1993 Citroen ZX Reviews

1993 Citroen ZX Avantage 1.4i from Netherlands

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.4i Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance187000 kilometres

Summary:

Cheap, reliable, comfy, handy

Faults:

Only three things went wrong, the ignition module died on me after 180.000kms, the road service (I am a member of) built in another costs £30,and the car was running again (all together from breaking down till fixing took 3 hours!).

Around the same mileage the fan died because the resistor was burnt, this after all was due to a fan whose bearing was on it's way out, so new fan and another resistor, problem fixed, total cost £30 (2 resistors and a used fan).

And the last thing is I had to replace the driver seat after 184.000km, cost £12 (SH).

As well as SH as new parts still available.

General Comments:

Cheap, comfortable and practical car (3 door hatch).

I got a 1.4 petrol so on the motorway it isn't a performer, but absolutely doable.

The car corners fantastic (steering rear axle) and in the city the performance is pretty OK.

No rust at all!

Cheap maintenance.

I drove about 45.000km with a total maintenance of around £500.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th July, 2007

1993 Citroen ZX Reflex Plus 1.4i petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4i petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance94000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 309

Summary:

The best small family car of the early 1990's!

Faults:

Other than general wear and tear absolutely nothing has gone wrong in five years of ownership!! Very impressed.

General Comments:

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.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2005

21st Mar 2005, 02:57

The ride comfort of BX, CX, DS, GS/GSA and less the XANTIA and XM are superior to a ZX. A ZX doesn't come even close.

21st Mar 2005, 16:51

Hi, I wrote the above view and drive a Hydro pneumatically sprung 1990 BX14 TGE also who's suspension has recently (and expensively) been completely overhauled. I don't think the ZX totally matches the ride of the BX, but I still feel there really isn't a huge amount in it especially at lower speeds where the ZX may actually better the BX which can become noticeably busy.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 34 reviews