1990 Citroen CX 25 TRI 2.5 petrol


A very understated car, comfortable and advanced, let down by build quality


The wiring is fairly horrendous. It's a real shame because the car deserves better quality electrics.

Occasionally, the car doesn't start because of a faulty "park" sensor on the gear stick.

Even though it's one of the last ones made, the rot is starting to set in, the tailgate being the worst area. It's a shame BMW or Mercedes didn't make the car.

General Comments:

Although I've listed the above faults, I love the car to bits, and it's ultra comfortable.

It goes really well, and contrary to popular belief, it is possible to make an automatic drink far less petrol than the manual states. Simply use 1 and 2 on the shift when pulling away - the CX does shift up far too early when in "auto", labouring the engine. I regularly get over 30 mpg.

My CX is an estate, and you can fit several families in the boot area!

I bought the car for a very low price, so its complexity and hefty repair charges don't worry me. I'll simply hand the car over to a Citroen expert when things do go wrong (note the word "when").

There's nothing better than seeing these cars on the road - I got a chorus of "Ghost Busters" in the street the other week!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2003

13th Dec 2006, 10:08

Don't know how you manage that economy even by using your manual gear changing technique - the 2.5 auto I had was the most thirsty CX I ever owned, including a petrol turbo. I never got better than 25 mpg, even on the open road!