1994 Citroen ZX Furio 1.8i from Australia and New Zealand
A great car without the potentially expensive French weirdness Citroen is renowned for
I had to replace the dash lights a couple of days after I got it, but nothing else otherwise (touch wood).
Although the Furio has a 1.8 under its hood, it's performance could never be described as neck-snapping. It really needs to be kept above 3000 rpm to get it to go with any urgency.
However, any performance deficiencies are more than compensated for with its quick, direct steering, great gearchange (when the 'box is warm) and a very well-sorted chassis that can make the ZX serious fun through the twisty bits.
There are a number of ZXs in New Zealand, but not many Furios (I know of 3) so some parts (eg, glass, doors etc) may be a challenge to get, but hopefully I'll never need them.
I can't fault the interior aesthetically, the seats look the part and sit even better and is deceptively spacious. There are, however, a few build-quality glitches that you would never see on a similar-age Japanese car.
The exterior looks as good, but the 14 inch factory alloys look small.
I have read of reports saying the ZX has a flimsy body, and unfortunately I found this to be true today. The wind caught the left door, striking it against a Hyundai Lantra. Not a mark on the Korean, but visibly bent steel along the edge of the door about 4 inches below the doorhandle. I was able to get it 90% back into shape.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th September, 2002