes Guide to the Citroen Picasso. 6 Nov 2011
Well written and easy to understand. A really useful technical reference that enables even a mechanical numty like me do some jobs on the car.
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