5 WAYS TO MAKE IT BETTER
1 PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
Finding a CX with a sound structure is the most important thing, which then means keeping it that way. A thorough session with wax-injection and rust-proofing products is a costeffective way of keeping corrosion at bay, and it’s something you can do yourself. Prefer a specialist to tackle it? Chevronics offers complete body and chassis protection for £600.
2 FIT NEW PIPES
The steel hydraulic pipes that run from front to rear are prone to corrosion, and can be easily forgotten because they’re hidden beneath the car; a precautionary change will provide peace of mind. A swap to cupro-nickel items is wise to prevent future problems and you’re looking at spending in the region of £700 for a Citroën specialist to do the job.
3 KEEP HYDRAULICS TIP-TOP
The LHM fluid needs changing every three years or 30,000 miles, so get it refreshed if there are no records in the service history to back this up or the fluid looks yellow/ brown rather than bright green. A specialist will charge less than £100. Get the filters in the hydraulic reservoir cleaned while you’re at it.
4 METRIC MATTERS
Replacement rubber for metric wheels can be pricey, with the 190/65 390 tyres costing about £260 each from specialists. One answer is to swap the metric wheels for standard imperial items; you should be able to find a set of CX 14-inch rims for £100 or so. Clubs or online auctions are the best source for these.
5 ENGINE MOUNTS
Driveline shunt can damage other components such as flexible exhaust sections, so it’s worth getting it fixed. On the CX it’s often caused by worn bushes in the top engine mounting, which sits at the rear of the motor; it’s a straightforward DIY job to replace them. New mounts from specialist CX Basis are €60-70 (£50-60), depending on the model.