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Post by red_dwarfers » 30 Jun 2010, 20:17

Citroening wrote:Image


No.....Just....No..... :lol:
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Post by myglaren » 30 Jun 2010, 20:26

Saw one the other day, recogniseable by the Audi-style running lights. At least it didn't have the Tangoe'd look about it but still didn't like it.
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Post by Citroening » 30 Jun 2010, 22:07

red_dwarfers wrote:No.....Just....No..... :lol:


196BHP though in a little car...should go well! :shock: :D
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Post by jgra1 » 01 Jul 2010, 09:20

:lol: i quite like that....
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Post by CitroJim » 01 Jul 2010, 09:58

jgra1 wrote::lol: i quite like that....


Looks like something out of Need for Speed, the PlayStation game :lol:
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Post by jgra1 » 01 Jul 2010, 10:20

yep ;) must get my ps2 up and running again.. :twisted:
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Post by Citroenmad » 02 Jul 2010, 10:07

Citroening wrote:
red_dwarfers wrote:No.....Just....No..... :lol:


196BHP though in a little car...should go well! :shock: :D


Well yes, as does a Mini CooperS, which has the same engine - that would be my choice. :lol:
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Post by jgra1 » 02 Jul 2010, 10:52

'need for speed' a bad omen..

camera van on way home :( not sure what speed I was doing on bike, but suspect over 60 in a 40..it's a very empty twisty B road that was always a 60 then became a 40 overnight once... 15 years and about 8000 journeys to work and never ever seen a speed trap..

hope I am helping with the deficit ;)

now wishing for an SP30 and not court :evil:
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Post by CitroJim » 04 Jul 2010, 08:47

jgra1 wrote:camera van on way home :(


Oh dear John :cry: not good :evil:

I'd not be surprised if I got one yesterday. Took the girls to an absolute dive of a town called Wellingborough so the girls could do their bit in the carnival parade; they belong to a majorette troupe.

Apologies to anyone living in Welligborough but after my experiences yesterday, the town stinks (and in parts literally too). There were signs saying they're spending millions regenerating it - why :? As the old saying goes: you can't polish a turd...

The root of my displeasure is that we were instructed to meet up at a certain car park in the town centre. Unbeknown to me, the authorities had seen fit to close off the entire town centre roads stupidly early in readinness for the carnival parade :twisted: We then spent what seemed like 16 hours desperately trying to get parked as near to the centre as we could so that the girls could at least meet up with their troupe. We made it, just, but at the end I was hot, bothered, stressed and hating Wellingborough more than I did previously... Bombing around in Rattiva desperately trying to find parking most likely saw some illegal speeds and being Northants, they do like their speed cameras :evil:

I won't even start on how long the poor girls were kept hanging around in the boiling sun waiting for ever for the procession to start :twisted: We all went home sunburned, exhausted and thoroughly fed up.

No such similarity to Friday. I took Robyn and one of her Latvian friends to the University of East Anglia in Norwich to have a look at the uni as a possible one for Robyn to attend; she's looking to do a nursing degree and the UEA is one of the top universities in the country for that.

What a lovely place :D I've always like Norfolk and Norwisch but the uni blew us all away; such a lovely atmosphere and setting and full of lovely people.

Top of the list for Robyn now :D Robyn's Latvian friend is quite remarkable. She cam to the UK to live three years ago at the age of 15 and did not speak a word of English. She is now looking to go to uni here after getting good GCSE grades and predictably good A level grades. She now speaks English completely natively. Remarkable I reckon :D

Whilst we were there, we delivered a spare turbo to Davetherave for his XM. Dave was not at home but he left an oily rag on his doorstep as a kind of welcome mat; it smelled all Citroeney :lol:

We went to Norwich in the V6 and it went a treat as always. It was so hot that I experimented with the aircon. I once tried it this time last year and it worked but was noisy so that was it, never tried again until Friday and to my amazement it worked well enough to keep us cool and the original noise seems to have gone by and large. I will now get it regassed as it is nowhere near as antarctic as the aircon in my red Activa. That one could freeze the balls off a polar bear :lol:

After the horrors of Welligborough Carnival, I took my red Activa out for a spin last evening, just for a joyride, just for the sheer pleasure of it. Nowhere in particular. It was lovely.

So, all cars are good, Rattiva continues to run well in her daily knockabout role and is still fun to drive.

Speaking of fun to drive, it is remarkable how different the Activas and V6 are. The Activas are very light and nimble-feeling whereas the V6 is a real heavy-weight cruiser. You can really feel the weight of the power train against the Activas. Horses for courses; you cannot beat the V6 for a relaxed travel on a long journey whereas the Activa is tops for sheer fun and throwing around corners :D
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Post by RichardW » 04 Jul 2010, 12:06

UEA = University of Easy Access in my day! Don't let that put you off though - both my sisters went there and had a good time. It is a long, flat, way from just about anywhere though (I like my hills...!)
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Post by CitroJim » 05 Jul 2010, 09:14

RichardW wrote:UEA = University of Easy Access in my day!


:lol: That's a good one Richard! I know what you mean about the lack of hills. Cushiest job in the world is to be a member of the East Anglian Mountain Rescue Team...

Off to a funeral today :cry: Not my family but for a good friend's sister. I taking her (the friend that is) down in the V6 and it was looking a bit grubby so at 7Am this morning I was out washing it. I did wait until the street was awake before hoovering it though.

Yesterday was a good day. I started off by checking the spheres on my Red Activa and got the front five done before Brady (brmartyn) arrived for some work on his Xantia.

To get at the Activa Accumulator it is easiest to slip off the battery tray. This had a bit of rust on it so an opportunity was taken to repaint it. I got a coat of primer on it last evening and this morning got another coat on...

Brady needed a new accumulator to be fitted as the tick rate was a bit high. In the event the tester showed it to be completely flat but I knew this before testing as it was only when the sphere was loose did I realise I'd not depressurised the system :lol:

We also changed his AL4 gearbox fluid and it was pleasing to see the old fluid was not that mucky. The oil wear counter was only at 13,000 so had a long way to go, still better to be safe than sorry.

then we replaced an ABS sensor, luckily a front one.

Finally I noticed the rear was a bit hard and not really being very keen to rise and fall. A quick check of the Centre Hydractive sphere showed it to be well below par so pro-tem we replaced it with a better (but not perfct) one from my stash. After a good lube of the height corrector, things were somewhat improved.

This week I shall finish the Activa battery tray and then get to check the other five spheres. All of them so far are just at their lower limit of serviceability so soonish I'll have to sport out for some new ones. The ones on there are regassed Westeroen ones and about four years old so not bad really.

On Wednesday the kids and I are going for a day out at Thorpe Park. Looking forward to that :D
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Post by XantiaMan » 05 Jul 2010, 09:27

CitroJim wrote:
No such similarity to Friday. I took Robyn and one of her Latvian friends to the University of East Anglia in Norwich to have a look at the uni as a possible one for Robyn to attend; she's looking to do a nursing degree and the UEA is one of the top universities in the country for that.

What a lovely place :D I've always like Norfolk and Norwisch but the uni blew us all away; such a lovely atmosphere and setting and full of lovely people.



You came to Norwich but didnt pop in for a cup of tea?? We are 3 minutes away from the UEA.
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Post by XantiaMan » 05 Jul 2010, 14:47

superloopy1 wrote:You've moved though, haven't you :wink:


From just outside Norwich to... just outside Norwich. Didnt think it would make much difference.
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Post by CitroJim » 05 Jul 2010, 19:33

XantiaMan wrote:From just outside Norwich to... just outside Norwich. Didnt think it would make much difference.


<expletive deleted> I thought you'd moved a fair way away too Gareth., which is why I didn't get in contact. We were a bit pushed for time at the end as Robyn was due at a Guide camp later that day. Had I known you were so close I'd have definitely paid a visit especially as we nipped across to Dave's house and he's only about five minutes from UEA.

Never to worry, I have a feeling I'll be a frequent visitor to your fair city in future so can make up for it then.

Anyway, how's life treating you Gareth?
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Post by CitroJim » 09 Jul 2010, 22:24

It's been a heck of a week one way or another :twisted:

the funeral went well on Monday; quite an upbeat affair actually. The lady in questing arranged her own funeral and made some quite specific requests. One of which was to wear bright clothes. I was unaware and went in black :evil: I stood out. Funniest was the final piece of music that was played and kept as a surprise - Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" :lol: Even the undertakers smiled!

Tuesday was a gruelling day at work and then on Wednesday I took my girls and two of their friends to Thorpe Park for the day :lol: We started out a 7.30 to get there at opening time and left at closing time. One very long but enjoyable day :lol: We were all exhausted and on the way out discovered the hard way that the car park now charges £2 per day for parking. It's only recently been introduced and there are no obvious signs to tell you and the first you know of it is when you arrive at the exit barrier. You cannot pay there :x

I had a rather interesting conversation with the yoof manning the barrier and neither of us were giving way. He told me of 15 signs telling of charges and I just sat tight with a determined look on my face as 20 or 30 cars queued up behind. The deadlock broke when I informed the yoof I was going to get out of my car and resolve the situation. I was intending to walk to a ticket machine after asking directions but yoof seemed to interpret my actions differently and offered to lift the barrier. He did and the throttle went to the floor which, in a V6, is quite spectacular :lol: I'm told by my passengers his face was a picture! All the girls collapsed in laughter and saw it as a highlight of the day :lol: They know me and know what I'm like in such circumstances and yoof may have done so too. I'm not to be messed with basically... They believe the yoof was intending to let me out just so I could drive back in the car park, get a ticket and out again. Shame I missed the turning and ended up driving out of the park :D

I submitted a comment to the Park by email in the form of a polite observation concerning signage, the manners of the yoof on the barrier and making an offer to pay but so far have heard nothing...

Saw a nasty accident on the M1 on the way home. It was on the other carriageway and involved two cars, a biker and a jack-knifed lorry. Our carriage way was fine but crawling at a snails-pace due to everyone slowing down to see what had happened. Why do they do this? I'd rather speed past it so I see as little of the carnage as possible.

I hope the biker was OK. Hopefully he was as the bike looked largely undamaged.

Yesterday and today were equally gruelling at work and so this evening some spanner therapy was much in need. I refitted the newly painted battery tray to the red Activa and set about checking the pressures in the rear spheres. I did test and fit two new rear corners I had in stock and on testing them found them 10 bars above pressure. The old corners were bang-on but I want them for the V6 which is still riding on non-hydractives at the rear. All the other spheres were fine and considering they are all four years old now and many are regassed items, not bad at all.

I also ran the Lexia across the car and found NO faults at all. That is a miracle, especially for the Hydractive ECU!

Final job was to grease up the height and roll corrector mechanisms and trace a small oil leak. The turbo inlet is a bit oily so soon I'll need to have the turbo pipes off and check the rubber couplings. One is known to split and indeed this is likely as compared to Rattiva, the red one is not quite as lively.

It was a joy to take the red one out for a spin this evening and cool down in the Arcticness of the aircon :D

I also found the new rear corners being 190 bars above what they should be makes for a slightly softer ride but without any apparent ill effects in the handling department.
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