Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

1994 Citroen XM

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What are your top five cars? I mean, if you had to make a list of realistic, affordable everyday drivers, what would be on your list? When Insurance notified me that my 23-year old Talon would be written off, I had to start looking.

Immediately I began looking for unmolested, turbo-charged, all-wheel-drive Talons. I am specifically attracted to the 1st gen cars with pop-up headlights. Manual trans, leather, ABS brakes and a/c were mandatory. As you can imagine, results were incredibly dismal.

I expanded my searches, primarily looking at 1990s cars, and started finding some very cool stuff. Stuff like this 1994 Citroen XM wagon. What I like about the XM is the entire unusual package. The extreme styling, that kick in the beltline, and the fully adjustable (and functioning) hydropneumatic suspension.

Even if it were an automatic, it would still be a standout daily driver. But hang on to your hats! This is a 5-speed manual hooked up to a turbo diesel! The owner doesn't state whether it's the 2.1 or the 2.5, but since both are equally slow, it wouldn't really matter.

Doing some research led me to an even more intriguing discovery. The XM was available with a 200 hp, 3.0 litre PRV V-6! While parts would not be interchangeable with the 2.8L PRV in back of my DeLorean, it would still be exciting having twins. And Josh at DeLorean Performance Industries could hook me up with any engine part I'd ever need.

The seller says it's a very rare example in North America. Indeed! That's got to be part of the reason for his $15,000 asking price. Too steep for me, however, if these XMs had been AWD I would've certainly checked it out in person. And if I fell in love? Well, I'd cross that bridge if I came to it.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Michael Manning said...

Martini: The Citroen reminded me of the car Burt Reynolds drove into a lake in one of his movies. I know little about the reliability factor. But that is a steep price, in my opinion. Keep looking and be meticulous. You'll find the right car!

12:51:00 AM

 
Blogger Martini said...

You're right! I think he drove an SM into a lake! Amazing car. Good memory sir!

11:18:00 AM

 
Blogger awildermode said...

The XM should come with XM Radio.

3:19:00 PM

 
Blogger Jay said...

Still looking?

You know, you'll hate this, but the only car I've ever owned is a VW Beetle. They rejigged them in 2010 and I hate the new look, so I ditched my old one and got a 2010 while I still could...and then it was totalled in an accident less than a year later. Luckily my husband combed 2 provinces just to find me another. I'm kind of attached.

12:57:00 PM

 
Blogger Martini said...

Citroen should sue XM radio for copyright infringement. haha.

6:45:00 PM

 
Blogger Martini said...

Jay, I remember reading about your accident. I think we have a number of things in common - I'm also attached to my Talon. Obsessed is another word for it.

6:47:00 PM

 

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