1996 Citroen ZX Reviews

1996 Citroen ZX SX 1.9D from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.9D Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired50500 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

Great for commuting

Faults:

Front brake failure within 2000 miles of a pre-sales "full service" required pads and discs parts £28 labour £0 (DIY)

Needs new handbrake cable.

General Comments:

Bought as a car for commuting as its 64 miles each way, returning average 53MPG peak 64MPG lowest 41MPG.

Very smooth ride and effortless drive, not that quick as its auto with non turbo diesel, accelerates just as quick if you don't floor it as the torque peaks about 2000 rpm. Labours a bit when all the family are in the car.

All equipment reasonable quality.

Nothing other than service parts and brake parts as above no problems at all.

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

Review Date: 24th February, 2006

1996 Citroen ZX Advantage 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles

Summary:

Cheap, reliable, perfectly adequate, but not the most eye catching car

Faults:

CV joint (£100 to fix per side)

Various intermittent lights (Replace bulbs very cheaply)

General Comments:

The engine has always started first time in all weather conditions and runs perfectly with well over 100,000k miles on it.

The engine requires VERY little maintenance and I'm sure it would go on FOREVER if looked after.

It's not a fast car, but it cruises on A roads fine, it does rev quite high on the motorway though.

The handling is surprisingly good (identical to the 306).

I often get comments of how comfy the interior is.

This car is a perfect workhorse for somebody not interested in the looks of a car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2005

3rd Sep 2005, 21:51

I forgot to add, the fuel economy on this car is ridiculous (in a good way!) A tenner seems to last forever.

I checked my water tank a while ago and it was empty! I'm not sure how long it had been empty, but it was in the height of the British summer and the car had no problems at all =)

I'm pretty sure the engine is unbreakable.

1996 Citroen ZX Volcane 2.0 8v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 8v petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance107000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

Superb drivers car that nobody looks twice at!

Faults:

Split coolant hose (cheap enough from an independent)

Usual dodgy PSA group trim and build quality

One of the tappets clatters a bit when cold (silent after a minute or two).

General Comments:

Bought as a stop gap to replace a stolen 205 GTI 1.9 back in 2002. After a fruitless search for a 205 GTI that was half as good as the one I had, without costing as much as a decent 306 GTI-6, and enjoying the ZX more than I ever thought possible, I've given up.

The ZX Volcane shares its engine and underpinnings with the Peugeot 306XSi, which the motoring press raved about for its chassis. And sure enough, it handles with enough feel, precision and adjustability to wipe the smile off the face of any of today's hot hatch drivers. Performance is torquey and effortless, if not earth moving (0-60 in about 8.5 seconds), and running costs, at about 32 mpg and near-zero depreciation, are trivial. I do a full service once a year myself (about every 10k using genuine Citroen parts) and it costs me about £60. Access for DIY work is no problem.

Handling as I said, is delightful. The throttle adjustable tail is incredibly satisfying after driving any of today's "safety minded" gently understeering cars, and the lack of weight and inertia really shows when on the limit. The steering feeds all the information you could want direct to your fingertips and has no slack or freeplay even with the car having clicked over 100k. I also don't think even the likes of BMW or Mercedes have mastered the sharp handling / supple ride compromise quite as well as the guys at Peugeot/Citroen.

Although a Civic Type-R I borrowed from a friend recently would waste this car in a straight line, The Citroen has a far superior chassis with far sharper steering, more front end bite and better throttle adjustability.

Because it wears a Citroen badge and has iffy trim quality, you can find one for £500 in a free ad near you. Take the little "Volcane" and "2.0i" badges off and it looks like a 1.4 base model so even the local twockers and bored police officers will leave it well alone.

Bargain!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2005

13th Mar 2007, 04:34

I agree with most of what you say. However, I do not agree that Citroen is better than a BMW in terms ride and handling compromise (except for the older models such as E34). I am using BMW 5 sireis (E39) which is definitely far better than any Citroen or Mercedece. Considering the price you pay it is a very good car indeed. I have bought two ZX 1.8 petrol and Xantia 2.0 (also petrol engine) for my family use. Apart from steering feel of the Xantia I have no other complains. The 4 gears automatic transmission is not as smooth as the BMW's, but as good as any 4 gear Mercedece. These citroen are good value for money, especially in Malaysia where I live.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 14 reviews