Citroen 2 CV in the purchase advice: rust ducks. All. Almost everywhere.

Some still think of the Citroen 2CV, the duck, seiein cheap car. But that was then. Meanwhile, good models are expensive. The times successful bargain hunting is over. Who buys no copy, should pay particular attention to the body condition in all age groups. Technical problems remain manageable. 

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Body check

Ducks rust. All. Almost everywhere. Especially in the last models that were produced in Portugal, one has the impression that the sheet metal parts are a couple of weeks been engaged in salt water and then assembled. Rust prevention there was virtually no the Citroen 2CV. After all, many of the recent ducks were at the time void sealed by their owners.

Particularly vulnerable to rust the frame and lying thereon the floor panel. Very often needs to be replaced both. Here, galvanized or otherwise corrosion-proof parts must be used. The very often leaky roofs duck much moisture comes into the car. Under the floor rubber mat, the wet, especially at the front bulkhead under the pedals collects. Often Citroen 2CV are already patched in this area - often, but not very good. Thus, rust can also penetrate from the inside to the outside.

Other corrosion-risk areas of the Citroen 2CV are sills, wheel arches or the fender and especially their tip ends and the rear end plate of the body under the trunk lid. Similarly, the brown plague on fan plate, the window frames and doors may raging strong. The biggest selling point of the duck, the PVC roll roofing, is in frequent use fast fragile and leaky.

Technical checks

The technique of duck is indeed manageable, but the engine needs some care. Thus, the oil should be changed regularly and the valves are adjusted at least every 20,000 kilometers. Then mileages of up to 300,000 km possible. The four-speed transmission also makes little trouble. Often, however, the coupling of the Citroen 2CV is worn - what a severe scratching and correspondingly high wear in the Gangbox result has.

Until 1982 the duck had drum brakes all round. At the front, the film can only very expensive and complicated exchange. Up to four hours workshop may apply, including setting for this work. Anyone who opts for a Citroen 2CV 6, better choose a model with front disc brakes. They can be not only much easier and faster to wait, they also have a much better effect. After about 120,000 kilometers of the brake cylinders and must often licks to be replaced. Unproblematic because hardly present the electrics are. 

Prices

Good Citroen 2CV are now expensive. For 1000 euros, there are only cars for cannibalizing or very intrepid restorers. From about 2000 Euros there are roadworthy Normal ducks, special models in similar condition as the two-color Charleston- or Dolly Duck start at 3,000 euros. 

Often, however, these are cars with well over 100 000 kilometers - they also require a comprehensive treatment soon. Road-Tested 2 CV cost around 4,500 euros, but even then no absolute freedom of rust can be expected. The really good copies are available from about 10,000 euros. In this price region both very neat original models and newly constructed and rust-proof cars found. For mothballed, as new Citroen 2CV up to 20,000 euros are now being demanded.

Upon introduction in 1980 (Citroën 2 CV)
7,390 Mark
At the end of production in 1987
8,690 Mark

spare Parts

Although Citroen authorized repair shops often very little spare have available, there is no shortage of parts for the duck. Only who needs all the bodies, must take a longer search to be sometimes. Thanks to the many Citroen 2 CV specialists the supply of equipment parts is largely unproblematic.

The price level lies but as before on a not so low. In the tire, the Michelin tires are a good choice. They prove to be very durable and provide a balanced performance. An alternative to the fast-wearing PVC roller roofs are soft tops. They are more expensive and not original, but much more robust. 

weaknesses

  1. Mudguard inside and outside
  2. Front bulkhead
  3. sill
  4. Frame and base plate
  5. End points and closing panel
  6. Front brakes (drums)
  7. valve timing
  8. Rolldach
  9. coupling worn
  10. Exhaust
Citroen 2CV

ratings

everyday practicality
Parts Location
repairability
Upkeep
Availability
demand

Conclusion

Some still think of the Citroen 2CV, the duck, seiein cheap car. But that was then. Meanwhile, good models are expensive. The times successful bargain hunting is over. Who buys no copy, should pay particular attention to the body condition in all age groups. Technical problems remain manageable.