KeyFob RKE Programming Procedure: Citroen Xantia 1998-2001

KeyFob RKE Programming Procedure-Citroen Xantia 1998-2001

Citroen Xantia 1998-2001 KeyFob Remote Keyless Entry Programming Procedure


How to Program Citroen Xantia KeyFob Remote Keyless Entry for the year 1998 and 2001.

Re-initializing Procedure

Note. If battery is replaced inside key fob or if key fob buttons are operated repeatedly whilst vehicle is out of range and central locking / alarm system becomes inoperative, carry out the following reinitializing procedure.

  • Switch the ignition to the “ON” position
    • Wait for alarm system LED to turn “OFF” (if LED fitted) or wait for approximately 10 seconds (If LED not fitted)
    • Within 30 seconds: Press either the “Lock” or “Un-lock” button on the key fob

KeyFob RKE Programming Procedure: Citroen Xantia 1998-2001


  • Within 10 seconds: Press either the “Lock” or “Un-lock” button on the key fob.
  • Ensure alarm system LED (if fitted) turns “ON” for a split second.
  • Key fob is re-initialized.
  • Repeat above procedure to re-initialize any remaining key fobs.
  • Confirm operation of key fob by locking and unlocking vehicle using key fob buttons.



About Citroen Xantia

The Xantia replaced the earlier Citroën BX (which straddled both small and large family car segments), and maintained the high level of popularity of that model, but brought the car more into the mainstream to compete harder with its rivals, such as the Ford Mondeo, Nissan Primera, Rover 600, Toyota Carina E and Opel Vectra/Vauxhall Cavalier.

The car was built from November 1992 to October 2002 in France, totalling almost ten years, including the facelift in December 1997.

It signalled that Citroën had learned from the reception given to the staid Citroën ZX, introduced two years earlier, and criticised by contemporary journalists for its lack of traditional Citroën flair, in engineering and design. Citroën addressed these concerns in the Xantia.

The Xantia also used the traditional Citroën hydropneumatic suspension system, which was pioneered by the older DS. It was initially only available as a hatchback (notchback) (Berline), but an estate (station wagon) (Break) version, built by Heuliez, appeared in September 1995.

Inline with PSA Group policy, the Peugeot 406, launched two years later, used the same floorpan, core structure and engines as the Xantia. The Hydractive suspension system was not carried over, and the 406 utilised a more traditional spring suspension.

Sales in the United Kingdom were strong, and even though it was never able to match the volume of British favourites, such as the Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Vectra, the car did help Citroën establish a strong foothold in the business car market in the United Kingdom.

The name “Xantia” like some other names on Citroën models before (like Athena or Pallas) is coming from ancient Greek history and mythology.

“Xantia” is derived from Xanthos, mean golden or blond in Greek Language. Xanthos is name of an ancient Lycian city (meaning “golden city”) in ancient Lycia region. The name is also known for Xanthian Obelisk, An bilingual Obelisk from Persian Achaemenid Empire era found in ruins of Xanthos city.

The facelift in the end of 1997 created Mark 1 and Mark 2 Xantia.

The Mark 1 Xantia was produced between 1993 and 1997 is distinguished by the grille attached to body of car.

The Mark 2 Xantia was produced between 1998 and 2001 is distinguished by grille attached to bonnet of car. It also featured body colored bumpers and a revised dashboard. (Source Wiki)

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