1991 Citroen ZX Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1991 Citroen ZX Advantage 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Good car, Comfortable, a few annoying niggles

Faults:

A fortnight after I got the car, the Diff went, £50 replacement from a breaker, not too bad to replace, just fiddly & needs two to get it out.

A few annoying rattles from the interior, most sorted with finding the rattle & sticking it down with no-more nails!

Only able to access the car from the drivers door.

The lock doesn't actually need a key, if you turn the barrel it unlocks! yet to see if its just dirt.

Central locking remote doesn't work.

General Comments:

The comfort of the car is the best of the cars I've had.

The spec is great, for the age of the car, didn't expect electric windows etc.

Very quick off the mark.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2004

1991 Citroen ZX Advantage 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

A reliable car, but has many niggling faults

Faults:

Central Locking packed up.

Lots of 'squeaks' form the interior.

Engine cuts out whilst driving.

Sunroof jams up! Needed new tracks.

General Comments:

A very reliable car! I have never experienced the care not starting first time. However, it does take a while to warm up.

Good at taking off at the lights.

Gear changes could be a bit smoother!!

Can be a bit jerky when going on the gas.

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

Review Date: 13th June, 2003

1991 Citroen ZX Reflex 1.4i from Bulgaria

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired111000 kilometres
Most recent distance125000 kilometres
Previous carSkoda Rapid

Summary:

Marvellous small-family car for very little money!

Faults:

Head gasket replaced due to oil leak - $50 for parts and labour.

Servo check/fix - $35.

New exhaust pipe (last section) changed. Thank God that Catalyst is fine!

General Comments:

Outstanding ride - assured roadholding, soft suspension, quick and precise steering. Passengers sometimes do not notice cornering at all!

Interior is well laid out, seats are comfortable, there is enough room for 4 to 5 people, suitable to tall drivers. I've put 9 marks to comfort only just because I've driven my friend's XM :-)

The engine is willing (although 1.4 only), accelerates well in town, as well as on the motorway. The average fuel economy is <6L/100km on a long trip. I've also driven my colleagues ZX 1.8 Furio, go for it if you find one!

Very good rust protection - after 10 years shines like new.

These cars are very underrated here in favour of Ford, Opel and VW. If you once got such, you'll never ever look out for a German car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2002

1991 Citroen ZX Advantage 1.4 TU petrol carb from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 TU petrol carb Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 800

Summary:

A particularly bad example it seems

Faults:

Well, what can I say, the vehicle belongs to my step dad, personally I drive a Rover 827 and Jaguar Sovereign 3.6, but thought I would mention this vehicle due to its amazing unreliability.

Take a car with a really good initial reception, add a few years and what do you get? A tired, nasty car... amazing that people slate Rovers and Jaguars, IMHO they're miles ahead of this shocking example of modern motoring.

I regularly service and maintain the vehicle once every 6000 miles, with gearbox oil changes and other fluid changes, and how does this lovely car repay me? Number one, the gearbox loses 5th gear, 4th gear and general integrity, great. A large bill for another box, and lost of aggro later, and I finish fitting the box.

Now, last night whilst checking over the engine, marvelling at its smallness compared to my 2.7, I noticed a lovely oil leak from the head gasket, I then removed the rad cap and noticed some serious emulsifying of oil in there, great, now I need to remove the head, strip down, skim and replace the head gasket.

The interior is also very flimsy and plastitronic using low quality (IMHO) materials.

The outer panels are typically French and would appear to be made from paper.

Overly I am not endeared to this family run about and would much rather he got rid and purchased a Rover 200 series.

General Comments:

Now for some positive praise on this motor car. It rides in the traditional Citroen fashion, despite being a normal torsion bar/coil spring setup and is comfortable to drive and ride in.

The interior space is good and it does make a practical hold all, it suits my step dads purposes well but just doesn't have the reliability, ease of working on, and indestructability of my Sovereign or Sterling.

Economy probably scrapes 35MPG, but there's more to life than MPG!!

Overall, the bad points are far outweighing the good, the only Citroens I would consider are the large executive models like the DS/SM/CX and XM, all brilliant cars IMHO, they just seem to have lost their way on the smaller effort. A shame.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd November, 2001

23rd Nov 2001, 02:32

In France Citroën has a much better reputation than Rover. However no objective estimations of quality have been carried out to compare ZX to the Rover 400 series. In all the reactions I detect a large amount of local patriotism: for an Englishman vehicles constructed in GB are necessarily better than the ones made in France and vice-versa. There is a long history of love-hate relationships between the two countries.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 10 reviews