Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Post by addo » 18 Jul 2014, 09:39

I'm afflicted with the "need" to consider how much a car costs me every day; some of them I am happy about the cost (whether high or low), others annoy me. It's not a deal-breaker, just one of those things I think about. Uniqueness rates high on my scale of accepting the costs.

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Post by Northern_Mike » 18 Jul 2014, 09:44

I agree with Addo. I've had some cars which have cost me very little to run which I have detested (306, Xantia 1.8, Jeep, Punto etc) and some that have cost a fortune but I really liked.

I generally work out how much I'll lose if I get bored and it ends up scrapped, that's the only true measure.

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Post by Mandrake » 18 Jul 2014, 10:51

addo wrote:I'm afflicted with the "need" to consider how much a car costs me every day; some of them I am happy about the cost (whether high or low), others annoy me. It's not a deal-breaker, just one of those things I think about. Uniqueness rates high on my scale of accepting the costs.
Same for me.

I'm a lot more willing to accept a bit of hassle and cost to maintain something a bit more unique and special like a good Xantia V6 - it's something that puts a big grin on my face every time I drive it too. (At least it did back when it worked properly...and I'm sure this new one will put a grin on my face when I drive it too)

On the other hand if it was something like a Xantia 1.9TD LX (or even a C1 for that matter) that started giving me a lot of grief it would go quick smart....as they're both neither that unique or special by comparison. I certainly don't get a grin on my face driving a 1.9TD :wink:

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Post by Northern_Mike » 18 Jul 2014, 12:10

Mandrake wrote: I certainly don't get a grin on my face driving a 1.9TD :wink:
I disagree. Driven hard enough, you can get a grin on your face driving just about anything :-)

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Post by CitroJim » 18 Jul 2014, 12:44

northern_mike wrote:
Mandrake wrote: I certainly don't get a grin on my face driving a 1.9TD :wink:
I disagree.
I disagree too. My little C1 never fails to put a smile on my face... Try one Simon. You won't be disappointed I promise.

I'm frankly surprised at my C1 having that effect. I was bought to do a job; that it is fun is a big bonus for me.

My Activa does the same and there I agree that a high cost of running is more than compenasted by the pleasure. Same almost for the V6 when you want a cosset :-D

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Post by citronut » 18 Jul 2014, 13:36

the valater next to my work shop has a brand new new style pre registered C1 in today to clean for the local Cit dealer ( Wilmoths )

this car is silver with a bright orange cloth/vinyl sun roof, door mirrors dash center fascia, multi coloured pin striped seats and B post trims :yikes: :yikes: :roll: :wink:

it realy dont look right :? :-D :wink:

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Post by addo » 18 Jul 2014, 13:51

I've seen C3 Pluriels with orange interior and silver-grey outside. They were horrid enough!

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Post by Northern_Mike » 18 Jul 2014, 13:58

Small cars are meant to be made with questionable colours

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Post by daviemck2006 » 18 Jul 2014, 18:40

I was in past Citroen Glasgow today just to see a new C1. The only one there was exactly as Malcolm described and I did not think much of it. Colours all wrong, and sitting in it I thought it felt less roomy than the old model, although the salesman insisted it is slightly bigger in and out. I think they have taken away the basic ness of the old model which is what appealed to me so much. It's a small basic car, doesn't need all the fancy stuff.

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Post by CitroJim » 18 Jul 2014, 21:21

daviemck2006 wrote: I think they have taken away the basic ness of the old model which is what appealed to me so much. It's a small basic car, doesn't need all the fancy stuff.
Precisely Davie, I totally and utterly agree.

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Post by Northern_Mike » 18 Jul 2014, 21:25

The things every car should have are airbags, abs and aircon. That's enough for me.

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Post by CitroJim » 19 Jul 2014, 04:46

I don't even think aircon is an essential in a basic car Mike. How many days a year, honestly, is it needed in the UK? It's would be nice right now but windows wind down and a C1 fan on full-pelt produces plenty of thrust..

I'll agree on ABS though...

What the C1 doesn't need though is PAS. It's so light it makes the Xantia feel positively heavy!

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Post by Northern_Mike » 19 Jul 2014, 08:32

CitroJim wrote:I don't even think aircon is an essential in a basic car Mike. How many days a year, honestly, is it needed in the UK? It's would be nice right now but windows wind down and a C1 fan on full-pelt produces plenty of thrust.
It's not just the cooling element though is it Jim? - the "conditioning" bit is just as important. It filters a lot of crap out the air - especially pollen, which makes it invaluable to hayfever sufferers (Adriana suffers badly with it), the ability to demist an entire car pretty much instantly , and all the other benefits it brings. I'd not have a main car without it now, don't think I have had for more than 15 years now. Of course keeping the interior at a nice ambient temp also aids concentration and the ability to drive properly.I have it on pretty much constantly in the mobile greenhouse. It doesn't seem to have much effect on economy.

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Post by CitroJim » 19 Jul 2014, 08:43

The C1 has a pollen filter Mike :wink:

I must confess I'm not a great lover of aircon. I have to work in an air-conditioned office and I hate it. That colours my view somewhat.

I'm a natural outdoor fresh-air sort. Conditioned air is not fresh. I do not thrive indoors.

Point taken on demisting. I find that handy perhaps twice a year!

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Post by Northern_Mike » 19 Jul 2014, 08:47

Oddly I don't like aircon anywhere other than in the car.

It has its occasional advantages in other places... or disadvantages. Haven't quite worked out which yet :-)

In the office, at least it takes away the smell of those who have soap allergies..