Vince's XM...213k and slowing....

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by vince » 03 Jun 2012, 22:22

When is it on Jim?.....work is off the scale for the next couple of weeks but after that it should start coming back to normal levels.....

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by CitroJim » 03 Jun 2012, 22:26

This weekend I believe Vince...

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by vince » 03 Jun 2012, 23:05

Damn, thats put paid to that then :roll:

Hope its a good one for you then Jim :)

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by davetherave » 04 Jun 2012, 11:09

I look forward to seeing the end result if you do get an Xm, and whoever buys your car will have a great car on their hands.
Good luck finding the right one!

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by vince » 04 Jun 2012, 18:47

Thanks Dave,

If all goes to plan and the car is as stated Paulxm has a series 1 2.1td base spec for sale. Its grey and has the best wheel trims on it as per below
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It doesnt have many electrics in it but is apparently tip top condition including strut top mounts being like new....ideal for me to tickle up to showroom condition inside and out.

I was thinking about it today...do i really want to move away from vsx spec to base spec? but what i really want in an xm is the styling of the series 1 and the ride
quality.....still hydractive but a heavier chassis making an even better ride than the Xantia....so everyone says.

This is what im looking at getting into....obviously not the same car but same colour and trims etc.
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the only thing that concerns me is hidden rust...but then id happily jump into a GS if i had the money and just deal with it as part of the "always wanted one of those process" so ill just have to deal with it......i do have the advantage of a specialist welder friend through work....ive already spoken to him about getting an XM and the rust traps they have...his reply was "good cars xm's Vince, dont worry about any welding or rust issues, its nothing that cant be sorted"

In any event, Paul says its solid so I should be a good base to start with....

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by Deanxm » 04 Jun 2012, 19:35

That Excel came out really well Vince, great job, i can imagine how much work that took!!
Dont worry about your xm being base spec, you can always upgrade to the bits you want as you go, obviously stuff like the dot matrix screen and A/C would be a nightmare to fit but leather and leccy arm rest, rear screen, E/windows would be ok to retro fit if you wanted them.

Will you be getting a lift up with Kev then to pick it up?......................

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by vince » 05 Jun 2012, 11:11

:) Hi Dean,

Ive thought about upgrading certain aspects.....especially the rear screen....i wouldnt bother with electrical upgrades such as LCD screen etc as they would then add to the possibility of other things to fix and keep ontop of :)

I havent thought of how id get over to pick it up yet....i have my brother in law to help me out on that if necessary, if not Paul and i share a common friend in merseyside called Alan, also an XM owner and a common visitor to Paul's place. I could always get in touch with him and catch a train to Liverpool from here and then a ride over with him perhaps?

In the first instance i need to cost everything up including private plate retention on the xantia, road tax, insurance etc and then speak to a friend of mine to see if he will lend me some money to make the deal happen. I just dont have hundreds of pounds lying around unspoken for at the moment. The sale of the Xantia and getting some more cars done should easily pay this off and leave some left over for any remedial work that may need doing on the xm.

Fingers crossed everything falls into place. Paul is being great though, he is prepared to wait for a few weeks for me to iron out these few details.....Thats what the citroen community is all about though ive found....people helping others out to keep the mark alive and well....especially the older models :)

Sounds like you have carried out a few of these mods Dean? handy knowledge if so :wink:

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by robert_e_smart » 05 Jun 2012, 13:34

In my experience, the extra equipment on plusher cars doesn't give any trouble. Its usually the basics that all cars share in common that are points of grief.

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by Deanxm » 05 Jun 2012, 15:16

Well good luck with it Vince, money is always the sticking point with our toys, cant imagine you will have any trouble moving on your Xant though, its a very tidy car indeed.

I added the rear screen to mine, you have to watch it as you need the rear roof trim panel (in the right colour) with the cutouts in for the screens hinges but its only a clip on thing, electric cubby/armrest (a must have gadget) although they can go for a rather large sum of money if you can find one (i may know where one is though at a sensible price if your interested. Also added a single spoke wheel to mine too.

I really am missing that car...............

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by vince » 05 Jun 2012, 18:41

robert_e_smart wrote:In my experience, the extra equipment on plusher cars doesn't give any trouble. Its usually the basics that all cars share in common that are points of grief.



A single spoke steering wheel would be on the cards of course Dean :wink:

Robert, what basics give trouble in your experience over what a hydractive Xantia would throw at you?

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by Deanxm » 05 Jun 2012, 19:59

A mk 1 with hydractive one would be more reliable suspension wise than a xant as hydractive one is a far simpler system without the leaking electrovalves or diode issues, hydraulic pressure on any old cit is a little niggle, sunroofs can be a pain and in the case of the xm should be well lubricated to stop the cables rusting and writing the sunroof off, rust is an issue now for some cars, life dependant, this includes front jacking points rear subframe mounts, front outriggers and bumper mounts, the front of the front subframe can get crusty too, mk2 window cables snap but can be modified to stainless to solve the problem, strut tops while not as rust prone as xant ones do still rust but also the rubber delaminates from the cone and needs to be kept an eye on...........................Robert will know the full list, my man flu is clouding my mind!

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by CitroJim » 05 Jun 2012, 20:22

Hope the manflu soon gets better Dean...

That pale blue XM in the picture a little way up this thread. What a lovely colour 8-) Never seen one in that colour. I'd love that colour on a Xantia too!

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by Citroening » 05 Jun 2012, 20:27

I agree Jim, Olympic Blue is a fantastic colour be it on BXs or XMs. Hardly ever see them on XMs... I'd love one in that colour. 8-)

Another nice Blue is Ice Blue - seen on dad's (although not for long...) TZD Turbo - here.

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by CitroJim » 05 Jun 2012, 20:35

Ahh, thanks Franklin :-D Wondered what the colour was called too...

That's a gorgeous TZD 8-)

Sold it then has he? That's why I could never do his job. All those lovely cars I could never bear to part with them...

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by Citroening » 05 Jun 2012, 20:39

No problems Jim. :-D

Indeed, it really is a fantastic car and the colour makes it IMO. Combined with being the Turbo Diesel as well, it doesn't half go well... All at great MPG too...

Yep, it didn't hang around either - advertised 11pm-ish last night and sold this morning... I know what you mean as it's sad to see some cars move on however there's normally another similar-ish one around the corner... :-D