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I was given a BX 1.6RE '88 from my grans boyfriend and i was stupid enough to take it. It felt as if you were driving a boat and if you become sea sick on a ship i'd like to warn you DO NOT drive the BX it will be hazardous to your health. On the good side though it had some features the some modern cars don't such as central locking, and front electric windows, which was very suprising for a car of its age. my younger brother,13 was in the car more than me as he broke into it (without doing any damage to it and he isnt a car thief)and considered it as a big massive toy but the battery was removed as he kept on starting the engine which brings me on to another point i have never heard so many clicks, rattles, and other wierd noises in my life and this was when the engine was running. the front brakes were hydraulic and therefore if the engine broke down whilst you were moving you had a serious problem because you have to use the hand brake which would create even more problems if not used carefully as the wheels could lock and that could be very dangerous I sold it on the 13th march 2002 for £40.
I was given a BX 1.6RE '88 from my Grans boyfriend and I was mad enough to take it. It felt as if you were driving a boat and if you become sea sick on a ship I'd like to warn you DO NOT drive the BX it will be hazardous to your health. On the good side though it had some features the some modern cars don't such as central locking, and front electric windows, which was very suprising for a car of its age. My younger brother, 13 was in the car more than me as he unlocked the door without the keys and got into it (without doing any damage to it and he isn't a car thief) and considered it as a big massive toy then the battery was removed in case he started the engine which brings me on to another point i have never such a noisy engine in my life it clicked, rattled, and produced other wierd noises. The front brakes were hydraulic and therefore if the engine broke down whilst you were moving you had a serious problem because you have to use the hand brake which would create even more problems if not used carefully as the wheels could lock and that could be very dangerous I had advertised it for £150 for 3 month but nothing then I advertised it on Ebay for £100 and still nothing then a few months later a man who I knew but never liked, came to my house and I was shocked then he came round the following day and bought it for £40.
Although the Citroen BX19 Diesel cannot be bought new I must stress that I haven't owned a car in its class that is more economic and reliable. Even being 10 year old and 187,000 miles on the clock it is considered only just 'run in'. I have kept to the routine maintenance schedule such as oil and filter changes and took it to the garage whenever there seem to be problem. The only rust I can find is a 10mm hole in the bottom of one door, if this had been an Escort or Montego rust would have been a problem. The suspension is second to none, but can be costly when needing repair. To date in the last 4 years I have had the following repairs: 1. One return pipe came adrift. Cost £0.00 DIY 2. The height adjuster needed replacing. Cost £70 3. Radius arm bearings changed. Cost £130 4. Three spheres changed. £32 each. Economy. The fuel consumption is rated at 58mpg at 56mph, I manage to get 50mpg over all conditions. The top speed is rated at 100mph but I would not recommend going above 82mph. (Economic running speed). The acceleration is poor but can go forever at 82mph (French speed limit on a motorway). I have driven to Spain twice pulling a half ton trailer at the speed limit without any problems. Its not a stylist looking car but there again I'm not looking for a status symbol like most. It has the best suspension, power assisted steering and brakes, electric windows, central locking, fitted radio/cassette, reliability, economy, half of the car is plastic which doesn't rot and the wheel trims don't fall off. The points I don't like about the car. 1. No air conditioning. 2. No where to stand drinks container on the dashboard. 3. Cannot see the ashtray at night. I have now disposed of the BX 19 TGD having completed 250,000 miles. The engine was in very good condition and could have completed 400,000 miles. I replaced this car with a BX TSR Turbo hatchback having only paid £300 for which has only 112,000 miles on the clock. The old BX could have been repaired at a cost of £150 and the clutch was soon due for repair. It was just a matter of economy to buy another car with less mileage than pay the repair bills on the old one.
The model i bought was a 1.9 Diesel and before i slaughter it I'll list its good points. For a start, the PSA group 1.9 Diesel engine is excellent. When mine wentt the engine had covered 200,000 miles and was still in perfect working order. Body rust is also not a problem with the use of some palstic panels while the interior is spacious, it has large carrying capacity and all the electrical gizmos (sunroof, central locking, windows) were fine. When this car was new amd when the latest problems were fixed it was a good car with a ride still praiseworthy even by todays standards. But, the reason for the ride is the killer blow for this car. The hydraulic pipes, spheres, etc are a constant nightmare. There layout was designed by engineering illiterates and their bulid quality and longevity was disgraceful. Pipes rust and leak and are an absolute nightmare to replace due to stupid cost cutting in quality that makes this job more complicated then it should be. The joins rust away making removal difficult and there layout is as far removed from logical and well thought out as it is possible to be. As a result, I would warn any DIY types to steer clear and anybody else to do the same. Anybody without a fully appointed garage or masochistic tendencies should NEVER believe that home maintenace or repair is an appropriate option. Basically, do not buy one unless you have money to burn and if you do then please crawl underneath and check all the pipes and hydraulic unions and the like as you DO NOT want to have to deal with them. I'm sure you can tell how many fun repairs I had to do. In short, the engine is excellent and will last forever but everything else is woefully poor quality. This is not a car that those not willing, able or aware of the problems that will occur should buy. If only my car had been fitted with conventional steel springs then it would still be giving someone good use today but the other cra p kills these cars before their time. A model that proves what a misnomer French 'engineering' and 'quality' were in the 80's and still is to an extent. Beware, these cars are good when new but a used one will cause far more grief than any German, Japanese or even Italian equivalent. One more thing, when the hydraulic pipes leak (which they will) then you lose all breaking power and the suspension basically collapses to the ground. Great fun on the Motorway!
I had a Citroen BX diesel for about three years and have to say it was bloody great! I could easily get economy in the high 40's to low 50's, it was also extremely reliable- I drove it over 30000 miles and the only problem was when the air intake hose collapsed in on itself starving the engine of air, even then it didn't stop just wouldn't run properly,took hose off=no problem. The BX is also a very comfortable car that can take five adults in no problem. Because it is a hatchback you also get a good load space, if you put the seats down the load area is very long. The world famous adjustable suspension is also self-levelling when carrying load (or not) and makes for a supremely comfortable ride. Always make sure the suspension is working correctly before purchase. To do this with the engine running move the height control lever (by the handbrake) forward, to lower the suspension and then all the way back to fully raise the suspension, the car should raise and lower smoothly with no juddering. A lot of the BX's panels (boot lid, bonnet, roof) are a plastic composite so rust isn't a problem here. Rust can be a problem in some of the out of reach parts underneath, so check carefully. If anything the bain of the BX is the hydraulics-when ok they make for a fantastic ride and good handling,but, if they go wrong it can be a nightmare, although I had to change a sphere more than once the worst job was putting new suspension pipes on the rear, it cost £20 in parts and took two days labour(mine)-the result was new suspension pipes on the back and a sore back for me (and a greatly reduced repair bill). If you want a cheap to run, economical, reliable family car I would recommend the BX just make sure you check out the suspension system carefully first.
Just over 6 months ago, I bought a Citroen BX TZD (Turbo Diesel model) from a friend of a friend for £1000. Since then, I have had to spend in excess of £650 to keep it going. The hydraulics system is a total nightmare - constant fluid leaks, spheres that need replacing one after the other on a regular basis, and various other problems that I do not begin to understand! Now, the alternator has packed up and I've been told that it will cost at least £400 to repair. OK, I give in. I've decided to cut my losses before things get seriously out of hand. On the up side, when it is working properly, this model is very comfortable to drive, and has excellent acceleration thanks to the turbo function. It is also very economical on fuel, averaging 460 miles for a full tank (approx £40 a time), but I very much doubt that the money I've saved in fuel has made even the slightest dent in the amount I've had to spend on maintenance. In short, if you are looking for a second hand vehicle, steer well clear (excuse the pun) of this particular load of BX! I am now in the process of purchasing a brand new Xsara Picasso 1.8, which I will duly review once I've driven it for a few weeks!
This isn't a flash car, its not exceptionally fast, but that can be forgiven when it does 45+ to the gallon. I'm talking about my BX TXD Estate. It has a 1995cc engine which is very good on the diesel, and a huge boot - you can get either 4 Labradors in, or a 3 wheeled pushchair and a weeks shopping. I've had it about 3 years now and don't want to change. The odd thing has been replaced, but show me a car the same age that hasn't. If you want an economical, spacious vehicle thats easy to drive & not brand new I would say this is a serious contender.