Citroen AX Reviews from Netherlands

1994 Citroen AX first impresion 1.1i

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.1i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 kilometres
Most recent distance96000 kilometres

Summary:

Fun affordable and cheap

Faults:

Nothing. The only thing that's gone a bit pear shaped is a rattle in the front of the car. This was attributed to a broken drive shaft which was replaced before I got the car. The ratle persists, but the car is still runing strong.

The only real thing that has broken is the knob for controlling the fan speed.

General Comments:

I love the AX it is a great first car. You can comfortably carry 4 people and some luggage. The engine is willing and sips petrol. I get 14km to the liter and I drive like I'm in a rally, so with some calmer driving much better mileage should be possible. The siting position is fine for me, but I'm pretty short at 1.75m. The only things I don't like about my car are the wheels and tires and the 3 stud fitments. The car is very nippy around corners and it handles pretty safely even at the limit. As far as fun to price ratios go this car is great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2006

1987 Citroen AX RE 1.1

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance165000 kilometres

Summary:

Some trouble, but still very reliable

Faults:

The head gasket blew last week.

Due to rust problems, the bottom of the car needed a lot of welding. There was a considerable hole in the floor behind the passenger seat.

Door lock (driver's side) is loose.

Exhaust pipe fell off the car while backing into a parking space. It sounded like a Harley Davidson (pretty funny).

There are some rumbling noises in the right front wheel socket, when taking curves at high speed. Lots of investigation and repairs by the previous owner, but no cause found yet.

General Comments:

I bought the car from a friend for only 150 Euros (100 Pounds?), so I could afford some repairs.

It's my first car and I'm totally in love with it (I've even got a new Citroen logo from a scrap heap in France to replace the original, which was stolen last year!).

The engine runs really well, no ignition problems.

Gears are working fine, no troubles expected there.

A big plus is that the AX is pretty easy to fix. Most repairs won't cost a lot of money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2002

1994 Citroen AX 14 TGS 1.4i

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 kilometres
Most recent distance63000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Punto

Summary:

A real mini Grand Turismo

Faults:

Brake discs replaced (warped).

Imperfect balanced wheels.

General Comments:

Very complete 5-door version (central-locking, electric windows, velour seat-covers etc.) with very long gearing.

Handling and comfort are good, performance is fantastic.

Quality is much better compared to the first generation AX. But the idea of a major collision with this car scares me.

Dislikes are the one-blade wiper and the fact you can't open the boot with one hand.

But most of all, it's fun to drive!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2000

14th Dec 2000, 15:21

You may be scared of what happens in a major collision, but the AX has such an enormous amount of built-in safety with its excellent road holding and performance, that I consider it much safer than many other cars - if you are capable of utilising its driveability.

3rd Jan 2001, 11:53

I own an '89 AX 11RE, although the handling is boatlike and the power is anything but awesome I love it, but like you the thought of smashing it terrifies me because of the tin-can body.

1987 Citroen AX E 1.0

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance109000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen 2CV 6

Summary:

A cheap-to-run car with great handling

Faults:

* Ignition-computer broke down.

* A few little problems with the electric system.

General Comments:

It handles really great for such a small car, fun to drive.

Very cheap to drive: It has an average fuel consumption of 20 kilometres per litre.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2000

4th Jan 2001, 15:00

He is joking about the handling (I hope!), but I suppose it is better than a 2CV.

10th Apr 2001, 11:32

Well, I have to agree with this AX owner, in comparison with other small cars it corners very well.. only disadvantage is the huge overhang... Same for the good old 2CV I guess.

11th Apr 2001, 13:55

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the way this car or the 2cv handles. Why is it that Vauxhall drivers just don't understand that great handling can be combined with comfort???

19th Apr 2001, 14:36

I also have a Citroen AX 1.0 Jive, see my review '1991 - Great First Car.' I would have to also agree, the handling is very good for a small car. There seems to be great disagreement on this site. About half the reviews seem to suggest handling is bad, the other half seem to suggest it is good. My theory (being that most of the criticism of handling comes from GT owners), is that the handling is not up to boy racer standards. Now I am rough with my car, and drive it at relative speed round corners, and it always seems to be glued to he road, now in my mind that equals good handling - correct me if I'm wrong.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews