Citrojim's Saxo and Cycling Tales

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That's a cracking deal Mike... :-D

Just shows that a bit of shopping around, talking to them and bartering a deal can pay dividends...

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Citroenmad wrote:My insurance renewal for my C5 came through today, £956 :shock: :o My does my insurance increase as I get holder, just shopping for better quotes now :lol:
Eh?!!! :shock: That's near enough the same price as mine - I thought it's suppose to go down as you get older! Isn't car insurance fantastic... :lol: :roll:

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Not too bad a fix for the 206 then, they are good little cars and once you get used to them they can be fun to chuck about. My 2.0HDi 206 was excellent fun, thought me lift off oversteer :lol:

Mike, that is very cheap, how do you manage that? :lol:

Im shopping around for quotes, ive filled in so many online pages now! I got happy at one point, with Admiral Multicar coming up at £850 for the C5 AND the Xantia. However I cant have done something right as I went back and did it again and got £1220. Still, for the both its not too bad.

Franklin, I thought when I turned 25 it would be quite reasonable, I only paid around £860 last year, its gone up over £90 :shock: Just about to go on the old compare the meerkat.com and see what they say ... so far ive tried ones which dont appear on the compare sites ...

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Insurance is dear, and will always be dear. I'm 28, and mine is thankfully staying at around the same price and not going up which I am thankful for at least.

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robert_e_smart wrote:Insurance is dear, and will always be dear. I'm 28, and mine is thankfully staying at around the same price and not going up which I am thankful for at least.
Cheapest so far is Admiral with £700, for the C5 alone. Not bad at all.

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Jeees Chris i could insure the xm and Xant for that money!!!

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Deanxm wrote:Jeees Chris i could insure the xm and Xant for that money!!!

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Yes, think ill have to swap the C5 for a C1 if I want cheap insurance :lol:

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Citroenmad wrote:Not too bad a fix for the 206 then, they are good little cars and once you get used to them they can be fun to chuck about. My 2.0HDi 206 was excellent fun, thought me lift off oversteer :lol:

Mike, that is very cheap, how do you manage that? :lol:
I don't know. I was expecting over £400. I've been with E-Sure for a couple of years. RUNN will cost me nearly £350 to insure per year..

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CitroJim wrote:On the car front, I've just insured Sian on her Pixo and again Admiral came out brilliantly. yet another car on my multi-car policy. That's five now :roll: I was delighted that I was able to cover Sian for less than £600...
Is that as a provisional or full licence Jim? Admiral did Danielles' C3 with her as a provisional licence holder including me and Dawn for £460 fully comp.

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Guy at work, early forties, just reinsured hi Skoda Fabia VRS for £219 with Axa.
Mine is due for renewal soon so may try them. Going to try SAGA again, just for laughs, usually twice as much as the nearest competitor.

Daughter swapped her Rover 75 for a Clio after being told the insurance would be £300 as opposed to the £629 for the Rover.
Came through at £480! She was also sold legal cover at £17 that they then charged her £26 for. She'll be on the phone to them then. (Sheila's Wheels) (subsidiary of Eshure, I wouldn't have anything to do with that lot since they have bloody Michael Winner pimping for them)

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I be your daughter wishes she kept the R75 now! Saving £150 a year on insurance surely doesn't warrant a swap to a Clio :lol:

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Citroenmad wrote:I be your daughter wishes she kept the R75 now! Saving £150 a year on insurance surely doesn't warrant a swap to a Clio :lol:
Nothing warrants a swap to a Renault. Any Renault.

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myglaren wrote:Guy at work, early forties, just reinsured hi Skoda Fabia VRS for £219 with Axa.
Mine is due for renewal soon so may try them. Going to try SAGA again, just for laughs, usually twice as much as the nearest competitor.

Daughter swapped her Rover 75 for a Clio after being told the insurance would be £300 as opposed to the £629 for the Rover.
Came through at £480! She was also sold legal cover at £17 that they then charged her £26 for. She'll be on the phone to them then. (Sheila's Wheels) (subsidiary of Eshure, I wouldn't have anything to do with that lot since they have bloody Michael Winner pimping for them)
I'm with E-Sure. I couldn't care less who pimps for them. They were a lot cheaper than anyone else, give good customer service (well, to me anyway) and sorted out my Focus claim last year very well indeed.

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Oh what a fun week. I had to disappear very rapidly to Somerset on Sunday morning and suffer accommodation in a Travelodge for two glorious nights :twisted: Hot water is apparently an alien concept to them.

It meant three days away from work and I arrived back to rather a large backlog :twisted:

Someone asked me when I'd be completing a certain task and I suggested they consult a crystal ball and besides, I had more balls up in the air than a lottery machine. That someone asked how this was a problem as that only amounted to 49 balls; surely I was able to juggle more balls than that....

Still I did get a bit of theraputic spannering in on Wednesday, my recovery day, on Robyn's 206. The brake and handbrake pedal travel was rather excessive and this was all down to the rear (drum) brake adjusters not doing their stuff. So, it was off with the drums and a good clean and a manual ratchet-up of the adjusters to give them the idea. All seems good now and the brakes are overall much improved although still rubbish against Xantia brakes. I then saw to the broken bonnet hinge by taking it off and spinning up a new pivot pin in the lathe and riveting it in.

I've been running around in the 206 for the rest of the week and all seems good. No stalling, it's running like a little sewing machine and is great fun. But oh gosh it's noisy and bumpy compared to the Xantia... The little TU - what an engine... Shame they never made a 2.8 V8 from two TUs - it would have been truly brilliant 8-)

Rattiva is resting as she was called into service to get to Somerset ASAP on Sunday and by my standards she was thrashed unmercifully for three very busy days. She did her job magnificently as always and with her usual conservative use of fuel :-D

I gave Siany's Nissan Pixo a pre-MOT this evening. Hardly necessary as it's essentially a brand-new car with just 1400 miles on the clock, 100 of which Sinay has put on herself. I sat with her this evening whilst she drove and she's a natural. She's been driving barely a month and she's got it well and proper. Her clutch control belies the time she's been driving. Makes me wonder if she's been going out at night and joy-riding for several years she's so good...

Siany helped me with the pre-MOT and hopefully learned a little. She now knows where all the light switches are, how to test seatbelts and how to check wheels, tyres and suspension. Also, where and how to check the dipstick, brake fluid reservoir, and coolant header tank and why... That's proper dad work - teaching my little girl how to look after her car.

Old V6 is coming around tomorrow for her pre-MOT...

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It's been a rare old weekend of getting the spanners out :-D :-D On Saturday Paul came round in Old V6 for one of my pre-MOTs and we found the car to be as fit as a butcher's dog.

Today has been like a mini-rally here. Chris570, Xac, Citrov6 and Xantia_V6 :-D

Chris570 was keen to measure the main-line hydraulic pressure on his HDi and used my little tester. In the event all was fine but he put a fair old puddle of LHM on the road outside my house doing it :twisted:

I bought a couple of new front corner spheres from citrov6 and decided to fit them to Rattiva there and then. The front had sunk right down overnight and I assumed all pressure was gone. I should have known. I really should have when the spheres were rather tight to undo. All of a sudden I received an epic douche-vert of biblical proportions. It sprayed right over me and soaked my sweatshirt before I hopped out of the way. the spray continues in a jet that travelled a good 6 feet to the other side of my neighbour's drive :lol: :lol: :lol:

Xac regrets he never recorded it as a video!!! he was too busy trying to stem the flow.

In the end it did but not before two big puddles had formed under Rattiva and a nice one on the neighbour's drive.

I had to do some emergency road washing. Having no driveway cleaner left I improvised with washing up liquid. It worked, albeit with lots of foam. It took a lot of water to rinse it away and I risked getting the hosepipe out to do it :lol: :lol:

Still, it was worth it. Rattiva drives a bit better now.

Last job for the day, on the cars at least, was to hoover out both Rattiva and Robyn's 206 before mowing the lawn and some household tasks, including washing my LHM-soaked clothes...

Robyn's 206 is running fine now but my resolve to use it for a few more days broke under an overwhelming craving for the Xantia. The 206 is a fine little car but you can only wear a hair-shirt for so long. Getting in the Xantia again was bliss :P