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The Citroen CX is a crazy car with amazing quirks. Today I’m reviewing the Citroen CX and I’ll show you all the weird quirks of this unusual French luxury car. I’m also driving the Citroen CX, and I’ll show you what it’s like behind the wheel of a weird 1980s Citroën!
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Tom C.
Tom C. 4 hours ago
in 1986 it was a space shuttle
Mark McMarkface
Mark McMarkface 11 hours ago
The Prestige was a long wheelbase version of the CX which used the floorpan and rear doors from the estate version. The rear roof was also higher which ruined the styling somewhat. The concave rear window was designed to keep itself clear without the aid of a wiper. I suspect from the way Doug's head is bobbing around makes me think the suspension spheres are knackered and need replacing. Despite his verdict, the steering is extremely accurate and quick as well as being very easy to drive at high speed with a feeling of immense stability. An extra benefit of the suspension is that it can safely be driven on three wheels and will remain stable in case of a tyre blowing out.
Tootberzing
Tootberzing 11 hours ago
Hi Doug, I am French and thank you for reviewing this car ! You have already reviewed french cars with the Peugeot 3008 and of course some Bugattis. 😉
Simpkins Timothy
Simpkins Timothy 18 hours ago
You can drive that Citroen on 3 wheels!
Doris Kelly
Doris Kelly 20 hours ago
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Russell Solomon
Russell Solomon 22 hours ago
That thang looks like the Family Truckster from that Vacation movie LOL.
ramco91
ramco91 23 hours ago
Dude, ever since I discovered your channel years ago, I’ve been waiting for this video! My first car was a C4 Citroën!
tomse dan
tomse dan Day ago
Good luck opening that door if police will stop you
Christian van Neuves
From experience I can report, it's the best car reading a broadsheet in the rear seats. And its from an era when broadsheets still were worth reading.
MrDman
MrDman Day ago
The spare tire in engine might be a clever places to have a warm tire in the winter, then they could go safari by putting it on the hoods instead. It look like a better Prius car yet better spec all around. Why more cars aren't backseat as this?! It as close as Futurama! 1920 event car design you can get, but everything need to be race car.
thodkats
thodkats Day ago
The way americans pronounce cars made by non-american or british manufacturers.
Eric Leport
Eric Leport Day ago
Didn’t this model have the “steerable” headlights?
Leo De Crescenzo
Citroen is ahead of its time in many many ways and they are seriously overlooked despite that
Adnan Amin
Adnan Amin Day ago
Terrible French Monstrosity of a car, my god!
Storm Fiire
Storm Fiire Day ago
You should check out a classic DS, a SM and Xantia V6 Activa, such quirky and awesome cars
David Lockyer
Long distance mile munchers with incredible comfort no matter how crap the roads were.
Agnostura Elwar
The CX is a great car, I have had two of them. The diesel engine are sturdy and reliable, the car is fantastic to drive. There are no other anything near its comfort on long touring. You can load it with 5-600 kg without any dramatic effect on the car. I've driven them for over 500 000 km with only oilchange and filter, and valveadjustment. Very reliable
Genio Torres
Genio Torres 2 days ago
dog dejewwwwwww
Balithazzarr
Balithazzarr 2 days ago
I'll take it.
Kaitlyn L
Kaitlyn L 2 days ago
lol sit-roan
Kaitlyn L
Kaitlyn L 2 days ago
It’s certainly not as beautiful as the DS, but it’s got its own charm. Citroën really cared about aero way earlier than most - that was born out of French postwar fuel rationing. The drag factor of the DS has only been surpassed in recent years, it was identical to many 90s aero jello cars, whilst looking way nicer. But didn’t a bunch of American cars from the 60s have covered rear wheels too?
Kaitlyn L
Kaitlyn L 2 days ago
To be fair, you did get closer some of the later times you said it :p
N.O.R.M.AL. BSN
N.O.R.M.AL. BSN 2 days ago
Wiorst part of the video is the inability of Doug to say the word Citroen, he just says Citrone all the time.
Wildog _
Wildog _ 2 days ago
Hi, Doug! What about a peugeot 406 coupe pininfarina ? It is a cool France 🇫🇷 car with design like a Ferrari!
賓州長過水喉.
I had a Citroen BX & XM before, the riding comfort made you enjoy driving; luxurious fittings, many room for passengers always neglected by buyers that days. The past Citroen were the best
Sharia Kabir ✔︎
Me looking for Jawed Comment 🤗
Imanol Morata
Imanol Morata 2 days ago
When Citroën made good cars.
Rambler Andy
Rambler Andy 3 days ago
You've absolutely got to love Citroen vehicles from their own era. I borrowed a Citroen for 3 months from this era and it was such wonderful quirky fun. It always left me smiling. Mind you, I never had to service it. That could be a problem. Citroen was a hugely innovative company though. Several of the modern auto design components we take for granted these days were either invented or developed by Citroen. They were just years ahead of their time. Doug didn't mention it, but I bet this car had steering following headlights. First seen a decade or so earlier - on an earlier Citroen. BTW, panel gaps. Impressive distance, eh? Who cares.
Jan Raiskio
Jan Raiskio 3 days ago
Isälläni oli tällainen taksina Rovaniemellä 1985-87. kahden litran bensa ja manuaali. Koska suomeen tuli vain muutama auto ja isäni halusi mustan, niin kummassakin oli kattoluukku. Se oli ehkä ainoa lisävaruste. Itse en ehtinyt ajaa sillä taksia, mutta muuten kyllä. Ja olipa se vaan mahtava auto ajaa! Ajattelin, että kylläpä käy sääliksi kaikkia muita autoilijoita, kun eivät saa ajaa "taikamatolla"!
siraryx
siraryx 3 days ago
My mother had a CX. I remember it was super comfortable and had some innovative features at the time.
jawed ✔
jawed ✔ 3 days ago
Hii there!
COLD mistery
COLD mistery 3 days ago
😐
Paul Zavadski
Paul Zavadski 3 days ago
door lockers are safely engineered, not to be opened occasionaly
Bob Law
Bob Law 3 days ago
Now if Doug had chosen to test a Citroen SM that would have really blown his mind !
Darvin Black
Darvin Black 3 days ago
Its all cool and smooth until you puncture your rear tire.
Ssss Ssss
Ssss Ssss 3 days ago
The cover of the covered wheel well is removable
Евгений Пермяков
By the way the horn is like on a Lambo Diablo
Евгений Пермяков
Old Citroen is the car of Doug who is a quirks-lover ))
American-V UK
American-V UK 3 days ago
So many misconceptions and misleading statements presented as facts. Fifteen minutes in, I can't take any more. Good job you didn't have the Mk1to play with, because they were even madder! They had steel bumpers, which were more of an issue regarding ride height. Mentioning the steering alone, all steering is self-centering on the move, the difference with the CX is that it uses the same system as the suspension to run the power steering, and it self-centres when stationary. And it does that because when parked, the car will sink on the suspension and the front wheels - if turned - will jam in the wheel arches. The suspension has two ride settings: regular and a long travel for a smoother ride. You do not drive at anything more than a walking pace in either of the two service settings - fully up, which is to speed wheel removal (raise it up on the suspension, fit the jack under the relevant jacking point, lower the suspension and the wheel lifts clear of the ground) or to ford shallow streams; and fully down, which is to look cool, when parked ... and which prevents parking attendants fitting a wheel clamp, which I'm sure is coincidental. The reason why the rear wheel arch doesn't intrude on the rear door is because the wheel is so close to the back of the car, which has some specific benefits in terms of straight line stability, and you don't mention that the rear track is narrower than the front ... and uses different tyres to the front. And the reason why yours has so much space in the rear is because it is the long wheelbase version, as it clearly says in the description on your own auction site. Can't take anymore, so going to have to hope that you mentioned the concave rear screen that successfully prevents rain water settling on it without needing a rear wiper, thanks to aerodynamic effects. And pointed out that it's got a small trunk for something that looks like a 5 door. Please try harder in future. You haven't done these ground-breaking cars the justice they deserve. (A former owner of five CXs: two mk1 estates and three mk2 saloons, before moving on to an XM)
badbirdkc
badbirdkc 4 days ago
My dad worked at a dealership and they got a couple of these. He got to drive one for the weekend and we took it to my grandparents. I vividly remember those door handles and door locks. My dad made a big deal about the suspension and said the car could supposedly drive on three wheels. We were told to be on our very best behavior, as the car was very valuable. I thought it was cool. The covered wheel seemed very futuristic to me.
Kenneth Patterson
Everyone knows what it is Doug.
Dis Count
Dis Count 4 days ago
vive le Quirk
Weasel
Weasel 4 days ago
Thing went from slammed to monster truck
Brian Sharp
Brian Sharp 4 days ago
Maybe foot rests are lumbar support.. would make more sense
Brian Sharp
Brian Sharp 4 days ago
More fender skirts please
Christianpreaching
I've got that old matchbox car
Bruno Marques
Bruno Marques 4 days ago
You are wird!
George Altezza
George Altezza 4 days ago
Please do a Citroen AX GTI
Markus Oberndörfer
This car was also delivered to the communist East-Germany and served some higher ranks in the regime. They were painted in dark blue. After the reunification a friend of mine had one in this color and we made a trip to Czechoslovakia via eastern Germany. We arrived the border in the middle of the night and the german border guard found it somehow a bit strange. So they controlled us very intensively. Half a year later we had a barrel of beer in the trunk and we lost it underway. It rolled down into a valley in the midst of a forest and we did not find it again. Since then we transported beer barrels on the front passenger seat with seat belts on.
Ales Krajnc
Ales Krajnc 4 days ago
Doug doesn't seem to know much about Citroens. Firstly, the "Prestige" label is there for a reason - it's 25cm longer than an ordinary CX. Also, he acts like self centering is a bug rather than a feature. Most importantly, he should take it up to around 140 kp/h and THEN talk about drive comfort, especially compared to other cars of that era. This thing was light years ahead of the competition in that regard. Light years. There are only two cars that drive as comfortably as this one - Citroen XM and Citroen C6. Oh, yeah, and one of the Rolls Royce models that bought the Citroen pneumatic suspension license. No other car comes close to the smoothness of this thing.
phil merlot
phil merlot 4 days ago
Curse those Allemans for bringing out a five-cylinder engine !
Andy Lund
Andy Lund 5 days ago
These definately looked a bit old fashioned in the mid to late 80s. Of course Citroen were odd, that was part of the charm!
Flamebx
Flamebx 5 days ago
4:318:
Mat
Mat 5 days ago
16:41 it looks like it would smell like stale cigarette smoke in a 70s office
TevLeX
TevLeX 5 days ago
as if it was glued together from parts from 5 different cars.
MrCesarcamilo76
MrCesarcamilo76 5 days ago
Try the ds 1970....,
BloominqGuitars
BloominqGuitars 5 days ago
hey can you make a video about the Citroen 2CV6 Club well you can think whatsoever you want anyway i like your video make more!
Panagiotis Sparis
Sorry Doug! Your comments about Citroen are quirky. The CX was ahead of its time and so are many French cars that opened new frontiers in the automotive industry besides the hydrolastic suspension. Front drive was also a major advance, as the four wheel independent suspension massively applied in France since 2CV. At the time CX was perhaps the safest car on the road. Citroen went bankrupt not because of luck of innovations but because exploring new possibilities and experimenting is so expensive. Please watch the "Citroen XM story" and see what went wrong with this car.
John P. Denver
John P. Denver 5 days ago
Doug, you are a strange and arrogant American... I bet you voted for Biden...
John P. Denver
John P. Denver 5 days ago
Back when you knew it was a Citroën or Ford that passed you... Today cars all look alike.
j biertje
j biertje 5 days ago
Doug looks at it from an american's perspective.. and then it's really weird indeed... 😁
Coco Pops
Coco Pops 5 days ago
THIIIIIIS is Quirk Douglas.....!!!
TheFavorista
TheFavorista 5 days ago
The outer driver-side door handle orientation isn't super weird for the 80s. The bullnose F-150 had it the same way, just not with a super-flush button that matched the handle.
Ian Shippen
Ian Shippen 5 days ago
"Big number for a European car of this period" - well compared to an American V8 of the same era it is a pretty big number full stop ..
Richard Kelley
Richard Kelley 6 days ago
0 to 60 in ten min.s!!
Dana W
Dana W 6 days ago
I suspect that’s a real joy to get parts for in the the American Midwest.
Jan Dvorak
Jan Dvorak 6 days ago
These Citroen cars were used by movie industry in Czechoslovakia to shoot riding scenes thanks to its greatest hydro pneumatic suspension that these cars have. Cameraman love them. Nowadays cinematographer have gyroscopes that minimizes any shaking.
Tec Blade
Tec Blade 6 days ago
All comments be like "Wheres jawed?"
Belived
Belived 6 days ago
That door latch is made for Americans
Henrix98
Henrix98 6 days ago
Nice, we used to have one up to when I was like 5 yrs old. Obviously not this prestige model but CX nonetheless. The upgrade for us was of course XM :)
Warley .S
Warley .S 6 days ago
Nice
Barnabas Nanay
Barnabas Nanay 6 days ago
@Doug DeMuro The rear window shape has the purpose to keep the window dry when it's raining. Above certain speeds, the rain doesn't hit the rear window. :)
john leon
john leon 6 days ago
For Citroën lovers this CX is way to normal dude :) You should have taken the 1982 model with the first ever "digital" dash :D. And btw : you say Citroën like "sit"+ "tro" + "N" not "sithrone" Doug.... /faceslap :D
Der Oettel
Der Oettel 6 days ago
The concav shape of the rear window creates a area of low pressure, so that dirt gets carried away and rearview sight doesn't gets bad.
Bob Law
Bob Law 3 days ago
You wouldn’t expect Doug to be able to work that out, would you if it wasn’t written in the handbook he would have no idea !
Danial Motamedi sede
What does practicality mean?
Gummans Gubbe
Gummans Gubbe 6 days ago
I always open the driver door with my left hand before I enter, otherwise I would block myself.
Jesse Dinning
Jesse Dinning 7 days ago
This thing makes a SAAB 900 seem unimaginative
LMacNeill
LMacNeill 7 days ago
Citroen was sold in Canada at a much higher quantity than in the US. I'd think you could get parts there, possibly. Easier than having to have parts shipped all the way from Europe, at least. But, yeah, getting parts is definitely more difficult than for most other old cars, I'm sure.
BonuxCouleur
BonuxCouleur 7 days ago
Technically speaking the Citroen XM was the last "weird" Citroen.
Philip Donelan
Philip Donelan 7 days ago
My dad had a CX estate (wagon) and it was the smoothest car I've ever rode in. Coin holder - many toll roads in France. Saves trying to empty your pockets all the time at the toll booths. Self centering steering - designed to drive at high speeds with the least amount of stress. High beam and horn on the opposite ends of the controls allowed my dad to use horn and headlights at the same time, in emergency situations, while still holding the steering wheel with both hands. Safer. We could load up the back of the car and tow a caravan and the car would remain level, and therefore more stable and safer. Amazing vehicle.
CreationsVibration
Its a four door honda insight
Arias Huntley
Arias Huntley 7 days ago
Doug stop, i can only have so many dream cars.
lockjockjr
lockjockjr 7 days ago
Sorry but the Citroën is not cool
michel husk
michel husk 7 days ago
By far one of the most difficult front door glasses to fit, very frustrating , I fingered out the best way after many hours , if you need to know reply and I'll give you the heads up..
jack warren
jack warren 7 days ago
My grandparents had the "station wagon" version. Tailgate was as wide as a volvo. Suspension issues killed it.
gonçalo filipe
gonçalo filipe 7 days ago
This video is trash , you don't know anything about the cx, learn the citroen cx history before you talk 👎
Douglas Faichnie
Douglas Faichnie 7 days ago
My brother had a black one with tan leather when I was 6 (1986). I remember traveling to karate lessons listening to a ‘tape’ of the Ghostbusters soundtrack! It was/is very cool and quirky. Thanks Doug 👌
ALEXANDRE BLONDEAU
french tip don't buy a french car it's garbage
glorf1234
glorf1234 7 days ago
Do the succesors Citroen XM and C6 next
Bill Todd
Bill Todd 7 days ago
I miss my cx , the earlier models had an even more quirky dash. My 81 cx had twin horns for town and country.. the rear window stays clear at all times . The steering has variable centring forces so as you go faster it centres with more power.
Desalpages Gator
Desalpages Gator 7 days ago
For the French these cars are nothing extraordinary, they were common at the time. In terms of manufacture, the best French cars are Peugeot, followed by Citroëns and finally Renault, the biggest problem that we encounter on our cars is rust, then, especially for Renault, plastic everywhere and low quality Manufacturing. If you want a nice French car, buy the very high end models, but they are very expensive.
weigyzz666
weigyzz666 7 days ago
U forgot to mention, that handbrake works on the front wheels :-D
Turf Surf
Turf Surf 7 days ago
One of the most innovative designs in the 80s, Honda Clarity took some inspiration from it I can see.
Gunnar Konig
Gunnar Konig 7 days ago
mechanical sunshades are infinitely better than electric ones though, as they're not a point of failure and are exceedingly cheap to repair even in the unlikely event that they do break.
Marcus Ludwig
Marcus Ludwig 7 days ago
Quirky and weird is the most I can gather from this video - but the weirdness here is, that this is a very American centric viewpoint. These cars were common on European streets, and not only in France. Yes, Citroen was different and that was their selling point. But at the time it was a sophisticated car that would compete with Mercedes and BMW on their own terrain. Nice one!
Goldenrod636
Goldenrod636 7 days ago
No power seats?
John Hewison
John Hewison 7 days ago
My grandfather had one when I was a kid in the late 1980’s. I’ve never been in a more comfortable car ever since. It was although the thing levitated over the road.
CheesyTV
CheesyTV 7 days ago
I'm surprised there's no cheese holder.
amro abdu
amro abdu 8 days ago
I had and still have a 2011 Citroen C5 and it's amazing other than just the spare parts to find in my country.....ps I've driven and basically owned most of Citroen cars due to my father was working in the dealership company ☺️☺️
16-Bit Bernie
16-Bit Bernie 8 days ago
Of course Doug loves this car
16-Bit Bernie
16-Bit Bernie 8 days ago
The horn sounds like a train
Brendan Murphy
Brendan Murphy 8 days ago
One windshield wiper... That's another quirk.
hertenflats.de | Ferien- & Monteurwohnungen
Reason for the concave rear windshield shape: driving aerodynamics and also: cleaning of water (rain) by aerodynamics. That‘s why you don‘t find a rear windscreen wiper on the CX. Same for all big Citroen: CX, XM, C6. I owned several of each model from the 80s until today. Nowadays I still drive a CX 2000 Pallas (1979) and a C6 V6 HDI Diesel Exclusive (2007), beside my Mustang Bullitt from 2019. All mentioned Citroën were successors of the legendary Citroën DS. Instead of quirky and weird I would call them amazing and with a lot of character and unrivaled driving comfort. Also the CX was a millionseller in Europe. Designwise the CX (created by Robert Opron and team) was also a Highlight in car design in 1974, when it appeared on the market. It won several design awards in Europe. You really missed something in the US 😅.
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