Bonjour from an Englishman in France

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Bonjour from an Englishman in France

Post by Bargeman » 01 Aug 2016, 08:00

Good morning

I and my 1999 Xantia 2.0 16 Petrol estate came to live in France 8 years ago, I have used the forum as a guest a few times, so now have joined so that I can ask some questions and if possible answer anything I have knowledge on. Pretty handy with a few spanners generally, but by no means an expert on Xantias.

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Re: Bonjour from an Englishman in France

Post by Stickyfinger » 01 Aug 2016, 08:31

Hellloooooo and welcome

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Re: Bonjour from an Englishman in France

Post by Bargeman » 04 Aug 2016, 08:05

Wow - Stickyfingers, won't ask how you got that name :)

Thanks for the welcome.

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Re: Bonjour from an Englishman in France

Post by Stickyfinger » 04 Aug 2016, 11:46

The are many theories how.....but only the police know for sure :)

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Re: Bonjour from an Englishman in France

Post by van ordinaire » 04 Aug 2016, 15:50

After 8+ years you're not an expert? Suggests either Xantias are mega-reliable OR really difficult to get to grips with!

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Re: Bonjour from an Englishman in France

Post by Stickyfinger » 04 Aug 2016, 17:27

mega-reliable

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Re: Bonjour from an Englishman in France

Post by Bargeman » 05 Aug 2016, 20:59

Reliability

Brought the 2l 16V petrol Estate 2008 with 65k miles and a belt change.

Now 17 years old with 135k miles, most of the intervening miles done on the motorway at 70 ish.

Tyres Kleber Quuadraxer Four season, great in the snow when we go to the Swiss Alps (Snow and Mountain Logo) great in the rain and heat, a real all rounder - would fit them to any car. Slight increase in road noise.

Change all spheres every four years at Westroen in Manchester - great service and price.
Self oil and filter change (fully synthetic) every 10.000 + air and cabin filters.
New battery 4 years ago.
At 112k m self change of belt, water pump, thermostat all fluids.
Now on second set of front discs, and third set of pads (self fit). about to change 2nd set of rear pads.

Only "Breakdown" a weep from one of the "two into one" "F" rubber fittings on the hydraulic return pipes located under the oil reservoir, a pig to try to see where it was coming from, in the end used a endoscope. Removed reservoir, cut out defect, and used fuel pipe to bring two returns to top of reservoir, which required a new hole being made into the top of the filter return cap. All done for £3.99 and a couple of hours.

Overall very reliable. Still returns 38 mpg on the motorway, with Xantia comfort.

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