Lovely day out today with the family to Lydford Gorge, nice and chilled under all those picturesque trees and the sparkling and soothing water. The Xantia was doing me proud with the boot containing food/jackets/sunglasses and snowboots
and 3 passengers. The suspension does appear to be more comfortable with a few passengers and after I cleaned the rear height corrector yesterday. I can also report that the rear HC linkage can be removed without disturbing the hydraulic side of things with relative ease. After around 7 months and 3-4k I also changed the oil and filter. Yes, im expecting this Xantia to be around for quite a while yet
Going back to our visit to Lydford Gorge. We had taken two cars as there were 8 of us. After finishing the day off with a fantastic cream tea at 4pm we trotted off to the cars I reversed out of my space and was putting the clutch down ready to go into first and BANG
stuck in reverse...
First time in a breakdown situation and I was blocking one of the exits from the car park
I was on a downhill stretch so a few people pushed the car forward so we could stick it in neutral and rolled right back into a space next to a C5.
I was contemplating putting the clip that I had in the breakdown bag in but after taking a torch to the location I decided that it would be best to tackle it at home and so rang the very helpful people at Autonational Rescue
got through to them immediatly and shortly after recieved a text message containing details of the local garage that would be taking the Xantia back home and when the estimated time of arrival would be. A couple minutes after that I had the local breakdown firm ring me asking for more details of location etc, all very helpful. About half an hour after that, Lifton Down garage attended with a chirpy chap who had a soft spot the suspension design.
Im going to attempt to replace the clip this evening/all day tomorrow/full time for the next 5 days (delete as appropriate)
Im rather glad that it happened in a car park at the destination