Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by Mandrake » 03 Nov 2016, 10:56

Sadly I don't think I'll ever get the chance to own an Activa, I think this may be my last Xantia both due to changing family needs and the ever increasing age of Xantia's... :?

The old girl will be 20 next year which is positively geriatric in car years in the UK at least! :lol: (A 20 year old car is a bit more common in un-salted NZ or at least it used to be)

When I bought an 8 year old Xantia in 2005 who knew that a decade later I would have another one of the same year pushing 20. :-D
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by elma » 03 Nov 2016, 11:20

Good advice from both of you. I hate adjusting ride height and find it a chore. Hopefully it will be easier now.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 03 Nov 2016, 11:22

You don't need to own an Activa to experience the joy of levelling one Simon, there's enough of us here who can provide training material for you ;) :lol:

You've done well with running Xantias all this time but generally they wear their years well. I thought my Xantia days were over a couple of years ago except for the Activa as a fun car but with the arrival of Gabriel all that has changed... Admittedly my needs are vastly different to yours - my need of a car as regular daily transport is ever reducing...

If I do run out of working Xantias I do have a sick 207 I can call on. Speaking of which, I'm looking forward to the challenge of rooting out exactly what's wrong with it and making it good again. The thread in the Pug area is giving me some good thoughts and insights as to how I'm going about it - more news as it happens but it's unlikely to be a quick job.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 03 Nov 2016, 13:04

Will be really curious to see how different Gabriel rides once the height is set correctly. It was a task on my list ever since I bought her (it's still on the chalk board actually!) but just never got to the front of the queue.

Did the job a few times back at the garage though...hard to believe it's 11 years since I left there now...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 03 Nov 2016, 13:56

As soon as I've done it Zel, I'll offer you a drive of her...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by daviemck2006 » 03 Nov 2016, 21:15

Simon, you could easily borrow an activa to play with adjusting the height. I've always thought mine is a little high, and going by the fat finger method I still think that. The rolling radius of the tyres I have on is 5mm more than the standard and I get like 3&1/2 fingers on the front and a thumb in the back. I would say it could quite possibly be 10mm or so high. It shall be passing not far from you a week today heading for Durham, and back a week on Sunday. If you wanted to see the differences between a v6 and an activa that could happily be arranged [emoji4]

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 04 Nov 2016, 08:42

As regular readers will know, Robyn now has my erstwhile C1; it is affectionately known as 'Eyelashes' for reasons many will know...

Anyway, got this Whatsapp message from Robyn this morning....

It made me smile...

Hi dad, Just filled Eyelashes with petrol, embarrassing moment as I couldn't get the filler cap off!! I had the manual out and everything! Luckily a woman saw me struggling and came over, said she had an "awkward Citroen" too. hope you have a good day and a good weekend! Xx


:lol:

She's right though, there is a certain technique to it it and it's not intuitive at all...

She's loving the fuel economy of the C1 after the relative thirstiness of the 207...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 04 Nov 2016, 15:27

Just made a great discovery :D Gabriel's after-market wireless will play MP3 tracks from CD!

No need to now take an iPod with me and all the sodding about that entails...

Just made up a few compilation CDs...

Result!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 04 Nov 2016, 16:52

Useful. On the unit I had in Gracie it also had a SD slot. That was nice, as I then had a 16GB card with well over 1,000 tracks on it in that slot.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 04 Nov 2016, 17:37

Now that would be even better James ;) But for now, a CD with 100 or so tracks is luxury!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 05 Nov 2016, 01:07

100 or so is more than enough for most trips really isn't it!

Should toss you a couple of my old mix MP3 CDs Jim...have a laugh at the fact that based on what I've heard so far that you would probably have picked the same bunch!

Only had the car a bit less than two years...never realised that head unit played MP3 CDs...

Saab has a USB socket and talks directly with the iPod which has 500 or so tracks on and is generally just on shuffle. Nothing in the Lada yet...need to keep my eyes open for a period head which I can stick a tape adaptor in. Speakers will be modern though as that area has actually moved on a bit in recent years...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 05 Nov 2016, 07:02

Zelandeth wrote:Only had the car a bit less than two years...never realised that head unit played MP3 CDs...


:lol:

Took me a while too Zel, It was only when I spotted 'MP3' and 'WMA' written on it that I got curious...

It reads and plays a CD full of MP3s and even displays the ID3 tag but won't do the same for a DVD full of MP3s... Bit too much to expect I guess...

Speaking of period stuff for the Lada, there are firms out there that do conversions to put modern 'innards' into period sets in such a way that you'd never know from looking at the unit...

Between us I'm sure we could do much the same - you just need a scrap or sacrificial period head to work on... It would be an excellent project...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 05 Nov 2016, 20:19

A most excellent day today :D

I ran a PB time of 26m24s in the Milton Keynes Parkrun this morning, finishing 157th out of a field of 601 :D

I then put the rear seats back in Gabriel ready for her airport run on Monday...

I did a bit to the garden..

I took my Activa for a warming/battery charging run and marvelled at just how different a 1.9TD and Activa are... They may be both Xantias by name but there any similarity ends!!! Both fantastic cars but for very different reasons.... I love them both!

I then went for a cold and windy 21 mile bike ride in the lovely autumn sunshine.. For a lot of the ride it was 'raining' autumn leaves.. Quite an experience...

And the day was rounded off with a most enjoyable visit from James (Hell Razor) :D

Now sitting here scared and unsettled by all the fireworks going off. I hate them with a passion :evil:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by demag » 05 Nov 2016, 21:03

Yes its noisy here as well Jim. Missus is downstairs watching Strictly, I'm upstairs typing this listening to the row. Bloody Guido Fawkes has got a lot to answer for! :lol:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 06 Nov 2016, 00:31

demag wrote:Yes its noisy here as well Jim. Missus is downstairs watching Strictly, I'm upstairs typing this listening to the row. Bloody Guido Fawkes has got a lot to answer for! :lol:

Imagine what it would be like if he had succeeded!
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