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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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Following Chris's fine work with the machine polisher yesterday I gave the Mobility Scooter a quick wash to remove the polishing compound that looked like she'd been in a snowstorm :lol: and then a good rub down with a chamois leather.

She's lookin' good and here she is about two hours after last running and still up at normal ride height :-D

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Not the best photo but...

Interestingly, she was down on her belly this morning but took very little time to rise up to normal ride height :)

That practically clear Delphi LHM must be some good tackle :)

The interior leather has also received a quick snack today, not a good feed, just a wipe down with a handful of leather wipes. When I can I'll feed it proplerly...

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Not a problem Jim, I really enjoyed yesterday, anytime! Im very happy to have done a few things with the XM and we saved you from a few jobs. Pretty pleased I got the machine polishing done too, which I started months ago :lol:

Im impressed that the car is still in normal height after 2 hours, it would not stand for 30 minutes in full height before the change. Well worth doing. That gearbox oil was pretty awful too. It will have thought it was its birthday yesterday :lol: 8-)

Its really coming along now :-D

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Pleased you enjoyed the day Chris :-D
Citroenmad wrote: Its really coming along now :-D
It certainly is :-D Worryingly perhaps, I'm enjoying it so much that I've not been out in a xantia for days now. It's become my daily!

I'm even going to run it down to Somerset at some point...

The gearbox is certainly better for its fluid change; changes are almost imperceptible. Everything bar the ABS is working a treat :-D

I'm very happy...

Thanks again for all the hard work both you an Chris put in on Saturday :-D :-D

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It'll get you to Somerset in style and comfort Jim, its just the job 8-)

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Citroenmad wrote:It'll get you to Somerset in style and comfort Jim, its just the job 8-)
Comfort most definitely Chris. That driver's seat fits me like a glove :-D Like it was custom-made especially for me...

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Well, I went to Somerset in the mobility scooter yesterday... Absolutely excellent :-D

Went on LPG all the way and find I can get from here to dad's on one tankful and the route is positively littered with LPG stations :)

I have to say, the ride, comfort and ventilation offered by the XM absolutely knocks spots off of any Xantia. It really is that good. Not as quick as the V6 but oh, so much more relaxed and comfy. I was rather surprised by just how.

Perhaps it's just me and how I am at the moment but never have I done that trip in so much comfort and been so relaxed and fresh at the end.

LPG range is about 175 miles on a tankful and economy works out at around 25mpg equivalent. Price-wise that's 50mpg and I reckon once the cat and oxygen sensor is re-fitted it might even get better.

Now I have to do some serious thinking. The XM is the car for the long trips, no doubt at all. That trip proved it.

Due to circumstances both concerning money (insurance and having to insure Sian) and the likely loss of my spare parking space in the new year, one car will have to go. The XM is staying, the Activa is staying (drove it today :-D ) so that leaves a question-mark hanging over the V6. Tax and insurance is up in November and I'm planning to SORN it.

If anyone wants to make me an offer for it I may consider letting it go. Money raised will be invested in the XM to really bring it up to condition. I have not made a final decision yet and it may well change in light what the up-coming MOT on the XM may reveal.

I think I may have cracked the ABS problem on the XM and I have every confidence the ABS block is not the cause of the problem. More news on that when I've investigated further.

For now, the XM is really making an impression on me.

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I thought the XM might impress you even more on a long run Jim, they are superb at that. I mean, Xantias are good, but XMs really are in another cruising legue!

I thought I got 200 miles from an LPG tank, though that was from full until the tank ran out and switched to petrol. However, that was only a rough guide for one obvious reason :roll:

As for cutting down on your car numbers, your in the same boat as me! Its obvious that your Activa will never be moved on and the XM would make an ideal daily car. It is unfortunate that your V6 might be the one to go but I have came to a quick conclusion that we can not keep them all. Which is why we are thinning our fleet too, god knows I would keep them all (XM estate and your Prestige included) if I could.

My reason for getting the diesel Xantias is because I wanted that particular car and also it will be very nice to have a more wallet friendly Xantia to use. I probably would not have got one if it was not that car.

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I refilled the LPG tank just as the red light came on and that happened right near my 'home' LPG station so I've yet to find out how far it'll run with the red light on before it swaps back over to petrol. Roughly, it's 50 miles per green light!!! So 200 miles is a good estimate.

You're right Chris, the Activa, mine particularly, is irreplaceable and I think too. given the mileage and overall condition, the V6 is too but something has to give, just like you. Not only is it the cost and logistics but I'm just not doing the mileage now and it's unlikely I will be in the future either so one car is always going to sit here practically unused. I did less then 1,000 miles in the Activa between MOTs and the V6 similar. Most went on Rattiva and your (Mikes!) V6; that only amounted to about 6,000 in total.

Richard's HDi was just too good to miss really as you'll never find another like it for sure. Well bought sir :-D

I'm going to buy lots of rustproofer for both the XM and Activa and for the small mileage they do, they can go through the winter I think.

If only we could keep all our cars. I'd have about 30 by now :roll:

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CitroJim wrote:

Richard's HDi was just too good to miss really as you'll never find another like it for sure. Well bought sir :-D

I'm going to buy lots of rustproofer for both the XM and Activa and for the small mileage they do, they can go through the winter I think.

If only we could keep all our cars. I'd have about 30 by now :roll:
If I could keep all my cars, I'd be divorced by now.. I'd also have a driveway full of old Saabs and Citroens.

Richard's HDi is very, very nice indeed. I've had the pleasure of being in it a few times, usually due to GSF giving me the wrong bits :-)

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CitroJim wrote:I refilled the LPG tank just as the red light came on and that happened right near my 'home' LPG station so I've yet to find out how far it'll run with the red light on before it swaps back over to petrol. Roughly, it's 50 miles per green light!!! So 200 miles is a good estimate.

You're right Chris, the Activa, mine particularly, is irreplaceable and I think too. given the mileage and overall condition, the V6 is too but something has to give, just like you. Not only is it the cost and logistics but I'm just not doing the mileage now and it's unlikely I will be in the future either so one car is always going to sit here practically unused. I did less then 1,000 miles in the Activa between MOTs and the V6 similar. Most went on Rattiva and your (Mikes!) V6; that only amounted to about 6,000 in total.

Richard's HDi was just too good to miss really as you'll never find another like it for sure. Well bought sir :-D

I'm going to buy lots of rustproofer for both the XM and Activa and for the small mileage they do, they can go through the winter I think.

If only we could keep all our cars. I'd have about 30 by now :roll:
Ah, you must be getting better MPG than I did as the red light does last a longtime, easily another 50 miles :-D

Your low mileage will keep your cars good Jim. I do about 20-25K year between mine and that in a car doing 25-30mpg wouldbe hugely painful! :lol:

Yes, I could not resist it Jim. :-D

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I'm away from the forum for a day or so, to come back and find the music has stopped and
there's been another mass swap around of Xantiae between everyone's driveways when the
lights come back on...

I must live in the wrong neck of the woods as I couldn't give away Xm's or Cx's for scrap
money last month and had to say goodbye to 4 XM's, 3 Cx's and 2 Xantiae. :(

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And no matter how much you rationalise it, you're going to feel some pain and regret
due to that v6 shaped space in your life: they're just so damned easy to like and live with!

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andmcit wrote:And no matter how much you rationalise it, you're going to feel some pain and regret
due to that v6 shaped space in your life: they're just so damned easy to like and live with!
Don't say that! :lol:

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Don't sell the V6 Jim :cry:

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There's only one option: Combine the 2 and make a V6 Activa.