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1987 CitroŽn BX 19 GTI Sťrie 2

1987 CitroŽn BX 19 GTI in Par suite d'un arrÍt de travail..., Movie, 2008 IMDB

Class: Cars, Hatchback — Model origin: FR

1987 CitroŽn BX 19 GTI Sťrie 2

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Comments about this vehicle

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garco NL

2009-01-19 14:23

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Quite rare in a 2008 movie...

antp BE

2009-01-19 17:17

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They do not seem so rare in French movies, I guess we still see these in French streets. But they seem to vanish from streets in Belgium...

garco NL

2009-01-19 21:06

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In Holland also. But it's OK. Not really a good car.

antp BE

2009-01-19 21:40

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I disagree :p

garco NL

2009-01-19 21:47

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My dad has driven a few, he bought a new one every three years so he has not driven old ones. That saved him a lot of money... :)

carchasesfanatic ES

2009-01-19 21:56

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I think Mike owns one too, so he can tell us if it's reliable or not :D , anyway that does not prevent me to like it :)

Ingo DE

2009-01-19 22:00

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perhaps the bx -or some of that model-line- is reliable, but this changes not the fact, that it has a very ugly design. one of the worst ever.

i remember, what a colleagues father once had said to me: i am driving only citroen, because the citroen-dealer is the only dealer, who accepts an used citroen for trade-in. :D

DynaMike NL

2009-01-19 23:27

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Yes, ours has made 330.000 kms since 1991... When we bought it in June 2005 (we paid 500 euro...) it had 285.000 kms. We did have some problems with it, though: new exhaust pipe, new high pressure tube of the suspension, new part for the injection electronics. These things cost us about 500 euro in total. Still it's great to drive it, (great suspension) it's very economic with fuel (some 6,5 litre per 100 kms), almost no rust (which is quite unique for a French car). I agree it's not the best looking CitroŽn, but we cannot afford a DS as every day car ;)

garco NL

2009-01-20 09:20

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I like the BX though...

medimanic GR

2009-01-20 10:32

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I like the BX too and also have one. An '87 16TRS automatic.It has only around 83000km on the clock and there are not reliability problems. I do regular maintenance job plus a carburator cleaning & service, last April.It's delightfull to drive and I franckly can't call it ugly.It's a Marcello Gandini's design (Remember the Miura and Countach for Lamborghini?) and despite it's edgy shape has aerodynamic virtues (cx cd 0,335).The car is also roomy, more spacious than a new Lancia Delta and with better luggage capacity despite minor length (424cm instead of 450).The one seen here should be a GTI in a rouge Vallelunga color (the favorite of that time BX catalogues).

Ingo DE

2009-01-20 11:08

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o.k., the design is a matter of personal taste. as i wrote somewhere before, the releasing of the bx in 1983, also of the ford sierra, mercedes 190, golf 2 and mazda 626, was the reason for me to stop my interest for actual cars immediately. only older, more stylish ones counts for me - even 25 years later im holding this decision.

the majority of the ugliest cars ever was released in the 80ies, worldwide. an extreme comedown to the 70ies and lightyears worse than the 60ies.

antp BE

2009-01-20 11:34

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Ingo wrote
the majority of the ugliest cars ever was released in the 80ies,

Again, that's just tastes: IMHO it is since mid or late 90s...

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Ingo DE

2009-01-20 11:40

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you are right, too. after the 80ies until today the car-design was getting so worse, that i am ignoring modern cars nearly totally. i even dont read actual car-magazines any more, except they have articles about classic cars included - even then i only read this single article in the shop and dont buy the magazine. consistently i only read classic car-mags, and these for years.

medimanic GR

2009-01-20 11:58

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In a very general way I agree to your point of view reguarding modern cars. In the '60s and '70s decisions of stylists were the law to obbey! Different countries had their own creation signature and I always found that colossal as a heritage. In the '80s aerodynamic research and fuel restrictions made things a little more uni-like and countryless but only to a certain limit. You can't mix up a Mercedes 190 to an Audi 100, both 3 volume aerodynamic sedans, neither the sharp lined Citroen BX has any common inspiration with the soapy Ford Sierra only because they are both family hatchbacks of the same period..

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ingo DE

2009-01-20 12:27

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yes, the bx and the sierra have a different design, but both cars belonged to the modern way, that they are overloaded with plastic. both a good examples for the plastic-invasion in the early 80ies. and this was not going better. the upcoming plastic-flood at cars was the second reason for my point of view.

medimanic GR

2009-01-20 12:49

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Ok, you hate plastic as material I suppose. So let's say you also hate first generation's Renault 5 with it's smiley plastic bumpers, although it's a creation of the '70s. Well I totally disagree to that and I always found Renault 5s and Super 5s adorable. Remember that plastic has also been used to reduce weight (and rust) so in the late '70 & '80s it was of some rational use. Today's elephant cars carrying unbelievable masses on the road maybe should have less plastic in evident places that's correct. But every era has some good and bad ideas. Maybe looking with more attention you could find clever shapes that suit you even today!

ingo DE

2009-01-20 13:08

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for me a first gen renault 5 is not too bad. its unique styling -and the colours inside and outside of the earliest r5- helps to forget the plastic bumpers a bit.

sure, chrome-bumpers are heavier, were produced with more energy and chemicals, they can rust and even just little dents are visible - but they are more stylish. i still have a car with chrome. :)

to your last sentence: no, i dont look for actual cars, which style would suit for me. this will not work, i know it. i am dividing my car-preference:
- classic cars for the eye and for the heart, but they must be usable anyways
- modern cars for the all-day-transportation. to be satisfied, but without falling in love

DynaMike NL

2009-01-20 13:28

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@ Medimanic: Nice to here that you've got a BX, too! Indeed it is really great to drive it, and it is very roomy and economic, and of good quality (when you take care of it). By the comments you made earlier, I had already the impression that you had a good taste ;)

About the plastics... Maybe it doesn't look so nice, but it's light and doesn't rust. And on some older cars there was a lot of plastic. I really like the all-plastic interior of our Panhard :)

medimanic GR

2009-01-21 08:48

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I also have a beautiful CX 20RE (2nd generation) an '85 Renault Super5 and an '85 Citroen Visa Club. Thanks 4 your compliment. Cars with plastic parts are an old story. First DS/IDs had rear screen made of plexiglass and the roof of every DS/ID is fiber plastic too (on IDs also unpainted). Pontiac Fiero also had plastic body parts (not only bumpers) before the BX arrival, just to remember a few..

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DIEHARD NL

2009-02-22 22:19

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Guys, what a discussion about the BX! I also owned too and I loved them. Most cars are as good as they are maintained, my first BX was not good maintained, my secons however I bought when it already covered 325.000km. Insane you would say? No, I managed to reach 440.000 km before I sold it on!! It was a diesel break, very pratical with a gas milage from 1:20, I could cover 1000+km on a tank easily! It also had load of space, I never forget it...one of the nicest cars I have owned...

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