1978 Citroen CX 2400 Pallas C-matic 2.3 cc petrol
One of a kind
Corroded hydraulic pipe underneath split leaving pool of green fluid on the road. Was replaced cheaply by friendly independent Citroen-literate mechanic.
Carburettor gasket broke up inside, blocking fuel jet.
Top radiator hose went; bit of a nightmare to bleed cooling system as bleed nipple on top of water pump seized then broke.
Coming from a Lada 1200, almost anything was going to feel like a Rolls Royce, but the CX was really rather special, and for the money an outrageous bargain. Ride comfort was simply superb, especially after rear spheres were regassed, and it made an excellent motorway cruiser. Despite its age I regularly used it on 800 mile round trips to the Scottish Borders.
Very good in snow. C matic gearbox gave no trouble, if a bit low geared.
Rust in the usual places.
Bits of it are probably living on in surviving examples.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th August, 2005