Doc, No I haven't driven a "proper" one as you call it. To me it's not the power that I care about....you look at a 16V. Simplicity is not the aim of the game. Everything's crammed into that engine bay really tightly....there's hardly any room to get a spanner in!
Huh? There's plenty of room under the bonnet.... and if you build it right in the first place there's little need to wield spanners under there anyway!
M_V6 XM wrote:They went berzerk on the cooling hoses (rightly so) but it's just more to break!
Hardly... There aint that many hoses.... No more than a TD really. They're only bits of rubber...
M_1905...See what I did there! wrote:Most 16V parts are now discontinued and any that are available are expensive.
Hang fire, I thought you said EVERYTHING is still available for BX's??
I must say I disagree, I've rebuilt a few 16v's now, if you know who to talk to there's plenty of valver stuff about that isn't horrifickley expensive.
M_1360cc wrote:The 16V is everything that Citroën doesn't stand for really.
Citroën's are comfortable, relaxed cruisers that take every road in their stride. They are practical generally sensible.
Er, CX Turbo..Saxo VTS...Xantia Activa....SM......all Cit's IIRC
The ride is just fine in a 16v, tis in mine anyhow...
M_oh I'm running out of engine sizes here.... wrote:You tell me one bit of what I said Citroën stands for and see if it's true for the 16V.
But thats your interpretation of what Citroën stands for....for you.
Citroën have a long history of making fast capable cars, the valver was the ultimate production BX, advertised as the flagship BX infact....
It was a cheap (ish) hot hatch for the family man that still likes to give it beans. It's a great car, it really really is.
M_2975 wrote: not comfortable; far from it with those tiny spheres and unforgiving dampers. They are as hard as a rock.
Ask anyone thats ridden in my valver, the ride is fine. Really, they aint hard as a rock unless the spheres are FUBAR.
M_2975 wrote:revs to ge them going. Far from relaxing.
Nah, mine pulls like a train from 1500rpm, and I've driven plenty of others that do to. Ok, you have to spin them up past 4500rpm to get into the "r"really fun" zone, but they sound great doing it, and it's what they were designed for.
M_2975 wrote:h the bodykit are two oxymorons! You can't lift the car on it's proper spots without cracking the bodkit and it holds all the mud and stuff. A recipe for disaster.
Thats odd, cos both of my cars are body kitted, and they go up on ramps often with no cracking of the kit. Single post, twin post and four post ramps..
As for mud... Dude, I live on a farm! You have never seen mud like what we get up there, and my cars dont fill with mud in the body kit....
Rear arches, over the windscreen, in the door handles, occasionally in the ash tray! (er, I was giving it beans with the window open...
) but never in the kit..
The valver is the most fun BX to own of any of them. You can drive it like a diesel and potter, and it doesn't complain.
Or you can grab it by it's balls and make a man of it, and it doesn't complain...
It's a supremely special place to be, which is why theres a fair few hardened nutters over here that spend stupid money on them and defend them to the hilt.
There's nowt wrong with the 8valve GTi, it's a mighty fine car, but if the 8valve was a Boeing 747-400 the 16valve is Sputnik 1.