1997 Citroen ZX Wagon 1.8
I was suckered into buying one
The cooling system is bad. The fan motor died at 13000 Km, had it replaced - blew again about 19000Km. Constant problems about over heating. Glad Citroen decided to terminate it once and for all!
I certainly don't recommend the car for anyone in Malaysia. The distributor is close to hopeless. The service center got me to buy an original spots for the Wagon, but could not find a way to fix it. They took back the spots and refunded, but they didn't refund the original switch which costs me approx US$10. I hate the service of the Malaysian franchise operations.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 18th April, 2003
Where did you acquire your wagon from and where did you send car for servicing?
I fully agree that the Malaysian Principal for Citroen is wrecking the image of the marque.
They are charging exorbitant prices for spare parts and actually are hopeless when it comes to diagnosing the problems.
However, I beg to differ on the view that it is unreliable.
I drive a second-hand wagon, purchased 4 years ago when it had already clocked 85,000kms and now it is at 145,000kms and I don't seem to face any mechanical problems.
The normal problems associated to wear and tear does take place, but that is to be expected.
I would certainly opt for another Citroen, but definitely will not use the service of the local franchise.
The ZX stationwagon or as a matter of fact all the citroen cars in Malaysia are handicapped by the after sales service. Expensive parts, lack of mechanics who are able to do any decent repairs etc. Good car, but killed by the support. I always wonder why the manufacturer in France allows this to happen. For information if you go to certain parts of China you will find ZX running as taxis, just like our Proton in Malaysia. Who says it is not a reliable car! It is not the car it is the after sales service.
Not sure if this comment will be timely, or you may have scraped your Citroen. It is a common problem to have temperate engine design in a hot environment. You may have to bear with this. Removing the relay will enable the fan to operate all the time, and effectively lower your engine temperature. However, this will have an effect of wearing down the fan bearing faster.