19th Jun 2001, 17:43
Hmm, let's see here... ahhh, just as I thought... must be a Ford lover... say, have you blown up in your Pinto yet???
9th Aug 2001, 19:21
At least FORD had the decency to recall those, and no, I don't drive a Ford. Enjoy your piece of crap Citation!
2nd Nov 2001, 08:30
Someone has a reading comprehension problem... This owner has had many Citations, and all have been reliable. I've had a Citation, and it made 323,000 miles. You had one and it's bad. Somehow that doesn't equate to 99% being bad, unless you are bad at math...
BTW, I've also had 4 Pinto's, including my first race car. The exploding Pinto is a myth, similar to Audi "unintended acceleration" and the GM sidesaddle gas tank hoax.
21st Jan 2002, 20:43
A friend of mine has 2 Citations, an '81 X-11 and an '80 standard 2-door. Currently in the process of rebuilding the X-11's 2.8 (148k miles) but the other one's 2.8 is going strong. Starts the first time, keeps on going. I don't know, if the car was such a piece of trash, I don't think there'd be as many on the road as there are.
26th Jan 2002, 19:03
Most people see a Chevrolet Citation, X-11, CL, Hatchback, Notchback and thing they're crap. Too bad for these people. Now if you owned a Citation for real and you had problems with it, sorry to say you did not treat it well. I have five Citation's and none were junk. IF YOU HAD OR STILL HAVE A CITATION, PLEASE JOIN OUR CLUB: http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/chevycitationsforever/
371 members and counting. I'll tell you another reason to join, if you think only a 2.8HO will fit in a Citation, you're wrong; how about a SC 3.8L or a 305?
4th Jun 2002, 18:59
You tell him, shawn :-) guess who? I currently have (2) x-11's and (2) 4 doors. my brother has (2) x-11's. my step-brother has (1) x-11. and my dad has (1) x-11 and (1) cl / x-11 clone. I wouldn't sell them for anything except to another club-owner as I just did with my 3rd x-11 last weekend.
29th Jun 2002, 20:52
You tell him Shawn. Guess who? HMM, this is a hard one. Hello Jason, how's it going? Well I guess we're the only X-11 nuts on this site. As for the rest of you Citation or X-11 nuts out there, join the club.
7th Sep 2002, 22:43
Well, I must say, I have had a few citations, and have had good luck with them. I personally like the 2.5, better then the 2.8, I think they run, better, and have quite a bit of pep, for a 4 banger. People say they are trash, but I see more Citations, then the Skylark, Phoenix, and Omega. I think for cars that are 20 years and older, the are pretty decent cars.
21st Sep 2002, 08:00
I own a 1984 X-11 notchback with 80,000 miles on it. It has almost every option on it including swing out quarter panel windows. It is a four speed and has been a very trouble free car. I don't think I would want to sell it because it always looks so good and people ask me all the time if I would ever sell it. Another happy Chevrolet Citation X-11 owner.
3rd Oct 2002, 06:47
Some Citations were good, some were sour lemons. My Citation 2 is 75 percent reliable. It is blue and has a 2.5 liter L4 engine.
If Citations were 100 percent reliable, had no problems at all then we would be bored with them. If your Citation looks ugly then why don't you paint yours? Decorate it? Put stripes on it? There are lots of ways to make your Citation beautiful.
23rd Oct 2002, 09:13
An X-11 is different than a Citation...I've had both, years ago, and wish (really wish) I never gave up my X-11 years ago... Now that I'm older, I miss that car and would love 2 own another as a second, fun and nostalgic vehicle. I owned an '85 coupe version X-11...not reliable like a Honda, but I never had many problems, and it was a damn fun unique car!
24th Oct 2002, 06:21
To me citations are a challenge and I love a challenge. I have 2 citations one for driving and one for parts. The citation is NOT for people who can't perform maintence on them. they need to be maintained at least once a month.
They are NOT crap at all, they are beautiful and seeing one on thye road these days is like seeing a shooting star.
Also If you own a Citation, please do not give up on it.
1st Nov 2002, 23:19
I had a 1981 fire engine red X-11 that I begrudginly sold in 1997. Absolutely loved this car, and if it wasn't for my 3 ladies at home, would have it today. Definitely not a good decision on my part!
2nd Nov 2002, 22:02
II have owned a 1981 Citation x-11 for the past 18 years. It's been a great car and I have done only maintenance. I have found that most people who call them trash bought them used and poorly maintained. It is evident that that there are far more of these 23 to 17 year old cars still on the road than comparative models from Japan or Germany. These cars were priced well below most of their competition. At the time of the release of the 81 X-11, ROAD TEST magazine compared the X-11 to the BMW 318 and SAAB Turbo. The Chevy out performed both in the 1/4 mile,0-60,braking and slalom. It even had the same g-rating as the Mazda RX7. I still have the magazine and have to use it from time to time to prove my point. These cars were the first step into front wheel drive-fuel efficient cars. As with all cars they have had their trouble spots. But they are ones that are easily corrected. It can be said however that although they have their detractors- they have never had their own factory website for burning oil such as the sombrero guys who build the Sienna and Camry. I will be taking another contributors advise and join the Citation -X11 club. Thanks for this forum and to get a few things said that needed to be. Doug T.
3rd Apr 2003, 14:56
I own an '81 X-11 coupe hatchback that I bought new as a leftover in '82 in Calgary, Canada. I moved it to CA in '87 and to Seattle in '90.
It's been a close friend all these years and very reliable and fun! It is getting close to 200,000 miles (speedometer reads in KM/hr) and still runs great, although it is a second car now.
The body is in great shape and I'm having problems with the power windows and drivers door latch, otherwise, good!
I've decided to sell my friend rather than go into restoration mode. Anyone interested? What's the value?
I just joined the X-11 club. Talk to me.
5th Apr 2003, 22:05
I would like to add to the comment about the Ford Pintos. Ford DID NOT have the decency to recall the Pintos, they were forced to the DoT to recall them. Ford had said it would be cheaper to pay off people who sue rather than pay for recalls.
A car company will not necessarily pay for recalls unless the safety of millions of people will be affected by a part.