1985 Citroen BX 1.6 from UK and Ireland
Quite possibly the worst car ever
The plastic petrol tank leaked 56,000.
Rear brake calipers seized 56,000.
Handbrake cable snapped 56,024.
Suspension would not rise (faulty pump) £230.
Suspension pipe leaked.
Rusty suspension pipes all needed replacing costing over £200.
Head gasket blew 56,500 miles.
Gearbox whine at 56,700 miles.
Clutch cable snapped 56,845 miles.
Heater matrix leak (needed whole dash removing to replace) costing £££!
Engine stalling, poor starting, running rough.
Power steering pump failed.
If you want to really annoy your local mechanics then buy a citroen BX. The guys who had to work on them must have had the patience of saints. I have done a bit of mechanics myself, but never in my life have I found a car so annoyingly difficult to work on! Torx screws hidden everywhere etc..
This car cost me a fortune to keep it on the road and to be honest I should have just scrapped it in the first place. Horrible horrible horrible!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th August, 2005
Wonder if it's the same person who wrote the Citroen XM review.
I would say the best car ever, not the worst.
I have also bought a $300 BX in New Zealand, a 1985 BX19GT, and it's been very reliable since I bought it last year, even with nearly 200,000 miles on the clock. No rust except a spot in the bottom corner of the driver's door (normal!), it runs a bit rough until it's warmed up, the seats were a bit tatty, but cheap to replace second hand, and all it's needed is cleaning up wiring to the coil, a new brake rubber hose, and a replacement set of tyres as the old ones were a little worn.
My partner and I drove it from Auckland to Christchurch and back over last New Year - four days' driving - and apart from some ignition stuttering for a few kilometres before the coil wiring was fixed, it drove beautifully!
I would definitely buy another as a second car! I think the shape has aged very well when you look at British cars from the same time, and I'll be keeping this one for a long time yet! $300 - you can't go wrong!
Basically I'm not to give a comment for this car, but want to know from everyone who own this car, what should be checked and considered before I buy a second hand model this car.
For any info, thanks a lot.