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Sawatdee Kap

Postby Saraphee » 29 Dec 2015, 06:38

I live in Northern Thailand. On the 9th December I flew with a friend to Bangkok, purchased a one previous owner Xantia and drove it the 700 odd kilometres home the same day. The following morning it was passed over to a friendly body shop as It had suffered a number of involuntary contacts with the infamous Bangkok motorbikes. They were told I needed it by Christmas, it was returned to me in fine order on 22nd December.
This is the first opportunity I've had to post a few pictures - hope you like it. The interior is immaculate and the engine bay hardly looks worked. There are few minor issues, but my mechanic will start on those in the new year.
Model is the Thai Version of 'exclusive', can't get an accurate VIN Check but seems likely 1995, first registered Jan 1998
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Re: Sawatdee Kap

Postby Saraphee » 29 Dec 2015, 06:40

OK - what have I done wrong, no images showing - should be three?
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Re: Sawatdee Kap

Postby xantia_v6 » 29 Dec 2015, 08:57

I managed to fix your image links... In photobucket, under "share this photo" click the IMG link and paste that into post.

Interesting front bumper, I wonder where that came from?
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Re: Sawatdee Kap

Postby Hell Razor5543 » 29 Dec 2015, 09:06

That is a beautiful looking Xantia. Treasure it, you are a lucky person.
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Re: Sawatdee Kap

Postby CitroJim » 29 Dec 2015, 09:36

It is very gorgeous.. I particularly like the front bumper.. Very good 8-)

And welcome to the forum :D
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Re: Sawatdee Kap

Postby xantia_v6 » 29 Dec 2015, 09:47

If you post the last 8 digits of your VIN here, someone should be able to download the factory build spec for it.
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Re: Sawatdee Kap

Postby Stickyfinger » 29 Dec 2015, 10:41

สวัสดีและยินดีต้อนรับ

Nice looking Xantia

How is parts supply in your country and where do they come from ?
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Re: Sawatdee Kap

Postby Saraphee » 29 Dec 2015, 10:44

Thanks for the help with the pictures, I'm pleased to see them online. We owned a BX during our time living in Singapore so I'm not unaware that I may ace some French Foibles over the coming months but I di admire the Citroen style. My first choice would have been an XM so I tested a few that were on the market. The 2 litre did not seem as responsive as I remembered it in the 90's, a diesel is just not me for a fun car and the V6 I loved. Then I watched some videos of work on the beast and came to the conclusion that I could not afford to put mechanics of my adopted city of Chiang Mai on such a learning curve!
The front bumper seems to be only on the Thai version of the Exclusive, which here gets THE bumper, a leather interior and some faux wood cappings and an automatic 2 litre engine. Nothing regarded as Exclusive or Executive would ever have a manual shift here.
If someone could help with a VIN I'd be delighted, I followed the links on another thread and what came back suggested it had been manufactured in 2005. VIN is VF7X17B000278087.
I can't make sense of the engine number either 10HJP 13003742.
I wonder if these are special runs for assembly in this market or maybe even pert produced here?
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Re: Sawatdee Kap

Postby xantia_v6 » 29 Dec 2015, 11:14

The VIN you gave has only 16 digits, there should be 17 in a complete VIN
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Re: Sawatdee Kap

Postby Saraphee » 29 Dec 2015, 11:19

Hi Stickyfinger,
I bought the car, now I'm starting to find out what parts supply is like!
Ebay is my friend already from experience with the Lotus, at least there are a lot more Xantias around both in country and world wide then there ever were Lotus Elite or Eclats. So that's a head start.
I'm looking mainly eBay UK, France and Germany at the moment without really needing too much to buy as yet. I'm waiting for a nice chap from this forum to come back to me with postage costs for a couple of cosmetic bits from a car he's breaking and then after the New Year the Xantia will go back to the workshop for a complete run through. Then. no doubt, I'll be asking for things.
There has been a distributor here for many years, so we got a couple of hatchback struts for the Xantia delivered up here from Bangkok, they were ordered one afternoon, collected from the bus station next morning.
Anything more esoteric, I don't know yet. We do have good machine shops and metal workers here, they've made everything from special bolts to a manifold system to take an Eaton supercharger to remodelling bits of cabin trim like door pulls and seat mechanism covers by reproducing the original plastic in Stainless.
The Thai friend I mentioned owns his own garage/workshop and likes working on classics. His personal speciality is producing looms for cars from which the electrics have long vanished, so we're not short of skills and pricing is reasonable. The most expensive labour rate I know (so expensive that few people use them) is £9.50 an hour, my chap charges about 12 quid a day if one of his guys spends all day messing with fiddly bits on a classic, I think he pays them about £10.
The minimum day wage throughout Thailand is less than the hourly rate D Cameron & Co are proposing as a living wage. My Caddy is paid a £2 a day retainer by her course, I tip her £6 and she goes home happy.
Incidentally prices for what the Thais call 'ancient cars' are somewhat higher than you may expect. The asking price of a 1996 Xantia is over 2 thousand. A good XM about 4 and a break 6k or more.
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Re: Sawatdee Kap

Postby Saraphee » 29 Dec 2015, 11:22

VIN,
Whoops, You're right.
Comes from typing quickly at the end of a busy day when the light is fading, missed out a B, full number now reads
VF7X17B00027B8087
Mea Culpa.
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Re: Sawatdee Kap

Postby Stickyfinger » 29 Dec 2015, 11:48

Here you go....
http://www.mediafire.com/view/k1ubm64bd ... ialand.pdf

Let me know you have downloaded it, I can then delete it to save some space
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Re: Sawatdee Kap

Postby Saraphee » 29 Dec 2015, 14:26

Downloaded - Brilliant - Thank you!
I wonder why it has a warranty start date 0f 01-01-1990?
Is there any way of finding the date of production please?
Or have I missed something, only had a first brief scan
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Re: Sawatdee Kap

Postby CitroJim » 29 Dec 2015, 14:58

Saraphee wrote:Is there any way of finding the date of production please?


Yes, easy.. Find the ORGA/RP number of the car..

In yours it'll be a number stencilled in yellow paint on the LH (As you look at it under the bonnet) strut (suspension) tower..

EDIT: This picture shows where:

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Run that number through this calculator:

http://www.citroen-ds-id.com/gen/Gen_Organr.html

The RP/ORGA number of yours will likely start with 6 or 7 and will be four digits and two letters. For instance 6224CJ. Ignore the letters as these identify the factory where the car was made.
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Re: Sawatdee Kap

Postby Stickyfinger » 29 Dec 2015, 18:05

Saraphee wrote:Downloaded - Brilliant - Thank you!
I wonder why it has a warranty start date 0f 01-01-1990?
Is there any way of finding the date of production please?
Or have I missed something, only had a first brief scan


My pleasure.....have you signed up to Citroen Service ?

Do you see many of those bumpers/sill covers on the cars in Thailand ? I may be interested in getting a set shipped if they are available 2nd hand/found
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