Please Welcome: The BX … Again

So it was time to buy a BX. Again. (See previous post on why.)

This time, I still looked at sites like mobile.de and autoscout24.de, but I set my real trust in the André Citroën Club Forums (German language). That’s where the enthusiasts meet, and that’s where they advertise their cars for sale. I had quickly found several, and even decided on one BX 16 with only 70,000 km on its odometer. But I didn’t buy that one.

The day before the deal was scheduled, I got e-mail from someone in Chemnitz who previously had not replied to mine. They said that yes, their BX was still to be had. A GTI Automatic (again), a little over 100,000 km on the clock, electric everything (most notably: electric glass sunroof) … no way would I buy a humble BX 16 instead.

And I didn’t.

Yes, the hubcaps need throwing away, badly. The C5 is my Dad's.

Yes, the hubcaps need throwing away, badly. The C5 is my Dad's.

But my pal Balsi did buy the BX 16. He sort of inherited the deal from me, complete with address, phone number, and date. Which was a little risky, what with changing the deal I’d made with the BX 16’s owner on such short notice and without their prior agreement — but it worked out perfectly, and everyone is happy now.

This is Balsi's BX, at the village of Schweben. ("Schweben" also is the German word for hovering, which is how enthusiasts describe the hydropneumatic ride experience.) Thanks to Balsi for permission to publish his picture here!

This is Balsi's BX, at the village of Schweben. ("Schweben" also is the German word for hovering, which is how enthusiasts describe the hydropneumatic ride experience.) Thanks to Balsi for permission to publish his picture here!

Including me. Driving my new GTI home from Chemnitz, I noticed that the old one (now flamed to a crisp) was not the perfect specimen I had percieved it to be. I thought it was normal for BX to ride a little wobbly, to make pounding noises on bad roads and so on. It isn’t. And the new one doesn’t.

In fact, it corners about as well as my former Golf GTI 16V. And that’s something. Even more so for a car that rides as comfortably as, well, a hydropneumatic Citroën. I’m impressed.

So, except for financial aspects as usual, one might say that “all’s well that ends well.” This escapade certainly did.