1983 Citroen GSA Pallas 1.3 petrol
Cheap, but often rusty comfort
I got the car free with no MoT.
To pass the MoT, it needed new four (cheap) tyres, some welding, a new exhaust Y-pipe, some adjustment to the carb for the emissions test and a couple of lightbulbs. Oh, and the wiper linkage had broken, leaving only the passenger side one working!
Looks like a lot, but there were no nasty surprises - I knew what I was getting into when I picked it up.
I love these cars. I had a 1978 GS Club before, and really missed it.
All G-series cars are rare, technically interesting and wonderful to drive with smooth engines and that magic carpet ride quality. They also handle extremely well - they roll a lot, but keep on gripping.
They have extremely light and precise steering, and powered disc brakes. The car "feels" much safer and easier to drive than my modern - not bad for a design which appeared in 1970!
I didn't like the small boot opening and the lack of power in the '78 GS, but my '83 GSA has a hatchback and an enormous boot, and a slightly more powerful engine with better chosen gear ratios and, joy of joys, a fifth gear. I drove my GS to Italy in two days once - these are fabulous long-distance cars. Not bad for an old family saloon, and much better than the equivalent British Maxi or Marina!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th March, 2003
I quite agree, these are fabulous long-distance cars! I drove the length of Norway in one day only! Very nice!
T agree. These cars are comfortable, handle well, low mantanence, and if you tune them up they are very fast, and that is just the 4 speed 1220 model.
One day I raced a Nissan Skyline Turbo through some bends and I had the pleasure of watching him disapear through the rear vision mirror. They are very fast around corners and I am yet to find a car for under $20,000 AU that can keep up with them after $200 worth of modifications to the engine. Maybe a Fiat X1/9 could.