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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Citroenmad » 20 Jul 2012, 21:47

That has worked out very well for you Jim :)

The new arrival sounds interesting, Im rubbish with names, especially for cars. However, what avout 'Saved V6'? As I remember you saying you were not sure what might happen with it.

The exhaust backbox sounds similar to the one on my XM, its fairly new, its not blowing but it is loud and does take the edge off the car on a long run. Its on my list of things to get done.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Northern_Mike » 21 Jul 2012, 08:24

CitroJim wrote:Rattiva II has today returned to her former owner Activa Mike and a text message just received suggests he's happy with her :-D

I enjoyed a very good rapport with this car and I hope Mike will be as happy. The 110 HDi Exclusive is a brilliant car and no doubt about it.
Great to see you again yesterday Jim, meet the cat and have a good natter. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had by all. Pete managed to get RUNN back to my house without crashing it, and I had a great journey back down the M1, round the M25 and up the M40 in Rattiva.

I simply *cannot* believe the difference 9 months of Jim's ownership has made to the car. It's simply amazing. I've even worked out the reverse heater :-) Quiet, smooth, and now there's no boost leak, it has a surprising turn of speed. I drove 200 miles in her yesterday with various running around later on in the evening. It took me a while to work out that there was something else different (as well as everything actually working). This particular thing was that the dash is now correctly lit.

Chuffed? You bet I am! You can change my forum username to Rattiva_Mike now Jim....

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 21 Jul 2012, 09:11

Excellent Mike :-D You're happy with Rattiva I take it? :lol: :lol:
Activa_Mike wrote: Chuffed? You bet I am! You can change my forum username to Rattiva_Mike now Jim....
Will be done in a tic... You'll need to log in again after the change...

Off to lay spanners on the new old V6 in a bit...

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Xaccers » 21 Jul 2012, 10:32

For naming, go for a long relaxing drive, clear your mind, become one with the car, and it will tell you its name.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by xantia_v6 » 21 Jul 2012, 13:10

CitroJim wrote: She also needs a new expansion tank as the present one is split.
I have one in hand now (ex a 2.1) for a nominal price.
CitroJim wrote: I have a new back box all ready to fit. Interestingly, Mike fitted an identical new back box to his new V6 and found it a tad noisy. I'd noted in the past that the new back box fitted to my Old V6, now Paul's (pavlosv6) was similarly a bit louder. Investigation shows all three back boxes have a manufacturing fault whereby one tailpipe is open directly to the inlet and is not baffled, only wrapped in rockwool around a perforated pipe. The standard (quiet) back box is much more heavily baffled on both tailpipes.
I have now refitted the slightly rusted genuine Citroen silencer, and it is much quieter. On the genuine box, the inlet baffle tube goes most of the length of the box, but is angled down so that it does not meet the outlet baffle pipes (which seem a bit shorter). I can't see what else is in there.

As an aside, the cheap Xantia V6 exhaust center sections currently on ebay are a very good fit.
CitroJim wrote: (still awaiting a name - suggestions?)
Ratsclusive :?:
CitroJim wrote: Once quietened down and serviced she'll be my new daily driver...
I am sure she has many more miles in her, I just couldn't pass up the switch to an identical car with half the miles, particularly for the long drives on the autoroute.
CitroJim wrote: When I've washed her Mark :lol: :lol: She'll scrub up well I reckon...
I must apologise again for delivering her in such an appalling state, but I just forgot to stop at the car wash on the way to yours. :oops:

I have a spare nesrside rear door (without crease) if you can be bothered fitting it.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 22 Jul 2012, 08:11

The new back box is on and it fitted a treat. It's noisier than standard but to my ears (I'm a bit deaf anyway!) it sounds a treat 8-)

Oil and filters changed and taken for a reasonable run yesterday. She drives a real treat :-D I'm very happy....

And does she go - like a scalded cat :twisted: Of all the V6s I have driven I'm now sure there is something different about the MK1. They go better than any MK2 I've driven. More urgent and more edgy. Basically, a really lovely drive.

Mike, first, no need to apologise for her cleanliness at all :lol: Rattiva_Mike received Rattiva before I could wash her too...

I think I have a spare expansion tank but if not, I may well be interested...

I like Ratsclusive as a name although in reality she's not really ratty at all. And yes, loads of life left in her :)

No, I won't swap doors - that crease is part of her patina :lol:

Just ABS and airbag (both intermittent) to sort and then she's fully good :-D

Here's a couple of pictures of her. The colour is growing on me...

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Citroenmad » 22 Jul 2012, 20:51

I have always liked Xantias in that dark grey colour, the S1 looks very smart in it. Ive only seen two S1 Activas in that colour.

Its looking good Jim, will this be your new daily driver from now on?

Im still itching for a drive in a V6 Xantia, I might well have to own one at some point 8-)

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 23 Jul 2012, 18:07

The colour grows on me more each day Chris. It is not a common one but I have a feeling Xac's Jenny is the same colour. Xac, see if she has the paint code ETW...

Yes, she's now installed as my daily driver. New V6 is back to her special occasion only role.

Took a run in new old V6 to near St. Neots yesterday to visit a certain XM V6 owner and see how progress is coming along on a certain major job. I'm not permitted to reveal all I know on the progress front but I will say my little girly hands and arms came in useful on a certain job involving an exhaust flange where the cat joins.

I must say I'm delighted with new old V6 :-D Given her mileage she drives beautifully, is very taut (no doubt due to recent new wishbone bushes), rides beautifully, is very pokey and is very quiet except for that bloody exhaust. Mike you're right. Although it sounds nice for short periods on a run it gets a bit wearing. Mine, at certain speeds, booms a bit and resonates.

Maybe when it has a bit of carbon in it it'll be quieter...

ABS and airbag still to do. I'm laid low at the moment following a very busy weekend which included a night out for my birthday and ending with replacing a foglamp on a Poxhall Corset yesterday evening. The job ws complicated by finding a CV boot hanging off which I did at the same time. As a result today has been effectively a complete write-off. It was expected. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be livelier.

Plenty of time though as I have this week off as leave. What a week to choose 8-)

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Xaccers » 23 Jul 2012, 18:13

Yup Jenny is ETW too.
Glad you're enjoying it Jim :)

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Chris570 » 23 Jul 2012, 18:37

CitroJim wrote:Took a run in new old V6 to near St. Neots yesterday to visit a certain XM V6 owner and see how progress is coming along on a certain major job. I'm not permitted to reveal all I know on the progress front but I will say my little girly hands and arms came in useful on a certain job involving an exhaust flange where the cat joins.
Delicately put ;)

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 23 Jul 2012, 18:40

Chris570 wrote: Delicately put ;)
What make you think I'm talking about you Chris? :lol: I might well know somebody else in the general region who's also working on an XM V6. After all I never said what engine it was. It might have been a PRV V6... :wink:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Chris570 » 23 Jul 2012, 18:45

CitroJim wrote:
Chris570 wrote: Delicately put ;)
What make you think I'm talking about you Chris? :lol: I might well know somebody else in the general region who's also working on an XM V6. After all I never said what engine it was. It might have been a PRV V6... :wink:
What makes you think I think you're talking about me (this could go on for a while)

But there aren't that many idiots about who would willingly do this much work on a v6 XM

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 23 Jul 2012, 18:51

Chris570 wrote: But there aren't that many idiots about who would willingly do this much work on a v6 XM
Just one look at the interior of an S2 XM Exclusive is enough Chris :-D That's enough to convince anyone of the worthiness of the project...

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by andmcit » 23 Jul 2012, 19:06

ETW is a lovely colour - I've an Activa s1 and an Xm TCT in this colour!!
Belated Happy Birthday Jim!!

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 23 Jul 2012, 19:09

andmcit wrote: Belated Happy Birthday Jim!!
Thanks Andrew :-D I thought it was an XM colour too... I joked yesterday to an XM owner that a S1 V6 Xantia is nothing more than a baby XM...