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1987 Citroen 2CV 6 speciale 602cc air cooled flat twin cylinder from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 602cc air cooled flat twin cylinder Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired52100 miles
Most recent distance63331 miles

Summary:

A really cool and fun car that is reliable and versatile. What more can you ask for!

Faults:

Though its overall condition was excellent the cars service history was not known when I bought the car so many things needed to be replaced through neglect and wear and tear such as the battery, heating ducts, window catches, spare tire, front disk brake pads and its parking brake pads.

Alternator wore out so it ceased to output a sufficient charge. Battery was damaged as well so both had to be replaced.

Some of the elastic rings in the drivers seat have snapped so the seat has started to sag. As always parts are cheap and easy to come by so this should be easy to repair.

General Comments:

The car is very reliable. It may not be fast, but it does get you there. The engine will happily buzz away all day at seventy miles per hour, its top speed. However it is noisy so holding a conversation is difficult.

Fuel economy is good as you would expect from 602cc! Not as impressive as used to be since bigger and more powerful engines can match this or exceed it, but it will always exceed 40mpg.

The road holding is good for this type of car with little under or over steer so don't be alarmed when it leans alarmingly as it turns into a corner. It hasn't yet threatened to topple over.

Parts are cheap, but the servicing can be difficult and expensive. For example the brake pads only cost ten pounds, but they cost ten times that to fit them.

The car is very simple, thus making repairs accessible. Simple ingenuity is the order of the day, there are no black boxes and chips to contend with.

This car will go anywhere thanks to its high ground clearance and incredibly soft ride. You really can't feel the bumps and hollows you ride over. Speed bumps present no problem as it will easily ride over them at 30 mph where most cars would struggle over them at just 20mph.

This has to be the cheapest convertible you can buy and possibly the most fun. As an added bonus you can carry really big and bulky items just by rolling the roof back its full length. I once carried a bicycle, its front wheel pushing above the roof line. If you stand up to look over the windscreen it has an excellent vantage point from which you can take pictures or make drawings from. It also allows plenty of headroom as it was designed at a time when people wore top hats. Its even cheaper than most steel saloons and certainly a lot more practical.

It has tremendous character, its distinctive pram like shape with curved lines everywhere make it a real head turner and give it an almost comical appearance. People always talk about it whether admiringly or when making derisory comments about its appearance. Girls seem to find it particularly appealing and there is nothing quite like driving down the motorway, hood down, with a full compliment of female passengers. People are always sounding their horns and waving - especially truck drivers when they pass by.

This has to be one of the few cars that inspire any real kinship. Fellow 2cv drivers are always hooting and waving at me.

Yes I really enjoy driving this car as there is no other car quite like it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2005

5th Apr 2006, 05:25

I must stress people using the term "convertible" for the 2CV, a 2CV does not "convert" from hard top to soft top, it is simply a roll back roof or large sun roof if you like. but apart from that it is a good true review.

27th Jan 2007, 15:41

Most UK insurance companies class the 2CV as a convertable though.

1987 Citroen 2CV Speciale (2CV6) 602cc from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 602cc Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles
Previous carMorris 1100

Summary:

One of a kind in cars - enormous fun!

Faults:

Required welding to chassis when 3 years old, but original chassis still now.

Minor body rusting bonnet hinge area.

Two sets kingpins in 16 years.

One set steering arms replaced.

Consumed numerous sets of wiper blades.

On third hood now. Last about 5 years.

General Comments:

Absurd lifestyle machine, incredibly slow, extremely comfortable.

2CVs built in late 80s are poorly built in certain respects compared with early models.

Hoods require replacing regularly.

Barely adequate performance for some road situations.

Car with masses of character and "classic" appeal.

Strange engineering. Some service procedures are difficult to undertake quickly.

Unburstable engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th May, 2003

1987 Citroen 2CV 2CV6 Special 0.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 0.6 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous carVolvo 2.3 GLE

Summary:

A low performance bargain

Faults:

Nothing (apart from the holes in the floor which I just count as air conditioning and for possible future use for Fred Flintstone style propulsion).

General Comments:

This car is a fabulous toy and should be sold complete with wicker picnic basket.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2001

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 7 reviews