When I passed my driving test five years ago I was sure exactly what car I wanted, a Citroen. My first choice was a BX, but having tested numerous examples decided I'd be buying trouble.
I bought a Peugeot 309 diesel. I hated it and within 6 weeks, sold it to my dad. I then set out to find a Citroen to replace it with. The local paper threw up two possibilities; a 1993 Xantia TD with 100,000 miles and a 1993 ZX with a full service history and only 38,000 miles. I convinced myself that the ZX would have gone already so rang up about the Xantia, but there was no answer despite ringing numerous times. I decided that I'd try the ZX number. It was still available.
I viewed the ZX that evening. It has obviously been cherished and was in showroom condition. It drove like a brand new car. I bought it for £2000, £200 off the advertised price which was already well under the book price.
This might not seem a bargain now, but bear in mind that this was five years ago!!
As I have owned the car for five years this November and clocked up just under 60,000 miles in it I can safely say I'm extremely impressed with it.
The styling of the ZX is aging very gracefully when compared to its contemporaries. Indeed the bodywork it holding up very well also, these are very well rustproofed (although mine has been washed, polished and hoovered nearly every week since purchase). Mine also looks great in it metallic light blue (ice blue).
The interior has lasted brilliantly, exhibiting no signs of wear and tear. The seats are comfortable (although not the best for massive journeys), its well styled, quite spacious with a reasonable boot. With its large glass area its both easy to park/place on the road and light and airy. It is also very refined/quiet for a car of this age. The pull up rear sun blind and security flap on stereo are excellent features.
This car has a great chassis set up including passive rear wheel steering.
The car really does handle like its on rails, with excellent feedback through the steering wheel. Couple this to a responsive, peppy, refined engine and great gear change and it makes for a fabulous drive.
When unveiled in 1991 the ZX was panned by some Citroen fans for ditching Hydro pneumatics. I have a 'hydro Citroen' also a would say the the ZX's ride comfort runs it pretty close. Theres not a huge amount in it.
Overall I would say that the ZX is one of the best cars of the 1990's. It's a car that has stood the test of time both stylistically and physically.