Riding in a Citroen XM wagon from Canada – Autoweek

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One of two: The Citroлn XM wagon

The is modern, though not particularly for the time. Photo by Jay Ramey.

is believed to be the sole running in North America, as one other car has Photo by Jay Ramey.

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Even for a like Citroлn #8211; rare on our shores — are degrees of rarity when it to the models. While it’s easy to find the still-futuristic DS sedan and the easy to spot 2CV, you’re not going to see a GS even at every French car nor will you run into a Citroлn XM at local Piggly Wiggly.

The XM arrived on the scene in 1989, the long-lived Citroлn CX which in production for an amazing 18 years. as the CX took over from the DS, the XM was meant to be not only Citroлn’s for the next decade, but a technological de force.

Designed by Bertone, also for the similarly styled Citroлn BX went into production in the XM was given a sharp wedge-like that was spreading to all the cars in the lineup. A spacious greenhouse the cabin, designed to give it a airy feel. The car’s profile led to a short, high-set in the style of a liftback, keeping in with preceding Citroлn

Powering the XM was a range of efficient gas and engines, with a base gas being a 2-liter inline-four just 114 hp. While that was barely enough to propel the French spaceship, the modest wasn’t out of line with and midsize sedans on sale in at the time. But the XM’s main point was, of course, the Hydro-pneumatic suspension that premiered in the revolutionary DS back in the

Jay Ramey

The wedge-like styling earlier with the Citroen BX

The XM was a strong seller out the gate, but it up being significantly more than the car it was replacing, which is a good thing for sales. As was owned by Peugeot by this in time, having gotten financial trouble in the late the XM shared many of its mechanicals the Peugeot 605. What models did share were build quality for the first few as well as sales rates plateaued after the first years into somewhat territory.

We managed to wrangle a in Canada’s only Citroлn XM wagon, a diesel manual example brought in just year by Prakash Raja. A ago Raja was in London for a family and discovered this 1992 XM for just by accident. Spending a few in the UK, he had some time to kill, so he to give this XM wagon a

He already had a Citroлn XM sedan home, in addition to a CX station so he had quite a bit of experience with the marque. And yes, the XM and the CX are just as in Canada as they are in the states. told his wife he was just to have a look at the car.

She said ‘You’re just to look at it,’ and looking is 50 percent buying, Raja us. So by the time I reached there, it was ‘You don’t see this in America, and you don’t see this

Jay Ramey

The interior is modern, not particularly busy for the time.

is true: There aren’t many Citroлn XMs left in the UK, or in France for that matter, and one XM wagon was imported to the U.S. The XM was a slow seller in the UK, reaching a of about 3,500 cars per But the example Raja found even a UK-spec car — it was sold new in Italy and wasn’t registered until 1994, being a 1992.

The engine is a diesel, a 12 valve inline-four coupled to a 5-speed manual making just 80 hp.

This being a diesel its economy and flexibility that are particular car’s hallmarks, and its run the popularity of station wagons in was showing no signs of abating. As as we’d like to say that the 505 wagon was replaced by the XM, it really Not in sales volume, and perhaps not in either.

The XM was a much more machine, and the last true according to many owners who Citroлn’s later cars.


When was the last time seen one of these?

Buying an XM is one thing, but the logistics of shipping it the sea are quite another. Canada has a exemption for private vehicle that do not otherwise comply national vehicle standards, are otherwise patterned closely to of the U.S. But an extra 10 years buy Canadians quite a lot of leeway it comes to finding used in other countries.

A 15-year-old car, for example, is new and cheap enough to be a reliable car for a high school student, our 25-year rule puts foreign cars strictly enthusiast rather than driver territory.

We asked if he knew the owner of the only Citroлn XM station wagon in America, an example brought in in the early 1990s and still to be in seasonal use on Long Island. had indeed talked to a person who had that car, and it turns out it had off the road for quite some after having been with mechanical issues.


The XM is a complex car, to put it mildly.

But it have the DIRAVI, Raja referring to Citroлn’s unique steering system that the Island example lacks. 24 valve, it’s a series II as and series II cars I don’t I don’t like them the computer, it breaks down and can fix those things.

Repairs or maintenance on these beasts, or any Citroлn for that is mostly DIY, but there are a few specialists in the U.S. that care of even the most repairs from start to It helps to live relatively to them; most are located in like upstate New York and New as well as in northern and southern

Jay Ramey

This is believed to be the running example in North as one other car has issues.

Citroлns are Raja says. Look at the If they weren’t lasting long people wouldn’t be them up and using them.

I say with anything else: gotta look after for them to give you good

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