Citroen Visa Reviews

1986 Citroen Visa GTi 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership1991
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Cheap and good performance

Faults:

Radiator fan switch connector corroded.

Petrol filler cap leaked when going around corners.

Exhaust pipe rotted - difficult to find a replacement.

Side Indicator connectors corroded - soldered the wires to the bulbs eventually.

General Comments:

Probably the best I ever owned for blasting country lanes.

Very flimsy construction and the front windows used to pull away from the car at about 70mph - very noisy.

Pretty poor fuel economy which wasn't helped by a leaking fuel filler.

Very small inside and the boot was lost to the spare wheel.

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

Review Date: 20th September, 2002

1986 Citroen Visa GTi 1.6 (115BHP version) from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership1994
Engine and transmission 1.6 (115BHP version) Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

Fast, fragile, and fundamentally flawed

Faults:

Gear linkage popped out of place with monotonous regularity.

Thermostat for fan failed, causing the car to overheat.

All sorts of electrical problems.

Air flow meter needed re-setting.

Stalling at low speeds.

General Comments:

The GTi is basically a body-kitted Visa with the same engine as the Peugeot 205 GTi crammed into it. It therefore suffered from the Visa's diabolical build quality (I think they made them from old Gitanes packets) and the 205's questionable reliability. Having previously owned a BMW 518i, it was a bit of a culture shock.

On the odd occasion it ran, the performance was excellent, with a very free-revving engine. The car was lighter than the 205, so was fractionally quicker off the mark. Winding up XR3i drivers has never been more fun.

Handling was good too, with a wide front track, and reasonably chunky 185 tyres.

The interior was crap. Unsupportive seats, cheap plastics, and instruments that had minds and moods of their own. The Visa is also a very narrow car, so it helps to be on good terms with your passenger. Long journeys weren't much fun.

The boot space was pathetic. With the 1.6 engine, the spare tyre had to be relocated from its usual home above the engine (apparently it directed the air flow on early air-cooled Visas) to the boot, which it filled.

It was fun while it lasted, and I got more trading it in than I paid for it. You wouldn't catch me buying another one though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2001

16th Nov 2005, 02:49

I think you are expecting a bit much of the build quality as a Visa cost a third of the BMW when sold new.

20th Oct 2006, 10:07

Whether or not you realise it when you buy it, this is still a poorly designed, shoddily built car. Ignoring a car's (many) faults won't help potential buyers.

1985 Citroen Visa II sp 0.652 petrol from Spain

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 0.652 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres

Summary:

Good quality economic car and a future classic

Faults:

Worn interior, in particular seats and dashboard.

Some rust on the bonnet and front wings.

Some steering parts worn (cheap to buy, though).

General Comments:

Extremely good mileage, especially if the car has all its filters and oil changed regularly.

This is the most reliable car I've ever seen, especially as regards the engine, which is an air-cooled one and needs good quality oil and change every 5/6000 kms, and it will easily last for ages.

If you buy one, paint any parts that do not look good and don't forget to inspect the inner part of the bonnet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2001

1981 Citroen Visa Club 0.67 from Argentina

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1981
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 0.67 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance42300 kilometres
Previous carRenault 19

Summary:

The best small car of the 80's

Faults:

The clutch had been replaced and the brake was repaired when the car had 40000 km.

General Comments:

It is a very good car.

The design is very aerodynamic, with a Cx of 0.35.

The fuel consumption is rather low, and it is very comfortable.

The interior is modern, with a satellite that command all the instruments.

And it is a Citroen!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2000

1985 Citroen Visa Club 0.65 2 cyl. from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1985
Engine and transmission 0.65 2 cyl.
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Clutch every 70,000 kms (42K miles). Easy to replace (by yourself).

Exhaust at 140,000 kms.

New head brake cylinder at 120,000 kms.

The seats are worn at low mileage.

Rust in front and especially rear wheel cases (check suspension fitting!).

Several controls failed (interior light, buttons, etc.)

General Comments:

I have owned two cars of these, and both had rust problems. Check especially in the boot, the rear wheel suspension fitting. Welding is possible.

This car can be driven long without major problems and without maintenance (not recommended though...). It has a very smooth roadability and is very comfortable. Parts are cheap, interior space is huge (...) and practical, engine has high mileage (1 to 15/16 is possible). The 1.1 engines are even better performers (1 to 17/18 is possible) and the drive train is a bit more 'quirky', due to extra stabilisation rods. Greatest car in its class/years! Buying is cheap, add some more for eventual welding and repairs! Then you have a good car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 1999

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 5 reviews