1990 Citroen BX Reviews - Page 6 of 6

1990 Citroen BX GTi 16v 1.9 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.9 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance136000 miles
Previous carCitroen BX

Summary:

A high performance sports car with room for the family and their luggage

Faults:

Clutch went after a week.

Window switch had to be replaced.

Had to change the ECU.

Other than the normal things: tyres etc, everything has been fine.

General Comments:

A very nice car. Fast as a fast thing, but I find you have to keep the revs up. Brakes that would put you through the windscreen. Sticks to the road like glue. Leaves a lot BMW drivers looking gob-smacked. Overall one of the best cars I've driven with amazing power, I would advise anyone with a budget looking for a sports car which can carry 5 people in the upmost of comfort to buy one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2000

27th Aug 2002, 08:18

Blockhead making previous comment obviously ain't driven one...136mph isn't for senile over 80 matey.

18th Jan 2003, 20:17

To the above poster.

Standard 150,000 mile cars will still do 135mph and accelerate 0-60 in 7.2 sec; that's faster than a BMW 328. Mine with a few mods will do 7000 RPM in 5th on the flat. That is 140mph true speed; any more and I hit the rev limiter.

21st Jan 2003, 09:30

Thanks, but no thanks, to dangerous driving these things above 60 MPH.

3rd Jun 2004, 15:00

I have owned 5 BX GTi 8v's in recent years, with no major problems with any of them, I now own a 16v, which has just recorded 0-60 in 7.6s & a standing 1/4 in 15.7s! The claim of 120mph top speed is less than I've had in my 8v's. The 16v's speedo goes up to 140mph, & I have had it off the top without even hitting the limiter.

None of the BX's have ever been prone to rust, and you'd be hard pressed to find one with any welding done. The "plastic" panels were to reduce weight, and the BX is still one of the most aerodynamic car around.

So, as mentioned before, you shouldn't quote on a car you know nothing about. No doubt you drive a Fiesta, and are just jealous of "real" cars.

1990 Citroen BX 16v 1.9 16v inj. from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 1.9 16v inj.
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

Water pump.

Cooling fan terminals corroded, causing overheating and burst radiator.

Small hose at back of head chewed by cam pulley.

Starter switch, intermittent fault.

General Comments:

Very, very fast. Costs are reasonable for a car that can out accelerate most cars on the road. More than compensated by low purchase cost.

Mk2 models are badged as BX16v.

Losing 'GTI' tag drops one or two insurance groups.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 1999

1990 Citroen BX 16RE 1.6 petrol (171) from Turkey

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol (171)
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10

Faults:

I am the second owner of the car.

Engine and valves are measured and rebuilt, it has a pinging problem on low rpm's before and after rebuild, for example on 2k rpm when I press the pedal it pings. I tried almost everything, including timing advance, with cold type spark plugs pinging seems better.

General Comments:

It's one of the best long distance cars ever built, if it has an A/C it's the best I know of (including Cadillacs). For inner city and crowded traffic driving an AX or Saxo type smaller car is recommended. Even gear sizes fit for long distance trips IMHO. Most of the US city roads don't count, you can drive at its best on US city roads (Except like NYNY and LA downtown).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 1999

1990 Citroen BX 14TRE 1.4 inj. from Sweden

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 1.4 inj.
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

100.000-130.000 km: (when I have owned it)

Alternator, rear suspension bearings (it's common for them to wear out for a car which has been covering this distance, especially if it has a hook), window washer pump worn out.

Some rust, but no car can stand the climate here in Sweden anyway. Must cars don't wear out, they corrode away..

General Comments:

Cheap to buy and drive, fuel consumption is approx. 6.5litres/100km. I guess you can thank the weight (920kg) and the small engine (1.4 litres, 72bhp) for that.

The ability to raise the hydropneumatic suspension height is great when using it on bad roads where many cars would be stuck hanging on the grass in the middle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

1990 Citroen BX 14 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Faults:

In 135,000 miles: new clutch, broken gear box linkage, and absolutely nothing else.

General Comments:

Probably the best car I've known. Although getting a little dated lookswise, I've spent so little apart from servicing every 12,000 miles and changing oil every 6,000 I can't get rid of it just because I'm frightened of what I might get in its place.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 1999

1990 Citroen BX TZi 1.9i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 1.9i petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10

Faults:

Bought the car when it had 100,000 Km on it's clock. I have driven it for 16,000 Km now.

So far I had the fuel injector replaced (at 106,000 Km).This was under dealer warranty.

General Comments:

This is a very comfortable and luxury car. Also it is a fast car (110 hp, 1000 Kg)!! The maximum speed of it is approx 195 Km/h. I drove this while the fuel injector was already defective, so maybe it'll be over 200 now it has been replaced.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

1990 Citroen BX TZi TECNIC 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10

Faults:

-new exhaust at 79,000 km

-new accumulator sphere at 85,000 km

-broken indicator glass

-air steering of the injection system at 85,000 km

General Comments:

-much fun when driving on motorway or with high speed

-acceleration could be little better

-very comfortable, hydropneumatic system is really great

-consumption: top speed 9.5 litres, city 8.5 litres

-the Citroen sport seats are so good, that you don't want get out of this car

-the car seems to be made for long distance travelling, but not for towns

-a joy when driving

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 1998

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 25 reviews