27th Jun 2002, 11:04

Not really unless you're a teen, it's your first car that should already be in a salvage yard and you beat the heck out of it by going off-roading and drive it around hitting stuff. Of course I new someone like this back in high school who did this and the car took the abuse for a long time. I've owner a couple X-11's and they have been the most rewarding car to drive and have only had minor, normal maintenance items (water pump, struts.shocks, etc.)

1st Jul 2002, 00:14

You need a Pontiac 6000 STE all wheel drive not the Pontiac 1000. I have a 350 HO citation X-11 that's rear wheel drive its fun to drive when the tires stop smoking.

5th Jul 2002, 21:14

The Citation X-11 was a great car for it's time. My dad had a black one with the 2.8 liter V6 and the automatic trans. Not only did it have great acceleration, but I looked at it like a "fastback celebrity". I think he had 140k on it when he traded it for a 1990 Corsica, and I miss that car. That was the car I learned to drive on, and nothing could compare when it came to handling. Gas mileage was great, and these cars are getting extremely rare, especially here in the rust belt. Hold on to this car and restore it! Overall, it's a real winner.

22nd Nov 2005, 23:56

Me and my brother went in together on a 1985 Citation X-11. I would say they do have a rather interesting exterior look, kinda the type where you love it or you hate it, no middle ground. As for the 2.8 Litre V-6. Absolute JUNK. I personally think they are the WORST GM motor ever built, if not just the worste V-6 in general, ever built. Our X-11 ran great at first with a good tune up. (Plugs, wires, coils, oil, oil filter, fuel filter, air filter, and Tachyon injector cleaner in a full tank of 94 octane fuel) Three weeks later, she developed a miss. Never could find the cause, but it then developed to s bad miss, the a rough run, then so bad it would only max out at 53 MPH DOWN hill, and can NOT get past 3200RPM. Any one want another one? She still don't run right, we've lost all hope for her and she's been sitting without being run for about two year now. If any one has a suggestion to what it could be, please advise. I will gladly pull my own statement on this car if some one can direct me to believe it's just my stupidity that's kept this car off the road. I fully regret purchasing this car.

21st Jan 2006, 12:02

My first car was a '83 Citation. It was one of the few V6's models that was also a manual 4 speed. It was a great car (especially after I added X-11 wheels). I missed the car so much that I had it towed back from the junk yard and I'm doing a complete rebuild and restoration of it. Anyhow, one time it developed an ignition miss. It got progressively worst. I eventually determined that there was some corrosion where the coil bolted to the engine. The coil and ignition module (in the distributor) were getting their grounds through these bolts. The ground difference between the ignition module and engine control module caused by the corrosion resulted in malfunctions of the ignition module. A ground strap between the coil and car body fixed this problem for good.

17th Mar 2007, 22:35

I'd take your X-11, I'd love to find one at this point to fix up. I'm pretty sure I know the problem; the camshaft. GM put some soft cams in some of these cars. Some 2.5's had that problem, too.

24th Apr 2007, 10:46

Give me a break. X11 has a so called "high output" V6 at around 140HP. Teeny-weeny low compression 2.8 Liter 173 CID. High output of what, oil blow by? After the engine self destructs at 100,000 miles. The ONLY GM cars of this era worth collecting are the Mid and full size rear wheel drives, and some of the TRUE high output special edition Camaros and Firebirds. With a few exceptions, most cars of this era were deathly slow, although some were very reliable.

I still own my '78 Oldsmobile 98 Regency I had in high school back in '85, still has its original indestructable Oldsmobile rocket 350 V8 at 286,000 miles. Not Chevy 350, Not Buick 350, Not Pontiac 350. Oldsmobile 350. Yes they were all different and Oldsmobile made the best one, best smallblock V8 ever made, and I'll argue that to my grave. No Smoke, no blow by, no knocks, pings, or ticks. So smooth and Quiet I have to roll the window down to make sure its running sometimes. Even at 4000 pounds, with 175 HP and 275 LB/FT of torque and low 2.73 gears I know this Olds will still blow the doors off any Stock X11 it crosses, as it did back in the 80's. I also own a 2005 Nissan Altima SE-R and a 1987 Buick Grand National. I sent Corvettes home with their tails between their legs before. How does a guy maintaine dignity after getting eaten alive by a Buick?

And don't call me a hater, because I owned a Citation at one time. Was my wifes car when we married in 1988. It was an '84 CL, nothing terrible, but nothing great either. Had the 2.5 4-cyl, which is a much more reliable engine than the V6, and a four speed manual gearbox. Car held up well till 1990 and things then started to cosmetically fall apart. Car ran and drove well still until 1994 when it began to burn a lot of oil around 160,000 miles. A year later it cracked a head and we just junked it. I compare the reliability and performance of this car to the Chevy Lumina of the 90's.

Most of the cars from the 80's are cars most people would just as soon forget about.

15th Jun 2007, 04:38

I had a 1983 X-11 - and it was the best car I ever owned. Not only was it only $8000 brand new - but - it would outcorner, out accelerate, out handle, and out class almost any other car on the market up to $30,000 at that time. Please - the people who know what I am talking about do not bother listening to the people who never really owned own. If I could pick up the same car new today - I would have the biggest smile in the world.

28th Feb 2009, 18:55

I am also a Oldsmobile guy, but I had a X11 until 1988. I kicked butt. I raced 5.0 Mustangs, Camaros, etc. Never was beat. It had the 2.8 171 cid, not 173 cid. I also had a 390 holley 4 barrel. So now after all these years, and the memories, I would like to add one to my collection. My other toy is a 69 Hurst Olds.