Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 20 Oct 2017, 17:56

I take it there is a nice dollop of copper slip grease that has now been spun into the threads?
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Oct 2017, 18:12

Hell Razor5543 wrote:
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I take it there is a nice dollop of copper slip grease that has now been spun into the threads?


Oh yes James, all threads get that treatment from me ;)
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 20 Oct 2017, 19:48

daviemck2006 wrote:
20 Oct 2017, 12:37
Im sure Zel will enjoy the activa, although I could see it being more like his saab than anything else.


Really, no, it won't be anything at all like it other than in terms of fuel consumption!
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 20 Oct 2017, 19:52

CitroJim wrote:
20 Oct 2017, 13:33
Davie, can you be a little more specific about what did your head in on the Activa?

I just want to see if we might agree ;)


As you know I used mine as a daily driver for 16 months and nearly 40,000 miles. The only thing that did my head in was the fuel consumption. Other than that it was a lovely thing. It never broke down. Never leaked, was never troublesome at all apart from the reason Adrian Chapman first put me in touch with you all those years ago!
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 20 Oct 2017, 22:28

daviemck2006 wrote:
20 Oct 2017, 14:24
Not being able to bypass the immobiliser, the length of time it took for the suspension to rise. The fuel consumption. I never bettered 24mpg. That were the main things.


That's abysmal. Even I got 28mpg out of mine!
I got 32mpg out of my new toy on a horrible trip to Luton and back today, which was good as the traffic was so bad it tool me 5 hours to do 110 miles..
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 20 Oct 2017, 23:38

CitroJim wrote:
20 Oct 2017, 15:58
The fuel consumption can be OK if driven a little conservatively - I have had 39mpg out of one and regularly I could see 35mpg...


If anyone but you else stated this about an Activa, I'd call them a liar or ask them if it was rolling downhill with the engine off..
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 21 Oct 2017, 01:28

My usual average in the Saab was around 23mpg, though that dropped to about 18 around MK! She's a big, heavy low geared car and has no lockup system on the torque converter.

Best I think I ever managed was 36mpg - that was in the winter though driving everywhere very carefully at 50mph or less...and I only even came close to that once.
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 21 Oct 2017, 03:58

Michel wrote:
20 Oct 2017, 23:38
CitroJim wrote:
20 Oct 2017, 15:58
The fuel consumption can be OK if driven a little conservatively - I have had 39mpg out of one and regularly I could see 35mpg...


If anyone but you else stated this about an Activa, I'd call them a liar or ask them if it was rolling downhill with the engine off..


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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 21 Oct 2017, 18:22

Saxo and I have finally met and I'm head over heels in love with her :-D

She is really truly excellent and a lovely drive. She's comfier than my 207 to a very marked degree!

She needs a little TLC in a few small areas but in all the important places she's in excellent condition... A little work and she's going to be perfect...

Thanks Alasdair for finding her for me 😊

Looking forward to driving her him in the morning and getting to know her a bit better and hopefully a name will suggest itself...

Here she is with Daffodil, her sister...
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by daviemck2006 » 21 Oct 2017, 18:52

I’ve had a mk 1 106 and a mk 2 106 and the mk 1 was the better car, and comfier than a 206 which came later. The mk 1 would be the same as yours is Jim, my only complaint was heavy steering, but it was a diesel with no pas. 50 psi in the front tyres helped lol
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 21 Oct 2017, 19:31

CitroJim wrote:
21 Oct 2017, 18:22
Saxo and I have finally met and I'm head over heels in love with her :-D

She is really truly excellent and a lovely drive. She's comfier than my 207 to a very marked degree!

She needs a little TLC in a few small areas but in all the important places she's in excellent condition... A little work and she's going to be perfect...

Thanks Alasdair for finding her for me 😊

Looking forward to driving her him in the morning and getting to know her a bit better and hopefully a name will suggest itself...


Looks nice Jim, obviously it needs a French woman's name.. hmm.

Simone the Saxo.

There you go...

I meanwhile have fallen for ... erm... Freddy the Focus...

I care not that it's not much more economical than an Activa or that the ride is not quite as soft as a Citroen (but better than the 207). The driving position and seats are *brilliant* - heated leather Recaros, quite high up, it goes like a stabbed rat and sticks to the road like sh1t to a blanket. On top of that, it makes a gorgeous noise from the inline-5 turbo it has :-), and it's got just a touch of turbo lag, so you can drive it like a proper old-school hot-hatch. Brilliant car!

I won't start a blog as I only have a 207 that's French now, and that's for sale!
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 22 Oct 2017, 02:33

She looks lovely. Look forward to meeting her. Last time I was up close with a Saxo/106 would have been when I was still at the garage - so 2005 or earlier. Be a bit of an interesting trip down memory lane to see.

Happy to lend a hand for underbody rustproofing etc if that's helpful... especially as that's going to be high on the to do list for the Activa I reckon so will likely be looking at getting materials and kit prepped for that sort of job, thinking to do the Lada at the same time too. Heck, may as well do the 107 as well... it'll only need a pint of cavity wax after all!
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 22 Oct 2017, 07:32

Zelandeth wrote:
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Happy to lend a hand for underbody rustproofing etc if that's helpful... especially as that's going to be high on the to do list for the Activa I reckon so will likely be looking at getting materials and kit prepped for that sort of job, thinking to do the Lada at the same time too. Heck, may as well do the 107 as well... it'll only need a pint of cavity wax after all!


Definitely Zel :) Let's do a group rust-proof... I want Sally the Saxo - yes, she now has a name :) - to last as long as possible. Only problem is, I'm rather allergic to the solvents in rust-proofing stuff but I reckon with a face mask and gloves I'll be OK... In any case, most happy to get stuck in!

Sally drove absolutely beautifully all the way home this morning :) She's comfy - far more so than the 207 - rides beautifully, handles like a go-kart and trundles along at 50-55 a perfect treat. She's pretty frugal on fuel too judging by how far the fuel gauge fell on the journey.

She has really good lights and far better than standard Xantia ones. You can actually see where you're going :lol:

For me, she ticks all the boxes and is my perfect car. I am truly delighted with her :D

I see the Saxo as being the natural successor to the 205. To my mind the 205 will always be the greatest small car ever but reckon the Saxo is either fully equal or just very slightly better... High praise indeed...

I shall now be spending some time sorting out her little issues - none in any way serious - to make her as good as possible.

Although she'll soon be a bike carrying van she is going to be loved and pampered :)

And once again, thanks Alasdair for finding her for me :D An for looking after me yesterday :) Top job!
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by RichardW » 22 Oct 2017, 07:44

My colleague I used to car share with had a Saxo. Lights deteriorated over time, but were transformed by the addition of a relay; now where have we heard that before?!

Someone's been at that boot before, Jim, judging by the non-standard clip fitted - perhaps the clip broke, and the boot was punctured fitting the new one?
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