1978 Citroen GS Base 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

An engineering tour de force

Faults:

Lots - suspension leaks, clutch failure, exhausts, and rust... plenty of rust.

General Comments:

Learned a lot in 18 months due to all the faults and all the DIY fixes. However this car rode and drove superbly. Great on fuel and quick for what it was. Stability at speed is unrivaled, and the base model I had stalks and clocks on the dash, rather than the pods and things.

The overall memories are good ones.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th November, 2013

1973 Citroen GS from Peru

Summary:

I loved and I lost it forever..

Faults:

We ran out of parts in Peru, and it was very difficult to repair. The person who had the representation, left it after 5 years or so, and we didn't have anywhere to buy parts.

There is only one person where we can go to try to find parts, and still they say, this car is to be used as parts only, or thrown away.

I never thought so, but we've lost the chance to keep buying CITROEN. I still have the car here, and don't know what to do or where to go, or how to sell it by parts... sorry for my delicious car.

General Comments:

At this moment, the car won't work, and is in the garage waiting to die.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st March, 2011

1978 Citroen GS Club 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

To look at only

Faults:

Severe rust in doors and front valance on getting the car.

Numerous electrical problems with ignition barrel.

Starter motor packed in, and had to be replaced four times.

Rear brakes seizing and sticking.

Only moved when it felt like it, which wasn't often. Every time I took it out, something went wrong.

Local mechanics wouldn't touch it.

General Comments:

I got this car free through my family - was young and skint, so needed a cheap starter classic.

Lovely to look at and drive, but it broke my heart, cost me a packet.

I was going to restore it, so that it was perfect, as these are interesting cars, and at the time, had ground breaking engineering, especially suspension and ride.

In the end I gave it away free to a salvage guy to save my frazzled sanity and empty pockets. Never again!

I do love Citroens... but these ones are cheap, and it's for a reason.

The GSA is much better, but has carburettor problems.

The car was well maintained before I got it, and the mechanic seemed to make a healthy living - I wonder why?... Oh well.

Go there at your peril.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th August, 2010

1976 Citroen GS 1.1 from Norway

Summary:

Magnificent

Faults:

Clutch was renewed.

Leather imitation interior badly sun damaged.

General Comments:

Genius car. Comfort machine NR 1!

I guess you have to be attracted to this special little car, and I was.

The looks, the technical solutions, every little detail really. I haven't found road comfort like this in any other car I have driven, be that Mercedes or VW.

And not to mention the soul of this car! That's perhaps the biggest + side of this car. Only downside really was that its quite under-engined, but I learned that you don't need the best acceleration to have a nice road trip.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2009

1974 Citroen GS Club 1.2 from Norway

Summary:

A fantastic seldom futuristic classic car

Faults:

Rear brake piston seized after long time storage.

Front headlamps replaced.

General Comments:

A seldom seen car that's been neglected for too many years. Mine was found outside a barn and hadn't been used since 1991. Still it's in good condition, thanks to the air-cooled engine and the early rust treatment. The brake calipers had to be overhauled and now the brakes work fine. The hand brake too.

Nickname for the car: La Lune Bleue (The Blue Moon), because it's nowadays so seldom and it's blue.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2007

1976 Citroen GS Club 1.2 petrol from Serbia

Summary:

A Classic For Every Day And For Ever

Faults:

Exhaust pipes leak - a bit of welding and the problem was solved (though it wasn't pleasant driving with that terrible odour until I found the leak)

One of the hydraulic return pipes broke, most likely during my 200km long trip home - however I didn't notice it until next morning (i.e. I got home safe) as it bled the car dry leaving it in a puddle of LHM.

Fuel line was poorly fitted - it was rubbing against front discs that eventually cut it in half. Not the car's fault, though.

All of this happened within the first month after I got the car and mainly because I never got around to checking it properly.

Standard oil leaks, not critical yet - to be dealt with this summer.

General Comments:

This is my 3rd GS - before I had a '78 Pallas and a '78 GSX. Those I sold out of pure boredom. The trick is to find a good one - rust being the main point here, also without any noises from camshafts (they tend to wear rapidly if a car is neglected, which is often the case). Parts and repairs are cheap, a good mechanic (a Citroen enthusiast) is the main factor in the car's reliability and running cost. The ride quality, handling and brakes are far better than in most moderns. It looks really cool both inside and out, doesn't use that much fuel (if set up right), drives surprisingly smoothly for a 1.2cc 30 year old car (just think of the sluggish VW beetle) and above all - is fun to drive. I went through quite a lot of very different cars from Renault a 4 to an Alfa Giulietta and a 2002 Peugeot 406 but the GS has an unmatched coolness/reliability/price ratio.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2006