1989 Citroen AX Reviews - Page 3 of 6

1989 Citroen AX GT 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance101000 miles

Summary:

Most underrated hot hatch ever!!!

Faults:

Electrics. The electrics are very poor on AX's, mainly due to poor earths.

Heater matrix (still not fixed!).

Nothing else major.

General Comments:

This car is very, very quick for the size of the engine. It also has great handling which can be made even better with a set of 15's and lowering.

The best thing about the GT is it's fairly rare and generally cheap. It can beat all the Saxo VTR boys.

The GT may not be built very well, but it adds to the character of the car, something it has plenty of!!

The spec is also very good for the cost (I paid £650 for mine).

Electric windows.

Tilt, remove sunroof.

Sports seats.

Body kit.

Central locking.

I really love this car and would recommend it very highly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2001

1989 Citroen AX GT 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Great fun if you can ever get it going

Faults:

Head gasket went at 108,000.

Wipers.

New pads and discs.

Not much else apart from a daily starting problems, still unsolved.

General Comments:

This car is seriously quick for the size of the engine, it's also very light but this can be a real disadvantage in the wet because driving at only normal speeds can become difficult and dangerous.

The brakes are very bad, for the power of the car, even with new discs and pads they still are rubbish.

It looks good from the outside and the interior, but is very flimsy and dents very easy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd May, 2001

1989 Citroen AX Splash 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

An economists, and young persons like myself's dream

Faults:

Main oil seal needed replacing and also the rocker box seal.

General Comments:

The car is a good handler and faster than my previous car (Fiesta.)

I do however think it would have been an advantage to have a rear-screen wiper.

The glove-box design is very poor though - subsequently I have given it a lower mark than I would have liked on comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2001

1989 Citroen AX GT 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles

Summary:

Cheap, fast and fun...

Faults:

Not that much considering its age.

The drivers side central locking solenoid went.

Fan belt.

One or two interior lights went.

General Comments:

For its engine size this car is seriously quick.

Say "good bye" to many hot hatches with a 1400 or 1600cc engine, this car will eat them.

Lacks top end power though, only a 112mph top speed.

Also it's a bit noisy, but that's due its light weight construction.

The electric windows, central locking and other bits are a bonus.

The handling is pretty hot too...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2001

16th Feb 2001, 15:15

That's the good thing about the GT... it's so light it eats most hatches for brekkie! It does have a poor top end, but that's due to the short gearing...

1989 Citroen AX RE 1.1 carb petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.1 carb petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles

Summary:

A rust-resistant box of fun

Faults:

Ignition switch return spring.

Passenger door lock.

Passenger seat weld broke.

General Comments:

Nippy for a 1.1, handling is awful, but it is very reliable and starts first time, every time.

A good car for ICE installations, but needs a lot of sound proofing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2001

1989 Citroen AX GT 1.4 twin carb from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 twin carb Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles

Summary:

Average

Faults:

Mainly electrical faults.

But when something was fixed, something else always went.

Fast car, but not up to being thrashed all the time.

Had a new gear box and driveshaft after 4,000 miles.

General Comments:

Good car, just needs TLC to keep it running OK. Hard to start when cold and wet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2000

20th Dec 2000, 17:50

Don't know where you got the troublesome starting from.... mine's done 100k and starts first time? As for thrashing it... mine gets a daily caning and still it begs for more...

23rd Dec 2000, 13:57

My GT is a '89 model with 73,000 on the clock, and the car just loves being screwed about. You just can't drive it sensibly because of the feeling of the twin choke, it's amazing.

1989 Citroen AX GT 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles

Faults:

A couple of minor things, but they were covered under the warranty.

General Comments:

You can't beat em they're great!

I've now got a Saxo VTR but it's got nothing on the GT for speed, it seemed so much more fun to throw around.

A great little rally car, I was lucky when I bought mine that it was owned by a old lady who had it from new, she keep it so well and I don't think she ever went over 50 mph. I paid a lot for it, but it was in great nick with great miles on the clock and FSH. I've not seen one to this day in any better condition.

I loved the interior with the red fleck and the plastic dash and the heavy steering, it was all part of having the AX. You can't beat em and they are dirt cheap now, but it's rare to find one with a low mileage and a good body.

One thing though, they don't rust!

And you can blow any hot hatch away with in reason!

The engine is as hard as nails.

It just kept saying "go on, give me more".

Not a bad word on this beauty!

In three years it cost me nothing!

Underrated indeed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2000

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 34 reviews