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