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Post by CitroJim » 20 Oct 2009, 22:04

myglaren wrote: Not forgetting the C5 :)
Oh gosh Yes!!!! Sorry Steve :oops:

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Post by myglaren » 20 Oct 2009, 22:58

Not a very memorable experience though Jim, in all honesty.

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Post by CitroJim » 22 Oct 2009, 20:08

myglaren wrote:Not a very memorable experience though Jim, in all honesty.
Well actually Steve, I thought it was a cracking drive and a lovely engine :D

Today, I have fallen victim to the cold that's been doing the rounds hereabouts :twisted: :cry: I called into our sick reporting line at work and the HR girl said "Oh, not another one! You all seem to be dropping like flies..." The aircon must be spreading it...

Still, it's not swine 'flu as far as I know :roll:

Speaking of work, I've spotted a black C6 in the office car park. No idea who owns it but for a couple of days now I've parked my V6 next to it :D A few weeks ago I spotted a nice blue XM as well. Again no idea who owns it but when you work in a big place employing 2000 staff, finding out is not easy. Still having a few Citroens in the park makes a nice change from the usual fare of Beemers, Audis, Mercs and other "lifestyle statement" cars that litter the place :D

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Post by Citroenmad » 22 Oct 2009, 21:54

There are a lot of bugs and illness going around for the moment. I seem to have had one after the other recently, getting a bit bored with having a cold now :? I think its the work air con units too, there are so many people off ill. Mixing with all these students doesn't help either!

Im glad you enjoyed the drive in a C5 Jim, they are a good car, just maybe not quite as special/unique/interesting (one of those!) as the generation of hydraulic Citroens before, though certainly not to be over looked. An ideal cruiser and much more. The 2.0HDi is a good unit too, suits the C5 well, though id not like to drive the 90 version!

Hope your feeling better soon Jim :)

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Post by CitroJim » 22 Oct 2009, 22:06

Citroenmad wrote: Hope your feeling better soon Jim :)
Thanks Chris :D I'm sure I'll be better by the weekend 8) It might seem a bit wimpish to "throw a sickie" for a cold but at our place there is a very strict policy of staying home when coldy or fluey just in case it's swine and to stop, as far as possible, the whole place going down. having an entire help desk out of action would not be good...

No, the C5 demonstrated very conclusively to me that it was a car I could happily live with; I'd quite like to see how a 3.0L V6 C5 compares to my V6 Xantia now as they fundamentally use the same engine and gearbox. I'm thinking ahead here in case circumstances one day force me toward a C5, say if for some reason a Xantia can no longer be used as a viable daily driver. For now though, I have no such intentions. I like my Xantias too much :D

Thanks also Chris for your advice concerning a car for dad. If only I could steer him toward a 206 :(

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Post by vince » 22 Oct 2009, 23:48

Well i hope it doesnt develop into the one i just god rid of last night / today.

I started last Friday and have been sick as a dog....Today i felt much better, but about an hour or so ago my long standing broken tooth erupted into a krakatoa of pain......i am currently drugged up to keep my sanity :roll:

I had a right good day planned for tomorrow......day off, me and wife going into town, kids at school....but now tooth problems to sort out..... :x

P.s. your lucky Jim being able to stop off work......We only have 3 vans and I take one home. As i live 50 miles away no one can come and collect it from my house as it takes around 2 hours round trip in rush hour traffic, so i have to go into work regardless :roll: I suppose if i was physically unable to drive then they would need to hire a van :wink:

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Post by KP » 23 Oct 2009, 09:03

Vince should get on some good WVO and not use the works van at all :)

Berlingo/caddy vs Xantia....... ;)

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Post by xantia_v6 » 24 Oct 2009, 14:00

Jim,

When your V6 coil failed, did it misfire before the engine management light came on? My Mk1 has developed an intermittant misfire without many clues.

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Post by CitroJim » 24 Oct 2009, 16:34

xantia_v6 wrote: When your V6 coil failed, did it misfire before the engine management light came on? My Mk1 has developed an intermittant misfire without many clues.
No, straight from running perfectly to running on four with the engine management light on as soon as the coil got hot. Almost like throwing a switch. The ECU recorded a coil short on 1/5 coil. Is you engine management light coming on during the misfire?

I'm happy to report feeling a lot better today. Up and cleaned the house from top to bottom and then playtime :D

In celebration (?) of the end of BST today for another year and the prospect of dark evenings, I replaced all the duff instrument bulbs int he V6 today. To guard against (hopefull) not having to do the job again any time soon, I replaced them wholesale (12 bulbs in all) and tested each before it went in.

I had a dark heater panel too so whilst it was all apart I thought I'd replace those bulbs too. No such luck :twisted: They're special and although they look like the dash bulbs, they won;t pull out of their holders as they're welded to the contacts. I did try to work a normal R286 capless bulb in but they're too tall and won't go home. I must now source some replacements.

I also replaced the dip beam headlamp bulbs with some Ring jobs from our local factor that claim to be 90% brighter than a standard H1 halogen. Darkness will tell :roll:

Continuing the electrical theme for today, I have just repaired John Plum's blower speed regulator and tested it. All good. before I do any more I must replenish stocks of both the MJ11015 transistors and the small nuts and screws I use to replace the rivets. I've done a few just recently.

John, I'll pop it back in the post on Monday, sorry for the delay but I did not feel up to the job until today.

Tomorrow, back to the EPIC pump, a start (hopefully) on the ML5 gearbox ex Gareth's Activa and the hunt for a car for Robyn. Dad has now decided to keep his Pixo so the goal-posts have now changed yet again...

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Post by andmcit » 24 Oct 2009, 17:22

Having driven the key Citroens that are worth getting excited about I
believe the Gs has to be one of the best! The handling and fun factor
is truly astounding and this is accounting for driving all flavours of Cx,
Xantia, Xm and various others including a Ds, Bx GTi 16v, 2CV and
passenger in a hard driven SM! I need to try a C6 and a Traction really! :D

Andrew

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Post by Xaccers » 24 Oct 2009, 21:55

CitroJim wrote:hunt for a car for Robyn. Dad has now decided to keep his Pixo so the goal-posts have now changed yet again...
there's always Jenny... ;)

I went to Evans Halshaw once to ask for bulbs for the heater controls, they insisted that they were plug in bulbs even though they aren't.
So if you get hold of any of the right ones, let me know where from and I'll get some too :)

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Post by CitroJim » 24 Oct 2009, 22:11

Xac wrote: there's always Jenny... ;)
No she's adamant it won't be a Xantia sadly :( I'm now looking at possibly a Pug 206 1.4 or 1.1 for her. Due to her Grandad's generosity I can now look at more pricey cars as he and I are going halves on the car for her. Lucky girl or what? I've now got £1500 or even a tad more to play with.

I will certainly let you know the bulb type Xac, in fact I'll go one better and get some for you at the same time :wink:

One thing I did do whilst I had the dash apart again was to disassemble and lubricate the fan in the cabin temperature sensor. I cleaned it and dropped a tiny spot of light machine oil onto the fan bearing. Touch wood it seems to have done the trick.

Headlamps are better for the new bulbs but I feel a relay mod coming on. They're still not as good as the searchlights on my Activa which has had the relay mod done.

Still, it's lovely to be able to now see all the dials on the dash now lit up uniformly in the dark. On full brightness it's positively blinding!

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Post by CitroJim » 24 Oct 2009, 22:38

I reckon these are most like the heater panel bulbs.

Can anyone confirm for sure?

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Post by myglaren » 24 Oct 2009, 22:54

Xac wrote:
there's always Jenny... ;)

I don't think Jennie will be giving up her Activa any time soon :P

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One thing I did do whilst I had the dash apart again was to disassemble and lubricate the fan in the cabin temperature sensor. I cleaned it and dropped a tiny spot of light machine oil onto the fan bearing. Touch wood it seems to have done the trick.
I'm sure that I read somewhere that Maplins have a motor to replace the one in that fan unit, as long as you have nimble fingers and a steady soldering iron hand, so you should be OK there Jim.

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Post by Xaccers » 24 Oct 2009, 23:38

CitroJim wrote:I reckon these are most like the heater panel bulbs.

Can anyone confirm for sure?
Looks like they're normal dashboard size bulbs especially being 5mm wide.