h2g2 – Citroen BX – the Car – A694000

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Citroen BX

Citroën is one of the most innovative car in the world, and one of the most French. are French too, but their have a sort of European that means you could them for, say, No such dangers with

Citroën the Innovator

The statement they are innovative obviously some support. Let’s with the Traction Avant. manufactured in the 1930s, this was the mass-produced, front-wheel drive

It was still in production 20 years and even then made of its contemporaries look dated.

And about the famous deux-chevaux . the Conceived in the 1930s but not launched 1948 (something about a with the neighbours), the 2CV was in continuous for over 40 years, during time the design was never

The seats could be removed for use as chairs, the roof rolled (less of a blessing in permanently-wet and the French farmer could it to market over a ploughed with a basket of eggs intact, and climb aboard for on Sunday wearing his best hat. Front-wheel drive and brilliant, these cars take part in hilarious races where they are mercilessly round a track (71mph) until they expire (rare) or overtake

And the legendary DS, with its trademark suspension – a car more even than a Rolls-Royce, and with the ability to lift a to assist you in changing a flat

Citron – French for

The penalty for innovation is often Big firms are in denial about but the old maxim that ‘if you failed, you never tried’ is as in the commercial world as in sport.

So it has with Citroën. Some obvious: the Dyane, for example, was a attempt to update the 2CV and make it comfortable. The 2CV represented perfect, motoring.

Add the frills and you have an car whose design is 40 years out of

The XM should have been (indeed, devotees insist it is) but the oxymoron of ‘French prestige was its undoing and depreciation was so fast at three years old, a of the hideously complex automatic put the car beyond economic repair.

The BX

The BX was a great car. Really. It was innovative – the use of composites in its construction was revolutionary in a mass-market and it used Citroën’s unique suspension system. The designers to bring the minor controls to the fingertips with a space-age while ensuring good of the instruments by using a single-spoke wheel.

It was anything but anonymous.

The Bad

Unfortunately they paid the for this innovation. The composite and boots, while tough did not take paint well, and the of UV and the elements soon faded and the paint. Plastic rear lights also crazed in short order.

Roll two words around your ‘French’ and ‘Engineering’. Never the combination, they combined in the BX to an unfortunate mechanical fragility. economy in the petrol models vary between the acceptable still not really good given the lightness of the car) and the bad, for no apparent reason.

Doors might fall Engine fires were a and so was failure of the hydraulic system, also operated the brakes.

The interior design also quickly and the quality of plastics was not the highest. Colours matched the until the sun got to them, and the switch-gear with monotonous regularity. certainly not as bad as the Alfasud, the BX began to a reputation for gremlins.

And the seats. Oh They were soft, and seemingly designed for hunchbacked One long drive in a BX and you might stand upright again.

Not lateral support was a requirement in car: its lightness made it in almost all conditions, a real to drive on twisty roads and too to be quiet enough for motorways. town it would have fine were it not for the heavy clunky gearshift and dreadful

The Good Bits

The BX definitely had its features. The estate especially was spacious. With the rear down, it was possible to stand two refrigerators in the back.

And close the 1. The rear floor of the estate was low and completely flat (no lip at the tail making loading a breeze, and were strong rubber to stop loads slipping or gouging the carpet.

Citroen BX

The hydraulic system, when it worked, was Notwithstanding the novelty value of able to vary the ride from low-down mean to ‘tiptoe through the tulips’, you drive over speed as though they weren’t You could fill it with and, if it was overloaded, the suspension refuse to lift.

Take out until the suspension lifts and – you’re not overloaded. And the suspension powering the brakes that the more weight the car had in it, the power went to the brakes.

Not power-assisted brakes, but power-operated. were staggeringly effective perhaps too good, as it was perfectly to induce a four-wheel lock-up on a dry at 70mph. ABS 2 should have standard on these cars.

The 1.9l diesel was a very engine, probably the best diesel on the market at the time. were renowned for lasting Sadly the petrol engines uniformly dreadful, which is to understand because in the Volvo 300 and 400 the same engines seem to go on for

A 2.0 injection model was available: seemed better.

But Did It Work?

The BX was a statement in a company car park of jelly-mould Ford Sierras. The car different and more modern. like the Renault Fuego, it fast.

And, with the looking tatty after a couple of years, the BX soon from favour in the lucrative market.

Ultimately, the BX was too bland to succeed as a car and too quirky to make it as a mainstream Which would be a shame if it for them being so unreliable and to drive.

Should I Buy One?

As the BX has not in production for some years, are only available second-hand. If you are a diesel estate in reasonable with under 100,000 on the clock, you could consider it. The boot makes it a fabulous car.

The saloon and any petrol should not be touched with a barge pole, as you can almost buy something better for the same

1 This is absolutely not an exaggeration: Researcher has done this than once.

2 Anti-lock System.

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