The Citroen CX Is an Amazingly Quirky and Weird French Luxury Car 

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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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Jan Raiskio
Jan Raiskio Pred 29 minutami
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 Pred 55 minutami
My mother had a CX. I remember it was super comfortable and had some innovative features at the time.
jawed ✔
jawed ✔ Pred uro
Hii there!
Paul Zavadski
Paul Zavadski Pred uro
door lockers are safely engineered, not to be opened occasionaly
Bob Law
Bob Law Pred 2 urami
Now if Doug had chosen to test a Citroen SM that would have really blown his mind !
Darvin Black
Darvin Black Pred 4 urami
Its all cool and smooth until you puncture your rear tire.
Ssss Ssss
Ssss Ssss Pred 2 urami
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 Pred 6 urami
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 Pred 14 urami
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
Kenneth Patterson Pred 15 urami
Everyone knows what it is Doug.
Dis Count
Dis Count Pred 17 urami
vive le Quirk
Weasel Pred 20 urami
Thing went from slammed to monster truck
Brian Sharp
Brian Sharp Pred 21 uro
Maybe foot rests are lumbar support.. would make more sense
Brian Sharp
Brian Sharp Pred 21 uro
More fender skirts please
Christianpreaching Pred dnevom
I've got that old matchbox car
Bruno Marques
Bruno Marques Pred dnevom
You are wird!
George Altezza
George Altezza Pred dnevom
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 Pred dnevom
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 Pred dnevom
Curse those Allemans for bringing out a five-cylinder engine !
Andy Lund
Andy Lund Pred dnevom
These definately looked a bit old fashioned in the mid to late 80s. Of course Citroen were odd, that was part of the charm!
Fadil Maulana
Fadil Maulana Pred dnevom
Mat Pred dnevom
16:41 it looks like it would smell like stale cigarette smoke in a 70s office
TevLeX Pred 2 dnevi
as if it was glued together from parts from 5 different cars.
MrCesarcamilo76 Pred 2 dnevi
Try the ds 1970....,
BloominqGuitars Pred 2 dnevi
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
Panagiotis Sparis Pred 2 dnevi
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 Pred 2 dnevi
Doug, you are a strange and arrogant American... I bet you voted for Biden...
John P. Denver
John P. Denver Pred 2 dnevi
Back when you knew it was a Citroën or Ford that passed you... Today cars all look alike.
j biertje
j biertje Pred 2 dnevi
Doug looks at it from an american's perspective.. and then it's really weird indeed... 😁
Coco Pops
Coco Pops Pred 2 dnevi
THIIIIIIS is Quirk Douglas.....!!!
TheFavorista Pred 2 dnevi
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 Pred 2 dnevi
"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 Pred 2 dnevi
0 to 60 in ten min.s!!
Dana W
Dana W Pred 2 dnevi
I suspect that’s a real joy to get parts for in the the American Midwest.
Jan Dvorak
Jan Dvorak Pred 2 dnevi
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 Pred 2 dnevi
All comments be like "Wheres jawed?"
Belived Pred 2 dnevi
That door latch is made for Americans
Henrix98 Pred 2 dnevi
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 Pred 2 dnevi
Barnabas Nanay
Barnabas Nanay Pred 3 dnevi
@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 Pred 3 dnevi
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 Pred 3 dnevi
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 Pred 2 urami
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 Pred 3 dnevi
I always open the driver door with my left hand before I enter, otherwise I would block myself.
Jesse Dinning
Jesse Dinning Pred 3 dnevi
This thing makes a SAAB 900 seem unimaginative
LMacNeill Pred 3 dnevi
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 Pred 3 dnevi
Technically speaking the Citroen XM was the last "weird" Citroen.
Philip Donelan
Philip Donelan Pred 3 dnevi
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 Pred 3 dnevi
Its a four door honda insight
Arias Huntley
Arias Huntley Pred 3 dnevi
Doug stop, i can only have so many dream cars.
lockjockjr Pred 3 dnevi
Sorry but the Citroën is not cool
michel husk
michel husk Pred 3 dnevi
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 Pred 3 dnevi
My grandparents had the "station wagon" version. Tailgate was as wide as a volvo. Suspension issues killed it.
gonçalo filipe
gonçalo filipe Pred 3 dnevi
This video is trash , you don't know anything about the cx, learn the citroen cx history before you talk 👎
Douglas Faichnie
Douglas Faichnie Pred 3 dnevi
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 👌
french tip don't buy a french car it's garbage
glorf1234 Pred 4 dnevi
Do the succesors Citroen XM and C6 next
Bill Todd
Bill Todd Pred 4 dnevi
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 Pred 4 dnevi
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 Pred 4 dnevi
U forgot to mention, that handbrake works on the front wheels :-D
Turf Surf
Turf Surf Pred 4 dnevi
One of the most innovative designs in the 80s, Honda Clarity took some inspiration from it I can see.
Gunnar Konig
Gunnar Konig Pred 4 dnevi
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 Pred 4 dnevi
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 Pred 4 dnevi
No power seats?
John Hewison
John Hewison Pred 4 dnevi
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 Pred 4 dnevi
I'm surprised there's no cheese holder.
amro abdu
amro abdu Pred 4 dnevi
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 Pred 4 dnevi
Of course Doug loves this car
16-Bit Bernie
16-Bit Bernie Pred 4 dnevi
The horn sounds like a train
Brendan Murphy
Brendan Murphy Pred 4 dnevi
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 😅.
Tim van Wegberg
Tim van Wegberg Pred 4 dnevi
Fun fact: Citroën is not originally a French name. It’s Dutch. And it means lemon.
bezalel kosofsky
bezalel kosofsky Pred 4 dnevi
I also find it weird that the light switch in the older American cars from the 1960s,1970s, 1980s and 1990s is the same for both the headlights and interior light where you pull the knob to turn on the headlights and push the knob to turn off the headlights and turn the knob to the right to turn on the interior light and turn the knob to the left to turn off the interior light.
99codemister Pred 4 dnevi
"$16,000" - Reserve not met. Expectations much?
Emmanuel de Vareilles
Grunky Peep
Grunky Peep Pred 5 dnevi
next the DS with v8 swap?
Radosław Podgórski
The thing with the concave rear window is that Citroen noticed that the airflow channels in a way that the rear window was rarely dirty. Notice there is no rear wiper. It probably also gave some aerodynamic look back then. As a part of a design, the idea was used in some other successors, like C5 and C6. Also i.e. 2016 Toyota Prius had a slightly concave rear window that channels air over the spoiler.
mike marin
mike marin Pred 5 dnevi
Doug I find your videos enjoyable to watch.. Keep up the great work. Also you do a lot of odd ball cars and trucks and that also makes your videos a more interesting to watch, the new cars are OK but the way you do older cars and trucks is great humor. Thanks for your time and work........ I also had a orange VW Thing years back, wish I had it back.....
Helt Utrolig
Helt Utrolig Pred 5 dnevi
The Prestige model has an extra long wheelbase. Not something a random american would know, it seems.
BigMackhan Pred 5 dnevi
Oh what a lovely car driving a late night to the cinema
Planed Pred 5 dnevi
bigup à l'audience Française
sydras Pred 5 dnevi
Wow, this car is ready for Bangalore roads!!
Joseph Letts
Joseph Letts Pred 5 dnevi
My step dad had a 77 one when I was a kid. What a car!
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu Pred 5 dnevi
spaceship. Good old times...
Valdas Miskinis
Valdas Miskinis Pred 5 dnevi
I think 99% of right handed people open their car door with their left hand.
GlobalWilderbeast Pred 2 dnevi
@John P. Denver Yes, we agree.
John P. Denver
John P. Denver Pred 2 dnevi
@GlobalWilderbeast If you enter driver side, you use left hand If you enter Passenger side, you use right hand It is logic
GlobalWilderbeast Pred 2 dnevi
Surely it depends on what side of the car you're entering?
John P. Denver
John P. Denver Pred 2 dnevi
Yeah you are right! The host here is an idiot.
My Username Is Also Bort
I remember Doug said that he doesn't review older cars or obscure cars often because they don't do well views-wise. I hope the fact that this video hit a million will mean we'll see more like it. :)
Raceris Pred 5 dnevi
Peugeot 205 review when?
JJ Pred 5 dnevi
Huckster /ˈhəkstər/ promote or sell (something, typically a product of questionable value).
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu Pred 5 dnevi
models looking for optimal solutions until successive crises in the industry forced it to optimize effects with costs... and so innovation was killed in its performance... it's so sa
JJ Pred 5 dnevi
0:05 x2, 0:38, 1:30, 2:05, 2:35, 2:50, 3:08, 3:33, 4:08 x2, 5:12, 6:20, 7:22 x2, 17:40, 18:22, 21:54, 22:10, 22:45, 23:05 x2, 23:30, 24:30, 25:40, 26:04, 26:55 x3, 27:18 x6, 28:05 x2, 29:07, Hey y’all me and my gal Joanna loved it quite frankly.😉
Acid House Therapy
Acid House Therapy Pred 5 dnevi
How much did it sell for in the auction??
TetraGton Pred 5 dnevi
If you stop and really think about how you get inside the drivers side, the left hand operated handle makes perfect sense.
Jason Pred 4 dnevi
Yes. Only an idiot would try and open that door with their right hand.
Simon Banks
Simon Banks Pred 5 dnevi
I think the concave rear window was something to do with keeping it clean(er) Also check out the original 70s model's rotating-drum dash! Outside of America, does anyone really care about cupholders?
Angie Moses
Angie Moses Pred 5 dnevi
Other older car had the wheels covered like that
Wat_JOE_Do Pred 5 dnevi
Breath man! Remember to breath. Cool car. I always thought the CX was ugly like hell. But your review have made me think it's really cool and ahead of time.
[Ivaneck] Pred 5 dnevi
CX is not weird. YOU are weird. And too much histrionic.
L'antre Pred 5 dnevi
Here's a video for the GSA. :-) sltv.info/label/h5mNnNiqsKqrhZo/video
Erwin 55
Erwin 55 Pred 6 dnevi
Wat een vreselijke drukke gast !
Stickin Ass
Stickin Ass Pred 6 dnevi
21:16 ..,I've got "Turbo" stamped in front of my Underwear..😘