Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Xaccers » 12 Jun 2014, 11:24

CitroJim wrote: I've bought a 14 plate (also brand - new) Citroen C1. I'm thinking that'll do the job for the daily grind and meet the requirement of hardly ever needing spanners and being very reliable whilst at the same time being dirt-cheap to run.
Who are you and what have you done with the real CitroJim? :mrgreen:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by daviemck2006 » 12 Jun 2014, 11:49

That is a car that I found fun to drive, 100% reliable seriously cheap to run and the easiest to service that I ever had. That ticked all the boxes I needed ticked at the time when I was doing 100 miles a day. However after a c5 2.2hdi it was uncomfortable and slow. I shudder to think how slow it will feel after a v6! The c1oc used to be a good source of information, but now seems to be full of youngsters with big wheels claiming their car does 150 mph and 0 - 60 in 3.5 seconds yet still returns 85 mpg:O:-)

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by citronut » 12 Jun 2014, 12:58

KP wrote:What do you think of the c1

i think there orible :evil: :evil: #-o #-o ,

aparently C1's up to 09 have the clutch fail around the 30K,
also there water pumps fall apart ( literally ) around the 30K mark, easy enough to replace though,
and i spos in its favor it doesnt have a cam belt

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Mandrake » 12 Jun 2014, 15:35

I see a lot of C1's about up this way, and all of them seem to be red... :-D

I've sometimes wondered what would be a good little daily driver to get to work, do milk runs etc, and be cheap to run and insure and reliable, so that a bigger, older (less reliable!) car like the Xantia could become a weekend / long trip cruiser instead of being run into the ground as a daily driver...

Something that might also be good for my girlfriend to learn to drive in, if I can talk her into trying again... :lol:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by bxzx16v » 12 Jun 2014, 16:44

Sorry to hear of your car problems Jim, the C1 is a cracking little motor. It's good to hear your retiring the Xantia's.

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Post by daviemck2006 » 12 Jun 2014, 16:59

Yep the earliest ones had a 180 mm clutch which did not tolerate abuse or even normal use but since early 09 which my 107 was had an uprated 190 mm clutch which solved this. Mine was well over 65k when sold and was fine. Water pumps also weak on earlier cars, again mine was fine. Mine was also on original brakes when sold and hardly looked worn at all. The only other things were some leak through the back window (bootlid) and can leak through the aerial on the roof. Again mine meter suffered any of this. If it's the semi - auto they can suffer the electrics for it going prematurely, and costs to fix aka my c2 sensodrive costing £980. Apart from that a superb wee car as long as you don't expect too much. Just small, not the comfiest ride and not fast, but nippier than you might imagine, but needs revs and gearchanges to achieve it, but will keep up with general traffic flow.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Northern_Mike » 13 Jun 2014, 05:54

I must say, with the latest deals on C1s from Evans Halshaw, even I'm tempted to get one for Mrs Northern_Mike. Simple, reliable transport that doesn't need spanners all the time would be a blessed relief. The Berlingo still mostly works, but it needs a couple of expensive jobs doing on it.

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Post by addo » 13 Jun 2014, 10:28

Isn't the C1 that thing you are at risk of inhaling if you hiccup nearby?

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Post by citronut » 13 Jun 2014, 12:42

addo wrote:Isn't the C1 that thing you are at risk of inhaling if you hiccup nearby?
now you C1 now you dont :rofl2: :rofl2: :-D :wink:

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Post by addo » 13 Jun 2014, 13:09

I admit to entertaining the idea of a new car (van) recently when the Berlingo seemed to be crumbling at every turn. The costs didn't make any sense for my position when I looked harder.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by DHallworth » 13 Jun 2014, 23:26

Get rid of the Xantia V6 Jim... use it as a donor for a V6 Activa ;)

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Post by Northern_Mike » 13 Jun 2014, 23:30

addo wrote:I admit to entertaining the idea of a new car (van) recently when the Berlingo seemed to be crumbling at every turn. The costs didn't make any sense for my position when I looked harder.
I'd keep the Berlingo and the missus can have the C1. That way the Berlingo can be made all good again and used for journeys that aren't just around town, and the C1 can be used for her and the lad to potter around in. The 3-wheeler can be used for my own amusement now it has brakes again. Well, kind of. They work.. needs new shoes yet, the ones I ordered were wrong. Finally got some on order from brakeparts.co.uk after sending pics of my old ones.

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Post by addo » 14 Jun 2014, 00:04

Doesn't your other half find the Berlingo front passenger legroom restrictive? I get complaints about that all the time.

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Post by Northern_Mike » 14 Jun 2014, 00:09

addo wrote:Doesn't your other half find the Berlingo front passenger legroom restrictive? I get complaints about that all the time.
No, she's a shortarse!

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Post by daviemck2006 » 14 Jun 2014, 00:26

I'm just short of 6ft and a fat git and have driven berlingos with no problems and nor cramped in any way. There was also plenty of room in the 107, well in the front anyway.

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