1986 Citroen BX Reviews

1986 Citroen BX RD Break 1.9 diesel from Germany

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres
Previous carDatsun 120Y

Summary:

BX quisite!

Faults:

Changed accumulator sphere (main suspension regulator)

Original seats were finished - interior from higher spec model fitted - lovely.

These models known for electrical problems. No temp gauge, only flashing warning light (must be vigilant - this has finished a lot of these off) problem with dry connections.

Problems with diesel flow - ongoing.

Just fitted new distributor on Boxing Day!

General Comments:

Great design. Mk.1 BXs now very rare espcially the estate version.

Reliable, economical and stylish. Not overloaded with unnecessary gimmicks.

This car is for enthusiasts : it's eccentric and after twenty years fragile in places, but the engine is a tough old legend (just maintain it properly)

Great on long runs. I cross Europe in this beast, spending pence and oozing 80s style amongst modern generic blob cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2007

1986 Citroen BX Leader old type 1.4 ccm petrol from Serbia

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission old type 1.4 ccm petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 kilometres
Most recent distance122000 kilometres
Previous carYugo 101

Summary:

Excellent value for money with distinct character in abundance.

Faults:

Front sub-frame was rusted and almost broke. It was welded for £50.

New battery.

Rear trailing arm bearings replaced. This improved comfort no ends.

Leaking radiator replaced with second-hand one. No serious leaks now.

Car refused to go due to water in gasoline. Regular fuel top-up and spark cleaning rectified this.

Hand brake cables renewed.

General Comments:

The car was imported from Germany in 1997 in perfect condition, with only 70 000 km on the clock. Previous owner managed to spoil looks and performance somewhat by carrying heavy and dirty loads and lack of care.

Magnificent metallic gray paint-work with black side strips almost like new, body virtually rust-free.

Perfect car for the big family, like mine.

E trim is too spartan (e.g. no rear wiper/washer). Leader tartan seats are very good looking, hard to wear and comfortable.

Early model - specific spare parts are now hard to find even at scrap yards.

Dashboard satellites need some time to get used to, but very ergonomic.

Dashboard PVC plastic is prone to breaking.

Flawless highway cruiser with zero fatigue and low consumption. Not good about town consumption-wise.

No power steering requires lot of muscle during parking.

Skilled mechanics are hard to find outside big cities.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2002

1986 Citroen BX 19RD 1.9 diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Quintet

Summary:

Devoted enthusiast will find it to be rewarding, but high maintainence

Faults:

Hydro-pneumatic suspension has a habit of leaking expensive liquid hydraulic mineral fluid.

Clutch seized at 160,000 miles.

Dash has discoloured due to harsh Australian Sun.

Interior trim plastic very flimsy.

Clutch cable snapped.

Worn synchromesh on second gear.

Worn wheel bearing on right hand side.

Flat battery.

General Comments:

This car was personally imported from Britain by the original owner. This model being a diesel is extremely rare in this country and to my knowledge, is the only one in Australia.

It has absolutely no rust as it zinc coated and galvanized in crucial areas.

Parts are fairly easy to obtain.

Citroens are considered quite a rarity on Australian roads, and always spark up a conversation with curious onlookers.

Ride and comfort are unbelievable for a car of this vintage. The seats are a model of excellence, being sculpted to fit the human body. The choice of wool-blend cloth which adorns them was not quite as logical.

The car Rides and Handles extremely well, and can rival many modern luxury cars. However, as the car has aged the hydro-pneumatic suspension system has often proved to be a burden. Perished hoses create leaks and must be checked constantly, or the ever important (and expensive) fluid utilised by the power steering, suspension and brakes which be lost.

The car is fairly reliable and the engine is as strong as an ox. acceleration is good for a diesel car. Remarkable fuel efficiency is a major plus.

Idiosyncratic nature may prove to be too much for some.

I am pleased with this car, but it is strictly for the enthusiast as it will test both your patience and bank balance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2002

1986 Citroen BX RD 1.7 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission 1.7
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Normal replacement parts.

General Comments:

This car covered 280,000 miles, no work was done on the engine. It never broke down, it never failed to start.

The car was serviced by myself.

I only sold it because my wife refused to drive it, because it was starting to look very sorry for itself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 1999

1986 Citroen BX 19RD 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10

Faults:

Many suspension problems from 60,000 miles onward, dead battery at 83,000. Interior disintegrated around 50,000 miles. Rear screen demister failed at 20,000. Back brakes keep seizing.

General Comments:

A good car let down by bad build quality. Engine is superb - no problems at all and quite fast once it picks up speed. Designed for motorway rather than city driving. Non-assisted steering heavy, mk.1 interior great design, but seat covers have disintegrated, and the car in general looks tatty for its mileage (88,000 miles).

Major suspension problems, spheres replaced every year for the past three years, now need replacing again. Ride wonderful when suspension works, but very bumpy when it goes wrong.

Citroen dealers hopeless, even when the car was new. Have tried eight of them since the car was bought, all are totally incompetent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 5 reviews