Citroen CX Review from North America

1988 Citroen CX Prestige 2.5 liter gas

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 liter gas Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin SD1


A spacecraft for the street


During the time I have owned it, I have replaced just about everything that can wear or rust out except for the engine and trans-axle.

The CX has 2 weak points; the electrical system (more specifically the myriad of connections that corrode and the strange location of critical relays that subjects them to dirt and moisture) AND.

The cooling system. I have to store the car from mid July through the first week in September because it overheats.

General Comments:

The ride is incredible. Once you are used to hydropneumatics, it is almost painful to ride in a car with springs.

The variable assist, self-centering steering is fantastic and inspires confidence in all weather - especially snow and rain.

Brakes are powerful. The best way to use them is to put your toe on the pedal and just think about how fast you need to stop.

The interior is huge and I can fit a lawn mower in the trunk with the lid closed.

The styling always turns heads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2006

7th Dec 2006, 05:46

I OWNED six CX,gas, diesel, automatic, turbo, prestige, carbu and injection. I have neither had overheating problems. They came as on other cars from bad treatment.

29th Apr 2009, 11:51

Probably the radiator needs cleaning or replacement. Try to clean it with soda first...

29th Jul 2009, 20:18

I've read that the thermostats age quickly and gradually reduce effect, so that is just offered as a possible reason.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review