1994 Citroen ZX Reviews - Page 5 of 10

1994 Citroen ZX Volcane 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance124000 miles
Previous carCitroen Xsara

Faults:

Disc's worn out at 105000.

Drive-shafts worn out at 123000.

Rear engine stabilizer at 123000.

Exhaust at 120000.

Rear shockers at 111000.

General Comments:

Car is reasonably fast and handles very well.

No problems other than the alarm/central locking having a mind of its own at times.

No wear to interior other than carpets.

Car has been 100 % reliable.

Returns 40mpg at 85mph.

Body flimsy and dents easily.

Engine superb, still as powerful as when bought, requires regular oil and filter changes only to keep in tune.

Apart from a cam-belt at 75000, the engine has not had a spanner laid on it!

Would buy another - fast, reliable, economical and comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2003

1994 Citroen ZX Avantage 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance148000 miles
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

A cheap car with great performance and economy, but no great looks

Faults:

Radiator needed replacing at 110,000 miles. The radiator came in about £75 plus fitting.

Power steering pump needed replacing at 120,000 miles. Ouch! I think the final bill for this was about £350 all in. I had the option of a 2nd hand pump from a scrap-yard, but that seemed a potentially false economy.

Gear change push-rod came off in 2001 at rush-hour roundabout. I limped in 2nd gear to the nearby supermarket where the recovery man informed me it was a common issue with the ZX.

Offside rear window mechanism (cable) corroded and snapped in 2002. It had been stiff for a while, it had never been used that much. I "fixed" it to be permanently closed.

General Comments:

I have owned it nearly 5 years. It was a high mileage when I bought it although being a diesel, it was not an issue to me.

The performance for this little car is great. It will accelerate excellently to 80mph on any hill with any load. Always great for the overtaking lane going up hills.

The economy has been great too. I use it primarily as a commuter car in "stop start" traffic. It averages about 45mpg. That, plus its nippiness, makes it a great car. Some of the great economy has been offset by the purchase of the power steering pump though, but I can live with that OK.

Seats are a bit soft for me. Not very comfortable.

Bodywork has no corrosion at all. It does seem easy to dent though with plenty of marks from car parks on the doors. The panels are very flimsy.

I bought it because I wanted a Turbo Diesel hatch, but couldn't afford some of the other popular models, like the Peugeot 306. This is the same chassis as a 306, but without the nice looks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2003

1994 Citroen ZX Avantage 1.4i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4i Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance83500 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

Under rated family hatch, as good if not better than highly rated rivals

Faults:

The radiator started leaking at 82,000. Citroen said they didn't make the specified radiator anymore, that it was a big job to fix and would cost £320. A radiator specialist sold me a brand new radiator for £60 and the fitting was only £30 and took around 30 minutes, so be warned about some dealers!. Rear bulbs have a tendency to go. Heater dash lights have all gone, and one or two dash light behind the speedometer have blown. I suspect there is a small crack in the passenger side CV Boot.

General Comments:

A bargain buy. The car always starts first time and offers a comfortable drive. The 1.4i lacks a little power when fully loaded on the motorway, but is ideal for commuting around town. The car is spacious in the back and front and the boot has ample room. Handling is pleasurable, and excels around corners. The car could certainly do with power steering as parking in those small spaces can be tiresome.

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

Review Date: 15th January, 2003

1994 Citroen ZX Volcane 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance195000 miles
Previous carHonda Legend

Summary:

If you want to cover lots of miles, fast and in comfort; then buy one!!!

Faults:

Very Few.

Head & Gasket failure at 160000 miles which was expensive, but the performance, handling & comfort of this car justified the cost.

Other than that, just routine servicing plus a few bits that one would expect on any car approaching 200000 miles.

General Comments:

This diesel returns at least 450 miles to each tank, whilst regularly embarrassing many similar sizes petrol cars from the lights. I can drive this car all day & get out feeling as fresh as when I got in, yet it out handles just about anything I've driven before.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2002

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 39 reviews