1990 Citroen AX Reviews - Page 8 of 8

1990 Citroen AX GT 1.4 from Uruguay

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 1.4
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10

Faults:

Due to bad, bad braking, have hit a Sentra from behind.

Hoses and lines, spark plugs must be original, otherwise they interfere with the radio.

Headlamps last only 6 months.

Brake pads (GALFER) MUST be changed ever 3k Km to get a good handling and disks (Ferodo) every 12k Km.

General Comments:

Fast as hell. Standard (as mine) is fast but too high on suspensions, understeering and balancing too much.

Tyres are difficult to find, only Michelins (155/65/14!!). Rattles all over, and I just don't know what to do to stop it... my ICE at top volume I guess. With wider tyres (165/60/14), cornering improves a lot. Its very easy and cheap to tune... It's ideal for the city... But be careful driving fast, as it is very sensitive to wind... it freaks you sometimes with strange reactions.

Seats are too sporty, hard on the back, alloy wheels are also too fragile. And always remember that the brakes are BAD.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 1999

1990 Citroen AX GT 1.4 from Israel

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 1.4
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10

Faults:

Front shock absorbers, going a year without a speedometer, radiator fan, brake pads.

General Comments:

Fast car, not as fast as a turbo, handles fine but not as a fast car should.

Fun to drive (with Koni's and Sparco springs), can be lowered but then the comfort goes to hell.

Not cheap to maintain but second hand parts are cheap, rear box adds a lot.

Next car ZX 2.0!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 1999

1990 Citroen AX Salsa 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Most recently, the radiator cap has worn out, causing me to lose water very rapidly.

Also needed a part replacement of the exhaust pipe, some years back.

Other than that - a superb little car!

General Comments:

I would recommend this car to young females who want a car with grunt, yet doesn't have the hassle of being a big saloon or sports car. It is cheap to run, is easy to repair, and blows most men (with their sporty aspirations) away at traffic lights!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 1999

10th Oct 2001, 09:15

A brill little car! Looks nice, goes superb for a 1.1 and really cheap on petrol, tax and insurance!!!

1990 Citroen AX TGD 1.4 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 1.4 diesel
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10

Faults:

Had it 5 years now (got it at 36,000).

Cylinder head gone twice - this is the glass jaw of the PSA diesel family.. second time after only about 5,000 miles after first re-bore.

Heater matrix burst one time too.

Blower fan gone once, about to go again.

Rear hatch lock broken and fixed (DIY).

Mind you at 90,000 miles it's still ultra-economical.

General Comments:

AX is the last Citroen worthy of the name... it's quirky and well designed. Nothing can touch it for economy and with the rear seat out it can carry more than you imagine.

Will give 60mpg at 75mph on 450 mile non-stop M-way runs.

Hard to access a lot of the components since it's a nastily done switch from LHD to RHD.

If you buy a "D" make sure it's got FSH and ask about the cylinder head.

Dealer service varies.

Accommodation atrocious inside but I can't help loving it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 1999

20th Nov 2004, 06:53

I bought a 1990 1.4 TGD in June with 102,000 miles. I had to have the head gasket done shortly afterwards. There's no telling how many times it was done before though.

The mechanic recommended I should have the cylinder head reground at the same time, but I couldn't afford it so gambled on just getting the gasket changed. So far it's been ok.

My main problem now is that I had an accident which damaged the front passenger side wing and front panel. I've been told by various people that the repair will cost more than replacing the car, but haven't given up yet since I've spent so much on it already. The front of the car seems very poorly built to survive accidents though. I suppose the trick is to just not crash them.

The fuel consumption really is good, but I couldn't say it's been cheap to own.

1990 Citroen AX GT 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10

Faults:

Central locking on main door has gone wrong, well just stopped working actually! Needed new thermostat also.

General Comments:

Brilliant little hot hatch, blows most things off the road. Wicked handling and pokey 1.4 are just the right combination for good fuel economy and performance that means your passenger seat is rather soggy when you take your mother out for a spin! Then again, when do you take your mother out for a burn - NEVER!

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

Review Date: 31st January, 1999

1990 Citroen AX GT 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10

Faults:

Needed new distributor, alternator, rear brake drums, various hoses, thermostat, head gasket, rocker cover gasket and timing belt. All despite regular servicing.

General Comments:

Great fun to drive, brilliant handling and poor brakes. Very fragile and very expensive when it goes wrong which it did frequently. Alloy wheels with unique 3 stud fittings that corrode very badly. Also odd tyre sizes restricting you to expensive Michelin MXLs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th October, 1997

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 39 reviews