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Re: Red Dwarfers Xantia and XM adventures

Post by Citroenmad » 08 Dec 2011, 21:20

CitroJim wrote:
Citroenmad wrote:Actually buy the time we get anywhere near the current retirement age it will no doubt have shot up so we are still working at 95 :lol:


I feel for you youngsters :( For me, hopefully unless the rules change again, 5 years, nine months, 10 days, 9 hours and counting...

Can you tell I'm looking forward to it :wink:


Damn spell check! :roll:

Ah, but you didnt quite go into minutes there :lol:

I can definitely see the retirement age rising again, hopefully not before your year Jim.

Well, 71 years for me if my above statement comes true :twisted: :lol:

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Re: Red Dwarfers Xantia and XM adventures

Post by red_dwarfers » 01 Jan 2012, 19:05

I looked into why the door opening sensor wasn't working and it turned out to be the spring that was breaking up, which we replaced from one in the stock. It seems an electrical current goes through it aswell as it being springy, all very clever stuff :lol:

Bought an ABS sensor for the XM from GSF, plugged it in to test but the light stayed on. Once the fault was cleared on the Lexia all was well again. Just need to fit it in properly now, that can wait until it brightens up a touch.

Also, looking through the model year presentations I realised the XM, having an RP number in October '96 is a '97 rather than '96!

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Re: Red Dwarfers Xantia and XM adventures

Post by red_dwarfers » 01 Mar 2012, 01:34

The XMs ABS sensor has now been fitted. It was a bit of a game getting the old one out. To start off with the bolt holding the sensor in sheared and the sensor itself didn't want to come out in a hurry so both had to be drilled out. All back together now, though I was reminded how difficult I find it getting the wheels back on. The trouble is the hub cap is secured on to the hub by the wheel bolts and as I can't see the hole in the middle or wheel bolt holes for that matter its a little more difficult to line up.

A couple of weeks ago me and mum gave the Xantia a wash so dropped the suspension to do the roof then when we got to the lower panels I was going to raise it back up again. I went to start the engine and woosh, the sound of a belt flapping about in the engine bay. Stopped the engine to have a look and see that the aux drivebelt has split in two right the way around and partly wrapped itself around the pulleys. Typical. Doesn't sound too bad on the face of it but this was an hour before I intended to leave to go up to Stratford Upon Avon for the weekend with Chris (Citroenmad). Luckily the local factors kept the right size belt in stock and a quick change was done. I could have sworn I did the belt when I changed the cam belt but I'm not so sure now. Anyway, its done now.

Interestingly, when it cold idles the aux tensioner vibrates every few seconds. The tensioner was replaced two or three years ago and the spring two years ago. You can see the spring doing its job taking up the slack but it does seem a bit odd. I found that if I forced it to warm idle the vibrating would disappear, it also disappears over around 1300rpm. For the time being I've knocked the idle adjusting spring off the back of the injection pump so it always runs on warm idle, really I think I'll leave the idle at that speed, its sounds much better and no doubt uses a touch less fuel.

Going back to the Straford trip, it was a good do. I highly recommend Coventry Transport Museum, its very well laid out and you can tell its been built up over a good few years. They have mock showrooms, old television adverts, model collections, Princess Diana's old Metro, land speed record vehicles and something I found very exciting...a Peugeot exhibition!
As soon as you walk in there's a Pug 405 estate that the local BBC radio station used, 306's, 206's, a 309, Talbot Sunbeam (IIRC) and an S1 Pug 405 with one of the old BX big petrol engines, can't remember which...
They also had an almost mock board room with a film showing a reproduction of the discussions that went on in 2006 when Peugeot were considering closing their plant in Coventry. There was notepaper and a box so that you could write down whether you thought it should have been closed down and why. Just above that box there was a floor plan of the 206 production line. I was seriously loving that museum!

On a similar front, we also went to Warwick Castle where we found a Peugeot electric vehicle from the late 1800's. It's down in the engine room if anyone does go.

Other things to note, the Italian in Stratford is pretty damn cheap if you go in the afternoon, they have a Christmas shop?! and a wizard shop/museum which sells Butter Beer and Pumpkin juice along with other wizarding and Harry Potter related things. I remember seeing a nice selection of wands too and of course Shakespeares birthplace which is very well laid out, bit of an unexpected long walk to Anne Hathaways cottage though, the map on the leaflet was a bit deceiving.

All in all a good weekend spent in good company, thanks Chris :)

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Re: Red Dwarfers Xantia and XM adventures

Post by Citroenmad » 01 Mar 2012, 11:43

Hey Kev, it is possible to remove the wheel trims from the XMs wheels with the bolts in place, just give it a big pull. Then fit the wheels and then push the wheel trims on over the wheel bolts. Its the way I do it and have never damaged a trim yet, in fact its better as you dont scratch the bolt holts when removing the bolts. Its very easy and makes putting the wheels on a doddle.

Lucky that your motorfactors had a belt in stock, though that spring/pully does sound a bit iffy, might it have failed early?

I was very impressed with the Coventry Transport Museum, I thought it would be mainly busses and such but its mostly cars. Very well laid out, as you say, and very interesting. Of course the best part was the Peugeot section :lol: I didn't even know the 309 and 405 were made in this country! A nice surprise to see a whole load of French cars in there.

That early 405 was a 1.9 SRi, very fresh it was too:
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(you can see the typically French basic beige 309 peering around the corner)

The Warick Castle dungeons were brilliant, well worth a visit just for that. It was quite hilarious seeing those creepy people jumping out at you :lol: :twisted:

A very deceiving map that one, no wonder it had no scale to it! :lol:

It was great weekend, cheers Kev!

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Post by red_dwarfers » 01 Mar 2012, 21:51

I had blanked out that dungeon experience from my memory :lol: It was scariest experience I've had in a good while!

I proper jumped back and made a bit of noise in there...on three occasions. The torcherer was the worst though. I've still got images in my head of him showing us the tools, that tongue remover sticks mostly in my mind "Three twists and a pull" :shock:

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Re: Red Dwarfers Xantia and XM adventures

Post by CitroJim » 01 Mar 2012, 21:56

red_dwarfers wrote: that tongue remover sticks mostly in my mind "Three twists and a pull" :shock:


Ohh, ouch! :twisted:

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Re: Red Dwarfers Xantia and XM adventures

Post by Citroenmad » 01 Mar 2012, 23:01

red_dwarfers wrote:I had blanked out that dungeon experience from my memory :lol: It was scariest experience I've had in a good while!

I proper jumped back and made a bit of noise in there...on three occasions. The torcherer was the worst though. I've still got images in my head of him showing us the tools, that tongue remover sticks mostly in my mind "Three twists and a pull" :shock:


:lol: It was brilliant, though a little scary :roll:

Yeah, I remember you letting out a scream and jumping backwards as the Torcherer jumped out at you :lol:

It was very well done, I thought it was great. There is something similarish in York which I plan on going to.

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Post by red_dwarfers » 03 Mar 2012, 14:14

I'm glad its in York and no where near me... :lol:

I popped into Yeomans Citroen today to get a couple of numberplates made up for the XM, looks quite smart now they're fitted. The old front one was cracked and the letters didn't line up on the original rear one!

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Post by Citroenmad » 03 Mar 2012, 22:42

That is something I need to do too, my Xantias front plate is looking shabby now its started to peal. Id like Citroen ones but the closest garages to me are Evans Halshaw and im not having that on my car! Its bad enough ive got Sherwoods Vauxhall plates on my C5 :lol:

Ill look in its service book and see where it was first registered, though chances are that Citroen dealer has either gone or changed names/brands by now.

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Post by DickieG » 03 Mar 2012, 23:36

Citroenmad wrote:That is something I need to do too, my Xantias front plate is looking shabby now its started to peal. Id like Citroën ones but the closest garages to me are Evans Halshaw and im not having that on my car!

Fancy Plates make up plates with Citroen chevrons in various forms and even "Xantia" in the original script at the bottom of the plate, used them several times now.

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Re: Red Dwarfers Xantia and XM adventures

Post by red_dwarfers » 05 Apr 2012, 22:58

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Quick update, the Xantia has been multiplying 8-[

Its a '98 1.9 TD badged as SX but registered as a Desire 2 with a measly 98k on the clock. Interestingly going by the RP, it's about 200 days older than RUNN but was wasn't registered until 2 months after RUNN was. I guess thats how it became a Desire 2 with a few extra goodies!

More info to come next week, including an advert for my old faithful RUNN :(

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Post by Citroenmad » 05 Apr 2012, 23:10

Its looking good Kev, did you find the knob in the footwell ... ? :lol:

Its a good colour that, Dantes red and with the VSX wheels too (though often Xantia alloys like to leak air!), a very nice looking car. It seems you have found another good example of the TD breed. 8-)

I bet its going to be difficult letting RUNN go!

Im still on with thinking about my next purchase, your getting a bit ahead of me here, 3 Citroens! :lol: 8-)

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Re: Red Dwarfers Xantia and XM adventures

Post by Xaccers » 05 Apr 2012, 23:12

Are you sure selling RUNN is a good idea?

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Post by robert_e_smart » 05 Apr 2012, 23:41

The SX spec for run out series 1 cars was upped to be almost like VSX. You got painted bumpers, VSX Alloys and a boot spoiler! Imagine how disappointed I was as a kid when my dad bought a 9 month old SX with standard SX features instead of a spanking new SX pretending to be a VSX!!

Nice car Kev, enjoy.

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Post by red_dwarfers » 05 Apr 2012, 23:50

Ah yes, this photo is for you Chris. There is certainly something funny going on involving that drivers seat, no height adjustment either. He must have swapped it.

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I'm sure it is Xac. Its a mechanically sound car but starting to show its miles in certain areas, most notably the gearbox and slightly rough bodywork, although the clutch and suspension on the new car couldn't hold a candle up to RUNN. I'll sort the suspension out though. I think it was the right time to get my ideal everyday car as on Autotrader there were less than 40 Xantias for sale, late S1 TDs I could count using my limbs. Other places weren't much better. Its specifically what I was looking for too, low mileage Dantes Red, top of the range non-hydractive that needs a little work at a good price and a bonus as it was this end of the country.

Saying all that though, RUNN flew through an MoT today with not one advisory. Tester reckons it's going to be one of those cars that will still be knocking around in 20 years time with silly miles on the clock. I hope it is!

Cheers Robert! I'm finishing off the almost VSX spec by adding variable intermittent wipers and a 4030 stereo :D That must then be everything bar hydractive and seats?