Picking up my first BX tonight (+ introduction)

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Picking up my first BX tonight (+ introduction)

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Hello all,

Am picking up my first BX tonight - 17TZD Turbo Diesel Estate in red (you might have seen it finish on e-bay last night). Slightly nervous at the moment as the reputation for problems is slightly daunting, though coming from a history of Fiats and BL cars I am hoping it won't be too much of a shock.

Will probably be on this forum a fair bit trying to work things out and get all the little bits sorted so hope to also be able to contribute a little if there are things I can help with.

FYI: I am a diesel development engineer at Ricardo in Shoreham. Also drive a 1964 VW camper. Never owned a diesel car before, despite working on diesel development for 11 years!

Anyway, hello everyone, will be seeing you around!

James

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Post by Defender110 »

A big welcome James your in for a treat, they are great cars and the TZD is one of the best with a great engine ( well it certainly was in its day) I look forward to your contributions and reading about your car.
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Post by Dollywobbler »

Howdy James. With Fiat and BL experience, you'll be fine! Iffy electrics are something you're already used to...

I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that the PSA diesel can trace its roots back to the Ricardo-tweaked Citroen diesels of the 1930s. Swirl technology wasn't it? I've got Ricardo's biog somewhere. Maybe I should have another read up...

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Post by Philip Chidlow »

Hi there, and well done! Looks a nice example. Being very close to Worthing, you'll have to establish contact with my BXagon/Challenge team-mate and pal, Phil Boxall (Kermit), who has a lot of experience with BX Turbo diesels!
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Post by Tim Leech »

Hi James

Welcome to the forum, anything you need you will find on here, good luck with the purchase! If its the one that my mate Rich once owned you should be fine.

Just watch for headgaskets and rust in the usual areas, otherwose enjoy!
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Hi bud,

welcome to the club, there's a whole heap of good guys on here who will only be too pleased to give you any technical help you require and spares if possible.

May i wish you many miles of fantastic BXing. Its a bug which grows and grows on you.

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My advice to you would be same advice I've always given.

When you get the car, take the wheels off go go through the car with a fine tooth comb, replace anything that looks likely to cause problems in the future. Main thing to replace would be the timing belt, but check out your pipework for rusting and your hoses for chaffing.
Service the brakes, especially the rears, even if they look OK! Oil up all your pipework underneath and treat any rust spots.

Simply, preventative maintenance!

Do this and the chances are you'll enjoy many miles of trouble free motoring.

Buying a cheap car from ebay or anywhere else thinking your buying a totally reliable car is sheer folly. It's up to you to make it reliable.

Don't be scared of what looks like a complex vehicle, they're not, once you get to know them. :)

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Post by Paul296 »

/\ read and inwardly digest. Ken+BX+advice = fact

Welcome aboard! Hope you really enjoy your car. As Ken suggested, I've found that prevention is better than cure and if you neglect them they can kick your arse a bit - other than that it's a Citroen; just like a car - only more so. :D

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Post by Jmcc »

Thanks for the warm welcome!

Just back from picking up "Audrey" (as named by PO due to reg no K49AUD). So far very impressed! Surprised at how alive everything feels - steering and brakes feel direct and sharp (though slightly lacking in feedback), and ride is amazing yet roll seems controlled. Very clever.

Unfortunately thee are a couple of faults. Interior lighting seems challenged (switch on drivers door faulty and drivers side light not working). Front windows also playing up so going to have to whip the door panels off.

With regards to Ricardo, I guess this engine has a comet combustion chamber which was one of our things back in the day. As an aside, I look after the Ricardo historic fleet which includes an example of the A10 Rosalie Diesel so I get the pleasure of driving that around on occasion! Thd BX is definitely a massive step on from that, as it should be with 50 years development!

Cheers

James

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Hi James

Your estate looks a bit "bare"

It would look lovely with a set of these! :lol:

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Welcome aboard James. We are a friendly bunch on here. Shame on you Timothy. :lol:
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mds141 wrote:Welcome aboard James. We are a friendly bunch on here. Shame on you Timothy. :lol:
Well I would'nt want him to miss out, anyway only one set left now...... :wink:
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You're almost as bad as Philhod, trying to get a sales plug in every single thread! :wink:
Welcome James, Tim can't help himself - selling must be in his blood...
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Picking Up My First BX Tonight and Introdution.

Post by bx petrol auto saloon »

Dear James.
Congratulations on getting your first BX James 8) The 17 TZD estate
looks a really nice choice.
I got my first BX on Saturday last weekend a very lovely white
automatic :wink:
I am sure you find your BX to be far more reliable than your Fix It
Again Tomorrow :wink:
Plus the people on the BX forum especially, are a great bunch and
are a very kind thoughfull and it is very reassuring when you have a
BX.
Best Wishes.
Vince.
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Cars;- 1993 White Citroen BX 1.6 TXi petrol
saloon auto with air-con & ABS.
47,594 Miles from new.
Owned for 3 years sorned.
1988 Silver SAAB 900i 2.0 8v F/lift,
saloon 5sp with 3 spoke Ronals,
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your first bx

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Hi James, I've got a 17 TZD saloon, absolutely cracking car. theres only one word of advice ENJOY.
It isn't just a car it is a BX and it's my BX. Long live the BX.