Bangerwatch: 1993 Citroën ZX Volcane TD

The Citroën ZX Volcane is like a bus. You wait an age for one to come along and then three turn up at once. At the time of writing there are three for sale on eBay with prices ranging from £360 to £700. All are in reasonable order and wouldn’t look out of place at PetrolBlog HQ.

But there’s one which appeals more than the others. It’s white, it’s got three doors and had I not bought myself a ZX 16v last year, I’d be pressing the ‘Buy it Now’ button and heading to Kent armed with 1,200 notes. Heck, I even contemplated chopping in the AX GT, but fortunately came to my senses.

The seller commits the cardinal sin of opening the ad with the classic ‘rare opportunity’ line but then in the case of the Volcane he’s not far off the truth. How Many Left? reckons there are 238 Volcane diesels still on the road, but I’d wager that the vast majority of them come packed with two extra doors. More practical yes, but far less good looking. And I’ve always thought the ZX Volcane looks best in ’80s white.

Front of Citroen ZX Volcane for sale

Readers of PetrolBlog will be encouraged to hear that the dealer number plates, tax disc holder and key fob are still in place along with a stamped-up service book. It’s also only hand two owners from new. It even has a National Trust sticker on the front window, a sure sign of a careful and considerate owner. Seriously, is there anything not to like?

Well, the tow bar is a bit off-putting but is easily removed and there’s some light corrosion on the inner wings. Having said that, finding a better one may be tricky and at 129,000 miles it’s barely run-in. What’s more, four new Michelin Energy Saver tyres will help you get somewhere close to the claimed mid to high 40s mpg.

Front of Citroen ZX Volcane for sale

On paper you’d find it hard to get excited about Volcane diesel. A 0-60 time of over ten seconds and a top speed of 115mph was hardly the stuff of pant-wetting excitement. But its mid-range torque and fuel economy were the great levellers. What’s more, in 1993 the Volcane diesel was over £500 cheaper to buy than its petrol-driven sister.In the mid ’90s even the idea of a hot diesel sounded preposterous and something only ‘zoze crazee French’ would think of. Fast forward a couple of decades and a performance diesel is considered normal and commands quite a premium. And to think that the ZX was written off by Citroën enthusiasts for being too plain and boring. Pah.

PetrolBlog predicts that the hot ZXs will become rather desirable in the future, with the 3-door Volcane diesel rivalling the lesser spotted ZX 16v in the popularity contest. At the moment there are a few Volcanes left in existent, but just how long will it be before they’re threatened with extinction?

Citroen ZX Volcane for sale

Do yourself a favour, put in a bid on this hot hatch before I’m tempted into doing something silly.

Check out the ad here. The auction closes on Valentine’s Day, so you can treat your loved one to a night out in Sevenoaks. He or she will love you for it. Honest.

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The chief waffler and founder of PetrolBlog in 2010. Has a rather unhealthy obsession with cars from the 80s and 90s, and is on a one-man mission to collect the cars nobody else wants. Also likes tea and Hobnobs.

16 comments

  1. February 11, 2013
    Simon Hingston

    It’ll be interesting to see what the 90s classics are, not sure if diesels will make it yet. Nice looking car and suits the colour too but is it dragging it’s bottom?

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    • February 12, 2013
      Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

      Unless there’s a boot full of subwoofers and Rockford Fosgate amps, you could be right. Something to do with the aforementioned tow bar?

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      • February 12, 2013
        Simon Hingston

        Looking again I think it may just be lowered all round. Something to be remedied pdq!

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    • February 12, 2013
      aldoliddell

      90’s classics? Calibra, saphire cosworth, Puma, 106 GTI. MK1 Mondeo?!!! Like the first 4, but its hard to think of them as classics yet i suppose

      Reply
  2. February 11, 2013
    Richard Aucock

    Fully remember mildly idolising the Volcane TD in my youth. You are not alone, Gav!

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    • February 12, 2013
      Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

      A fear in my case it’s a little more than mild idolising! 😉

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  3. February 12, 2013
    Peter Counsell

    Absolutely agree. Kent is a lovely county.

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    • February 12, 2013
      Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

      😉

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  4. March 2, 2013
    Michael Owen

    The overriding memory of my ZX Volcane (petrol). Was of the number of times the passive rear wheel steering caught me out when taking a very twisty set of bends (the type that came very quickly one after another). Almost like the rear wheels could not keep up with the rapid changes! Culminating in me spinning the car on the road between Lockerbie and Dumfries. Not far from the Lochmaben cemetery (someone trying to tell me something?) The good old days (?).

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    • March 7, 2013
      Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

      Ha – good times. They don’t make ’em like they used to!

      Reply
  5. January 16, 2014
    mattc

    I had a silver one of these in 95 and was great fun, it handled like a it was on rails and such mid range pull. Remember it only had one electric wind mirror as the driver one was just a lever! Great car.

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  6. May 6, 2014
    Yvonne Jones

    Had one, diesel, in white, ex-demo, spoilers, Morette lights etc. My sister bought it off the forecourt and I had it off her…rolled it exactly a year later…very sad day that proved she didn’t always run on rails 🙁
    Loved that car so much I am on my 5th ZX now 🙂 ( 2 x volcane 3dr diesel 1 in white and 1 in red, an SX 3dr diesel, an Aura diesel estate and my current 5dr 1.4i Temptation) all eventually went for scrap and I was gutted to lose them, gutsy little cars that

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    • May 7, 2014
      Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

      Wow – that’s strong loyalty to the ZX. Fair play to you!

      So, is the 1.4i Temptation ‘current’ or ‘scrap’?! 😉

      And what’s next?!

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  7. November 23, 2016
    steven dearing

    i’ve got a 1.6 aura with 64,000 on the clock but my biggest regret is getting rid of my furio. how much would you take for your zx?

    Reply

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