1991 Citroen AX Reviews

1991 Citroen AX GT 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles

Summary:

Budget pocket rocket

Faults:

Lights needed rewiring-earth points corrode easily

Ignition module went-got a replacement from scrap yard for £5

New radiator

New clutch

Lacquer has peeled off bonnet-looks terrible

Bits keep falling off-especially from the interior

Alloys corrode very easily

Am fighting off the rust now.

General Comments:

Very good fun to drive-always puts a smile on my face

Except in the wet at which point it becomes a death trap

Surprisingly quick-slows a lot at 70mph

Which is good as the brakes are terrible

Very reliable-always starts, even in winter

Good handling

Except in the wet where it seems to loose all grip, especially under braking

Excellent value for money

Cheap insurance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th March, 2005

1st Sep 2005, 22:54

I am looking at an AX GT sportif at the moment is there anything important to look at? When I drove the car I noticed the temperature was up (not overheating just up), so the current owner must of had it running before I arrived. Do they have trouble starting when cold or could there be a more serious problem? Thanks!

1991 Citroen AX 1.0 E 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired51000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles

Summary:

Great fun, but marred by poor build quality and shoddy brakes

Faults:

O/S drive shaft failed an mot due to the rubber gaiter splitting causing it to vibrate and wear. fixed this with a replacement from a scrappy, cost £25! Now the N/S shaft has gone, will replace that soon.

Dodgy battery connection caused the car to cut out a lot. Very scary when driving at night because the lights went out completely! Had to replace negative battery terminal to sort this.

There is a dodgy contact to the reversing light.

Every so often the car hesitates. I have no idea why, because it is when the engine is hot or cold.

General Comments:

Being a small city car, it isn't the strongest thing in the world, especially as I live in the pothole-filled country. this seems to put a little too much strain on it, as the suspension is causing me no end of hassle. However, considering it only has 45bhp its surprisingly nippy with only one or two people in it, and makes great fun for blasting around the lanes! Its also surprisingly good on the motorway. OK so its not quiet, but it will happily cruise at 85, and when really pushed I've hit 105, believe it or not! Not recommended in cross winds though.However, once you start putting people in the back it all goes downhill. it is painfully slow, which is fair enough considering the engine, but more worryingly the usually sharp brakes become weak to the point where it is dangerous. as well as this, the rear suspension will bottom out on every single bump, making for very scary corners and a spine-shattering ride. Oh, and don't lean on the bodywork because it dents ridiculously easily. It handles fantastically when empty, the soft suspension tracking the ground with chewing-gum like stickiness, but I wouldn't recommend this car if you have friends! I have to drive 4 people 20 miles to college and back each day, and its not fun. I'm selling mine soon for a 1.4 Astra, something slightly faster and more solid! will miss it though.

Oh yeah, don't expect the heater to do anything in the winter, and overtaking anything doing more than 40mph just isn't going to happen unless you've got about 3 miles of straight road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2005

1991 Citroen AX GTi 1.4 petrol 8v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol 8v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles

Summary:

The AX GT injection is small, fast and fun, but will let you down when you need it most!

Faults:

The car was fine for the first 6 months, but then it developed an intermittent engine cut out, which I think may have been due to faulty wiring. Due to the car failing more and more, I had to sell it and buy a more reliable car.

General Comments:

Despite my car's obvious electrical faults, it was a very special little car to drive/own, and I still have a fond feeling when I think about it.

The car handled like a little kart. Due to it weighing very little, it seemed to corner very well and the little 1.4 engine was more than powerful enough to take it to 60mph in a very respectible time of around 8.3 seconds.

I had a full stainless exhaust and induction kit on the car, and it sounded awesome. The throttle response was improved massively and power also was noticeable improved.

The body work on my car was absolutely mint and rust free, even after 10 years.

I would get an AX GT injection again, but would always wonder if I would get to my destination on time, due to the unreliable nature of my previous car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2004

6th Jul 2008, 06:51

Shame to get rid of something dear to you that could have been remedied quite easily...

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