Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 16 Jan 2013, 06:40

Good thinking on the MOT front Mike...

Yes, whenever you want you can have a drive of the V6 and the Prestige.. Not yet though as the Prestige won't be moving until the current salt epidemic is over...

The Activa isn't moving much at the moment for the same reason...

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Citroenmad » 18 Jan 2013, 22:55

CitroJim wrote:Despite what I said earlier, the XM is staying...

Truth is I can't bear to part with it...

I still can't justify having three cars but I can't bear to part with any of them either :roll:


That is excellent news Jim, I'm very happy to hear that :-D

I'm having the same problem with my 3 cars. Mind, even if I managed to get down to two cars again, I'd end up with something else. In fact, going to look at a potential 4th tomorrow! :shock:

glutton for punishment! :lol:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Northern_Mike » 18 Jan 2013, 23:08

I am happy with 2 cars, but I see a mid-90s BMW 328i with a manual box, and a 3-wheeler Morgan replica in my future!

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Citroenmad » 18 Jan 2013, 23:10

I'd be happy with 1 car Mike, but they just seem to come along :lol:

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Post by addo » 19 Jan 2013, 00:33

My good friend Miss P has about seventy cars now, mostly base and "stripper" '60s and '70s American models (ie; all options deleted except larger engine), many in original condition (some deterioration, necessary conservation repairs only). When we first met eleven years ago, she had about twenty, the increase is apparently my fault. :lol:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 26 Jan 2013, 13:56

Dug the XM out of the snow this morning. It has been parked in a shady nook for several weeks and the snow cover was still almost perfect...

Gosh, it was good to drive the XM again. Forgot just what a lovely drive it is :P

Had a good check of the Xantias and I find the V6 needs a new rad and front discs sometime in the future and the Activa is enjoying loosing LHM from a weepy rear ram. It might stop when it warms up but I really must do the mod on it...

Apart from that, all is good. I'm quite well at the moment and have been enjoying a spell of good consistency. Lifestyle changes are complete, smokes have now been given up for nearly a month and caffeine likewise. It really seems to have helped. I found out just what caffeine does to me on Tuesday when I foolishly had a latte in MaccyD's. I couldn't sleep that night!

I return to full-time work next Monday :evil:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 26 Jan 2013, 16:28

Do have a nice holiday Mike!

superloopy wrote:I need to look at changing Activa cambelt, is your write up nearing completion at all I wonder 8-) ..


No, have to confess it isn't but I do need to do the cambelt on the XM and as that's essentially the same engine as that Activa I can base it on that, noting the differences along the way...

In fact I really ought to get my finger out with that and get the strut tops refurbished so I can enjoy a summer of XM motoring with some peace of mind...

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Post by addo » 26 Jan 2013, 20:26

Good work on the coffin nails, no wonder your sleeping was messed up recently!

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Citroenmad » 26 Jan 2013, 22:08

Im very pleased to hear your doing well at the moment, I can imagine a drive of the XM did you some good too!

Well done giving up the smokes, that'll no doubt help no end, but at the same time, can't have been easy.

I've avoided all involvement with cambelts at all costs, however I might have to have one off tomorrow. Should I decide to do it, Im really not looking forward to turning the key after :shock: :roll:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Rhothgar » 27 Jan 2013, 12:00

Well done Jim!

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 27 Jan 2013, 15:02

Rhothgar wrote:Well done Jim!


Thanks Roger :-D Not sure what for though :roll:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 27 Jan 2013, 18:58

Been playing with a Mazda RX-8 this afternoon :D Now there's a car with Citroen DNA all over it... Quirky, a most interesting Wankel engine and such atrocious access that it makes a 2.0TCT XM look easy :lol:

This one won't go and it appears due to ignition coil failure. The problem is that if it's been misfiring for any length of time then the engine may be toast due to bore (chamber) wash so if this is the case then an engine rebuild will be on and that's going to interest me greatly...

Due to the likelihood of the engine being wrecked the car, which is in immaculate nick otherwise, was picked up from the 'bay for an absolute song...

Parts prices make Citroen stuff look cheap. It has four ignition coils and I believe each one costs over £100. The basic spares to rebuild the engine will leave no change from a grand so I understand...

Nice car though and following progress with great interest...

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by myglaren » 27 Jan 2013, 19:39

My eldest son was after one of those but couldn't find a decent one at sensible prices.
Coming home from work one evening last year there were three identical silver ones parked, two on one side of the road and one on the other.
Otherwise a very rare sight around here (like Xantais).

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Northern_Mike » 27 Jan 2013, 21:19

CitroJim wrote:Been playing with a Mazda RX-8 this afternoon :D Now there's a car with Citroen DNA all over it... Quirky, a most interesting Wankel engine and such atrocious access that it makes a 2.0TCT XM look easy :lol:

This one won't go and it appears due to ignition coil failure. The problem is that if it's been misfiring for any length of time then the engine may be toast due to bore (chamber) wash so if this is the case then an engine rebuild will be on and that's going to interest me greatly...

Due to the likelihood of the engine being wrecked the car, which is in immaculate nick otherwise, was picked up from the 'bay for an absolute song...

Parts prices make Citroen stuff look cheap. It has four ignition coils and I believe each one costs over £100. The basic spares to rebuild the engine will leave no change from a grand so I understand...

Nice car though and following progress with great interest...


They're very nice, I looked at a few last year. It may be well worth looking at a new factory short motor for it rather than rebuilding , as they are not as horrendously expensive as one might imagine. The engine disasters and the insane prices of spares put me right off buying one.

..... says the man who is picking up a 90s Impreza WRX STi on Thursday.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 27 Jan 2013, 21:40

Something is going wrong. Citroen owners are leaving in droves. Rover 75s, Mazda RX8s, Subaru Imprezas', and (maybe) Renault 25s'.

DON'T LEAVE ME!!