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    Hello, this is the usual lame first post post from a new member.

    I am in the process of buying an '85 BX16 TRS auto. I'm hoping to collect it early next week and do a return trip from Melbourne to Adelaide the weekend after. Although the car drove well when I checked it out I figure it would be expedient to get it serviced before I head off. It's booked in at Paris Motors in Richmond. If there's anything I should know beforehand to make sure I'm not ripped off I'd appreciate the heads-up. The guy sounded OK on the phone when I booked it in, no bad vibes so far.

    The car is a little tatty but it was a case of love-at-first-drive. Always liked the look of them and having had about 5 'sensible' cars die on me in the last year I figured 'what the hell, let the heart decide this time'. I bought the Haynes manual as part of my research before buying (been looking for about 3 months, originally hoping to gat a Lancia HPE) and although it looks a bit like something designed by aliens I figure I'll get to know it pretty quickly.

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    The licence plate is 'QUICKBX' (for a 1600 auto? ), so Melbournians may recognise it. I think I'll be switching plates to something less attention getting. If anyone wants the custom ones, let me know.

    Anyway, enough for hello. Any tips on where to get parts and stuff would be most welcome.

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    Hi Trevor,

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    Love the plates. I reckon you should keep them just to wind people up.
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    That's Ash's old car. I suggest getting David Cavanagh at french connection to look at it. He's an aussiefrogs member and very trustworthy

    I've got nothing against Paris Motors and have never had any dealings with them. I've seen a couple of cars locally that they have serviced and was far from impressed (A GS someone bought in particular who's front height corrector had been stabbed full of screwdriver holes so it leaked The reason the owner sold it after spending many, many, many thousands of $$$ on it .... including a clutch change every year or two).... That was several years ago though.

    I however have had excellent service from David since I was old enough to drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLC206
    Hi Trevor,

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    Love the plates. I reckon you should keep them just to wind people up.
    I think it's quite a good plate ... It is a quick car ..... compared to 400cc 2cv's and 70's Merc deisel automatics

    Seriously though, once rolling there not bad, though personally I can't stand the slugomatic gearbox fitted to them (then again I don't really like any slugomatic gearboxs).

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    '78 GS1220 pallas
    '92 Range Rover Classic ... 5spd manual.

    Yay ... No Slugomatics


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    Welcome Trevor.

    Now if Pugrambo reads this, be sure to get some digi pics of the Dubbo BX interior next time you are there. It really is the car for Shane
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    Welcome new BX owner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO
    Welcome Trevor.

    Now if Pugrambo reads this, be sure to get some digi pics of the Dubbo BX interior next time you are there. It really is the car for Shane

    i'll do that

    i reckon shane will love it and do a rush trip with trailer in tow ready to take it home after offering a ridiculous amount for it to pry it away from the young girl that owns it
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    The only BX that would come into this house would have to have a deisel enigne so I could afford to run it

    I want to get rid of the bloody BX I've got ... I don't want another broken bit of tuppuware in my backyard

    seeya,
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    '63 ID19 http://www.aussiefrogs.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90325
    '72 DS21 ie 5spd pallas (last looked at ... about 15years ago)
    '78 GS1220 pallas
    '92 Range Rover Classic ... 5spd manual.

    Yay ... No Slugomatics


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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron
    The only BX that would come into this house would have to have a deisel enigne so I could afford to run it

    I want to get rid of the bloody BX I've got ... I don't want another broken bit of tuppuware in my backyard

    seeya,
    Shane L.

    oh this one ain't broken, i just have to put the steering valve back in it

    interior is perfect and it's a good little car

    did i mention the interior ? Shane you would love it
    3 x '78 604 SL

    1 x '98 306 GTi6

    1 x secret project

    1 x '98 406 STDT troop carrier and i don't care if it stinks, i don't sniff it's arse Death by wank tank

    1 x '99 406SV 5spd wagon, time to burn more fuel

    1 x 1994 605 SV3.0


    WTD long range fuel tank for 605

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    Quote Originally Posted by pugrambo
    oh this one ain't broken, i just have to put the steering valve back in it

    interior is perfect and it's a good little car

    did i mention the interior ? Shane you would love it
    Are you sure ... It's still just a BX ... I've never been really fond of them ... Gimme a CX or DS and I'll be happy (it's probably the heat stroke they create affecting my brain ).

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    '85 Series II CX2500 GTi Turbo I
    '63 ID19 http://www.aussiefrogs.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90325
    '72 DS21 ie 5spd pallas (last looked at ... about 15years ago)
    '78 GS1220 pallas
    '92 Range Rover Classic ... 5spd manual.

    Yay ... No Slugomatics


    Modern Junk:
    '07 Poogoe 407 HDi 6spd manual

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    I love it.


    I don't want another broken bit of tuppuware in my backyard

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlampre
    The licence plate is 'QUICKBX' (for a 1600 auto? ), so Melbournians may recognise it. I think I'll be switching plates to something less attention getting. If anyone wants the custom ones, let me know.
    Yes - it's been for sale at Peter Wright's for a very long time (over a year, for a remarkably inflated asking price), so good to see it's gone to someone who values it.

    Good luck and enjoy.
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    Might be worthy of reading this and if you do take it to Dave for servicing, ask that the info in here be used as a guide, based on what others have found when this has been followed.

    Citroen BX autos/ZF Autos: Why do they fail?

    Ash spent a lot of dollars on that car, so it should be an alright kind of vehicle that should go for a long time.
    I would also be sure you get the coolant changed ASAP as that car has stood for a long time and that model were a bit suspect on internal corrosion if the systems weren't kept up to scratch.

    A friend of mine has just bought a 16Trs Auto, and already has another that we're sorting, so in the next couple of months, he should have 2 of them in service.
    He's more than happy with the overall performance of then in his situation and let's face it, they're top value for money when you look at what you get and what you pay for it.


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    Trevor,
    For anyone to consider a Lancia* HPE as a purchase is a brave soul indeed!
    With that in mind the BX as a second choice should hold no fears.

    * The Lancia, once described by some wit as. "Lancia, a FIAT but rustia".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildebeest
    Trevor,
    For anyone to consider a Lancia* HPE as a purchase is a brave soul indeed!
    With that in mind the BX as a second choice should hold no fears.

    * The Lancia, once described by some wit as. "Lancia, a FIAT but rustia".
    and does FIAT relly stand for Fix It Again Tony?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLC206
    Hi Trevor,

    Welcome to

    Love the plates. I reckon you should keep them just to wind people up.
    Wow, thanks for all the welcomes. A very friendly lot, here.

    I guess I could keep the plates, and get lots of stickers, turbo badges and a big drift wing for it as well. I could spearhead a whole new trend in automotive lameness. Forget Riceboy - here comes Quicheboy!

    ...then again, maybe not...

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    Quote Originally Posted by blomquvist
    Yes - it's been for sale at Peter Wright's for a very long time (over a year, for a remarkably inflated asking price), so good to see it's gone to someone who values it.

    Good luck and enjoy.
    Thanks. I don't know if got a good price or not, $2800 with RWC and 6 months rego. There was a manual '88 TRI with low KM's for sale in Sydney @ $2000 (still is, I think) that caught my interest but the hassle of flying up and driving it back, getting Victorian RWC etc put me off. I've had so many problems with cars lately I decided to follow the line of least resistance.

    Anyway, I'm happy with what I got so that's what matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildebeest
    Trevor,
    For anyone to consider a Lancia* HPE as a purchase is a brave soul indeed!
    With that in mind the BX as a second choice should hold no fears.

    * The Lancia, once described by some wit as. "Lancia, a FIAT but rustia".
    The only HPE I could find was a '78. Reasonable for its age apart from very spongey brakes but still looked like a potential money pit. I really wanted an 82+ as these got rustproofing, powers steering and EFI.

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    On the whole I agree. I've driven a few 1600 auto's that went fairly well once they were wound up a bit. The 19GTI Auto I drove was more fun but the fuel economy was dire. My dad bought a fairly rare 19diesel automatic which was so slow push bikes would overtake it ! When the 'box blew up I threw the engine and autobox in the bin, stuffed a 1.7turbo diesel lump in and bought a shiny new Xantia Autobox! Taller geared than the BX autobox and stronger (cost 2600 sterling pounds (trade price )). Having tweaked the engine a touch it do go very, very well ! It's the best auto I've ever driven! From a standing start it will nearly keep up with my 16V!! (Well up to about 45MPH anyway!!) It's a shame Citroen never made a BX TD auto, It's a beast!!!!
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