Citroen DS Review from UK and Ireland

1971 Citroen DS D Super 5 2.1 petrol

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 2.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 kilometres
Most recent distance93000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen 2CV

Summary:

Fantastic styling, comfort, roadholding. The ultimate head turner.

Faults:

Inboard discs needed to be replaced. This was due to over wear, a result of a seized rear brake piston which had gone unnoticed by the previous owner.

Clutch also needed to be replaced. An expensive task indeed due to the extremely complex engine layout.

Hydraulic spheres also had to be replaced. Replacements were difficult to find.

General Comments:

The Citroen DS should have been voted "Car of the Century". The D is an absolute design masterpiece, offering exceptional comfort and roadholding and what absolutely wonderful lines. It will never be bettered.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2002

10th Feb 2003, 08:59

Sorry, but in my opinion it looks like an ugly fish.

It is a car that resembles the French, a big front side, but nothing to back it up and as soon as you push it a little bit too hard it will fall apart.

26th Feb 2003, 05:31

Drove a 1972 DS through Scotland a few years back... excellent touring machine. Headlights turning-function brilliant on small Highland roads. Got discounts at B&B (in Scotland!!) because enthusiasm about car and small test drive. Absolute eye-catcher (most people probably like fish!). Suspension unequaled: did the same tour in an MG roadster and a modern 5 series touring BMW and needed serious back treatment afterwords. Drove DS 21 from Highlands down to Bristol in one day... old mechanics...but no problems and absolutely no fatigue.

Lastly: legroom in backseats totally unequaled (apart from limousines) and reclining front seats interlocking with rear couch makes a very comfortable bed.

Wish Citroen would still make these cars!

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 1 review