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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Northern_Mike » 14 Jun 2014, 00:41

I am 6ft and a fat git. I have no problems either.
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Maybe it's the non-adjustable van seat contributing. She was happiest in the 605 for comfort, but prefers the Alfa for image...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by citronut » 14 Jun 2014, 08:54

northern_mike wrote:I am 6ft and a fat git. I have no problems either.


you must have one of them there wonky mirrors Mike, as i dont remember you looking that FAT!!!! on your vists to my workshop :shock: :? :-D :yikes: :yikes: :eye: :eye:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by KP » 14 Jun 2014, 10:54

Sounds like the same turns of speed anyone brave enough to buy a 1.6 xantia had...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Jun 2014, 08:08

I took delivery of my C1 on Friday. I did not expect to get it that quickly as I only ordered it on Wednesday and thought I was going to the dealer just to complete formalities. In the end I paid for it via Internet banking :shock: Chris570 lives in the same locality as the dealer so between us we could get both cars home. Thanks Chris :-D

My first impressions with is that I'm very happy indeed. It's very basic but no worse for it, the seats are comfy and it goes like a rocket around town. One long trip has been completed and all satisfactory. I found it even has one very nice feature in common with an S1 (but not an S2) Xantia. 50 points to anyone who can identify what it is :wink:

The V6 is back on the road thanks to Chris supplying a replacement pipe. We fitted it on Thursday and the longest bit was cleaning up the engine bay. What a mess :twisted: Unfortunately the replacement was showing signs of failing in the same place (on the tee where the hydractive leakoff pipe joins) so I ordered a new one from the dealers. Good job I did...

Chris and I looked at my Activa next and we both decided the replacement driveshaft was not happy so we got a CV boot kit and rebooted the old one. Thank goodness for cones!!! New driveshaft fitted and still the same so next time we swap wheel bearings.

Saturday morning PavlosV6 calls to report his V6 has a bad LHM leak. We took a look and found.... Guess What?

Yep, his had exactly the same problem as mine. Not long after finding this the dealer called to say my new pipe was in so we hared off in the C1 to pick it up and fit it to his. He was lucky in that the tee had not completely let go as mine had so not such a mess but it was bad enough!

Pavlos has ordered me a replacement for mine.

Back to work now so hopefully normality will resume. These past two weeks have been anything but... Happy, it is looking like what has been preoccupying me for a while and causing me to do much mileage may be in the process of becoming resolved.

I feel like I'm going back to work for a rest. These two weeks have been absolutely mad..

I'll be catching up as best I can in the next day or so as I'm behind on all the news on here again :(

I'll be doing a for sale ad for the XM in the next few days. Open to offers from a guide price which will be discussed only via PM. The XM is currently SORN.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Mandrake » 15 Jun 2014, 08:18

Did you get a petrol C1 or a Diesel Jim ?
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Jun 2014, 08:21

Mandrake wrote:Did you get a petrol C1 or a Diesel Jim ?


Petrol Simon as all C1s only have one engine choice nowadays; the 998cc Toyota three-pot.

Gosh it looks so tiny after a V6. You nearly need a magnifying glass to find it :lol:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Mandrake » 15 Jun 2014, 09:03

Reminds me of my 3 cylinder 993cc '84 Daihatsu charade that was my second car. I loved that thing, although mine was the turbo variant and went like stink! :twisted: (until it ate the turbo anyway...)
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Jun 2014, 11:32

I've heard excellent reports of those little engines Simon.

I'm having to learn to drive the C1 properly. It's so counter-intuitive to me as the little tyke thrives on revs and fifth gear is really only useful above 70. So unlike the Activa or the V6.

Drive it like you stole it and it is huge fun... It goes round corners like a go-kart but nowhere near as competently as the Activa..
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Mandrake » 15 Jun 2014, 12:02

Yes those early Daihatsu 3 cylinder engines were great. Lots of low down pull for such a tiny engine, and although the 3 cylinder design gives a noticeable vibration around 1500 rpm (unloaded) they were otherwise very smooth and revved to over 6500 easily and willingly, a bit like the smaller GS engines...Lots of fun to drive in the turbo version.

A very busy engine bay though, the turbo is a force fed carburettor with a plumbers nightmare of emissions devices around the carburettor that makes the Xantia V6 plumber nightmare area look tame. :twisted: (I never did figure out where some of the small vacuum hoses that had detached themselves belonged... :lol: )

http://www.autospeed.com/cms/gallery/ar ... a=2968&i=6

I never knew how much horse power that thing was, but according to this page it was 50kW (68hp) and 106Nm (mine was the CB60)

http://www.autospeed.com/cms/article.html?&A=2968

Five speed gearbox and air conditioning too!

Ah, fun times. The thing that killed the engine in mine was that mine was a bit of an oil burner - which caused the oil level to get too low on a long trip when it hadn't been checked for a while, which seized the turbo ! The turbo was later reconditioned and it did a few more years until rust claimed the chassis...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by DHallworth » 15 Jun 2014, 17:37

I'm guessing you're referring to a 3.5mm Aux In socket Jim?

Why they took that off the S2 Xantia baffled me as I used to love climbing in Dad's Activa as a kid with my iPod in my pocket as I got what I wanted on the radio rather then being tortured to Radio 4... which as a kid was pretty horrid!

The C1's are nice little cars. They certainly handle city life well as when I had one as a courtesy car I was amazed at how I could throw it round the city centre. I also remember having a great laugh with a mate in it when we realised how quickly we could throw it round the corners in a Glasgow Multi Storey Car Park :D

Fingers crossed it proves reliable, Jim. It'll certainly be more economical then my latest purchase **whistles**

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Jun 2014, 17:48

DHallworth wrote:I'm guessing you're referring to a 3.5mm Aux In socket Jim?


That's exactly right David =D> Excellent! The salesman made a specific point of drawing my attention to it.

I really miss it on my S2 Xantia...

DHallworth wrote:It'll certainly be more economical then my latest purchase **whistles**


The ES9 V6 Activa must be far more economical than a TCT surely?

Unless you're driving it like you stole it of course :lol:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by DHallworth » 15 Jun 2014, 18:08

The Activa V6 is wonderfully economical Jim.

I replaced the burnt out Range Rover yesterday. The average consumption on the new toy was 14.1mpg when I test drove it!

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Mandrake » 15 Jun 2014, 18:14

Do you have a figure yet David, or are you just saying its far better than 14 ? :-D

My bet is if you drive it conservatively the V6 will beat the TCT easily, because you have so much low down torque that you don't need to rev it to keep up with the traffic flow... ;)
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Jun 2014, 18:20

DHallworth wrote:The average consumption on the new toy was 14.1mpg when I test drove it!


Gosh :shock: What is it? An aircraft?

:lol:
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