1985 Citroen CX Reviews

1985 Citroen CX Re Safari 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carCitroen CX

Summary:

The most comfortable and practical car with the load carrying capacity of a van

Faults:

Rust! Needs welding for MOT's every year. Beware of rust in the sills! By far the biggest problem.

Endless problems with the Weber carbs, they seem to love getting blocked up, for no apparent reason.

Head Gasket went - easy to change, adjustable rockers.

Wobbly driveshafts.

General Comments:

The cheapest car I have ever owned. V. easy to get second hand and pattern parts for at the moment. You must be willing to look after it yourself though, and learn how it works if you want it to be cheap.

The comfort is wonderful, still felt nice to drive after a 18hr run from Glasgow to south of France.

Performance is surprisingly good, the car is very light for its size.

Massive load capacity - you can put a single mattress flat in the back and 2 people can sleep in comfort.

Series 1 interior is much more robust and nice to use than the newer Series 2 cars. Stainless steel bumpers are very practical!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2002

1985 Citroen CX GTi 2.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired133000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

Magic carpet for the masses

Faults:

Nothing so far... I have had 3 of these cars in the past, and apart from one exhaust which fell off at the ball joint under the crossmember (CX owners will know what I'm on about), the cars have been virtually trouble free... INCLUDING the electrics.

General Comments:

This car was totally mis-understood in the UK by journalists who didn't spend long enough with it to report its virtues. Consequently, it didn't sell well enough to become familiar to the dealers and service people who then painted a bad picture to the public about the car's reliability. Poor rustproofing of the early cars didn't help. A downward spiral ensued.

Hindsight and the remaining owners now paint a better picture... the cars are generally very tough and the hydraulics don't give too much trouble...

As for the design itself, what other car inspires such emotion from its owners? I have not yet had a passenger in mine who doesn't go wild over the superb comfort of the softest comfy seats in the motoring world. They also marvel at the unique design approaches on this car, which to the un-initiated seem off-beat, but when understood make perfect sense. My passengers are so frustrated that they can only be obtained in a rare car that ceased production in the late 1980's!!

I think the value of these cars is set to climb as they become cherished (there are less than 1000 runners left in the UK).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2001

10th Sep 2013, 16:56

Nice car, but it suffers from being a lesser car than its magnificent predecessor - the DS.

1985 Citroen CX GTi Turbo 2.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired103000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carTalbot Samba

Summary:

One of the greatest performance saloons ever!

Faults:

Electrical, electrical, electrical!

Poor running took 6 months to cure. In the end, after spending £1200 on new parts, it was the alternator at fault.

Other than that, expensive to run but free of major faults.

General Comments:

Those responsible for the design of this car were geniuses. Those responsible for assembling the wiring should be punished severely!!!!

I wouldn't drive anything else though.

Graceful, smooth, swift, solid, beautiful and a true individual. We won't see the likes of it again in mainstream car manufacturing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2000

12th Sep 2001, 01:09

Completely right diagnosis. These cars are bulletproof mechanically. However, everything dealing with electricity in these cars may fail, and shows like it is something mechanical.

Had to rewire the engine of my GTi Automatic because the isolation material had given in, causing shorts everywhere...

1985 Citroen CX GTi 2.5 petrol injection from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.5 petrol injection Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired205000 kilometres
Most recent distance265000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen CX

Summary:

Typical Citroen, being far ahead of its time

Faults:

Electrical faults with relays, flywheel computer sensors, radiator.

General Comments:

Top class performance at speeds above 140kph, particularly on uneven surfaces, including dirt. The performance is wasted with Australia's legal limit only being 100kph and with draconian enforcement.

Generally, a very pleasant car to drive at any speed, which cossets in comfort but comes alive when required.

Doesn't attract undue attention from anybody, including thieves!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2000

1985 Citroen CX 2.5 from Sweden

Year of manufacture1985
Engine and transmission 2.5
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10

Faults:

Everything. Some examples; parking brake completely worthless. I don't know all the trouble this car had caused me.

Don't buy one!!

General Comments:

Never a French car again that's for sure!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th March, 1999

3rd Sep 2001, 11:04

Maybe the best thing to do for this Swedish guy is buy a slow, eternal and boring Volvo, with 66 airbags, 27 seat belts and 8 wheels drive, which will last all his life, annoying him every day.

I admit old Citroen are not perfect cars, but I'm not perfect too, and I'm going to buy a 1985 CX GTI. I believe in soul of things.

Lucky me? I hope!

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 5 reviews