Citroen ZX Reviews from Malaysia

1997 Citroen ZX Volcane 2.0i

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired30 kilometres
Most recent distance270000 kilometres
Previous carProton Wira

Summary:

ZX - A classic in the making

Faults:

Normal wear and tear.

Stepper motor was first to go out, after 2 years of usage (too early). Changed it and now 10 years later, it gives no problem whatsoever.

Repaired rear axle at 260,000km or 12 years of usage.

Changed clutch kit 2 days ago at 270,000km.

Changed timing belt every 60,000km.

Gear lever rod gave way after 5 years.

Absorbers changed every 3 years.

After 12 years, the car now needs a fresh coat of paint.

General Comments:

I've owned the car since new.

It is definitely value for money. Comfortable, fast, excellent handling and still looks good after all these years.

Spare parts were a bit pricey in the beginning but now with more independent workshops able to handle Citroens in Malaysia, maintenance is reasonable and fairly convenient.

Very poor 2nd hand value. Anyway I am not planning to sell it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2009

1994 Citroen ZX Volcane 2.0 petrol

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance230000 kilometres
Previous carProton Mpi

Summary:

Truly Under Rated Hot Hatch

Faults:

Radiator Leaked at 170,000 KM. Changed to copper.

Changed tie rod almost every 2 years due too bad road conditions.

Performed top overhaul at 160,000 KM as Engine was consuming bits of oil.

Changed stepper motor due to erratic RPM Idling.

Changed Fuel Pump at 200,000 KM.

General Comments:

Have not found any major flaws on the car.

After initial spending, the car is almost maintenance free except for regular services every 5000 KM.

Has a very rapid acceleration esp between 110 - 160 kmh.

Suspension is very good provided all parts are originals.

The car looks much better in a 15" Allow wheels.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2006

1994 Citroen ZX Volcane 2.0

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres
Previous carProton Proton

Summary:

Excellent value for money

Faults:

The car was about 8 years old when I bought it, the seats has lost some of its sponge therefor lacked good support.

Performed a top-overhaul at about 160,000 as I needed to top-up oil between services. Changed number of parts including thermostat, hoses, clutch kit, bushes and absorbers.

Radiator couldn't take the heat in the tropical climate so had to change it into copper. Mostly wear and tear items.

General Comments:

Well, I always look out for long journeys in this hatch. Very fun to drive and easily surprises everyone with it's sheer acceleration power. Never had a pickup or an overtaking problem.

Despite hitting about 170kmh once, it was still raring to go.

Interior's all black and almost everyone compliments on it. Have tinted the front windscreen, therefor dashboard is still in a good condition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2006

1995 Citroen ZX 2.0i

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired169000 kilometres
Most recent distance179000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 323

Summary:

Risky, Engine Fails With No Warning

Faults:

A few days back I sent my car to replace the alternator/power steering/compressor belt. After running for 10 km the car make noise and I checked that the belt had shred apart. The belt had turn to strings and pieces. The engine also stopped. There are also pieces of the torn belt in the timing belt compartment. The car was towed to a workshop and the mechanic confirmed that the head valves had bent due to the torn belts in the timing belt compartment. The whole engine head had to be dismantled to make the repair. I had to spend $1200 to make the repair. I think the belt system design is bad.

General Comments:

Belting System Poorly Designed.

Cylinder Valve Easily Damaged.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th June, 2005

14th Jun 2005, 23:48

Replacing the belt and after 10km it breaks. Strange to blame it on the car and not a mechanic who has done a bad job.

15th Jun 2005, 01:26

I drove an ZX in Malaysia for over 300,000kms and never had a problem with the timing belt. I used authorised service centre to service the car and changed the belts every 70,000 kms. From your entry it shows that you got the car around 170,000 kms... did it come with a service history? It should show when the timing belt was last replaced.

It is expected that your valves would be damaged/bent if the belt broke anyway.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 7 reviews