Citrojim's Saxo and Cycling Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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Well done Jim!

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Rhothgar wrote:Well done Jim!
Thanks Roger :-D Not sure what for though :roll:

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Been playing with a Mazda RX-8 this afternoon :D Now there's a car with Citroen DNA all over it... Quirky, a most interesting Wankel engine and such atrocious access that it makes a 2.0TCT XM look easy :lol:

This one won't go and it appears due to ignition coil failure. The problem is that if it's been misfiring for any length of time then the engine may be toast due to bore (chamber) wash so if this is the case then an engine rebuild will be on and that's going to interest me greatly...

Due to the likelihood of the engine being wrecked the car, which is in immaculate nick otherwise, was picked up from the 'bay for an absolute song...

Parts prices make Citroen stuff look cheap. It has four ignition coils and I believe each one costs over £100. The basic spares to rebuild the engine will leave no change from a grand so I understand...

Nice car though and following progress with great interest...

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My eldest son was after one of those but couldn't find a decent one at sensible prices.
Coming home from work one evening last year there were three identical silver ones parked, two on one side of the road and one on the other.
Otherwise a very rare sight around here (like Xantais).

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CitroJim wrote:Been playing with a Mazda RX-8 this afternoon :D Now there's a car with Citroen DNA all over it... Quirky, a most interesting Wankel engine and such atrocious access that it makes a 2.0TCT XM look easy :lol:

This one won't go and it appears due to ignition coil failure. The problem is that if it's been misfiring for any length of time then the engine may be toast due to bore (chamber) wash so if this is the case then an engine rebuild will be on and that's going to interest me greatly...

Due to the likelihood of the engine being wrecked the car, which is in immaculate nick otherwise, was picked up from the 'bay for an absolute song...

Parts prices make Citroen stuff look cheap. It has four ignition coils and I believe each one costs over £100. The basic spares to rebuild the engine will leave no change from a grand so I understand...

Nice car though and following progress with great interest...
They're very nice, I looked at a few last year. It may be well worth looking at a new factory short motor for it rather than rebuilding , as they are not as horrendously expensive as one might imagine. The engine disasters and the insane prices of spares put me right off buying one.

..... says the man who is picking up a 90s Impreza WRX STi on Thursday.

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Something is going wrong. Citroen owners are leaving in droves. Rover 75s, Mazda RX8s, Subaru Imprezas', and (maybe) Renault 25s'.

DON'T LEAVE ME!!

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Hell Razor5543 wrote:Something is going wrong. Citroen owners are leaving in droves. Rover 75s, Mazda RX8s, Subaru Imprezas', and (maybe) Renault 25s'.

DON'T LEAVE ME!!
I still have my Berlingo, and will not be getting rid of it any time soon. I'd have a Xantia V6 again if a reasonably priced one is available.

It appears Citroen, as usual, have conspired against me owning a Subary.. :evil:

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Well Mike, there is always this one to look at;

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1998-CITROEN- ... 257a24a95c" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Hell Razor5543 wrote:Something is going wrong. Citroen owners are leaving in droves. Rover 75s, Mazda RX8s, Subaru Imprezas', and (maybe) Renault 25s'.

DON'T LEAVE ME!!
Don't worry James, I won't be going away from Citroens for a long time.

As I've said before, a change is as good as a rest and going over to the other side makes us appreciate our Citroens even more...

myglaren wrote: Coming home from work one evening last year there were three identical silver ones parked, two on one side of the road and one on the other.
All with expired engines no doubt :roll: :lol:

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No, one was gone the next day, another the following day and the last one three days later but the latter two did change places on the road so presumably all working. All appeared to have been well looked after.

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Im not moving away from Citroens, I plan on keeping hold of a Xantia or two for a while to come yet!

RX-8s do seem to have a pretty poor reliability record, which is shown in their resale values. I thought they would be a desirable car until I looked at what they sold for! A friends mum got one new in 2007. It did 28,000 miles before she traded it in last year, got £2000 for it! :shock: It was immaculate too.

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Anything with a Wankel engine makes an Activa look positively economical :lol:

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DickieG wrote:Anything with a Wankel engine makes an Activa look positively economical :lol:
You're probably right there Richard :roll: :lol:

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DickieG wrote:Anything with a Wankel engine makes an Activa look positively economical :lol:
and positively reliable..

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Citroenmad wrote:Im not moving away from Citroëns, I plan on keeping hold of a Xantia or two for a while to come yet!

RX-8s do seem to have a pretty poor reliability record, which is shown in their resale values.
They're supposed to be pretty reliable when looked after as they should be. The problem is that they rarely are. I looked at buying one a couple of times. I used to take my second MX5 to Rotechniks, the Indy Mazda specialist in Reading. Thhey ave loads of them. He buys them with knackered engines, fits new factor motors and clutches in them, checks them over and sells them for a massive profit.

One of the things you apparently don't want to see with one is a full dealer history. They have a habit of letting trainees do oil changes and they get filled with the wrong oil from the workshop oil system, instead of the grades they require. Other bits and pieces get missed, and it ruins them in short order.

Use the right oil, keep it topped up - because they do use oil - and don't drive them like a pansy all the time, and they are perfectly reliable and reasonably quick.

Not as mind-warpingly fast as my new toy is though. I can't believe I'm old enough that a 260bhp , 4wd supercar (0-60 in 4.5 seconds/150mph is supercar territory in my book) only costs me £39 a month fully comp..