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    1986 Citroen BX4TC Group B

    Posted in Cars on Wednesday, 01 May 2019

    ‘Born Under a Bad Sign’ The ill-fated story of Citroen’s assault on Group B. Words Davy. Photos Etienne Crebessegues.

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    / #Citroen-BX19-TZI-Break / #Citroen-BX19-Break / #Citroen-BX-Break / #Citroen-BX / #Citroen / #Citroen-BX19-TZI / #Citroen-BX19 / #1991 /

    invitation for
    CLASSICS of inviting nature family outing

    Before and after him there were cars from bombast and chromium - the almost forgotten BX consists of edges, plastic, made space for child and folding chair.

    The BX is a modest sympathy which not so important takes himself, but always gives the impression to mean well.

    The hydropneumatic puts his narrow 175er wheels with pressure on the road. Nevertheless, the BX loves a calm driving style. He leaves the sport hunted competition.

    The sunny weekend in May is encouraging and pleasure at the same time. Finally summer is back. The perfect time for a family outing. As feed itself offers a Citroën BX Break. His huge load compartment swallows everything, from the wheel to the deck chair, the picnic basket to petanque. Of even expected a few more with. Up to 1600 liters of load capacity and hydropneumatic level compensation are two strong arguments - already in 1991, when the class leader Passat holds only 1500 liters and calculated as VW for leveling still hefty 1786 DM / 1000 USD .

    In addition, the loading is a breeze. The tailgate also half the bumper swings skyward. In the lowered state results in a loading height of 38 centimeters cute. Shovels, picnic baskets and folding chairs can be downright foot.

    But what are we talking? We want to relaxed travel with a classic and open any forwarding. Classic? Moment, ten years ago Oldtimerfreunde have the BX not even considered with that body part that the hydropneumatic owes the most - the butt. Because the ultra-edged BX form was too modern. But today, because cars come to market in ever wilder forms, as they again and chrome trim as get in the 50s - now younger car fans are nostalgic when they see a BX. And increasingly recognize the value of design by Marcello Gandini and compare it with the right angle, but also refined houses of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

    But now let. With the remote control clean target the IR eye near the interior mirror, already quick with a "pop" all door pins upward (Pooh how modern!), And the path to the surprisingly large interior space is free.

    Unlike the sedan, the break even offers behind plenty of headroom. is the cotton soft plush, Pardon: "Velvet velor" seats upscale trim line "Technic". First they veiled with all sorts of refinements ascetic lightweight core of the BX. The generous use of plastics inside and outside may have the weight, cost and performance served.

    The impression of quality not determined. The compartments in the interior with their then hook mechanics go too heavy. Something too heavy. The doors open easily. Something slightly. Also for the baggy flap that hides the radio, nobody puts as fast as his hand into the fire. Longtime Citroën drivers take it with humor and delight in the improvements over the first series.

    The was still unstable. With a key rotation of the 1.9-liter awakens in his something and easy tackernden run. With 120 horsepower, the BX 19 TZI marks the peak in the station wagon, at full throttle, the speedo needle almost reach 200th

    But for that the car has ever pull out. Now we wait until times until the normal level is reached. With continuous "Pff pff" is only raises the bow, then the stern. Eventually, when the central "Stop" - light is off, it starts. Luckily, we did not even had to preheat before! As good as the Citroën diesel engines of the BX time also were - the starting procedure is extended to them on almost a minute. So long can a city person in 2016 hardly sit still without tap something into his smartphone.


    But we head up the BX to come down. Down to the lake. The tour goes through all meanness, which the road has to offer. The hydropneumatic springs with oil and nitrogen cushions instead of steel springs. The BX drove it back in the 80s, more supple than any car in its class - as compared to the hard-rolling new cars today is his comfort an experience.

    Despite a curb weight of just over one ton of Citroën buffers more away as a terrible Ami, while not equal direct and trace faithful drives itself. Long waves he ignored, only short bursts can not digest the same spring legs. See sometimes quite noticeably the way into the interior.

    Nevertheless, many thanks at this point to the stubborn Citroën-men! When her company in the PSA group rose, decided chiefs who came from Peugeot that the successor to the Citroën GSA should get no hydropneumatics. That it did not happen, is, according to author Dominique Pagneux the "fierce resistance of the development team and the Council of sales experts". Therefore reminds BX-driving to the movies. In soft armchairs to drivers and passengers look at the landscape strips. You see something, hear something, but you do not feel much.

    Uneasy is the journey, when a novice cranks on. At the first light all hanging in the straps, and the tires squeal (unless the original owner has 2030 marks for the ABS loosely made). Because the BX brakes with the force of up to 175 bar high pressure from the hydropneumatic. The brake engages rigorously, provides the foot just a few millimeters metering. The same applies for the smooth and ultra-direct steering. After a few curves but this is learned.

    The road noise ask habituation, but not much more bearable with time. Together with the Fiat Tempra marked the BX 1991 in the middle class.

    Here the partly galvanized thin sheet garment should have quietly get a few kilos more insulation on the ribs. Too bad for a car with otherwise good long treks.

    Many BX are luxuriously appointed. Electrical mirror adjustment is the TZI also on board as four electric windows. However, the rear buttons are so unfavorable that most riders prefer consider as to overstretch her hand.

    Mentally time is the "Check Control" monitor in the better equipment lines. With its red bar he plays the Bruins. The classic "Whose door is not properly ?!" belongs first to the past. The offender is publicly on the screen in the pillory.

    But that was a few years between 1991 and are today, a glance at the equipment list that also leads proudly positions as "lateral protective strips", "Automatic seat belts, front and rear" or "folding rear bench". Citroën could sometimes be even more miserly: some of the countless special models, the manufacturer actually saved the glove compartment lid and the second interior light one.

    The 19 TZI however missing is the air conditioning full equipment. The large glass sunroof remained the limousine reserved.

    Lakeside arrived, all jump out and plunder the trunk. Like a great family dog bags of BX slowly, to make yourself comfortable on the floor. His owners relax, it relaxes.


    At the start of the Citroën acts like a turtle who gets up and their tanks easily rises. Driving is at a medium level, at the top more than a walking pace.


    Above: disarmed Cockpit Series 2 without Lupe speedometer. The 1.9-liter gasoline engine sits transversely.
    The doors are from the sedan. Disadvantage for backbenchers: When entering they must nod. Design Gag: The rear side windows are parallelograms.

    Giant cargo space of 1,600 liters of storage volume. The cottony soft GTi seats with precious velours only look sporty, but are very comfortable (above). Headrest extension in E.T. look as original accessories for taller passengers (right).

    Room to stretch out in row two. The sloping C-pillar creates privacy and headaches - if you do not turn thinks getting out (above). Infrared remote control (left) and swiveling reading light (right).

    HISTORY
    Already in 1977 made Citroën at the development of the BX, the slightly further move up as GS / GSA successor to CX and after the founding of the PSA Group in the year should previously have recourse to as many parts of the Peugeot-shelf. For the design Bertone was reminded of their duty. Its designer Marcello Gandini took forthwith its "Tundra" design, with whom he had recently rebuffed at Volvo, from the cellar, and even added ideas from the design to Reliant FW11 added. In 1986, the first major revision, the series- II models have high front indicator. The facelift in 1990 is smaller, can be seen in the limo on the dark tinted rear light clusters. In autumn 1993, the completely redesigned successor Xantia appears below last December, the BX sedan runs Breton Rennes from tape. In November 1994, also the Combined offshoot Break retires, according to well-BX 2.3 million.

    Citroën GS / GSA Break (1971- 1986) Charismatic with the roof pulled back window
    Volvo Tundra (1979) Volvo rejected the Bertone design, Citroën attacked courageously to
    Citroën BX (1982-1993) In 1986, the major indicators and the traditional round instruments
    Citroën Xantia Break (1995- 2001) strongly as dual 27 cm longer than the BX, with V6 to 190 hp

    Practicality 4
    Repairability 4
    Spare parts supply 4
    Maintenance costs 5
    Availability 3
    Price Forecast 4

    ADDRESSES
    Club: www.bxig.net;
    www.andre-citroen-club.de
    Literature: Vincent Roussel: "La Citroën BX de mon
    père "(French), Éditions Techniques pour
    l'Automobile et l'Industrie 2012 20 Euro

    PLUS MINUS
    Long considered the BX was the first really good against rust protected Citroën. As with many models of corrosion protection has its effective time but behind. The result is a flourishing landscapes. BX rust from the inside to the outside. This affects the entire rear area. Here take a look behind the bumper. Even the inside wheel and the standing walls in the engine compartment often bum. Are the rear wheels as knock-knees, the swing arm bearing must be replaced. Fear of hydropneumatics is superfluous. The parts are to get all the repair costs compared to modern air suspension a joke. The workmanship just falls adventurous out on models of the first series to 86th After Youngtimer suffering are like hanging sky or frayed seat covers unknown. Solid (petrol) to indestructible (Diesel) engines.

    SPARE PARTS

    The identical parts strategy in PSA group is the salvation for the BX today. This provided early to obstruct the same parts in different Citroën and Peugeot models. Especially in the field of engines are all to get more easily over the manufacturer. For model-specific spare the air on the other hand is thin. Clear: The scene around the BX is small and also limited due to the price level willing to pay. Front shock absorbers are hard to come by, body replacement comes as a reproduction from England.

    MARKET SITUATION
    Who used to BX lookout again after a long time, amazed: There are almost no more! Especially the breakfasts have almost disappeared from the market, top copies in collectors hands. Nevertheless, good cars themselves are cheap. More than 5000 euros, nobody needs to invest for a BX. Exception: the Group B rally offshoot BX 4TC.

    Source: Classic Data... Prices for cars in condition 2, good condition: either rare, good, unrestored original condition or professionally and extensively restored; technically perfect and with slight traces.

    RECOMMENDATION
    More and choices, visit the sedan more absurdity and everyday use the Kombi Break. Simple BX 14 with base gasoline can be found most rapidly, the demand for comfort but fits better a larger gasoline engine with sophisticated technic equipment. Who does not have to constantly drive in low emission zones and some handle higher taxes, should pick up the diesel, whether suckers or Turbo. The legendary XUD diesel is a veritable landmark in refinement and economy and still makes fun.

    TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
    Engine: Four-cylinder, crosswise at the front an overhead camshaft driven via a toothed belt, two valves per cylinder, electronic fuel injection #Bosch-LE-2-Jetronic , controlled catalyst
    Displacement 1891cc
    Max Power 88 kW DIN (120 bhp / net ) at 6000rpm
    Torque 150 Nm at 3000 rpm
    Gearbox five-speed manual ( or #ZF Four-speed automatic)
    Front wheel drive independent suspension, front suspension struts and wishbones, rear trailing arm, hydropneumatic Suspension
    Tyres 175/65 R 14
    Dimensions: wheelbase 2655 mm L / W / H 4399/1682/1431 mm
    Curb weight 1072 kg P
    Performance
    0-62 MPH 0-100 kph - 10.9 sec
    Max speed 189 kph
    Fuel consumption 30 MPG / 9.0 liters / 100 km
    Original price: 29 700 DM - 1991 EU
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