1992 Citroen ZX Reflex 1.9 diesel from Netherlands
Nothing special yet since 5 months, but suspension and brake system seem sensitive to wear. Front wheels are easily misaligned.
Poor paint job.
Is supposed to be much more reliable than the AX and BX, and indeed does give you a warm feeling when you hear the door shut.
The not-so-great gearbox and the pedals put too close together make city driving less fun than my '87 Sunny, but as soon as you put it in 5th (which can be done at 60 km/h) it turns into a most comfortable, quiet highway cruiser. Poor roads (Antwerp!) are ironed, passengers tend to fall asleep in 10 mins. Very nice seats for the not-too-tall.
Does not do bad at all in curves, possibly thanks to passive steering rear axle.
Fast enough (165 km/h) for normal use, same 70 hp engine as P405D but weighs 100 kgs less. Still, don't even think about racing TDI, HDI...
Fuel economy about 1 litre/18 kms without really trying.
Got it for $2000.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th June, 2000
Now at 198,000 km.
Since the previous review, I am slowly losing my dashboard light. Can still see how fast I am going but will soon require a 12V light connected to the cigarette lighter. (No way I am going to have the whole dash removed for new bulbs!).
More seriously, the lady refuses to start from time to time. During heavy rainfall, there appears to be a false contact due to which the starter won't run. Also, after several days of standstill, need to start 4-5 times before any diesel appears to make it into the chamber or is ignited. After having driven a Sunny, a car that refuses to start is a very confusing and indeed extremely annoying experience. Had to suppress the urge to sell her on the spot.
This car is a very one-dimensional pleasure, i.e. its comfortable ride. Maybe I should add the civilized and relatively quiet diesel engine.
Apart from that, it is quite unpractical in general and has the following specific problems:
- Gearbox is far from smooth.
- Pedals are too close together.
- The one wiper performance is absolutely insufficient and, I would say, unsafe. It does not cover enough of the windshield and somehow its pressure is wrong. Even good (Bosch) blades wear out in a few weeks and during heavy rainfall you hardly see anything. The interval is too fast.
- Dashboard light is on as soon as you turn the key. Consequently, you forget to switch your lights on when it's dark.
- Rear defrost warning light is not bright enough, so you forget to switch it off. You don't see it anyway as the steering wheel is in front of it.
- Knobs are not very solid.
- Locking/unlocking boot and diesel fill opening is as unpractical as possible.
- Antenna can not be retreated and is consequently destroyed when you have the car washed.
- Right front door cannot be locked from the outside.
Of course you forget all this when you're on the motorway at 150 kmh, but remember it when you're about to buy one.
Update 11 June 2001
The front wheel suspension problem is.. BACK! Steer started to shake again and front tires are wearing out unevenly. The lady will be checked tomorrow, hope I'll get some sleep tonight...
A new phenomenon appeared yesterday right after starting the engine. The dash started SMOKING!! while the indicator relais clicked like a madman. Seems to be a short circuit.
The last news will be positive though. Last Thursday an '88 Kadett kissed me on the rear bumper. The Kadett became a complete mess, my ZX kept a straight face (well, bum) with just a few scratches. I myself feel perfectly OK. Who said Citroens were unsafe? (I am sure they will find everything underneath bent tomorrow!)
Will keep you all posted...