Citroen GS Review from Switzerland

1975 Citroen GS Pallas 1.2 petrol

Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired146000 kilometres
Most recent distance153000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen AX

Summary:

A car that has to be conserved, because there will never be anything similar again

Faults:

Engine recently started to lose quite a lot of oil.

Some rusty spots appear regularly on the rear wheel arches, floor pans and beams.

General Comments:

I like the looks of this car. To me it's a true design classic, however still unrecognised.

The combination of a floating suspension, good roadholding and super-precise steering is still unmatched in its class (and far beyond).

It's not the quickest car and can get noisy if pushed, but normally power is sufficient, and only on long travels a 5th gear is badly missing.

Seating and boot are quite roomy for the car's size.

The key to a reliable GS is regular (and sometimes expensive) maintenance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2002

26th Aug 2002, 00:42

Bravo! The GS is indeed a design classic that, sadly, is almost extinct. My '77 Club is also losing oil (leaking return tubes - $1000+ repair...) and rusting. Although I love it dearly, I am ready to move on to a more modern car.

28th Aug 2002, 15:44

Of all the cars that my parents owned when I was a child, my father's Citroen GS Pallas was the one that made the most impression.

Quirky?

Yes - but one hell of a car.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review