1976 Citroen GS Club 1.2 petrol from Serbia


A Classic For Every Day And For Ever


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

1978 Citroen GS Club from UK and Ireland


Extremely over-engineered, but superior to 70's British offerings in every way


The main problem with these cars now is rust. Mine has rusted on the under-tray.

The exhaust leaks and there are a lot of complex pipes in the exhaust system.

General Comments:

The GS has the smoothest ride quality I have ever experienced and yet the handling is superb with well weighted steering and a feeling of solidity and safety at speed.

The UK cars have a lovely sporty aluminum effect round dial dash.

Although performance is good for a 1.2 car it uses more fuel that most 2 litre cars if you drive it hard.

The engine is a flat four air cooled overhead camshaft unit so was amazingly smooth and turbine like for its time. This means that you don't get any of the nasty low pitch roar that you get from a normal engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2005

17th Jan 2007, 17:23

I owned a similar GS Club in the 1980's and it was a fabulous car. Economical, reliable, stylish, sporty and roomy. All I wanted for a young family. Then Citroen had a brain explosion and started going backwards quickly. They stopped making the GS and started making the ugly BX. Reliability went downhill and so did the company. Fast forward to current times. If you read Citroen reviews or talk to Citroen owners you will find a library of complaints with poor build quality, faulty electronics, safety hazards... need I go on. What happened to Citroen?

18th Jan 2007, 14:04

So, in your opinion, the GS is more reliable than the BX? Dream on. The main selling point of the BX was in fact reliability. Remember the slogan "Loves driving, hates garages"?

15th Jul 2007, 18:24

He is not dreaming, I work with Citroens and the BX is a lot more faulty than the GS ever has been. The GS is a very simple construction (yet very technical sophisticated) which will go and go, just with a right amount of care. The BX will need a lot more care to last as long as a GS. The GS is also a safer car.

3rd Dec 2010, 04:58

Amazing car, noise and fuel consumption DIMINISHED at top speed. Rust was omnipresent.

27th Feb 2015, 21:28

They were bought by Peugeot.