1997 Citroen AX 958cc petrol from UK and Ireland


Excellent first time car


Pin-sized hole in the coolant pipes.

General Comments:

Superb car - apart from a tiny hole in the coolant pipes. The Citroen Garage couldn't spot the problem, offering instead to replace the cylinder head gaskets, it took my dad's mate to spot the problem and fix it for £20.

Apart from that, this car has run amazingly, no breakdowns, no trouble, superb little city car (just last week I beat an Audi TT at every traffic light along Glasgow's Saughie Hall Street).

The main negative points are that you cannot get the acceleration up at higher speeds for safe overtaking on country lanes, and the seats are so uncomfortable you get a really bad back driving for more than a few hours at a time.

It also seems to have been broken into very easily - but being such an unimpressive vehicle, all that was stolen was a tin of beans in the driver side door pocket..

(I regularly return to the car to find a note on the dashboard asking me to go to the local plod station, as keys were left in door/ignition)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2005

19th Dec 2009, 18:12

Hi, I'm also a proud owner of this little vehicle :)

I`m very satisfied with it so far, and I have owned it for 2 and a half years.

I have a question regarding its cooling tank. I have just changed antifreeze by myself. There was like nearly 4 liters of liquid inside, but when I poured new coolant inside, it swallowed nearly 6 liters of liquid. Liquid does not leak anywhere and I wonder where did it go? If you could tell me what is the capacity of its cooling tank (altogether with pipes)?

Thanks in advance.

26th Dec 2009, 20:31

Is the tank capacity 4L? If so then the other 2 or so litres would have been in the pipes and stuff. I shouldn't imagine it's anything to be concerned by, as I think that's all it is.

1997 Citroen AX Spree 1.0 from UK and Ireland


Cheap, nippy, but getting old!


When I bought it, I had to return it to the dealers to get the drive shaft replaced, and the speaker had blown.

Within the past couple of years, I have had to spend a lot of money. This included: Fixing rear suspension, Drive shaft (again), clutch assembly, indicator switch replaced, thermostat needed replacing, head gasket blown.

General Comments:

It is getting old, and much of this is to be expected. It was an excellent first time buy, but since they stopped making them in 1997 make sure you get it checked over if you want to buy one!

Servicing is cheap compared to newer makes and models of car (no on-board computer to get fixed!)

It does around 50mpg

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

Review Date: 3rd May, 2005

26th Apr 2006, 14:10

I has a 1997 spree, and they do have an on board computer. I had to unplug it and remove it when I changed the cambelt. The driveshafts are a weak spot, but they don't rust! It was a good car all in all. The bodywork is flimsy though!

1997 Citroen AX Forte 11i from UK and Ireland


Who Ever said AX's were rubbish cars?


When I got it, it needed 3 new tires, small panel under drivers door needed spraying and the engine was quite dirty.

General Comments:

After what I thought would be a serious "Downgrade" from a 2.0 cavalier I was taken completely by surprise. Firstly it only cost £1000 for a P reg car, it has a full GT body kit, it has remote central locking electric windows, bucket seats, nice interior, a rev counter, body coloured bumpers and looks really sporty with 5 spoke alloys, a GT spoiler and a headlight conversion.

Next is the sound of the engine, I was expecting it to sound like a screaming 1.1 peugeot 106 but after 3000 revs it has quite a "throaty" sound and can be further enhanced with a K&N air filter, which makes it sound cool.

Then there is the fuel economy, after totally killing the engine, it still chucks back 30+ mpg. Couldn't believe I was putting £25 for a full tank and getting 300+ miles.

The Speed!! Will kill a cavalier 2.0 probably all the way up to 60. Will leave my mates Novas SRI at the finish line. I have owned a peugeot 106 1.1i and the Ax is just some much faster (even though they have the same engine, the pick up at 60mph is incredible, will do 110 top speed, probably touch 60 in 11 seconds, possibly less.

Downers, it is made of plastic and cardboard, dints just by wind resistance, accidently nocked the side skirts of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2003

20th Feb 2005, 15:01

Agree 100% mate.