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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
From The "Avon
Advertiser", September 19th 1996
|Will Rolt of
Salisbury tells us about his
fooled by notions that the Citroen 2CV drives like a
snail just because it looks like one.
According to Will Rolt of Salisbury his car's performance
is "fairly impressive once speed is built up"
though he concedes you do have to use the gears a lot to
get the best out of the 602cc aircooled engine.
His sky blue coloured 2CV6 has covered 99,600 miles since
it was made in 1985 and returns between 40 and 50 miles
Reliability is good if looked after," says Will.
"The engine is 100 per cent reliable and has never
let me down."
"The handling is sure footed with good brakes and
accurate steering. But there's spectacular body roll - an
aquired taste," says Will.
The ride is smooth however, and the 2CV has safe and
predictable roadholding. He has compiled a long list of
the things he likes about the car - its very smooth ride
and soft springing, the fact there's loads of space
inside, the roll back roof which lets in the sun, the
fact the 2CV is cheap to run, great fun to drive and is
of simple design. And of course the fact that it has such
an eccentric appearance.
The looks and reputation of the thing, however, is also
one of its drawbacks. One of Will's biggest dislikes is
the attitude of some other drivers. Plus the fact that
rust will take a firm hold if the car isn't properly
Still, all in all it's a great car worth a score of nine
out of 10, Will reckons.
And given the money, he'd either choose a replacement 2CV
or another eccentric French creation from Citroen, a