1987 Citroen BX Reviews

1987 Citroen BX 1.9 GTi 1.9 GTI engine from Norway

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.9 GTI engine Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance200001 kilometres

Summary:

Special and fun to drive

Faults:

I only owned it for a couple of months before I crashed it, but the only thing that went wrong with it was that the fuel-pipe rusted through which is common for these cars, though you don't need to worry about the rumour that Citroen's always rust away.

General Comments:

This car is excellent, as well known (it's legendary), except for one thing: THE DESIGN! AWFUL. I can't understand how Citroen's designers decided to make this design, even though it was the 80's.

But except for this I know it is one of the worlds most comfy cars with it's suspension and seats, and the engine (though not the 16V, but the regular GTI 127hp) is a chapter of its own and is REALLY a piece of engineering! It IS the reason the car is so well known, and the engine is still well known by motor engineers over the world.

Think you're driving a car and you put the pedal down to drive fast. When the engine reaches 4-5000 rpm the effect goes down and you will have to gear up to the next level, but with this engine the effect won't be lost at all. Imagine accelerating in the third gear, the engine goes to 4000+ rpm, and with a regular engine you would now have to gear up, but with this engine you can just keep on going till the engine reaches 6000+ rpm and the effect doesn't go down at all either. And so it continues till you come to the final gear. It's very special and it cannot be described with words.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2006

19th May 2006, 11:39

Hi the cars are excellent I think the design isn't too bad. It is one of the worlds most comfy cars. I love the cars.

1987 Citroen BX 19rd 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles
Previous carna na

Summary:

Budget motoring for cheapwads

Faults:

Was given this from a mate who has a scrapyard, it looked too good to die. it was an estate, with blown head gasket. had the head skimmed and had a years trouble free motoring.

General Comments:

Suspension was a bit hard towards the end, was told it needed new spheres, but what a cheap car to own! it never failed to start instantly, did 55-60 mpg and had good acceleration too. could carry anything and handled well, seats were the best I have ever sat on. it broke my heart when it failed the next MOT, the rear trailing arm on one side was knackered, would have cost £900 to fix.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2004

1987 Citroen BX RD estate 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance146000 miles

Summary:

Super-cheap useful runabout

Faults:

Leaking hydraulic pipe, air in fuel supply. Central locking actuators failing, radiator leak. Shabby interior. Needed new accumulator sphere... easy if you have correct tool.

General Comments:

Sounds bad, but isn't really. Bought it for 50p from a mate who was going to scrap it. Changed the leaking pipe, had a new fuel pipe and filter fitted by a local garage, they serviced it too. Put up with the leaky rad for a bit until missus moaned at me. Got a free GTi for scrapping with mint interior, so fitted that, it also supplied the central locking actuators.

Engine great, it starts everytime and has given no problems. Sluggish performance away from lights, but very strong on motorway and is unstoppable up hills. Galvanized body has no rust. 50mpg. Huge load capacity. Basically it's cost £500 to get it working, but has been a useful workhorse all this year and I feel it'll go on for much longer yet. I would advocate the 50p car to anyone!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2003

1987 Citroen BX 16TRS 1.6 petrol from Slovenia

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired240000 kilometres
Most recent distance295000 kilometres
Previous carSkoda 120L

Summary:

Nothing moves you like Citroen

Faults:

The following parts were replaced:

Hydraulic pump.

Main hydraulic pipes.

Gearbox.

Petrol pump... and of course I had some smaller problems.

General Comments:

Despite problems with it I really like this car. It is true that nothing moves you like Citroen. I enjoy every time I drive with because of its soft and smooth ride. After all, I bought it for a low price and I can get cheap used spare parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2000

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 16 reviews