1991 Citroen AX Reviews - Page 6 of 11

1991 Citroen AX GT 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 106

Summary:

Bad boy

Faults:

Engine smoking due to worn valve stem oil seals (now sorted).

Usual stuff - battery, tyres etc...

General Comments:

This motor is a bad-boy, it loves kicking the crap out of Nova's at the lights.

It has recently been rolling road tuned and is putting out 80bhp @ the wheels, more than enough to see off most hatches due to its light weight.

Handling has been sorted by up-rating the suspension, engine has been properly set up to run with a K&N filter and sports exhaust..

P.S - it's the quickest 1400 I know of off the mark!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2001

16th Oct 2004, 17:49

Apart from a 5 turbo of course!!

1991 Citroen AX GT500 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Samurai

Summary:

The Devil's go-kart!

Faults:

Fog lamps filled with water and refused to work ever since.

Radiator leaked from day one, thermostat was replaced four times.

Plastic skirts fell off the passenger side, which took a small fortune to replace and many hours of struggling to attach to the car.

Rear windscreen wiper ran intermittently, especially in winter.

Electric windows were slow and sometimes clunky.

Small stone chips on the bonnet turned into rust far too easily. Garage said that the paint job done on the bonnet was of poor quality.

Dashboard and door-pockets rattled even on the smoothest of surfaces.

General Comments:

As most of my friends had owned AX GT's in one shape or form, I decided to go for that model that was just a little different from all the others.

Had an A.A. check on the vehicle, who said that it was a sound car and although at the time of purchasing had a few minor faults, with them corrected by the garage, was worth the money.

This car never failed to make me smile. Every-time you sit in the seat of an AX GT you know you are going to enjoy the journey.

For the size of the engine, this pocket-rocket shifts like nothing I've ever driven - early Golf's, XR3's, XR2's and SR's alike.

Honestly, other drivers will be amazed to see a tiny Citroen out strip them up the motorway slip road or along a dual carriageway.

Problems start, as they did with my pals vehicles, at around 70,000 miles. Until then, I had very few problems, but since then it felt as though the car was gradually falling apart.

Problems aside, I can't recommend these cars enough. If you want value, thrills and exceptional handling, then look no further than an AX.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th July, 2001

5th Aug 2001, 05:17

I don't know about problems starting at 70000 miles. I had one with 108000 miles on and never had a spot of bother with it. Well apart from some little scum nicking it and writing it off for me. But what an absolute rocket, and plan to have another one soon.

1991 Citroen AX GT 1.4 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired90254 kilometres
Most recent distance11548 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

A good, fast shotgun

Faults:

Air conditioning compressor.

Rear window latches faulty.

Alternator belt snapped.

Temperature keeps rising.

General Comments:

This car is fast and very rare to see in Australia, it turns more heads than my old race Golf, it's great.

The seats could do with replacing, harnesses, half cage, few engine mods, wide body stance, and no interior, sweet mate, the French do it sick-full.

If anyone knows a super-charger or turbo kit for the AX, email me at ABKMOTORSPORTS@maxpower.co.uk

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2001

29th Sep 2010, 10:15

Never had one, but expensive next to the Pulsar 2.0 L from the same era.

1991 Citroen AX GT 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles

Summary:

High power in an empty crisp bag. Brilliant

Faults:

The original engine wasn't looked after and it gave up after two week. I got a 30,000 bottom end and now it's fine.

The bushes were terrible, so were the shocks.

The dash is broken on the passenger side (it's a mk1 and they have terrible dashes) and it does rattle quite a bit.

The brake servo also went.

As did two head gaskets (the head was warped).

General Comments:

It starts every morning - although it needs a bit of nursing till it's up at running temperature.

But it's so much fun and the handling is so good that it's worth it.

I have quite a few mods - K&N, Janspeed manifold, Full SS system, ported, polished and skimmed head etc, Spax suspension kit, Powerflex bushes, Tarox discs and Mintex pads. She's a brilliant car - great fun.

It's the perfect starting point for someone who likes cars, it's forgiving and easy to work on.

It's a bit flimsy (I have a full roll cage on the way - for safety), so you need good suspension, and maybe a strut brace to get the most from her or she'll understeer like crazy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2001

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