Another "speared" Xantia strut top...Check YOURS!

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Post by andmcit » 21 Mar 2009, 18:49

True; without any punctuation in the sellers description it could be interpreted
in so many different ways - possibly the engine and/or gearbox collapsed!? :D

I forgot to mention dying autoboxes... :? :roll:

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Post by ACTIVE8 » 22 Mar 2009, 01:01

andmcit wrote:Not another one 'spears or repair'? <sic> :x :(

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CITROEN-XANTIA-19 ... 0364914631

If there was one thing that'll see all Xantiae off the road this would be it.
That and a leaking heater matrix.

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Hea weally dascribbed dat won weal knot. :wink:

Is he also going to use the suspension struts as spears? :wink:
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Post by KP » 14 Apr 2009, 10:48

The part numbers i have been quoted for the mount is
5271E9

£110.89 Exc Vat...

And the gaitor is
00 00527192

£11.52 Exc Vat

Think ill try and phone the dealer principle at my local Citroen and see what kind of deal they will do for club members at all...
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Post by KP » 20 Apr 2009, 08:11

Im sure it was a typoe now as i got the right part fitted last week :)

Will have to save to get the other one done but also need new pads and wiper soon as they are down 70% from new :(
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Post by cachaciero » 15 Oct 2009, 10:27

CitroJim wrote:They start off pretty thick but those in the picture had gone so thin they'd gone through in holes..

I reckon the problem is that moisture gets between the rubber covering on the lower side of the plate and the steel and corrosion sets in. The seem to corrode from the bottom up and not top-down as I've never seen water lying on the top despite there being a lip.

A good coat of underbody wax (say something like Dynax S-50) realliped as needed should keep any water out and the corrosion at bay.


If you want something which is really endurable for underbody work would suggest that you look at Epoxy Tar, available from most good marine chandlers. As it's name suggests a mixture of pitch and epoxy sticks like the proverbial, dries to a nice shiny black gloss and is impervious to most anything. Prime use is for coating under water steel keels etc.

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Post by deian » 04 Jan 2010, 13:51

Mine need changing now too, just popped a screwdriver through.

So i'm bringing this thread back to life quickly just to get everyone else to check theirs!

I can't imagine what could happen if they pop through while on the motorway?!!?


I nearly ignored it since paul (citroenxm) mentioned it, but i did take a closer look and saw some rust peeling through the top, and I just couldn't ignore it!!

Check yours now before we have a possible fatality
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Post by citroenxm » 04 Jan 2010, 19:49

Contery to anyones belief, I DO have a fair idea what Im talking about.. :wink:

Glad you caught it in time... you should have taken closer note to what I was dooing, as I was in the middle of a swap. :wink: :lol: :lol:

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Post by andmcit » 19 Jan 2010, 18:51

Another one blighted by Crunchystrut syndrome:

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One for you Paul - it's a VSX TD and IT'S LOCAL TO YOU...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Citroen-Zantia-1- ... 0476646841


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Post by citroenxm » 19 Jan 2010, 19:25

Yes, I HAVE enquired and stressed an interest..

See what sort of reply I get, and hope they dont post the damm question on the listing!

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Post by andmcit » 19 Jan 2010, 19:29

It's safe to say the collar's rusted even with me sitting here a hundred odd
miles away!! The covering rubber barely looks puckerd up or frayed and in
good visual appearance although the flat being rusty would have given a clue.

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Post by citroenxm » 19 Jan 2010, 19:33

The pictures on the Black XM Onyx here, of the strut tops to follow are interesting... cant take pics till the weekend.. its too dark weekdays once I get in..

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Post by bigblackfalco » 21 Feb 2010, 15:21

Just discovered that I have this problem on the O/S of my Xantia 97 1.9 TD estate which has done 150K miles.
Spheres should've been done a while back but haven't got round to it.
A few weeks ago i hit a speed hump slightly too fast and I sudeenly started hearing this rubber sounding squeaking noise from the (what appeared to be) coming from behind the dash/bulkhead area drivers side area.

I noticed severe corrosion on the Strut top plate. It has started to force it's way through into the engine bay. The front half has completely corroded (can see the top of the gaiter below!), so essentially it is only the rear half that is preventing a 'spearing' moment occuring. The rubber is perished but still intact and attached to the plate.

I will not use the car now till this issue is sorted (luckily I have a motorcycle too!).

Took a look in the Haynes manual .... what a waste of time, not a mention of this part!

What is the latest on price and availability for a new part please??

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Post by red_dwarfers » 21 Feb 2010, 19:43

Hi bigblackfalco, welcome to the FCF :D

Unfortunatly, the strut tops are still a dealer only part and prices are on the rise, think they're at around £120-130 a side at the moment, do ask for a trade discount though :wink:
You may be lucky and find a local scrappy Xantia with decent strut tops, those on the series 2 Xantias have a better design.

If it makes you feel any better, Citroen XM owners have to fork out £400 a side :shock:

Strut tops will be the death of Xantias and XMs :cry:
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Post by citroenxm » 21 Feb 2010, 21:53

If you do goto aScrap yard, try and get some from a 1998 S reg onwards car, and it must be either an LX or SX spec car for the smaller feed pipes..

I say this as theres a 80 percent BETTER chance of getting VERY good tops from a later car.. the tops are longer lasting.

I put some 1998 T reg tops and struts onto my 1994 L reg SX TD, these tops had done 250k and had no sign of any serious rust what so ever!

You may well need the strut to go with them! So get the top and strut as a complete unit!

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Post by bigblackfalco » 22 Feb 2010, 11:06

cheers fellas. Wasn't entirely sure about which later models were inter-changeable.
Ok .... scrappers and ebay ... here I come ;)
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