1996 Citroen AX Spree 1 litre
A car that is not up its own bottom, great car, cheap to run, would buy another without a doubt...
Not in any order.
Front off side wheel bearing wore out.
Broke down once, no sparks to spark plugs, traced to a double relay which was cut out of the circuit and rewired / by passed via Haynes wiring diagram.
Trouble with front lights - wiring fault due to old wires, used washing machine wiring loom for a source of new cables to sort it out.
Recently started to run badly up hills - traced that weird one to a combination of iffy petrol (I usually only ever put BP petrol in the car) and the petrol cap having 21 years worth of dirt underneath the cap - think it was creating a vacuum in the fuel tank i.e. not allowing it air to breath?
Had to have a new rear shock for the last MOT.
I've changed the front discs and pads twice. The local garage did the rear brake shoes.
Alternator failed - worn out brushes. Bought a new pair for 6 quid and soldered them in. Been fine for 10,000 miles. Next time it'll be a reconditioned alternator for a 70 quid gamble.
I love it, as it is easy to drive, no air bags which is a plus (it is from my point of view), strong chassis, quite peppy, sun roof, radio which has never worked - duff speakers and I miss Radio 4 when driving so must get that repaired sometime. Lovely and basic.
It is lightly built but of good steel, but does dent. Engine is well made, but drinks about half a litre of oil every 800 miles, but oil is cheap enough off E-bay at 12 quid for 5 litres.
I use it for work, I'm a washing machine repair bod, but I don't go far, a radius of 12 miles to my home. On the other hand I have gone on holiday with the old girl, Reading to round Bridport, 4 times camping, but slowly as I rarely go faster than 55mph anyway.
With the rear seat removed there is a fair amount of room in the back for all my stuff for work.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th September, 2017