The Citroen ZX has a better reputation than the Rover in the UK for handling and ride just not build quality.
My reasons for writing this review are to show how short sighted people are. The British automotive product is constantly slated, abused, ridiculed but for no good reason, yes a few dodgy cars in the 70's and they have never really recovered, what makes me sick is the fact that people criticise what they do not know.
I feel I am in a good position to criticise as I have had to experience the many servicing joys on the Citroen ZX, which I have maintained since purchase, and his previous vehicle, a Renault 11. Both these flimsy vehicles are constantly having issues, whereas the supposedly crap Rover 800 series and Jaguar XJ40 that I also own, have had no problems. I also own an 820 Turbo with the Rover engine, and guess what, no problems. So I rest my case... one or two problems on a Rover make big headline news, people think they're crap, but, Citroen, BMW, Mercedes can have a whole host of recalls and it'll never make the news.
During its life the Rover 800 series had 5, yes 5 recalls, the 1991 - 1999 BMW 3 series had 20, and the Citroen ZX had a fair few as well, but those 5 the Rover had, all minor trim issues, made motoring headlines... oohh no the electric windows don't work, Rover build quality is still shoddy, I say NO IT'S NOT! what makes me sick to the stomach is people criticising the British car product with no knowledge, or ownership experience of the vehicles they are criticising.
I have posted this experience on here because, yes, I may have got a particularly bad ZX, but suffice to say, I would never ever buy another, for cost of ownership, the XJ40 and 827 are working out cheaper added together!
My Mansions worth.
I have a ZX and think it is the best car ever made. Ignore all the comments above, they were unlucky.
I am just about to buy another one.
Good luck with your new ZX purchase, I wrote the main review, and it seems from other ZX owners I have spoken with, my step fathers experiences are not un-common, avoid like the Plague IMHO. Still, each to their own and all that.
Sorry, I have to agree with the writer of this report. Until a few years ago the only car I would buy was a Honda, however I made the big mistake I changed my amazingly reliable Honda for a amazingly unreliable Z X. Even though it was service every 6000 miles it just kept breaking down. 1 gear box, 4 brake calipers, 1 head gasket, 1 heater matrix and 3 clutches later I've finaly cut my losses a brought... yeah you guessed it a Rover!! And so far it absolutely fantastic! You just can't compare the 2!
Its is true that the 1360cc carb unit in the ZX is less than brilliant... however go for the 1992 on 1360cc tu injection ZX, it transforms the car's reliability and performance. Carb ZX are best avoided. Injection models are usually very good.
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