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CitroJim wrote:Sadly Chris, it's my experience that enthusiasm in many areas is seriously lacking these days. It seems to be a bit of a dirty word in some quarters :(
I wonder what the reaction would be if I offered my local dealer a loan of the Xantia or XM to be placed in their showroom. It would certainly draw me in but I suspect they would rather it was kept out of sight :lol:

Your not wrong Jim, enthusiasm for many things is lacking :(

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Well, these guys were glad of some help for the Citroen 90th celebrations...

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Says it all when that white XM looks more futuristic and better looking than the modern Citroens in the dealership!

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Your right there Xac...the XM looks a treat in there :wink:

Shame i couldnt make it down to the rally Jim, Have i seen your V6? i cant remember....

Jim i have had laquer peel on my rear door edge since i bought the car. it doesnt seem to be getting any worse though. I keep it waxed and the peel "trimmed" i.e. i take off any flaky edges and then wax over them. Seems to be doing the trick. The white blooming will be clearcoat failure.....no other remedy other than to re laquer...but hey, it will look a million dollars once its done 8-)

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The XM looks great in the showroom 8-)
Xac wrote:Says it all when that white XM looks more futuristic and better looking than the modern Citroëns in the dealership!
Im sure this is why most dealers wouldn't want one in the dealership, as they put the modern boxes to shame! :lol:

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Citroenmad wrote:The XM looks great in the showroom 8-)
Xac wrote:Says it all when that white XM looks more futuristic and better looking than the modern Citroëns in the dealership!
Im sure this is why most dealers wouldn't want one in the dealership, as they put the modern boxes to shame! :lol:
Quite :( It just shows how the concept of styling a car has gone right out of the window these days. It's a sad loss.

I wonder what the Italian styling houses are doing these days? All closed down and the workers on the dole I guess as they're plainly no longer styling cars...

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XM = styling by origami, hmm nice

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DickieG wrote:XM = styling by origami, hmm nice
At least it's styled by a human being with feeling and passion and not by some cold, clinical machine.

Today's cars have no intrinsic character - they're just machines. Efficient but dull and lifeless.

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CitroJim wrote:
DickieG wrote:XM = styling by origami, hmm nice
At least it's styled by a human being with feeling and passion and not by some cold, clinical machine.
Not so sure about that Jim, computers draw straight lines, modern cars are styled by using lifesize clay models with curves, I like curves :lol:

How many car designers prior to the late 70's early 80's used origami as their method of styling? The XM and BX look very dated to me and not ion a nice way, the XM it's just a variation/rip off of that other beauty, the BL Princess.
CitroJim wrote:Today's cars have no intrinsic character - they're just machines. Efficient but dull and lifeless.
You mean they are quiet, work as intended and don't need you to get your spanners out every weekend?

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DickieG wrote:that other beauty, the BL Princess.
I think the Princess still looks bloody good against modern stuff. Best car BMC ever made, possibly...
DickieG wrote: You mean they are quiet, work as intended and don't need you to get your spanners out every weekend?
And what fun is there in that? I'd be bored in an instant with something like that :twisted:

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CitroJim wrote:...Best car BMC ever made, possibly...
That'd be a rally spec Landcrab? :twisted:

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Had an absolutely fantastic trip to Aberystwyth yesterday, taking Robyn back to Uni.

We went in Rattiva, absolutely great and did 58mpg :-D :-D :-D :-D Rattiva turned over 204,000 miles not far from Machynlleth :-D

Weather in Aberystwyth was great, sunny and warm. Much better than in England! We spent a while walking along the beach...

Perfect :mrgreen:

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Sounds like a very enjoyable day Jim. You can't complain with that mpg can you, excellent :-D

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Citroenmad wrote: You can't complain with that mpg can you, excellent :-D
And it's still reading full even after a week of running around... You just can't help loving an HDi...

My last rip to Wales has convinced me I want to live there and when I can retire that's where I plan to head. The worst part of going to Wales is coming back into England...

I'm very jealous of Robyn, her new student digs are right on on the seafront in Aberystwyth, right at the end of the promenade near the funicular railway and Constitution hill and easily in staggering distance of her favourite nightspot, Pier Pressure.

I've even decided where I would plan to move to. Machynlleth is a small town on the edge of Powys about 15 miles up from Aberystwyth and right on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.

I'll have to learn the language though. Even if only to be able to pronounce Machynlleth properly...

Roll on retirement...

Today is the first time in a couple of weeks I've had any time to rest up and spend any quality time on here. I've been very busy at work including weeked working and hopefully that's all now finished and life can return to normal, or at least what passes fro normal around here...

No car news at all :(

In other news, I had a lottery win yesterday :-D Only a tenner though...

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Nope, I love HDis :lol: Excellent engines which really shove the older XUDs into the past!

I can see the appeal of Wales Jim, a very nice place which I would like to visit again after my short trip there last year. Im thinking a weeks break there in the summer would be nice, we will see :)

I plan to move to Scotland at some point in my life, Im not one for busy urban places and Teesside is not at all appealing, I'll be happy when Ive moved out of here, even if its not all that far away.

Thats what you want when your busy, no car news!