Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by MikeT » 30 Jul 2017, 17:02

Zelandeth wrote:
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Focus isn't a bad car, so long as it hasn't dissolved. About as exciting as a grey pair of trousers, but there's a reason that they're everywhere. ...which makes getting parts trivial.


Funny you say that, nephew was originally keen on a cheap "cosmetically challenged" Focus a painter/decorator was trying to offload. I showed him how to check the MOT history online and he discovered it was totally rotten on the underside and changed his mind PDQ. :lol:

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 30 Jul 2017, 17:45

MikeT wrote:
30 Jul 2017, 17:02
I showed him how to check the MOT history online and he discovered it was totally rotten on the underside and changed his mind PDQ. :lol:


Fords of a certain age are still very bad for rust... The MK III and IV Fiestas were very bad for it and could have holes in the sills at five years old... Just like the Ka...

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by myglaren » 30 Jul 2017, 17:49

I had a MKII Fester for quite a while that had been my second daughter's.
Again not much went wrong with it until one day everything happened at once, catastrophically.
Barely managed to drive it to the scrapyard.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by ekjdm14 » 31 Jul 2017, 17:43

CitroJim wrote:
30 Jul 2017, 17:45
MikeT wrote:
30 Jul 2017, 17:02
I showed him how to check the MOT history online and he discovered it was totally rotten on the underside and changed his mind PDQ. :lol:


Fords of a certain age are still very bad for rust... The MK III and IV Fiestas were very bad for it and could have holes in the sills at five years old... Just like the Ka...


I think rust and snapping trim bits are about the long & short of it when you come to any Ford up to at least the early 2000's if not later, shame as some of their stuff is fun to drive but I've gone right off them because of these 2 issues.

Rover 75, had a 2.0 V6 Connie SE for a month or two a few years back. Metallic blue with blue/cream leather & apart from the "legendary" Rover group build quality is was a lovely car to own/drive. Very luxurious, even had onboard TV and DVD player. Well worth a few hundred quid, think I gave £350 for it at the time.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 31 Jul 2017, 17:58

People generally speak very highly of the Rover 75...

An appreciating classic too... Possibly the best car ever to come out of Longbridge after the original Mini...

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by elma » 31 Jul 2017, 18:10

Theres actually one on display at Beulieu.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Gibbo2286 » 31 Jul 2017, 18:15

CitroJim wrote:
28 Jul 2017, 12:15
Thanks James :D Appreciated!
Hell Razor5543 wrote:
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I guess that (in light of how your holiday appears to have helped you) your major decision is to move down to the New Forest area?


No, it's not that ;) I have no plans to move from my present locality yet...

I may reveal later when plans are a little more advanced...


A Russian bride. :-D

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 31 Jul 2017, 18:42

Gibbo2286 wrote:
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A Russian bride. :-D


:rofl2: Not bloody likely!!!!! I'm not going there :twisted:

I'm on a drive to reduce stress and simplify my life; not make it more complicated :lol:

As the old saying goes 'if it has wheels or t*ts it'll give you grief...'

It's true!

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 31 Jul 2017, 18:51

Well that wasted my dress fitting and those Russian lessons !.......feck, need a new plan for free Activa maintenance !

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Gibbo2286 » 31 Jul 2017, 19:02

MikeT wrote:
30 Jul 2017, 17:02
Zelandeth wrote:
30 Jul 2017, 12:49
Focus isn't a bad car, so long as it hasn't dissolved. About as exciting as a grey pair of trousers, but there's a reason that they're everywhere. ...which makes getting parts trivial.


Funny you say that, nephew was originally keen on a cheap "cosmetically challenged" Focus a painter/decorator was trying to offload. I showed him how to check the MOT history online and he discovered it was totally rotten on the underside and changed his mind PDQ. :lol:


I've got a nice tidy one of those on Ebay at the moment, I bought it in May to get me around while I fixed the C5 timing belt failure. It's a 2002 1.8i Ghia in black with 83k on the clock.

It's on at £850 but open to offers.

I'm not a Ford man but I've been quite impressed with this, feels a bit Golf like on the ride and handles like it on rails.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by MikeT » 31 Jul 2017, 19:28

Gibbo2286 wrote:
31 Jul 2017, 19:02

I've got a nice tidy one of those on Ebay at the moment, I bought it in May to get me around while I fixed the C5 timing belt failure. It's a 2002 1.8i Ghia in black with 83k on the clock.

It's on at £850 but open to offers.

I'm not a Ford man but I've been quite impressed with this, feels a bit Golf like on the ride and handles like it on rails.


He bought the other Focus he saw advertised, 85k miles too, said it was a housewife's runabout and drives real nice. That's all I know at this moment, what matters is he's no longer fretting about being carless. :lol:

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 31 Jul 2017, 22:31

Focus does handle well. Not as well as the Puma or Ka, but better than most other cars in the segment I reckon - and without the spine shattering ride that the German rivals seem to insist on. I should point out that my experience there doesn't extend anywhere beyond a 53 plate example, as that's the most recent I've driven.

I'd agree with the earlier comment about the Rover 75 being the best thing to come out of Longbridge since the Mini as well. It was one of the reasons I was so sad to see Rover go under when they did, as it really felt like they'd just come out with a product that really gave them a fighting chance to turn things around. Sadly it was obviously not to be. Given my wishes at the moment to simplify my fleet a bit, it's certainly not a car I'll be dismissing from the potential shopping list.

Really elegant car I reckon as well, though definitely colour sensitive. Best for me is a dark metallic colour (midnight blue or BRG immediately spring to mind), and specced such that you've got the chromed door handles and the stripe along the side.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 06 Aug 2017, 08:16

Following a most unsavoury and disturbing incident during a potential sale transaction, the Activa is now staying with me for the foreseeable future.

The incident in question is not up for any further discussion. It happened, end of.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by MikeT » 06 Aug 2017, 10:53

Good to see you posting again so soon after the unfortunate event Jim. I didn't want to add to the noise but was very concerned with what I read and quietly wished you a speedy recovery.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 06 Aug 2017, 13:44

Thanks Mike, that's appreciated :D

Recovery is far from complete but things are looking a lot better today after a lot of restorative running and cycling ;)