There's a plate of an XM with a diesel heart around here. It is unsaleable. Because it is a diesel. But the gorgeous XMs have another problem: At the cocktail tables, they're just as bad as Citroën BXs. And that they are bad? Everyone knows that! Everyone except the BX riders M / V who are happy and completely satisfied keep accumulating kilometers. We know a BX GTI driver who now has his car over four tons. With no more than normal maintenance and repairs.
A good XM
And a good XM? It is just as reliable as a Mercedes diesel. It just offers indescribably more comfort and emotion.
It is all cocktail table talk
Why that Citroëns have such a bad reputation among the people who seem to have an opinion about it without ever having ridden it? The thing is, a good XM (or BX) is a great car. But the hydrauliques simply require more technical care than the average Toyota. And if the third or fourth owner spends all his money on audio to drive 'a fat bucket' for little? Then the overdue maintenance piles up and when you buy such a car ... The son of an acquaintance bought an XM V6 for € 1.000. Then he took his pride in a very people-friendly, specialist Citroëngarage owner calculated that about € 3.000 would be needed to get the car back in order… Not perfect. But just technically okay. And that money was not there.
So be critical. And buy a good copy at a trusted address. And that especially applies to the XMs with V6 blocks.
So the XM
De Citroën XM was introduced in 1989. The XM would remain in production for over 11 years. In 2000, the very last XM left the production line.
Changes and Updates
In those 11 years, quite a few changes and improvements have been made to the XM. Like the restyle in the summer of 1994 or the upgrade to Hydractive II just before that. May 23, 1989 was the birthday of the XM, June 5, 2000 went into the books as the death of the XM. In those 11 years, some 333.000+ copies left the factories. And meanwhile there is the Citroen XM Club Netherlands.
Our photo model
Our photo model was also in the Netherlands, at Garage de l'Est in Vlaardingen: a silver-colored 'XM 3.0 V6 24V Exclusive'. That was the absolute top of the XM series and the car has now been sold. The four-cylinder XMs are very French, extremely comfortable touring cars. The six-cylinder packs impressive bonus points in terms of dynamics, luxury and performance. In the meantime, beautiful, good XMs usually don't last long. But they are still being bought by car enthusiasts, they are not yet at the heartless investor level.
Cheap is expensive
Because unlike the unsaleable diesel XM in Velp, good XMs are nowadays already sought after by pure enthusiasts. And those enthusiasts realize that - certainly at Hydrauliques - 'cheap expensive purchase' is. Once we heard someone say, “You forget the price. But the fun remains. ”
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