Citrojim's Saxo and Cycling Tales

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Drove the 231PS RX-8 when they came out, sounded like a washing machine and had about the same amount of torque, didnt find it 'fast' , different experience though, and a nice car, stupidly cheap, but very difficult to find one that has been looked after by someone who knew what the engines were like.

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I looked at RX8s last year. I love the shape and the interior, but as you say, they don't feel "fast" to me. I think perhaps modern cars are sometimes a little too refined and hide the speed. I drove 4 of them and while they were nice, they didn't "excite" me. Lovely, if slightly odd cabin. The Subaru is the opposite. Horrid cabin, very exciting.

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I'm getting quite interested in the RX-8 just because it's so quirky and so different - a refreshing change from the normal run of the mill stuff.. I like that a lot...

I discovered it's possible to get trapped in an RX-8 yesterday. We were looking at the rear seats and how you gain access to them via the suicide doors. Initially it looks like the rear seats are only usable by people with no legs but in fact someone of my size can sit in the rear with a full complement of legs but one's knees are around one's ears and it's not comfy...

One big worry is once you're in and the doors are shut you can't get out :shock: You're trapped and totally at the mercy of others to allow you out... :lol:

Looks like the engine is toast though. It does run but very badly and with lost of smoke and vibration. One plug looks suspiciously clean; it looks wile it has been wiped by a rotor and it has some rather worrying witness marks on it...

That was just a diversion yesterday as the main work was to replace an Activa clutch and reassemble the dash after the heater matrix change well before Christmas... I did the dash whilst Chris and Liam did the clutch. They found a much better way of doing it by not removing the gearbox completely, just moving it to one side. It saved hours of work and swearing and made the job quite straightforward really - as long as you have a stubby enough alignment tool.

We were all pleased at how smoothly and easily the gearbox wet back onto the engine...

Main reason for getting the Activa mobile right now is so that it can vacate the hard-standing area in favour of the RX-8 as we're all as keen as mustard to get stuck into sorting the poorly Mazda..

I'm sure thought that as soon as Chris's Activa is mobile again he'll be unable to resist her charms...

I fear this blog might get full of RX-8 stuff soon.. Sorry but I hope it'll be interesting...

I hasten to add though, despite my great interest, the RX-8 is not mine and I do not intend to acquire one even though I'm getting to like them a lot...

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I look forward to more RX-8 stuff Jim, they're very interesting cars, I just feel that for me, I'd rather own one vicariously..

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Northern_Mike wrote:I'd rather own one vicariously..
I'd never have said it was a good car for a vicar Mike :lol: :lol:

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It'd be a sod to get in and out of wearing a cassock!

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Northern_Mike wrote:It'd be a sod to get in and out of wearing a cassock!
To be honest it's a sod to get in and out of whatever you're wearing in my experience. Being a practising contortionist definitely helps...

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Gosh! A long time since I've updated...

All is well. My health is now stable but with great care and attention to keeping it that way. Still off all stimulants and that I reckon is the secret...

In the morning I swap my XM Prestige for an XM ES9 V6 :-D

After a check-over tomorrow afternoon I then plan to take a spin down to Somerset in the new XM and see if it's better on a journey than a V6 Xantia...

As soon as the new XM is with me I'll get some pictures up and a full report...

Both Xantias are going very well. V6 is firmly established as my daily driver and that won't change with the arrival of the new XM. She's strictly for pleasure and long trips as the Activa is strictly for fun...

Got some work coming up on both Xantias. the V6 badly needs new front discs and pads and the Activa needs her rear ram modifying to stop weeps in the cold... Apart from that, both are going very well indeed..

I'm sure the XM will be the subject of some attention in the coming weeks. She's good but I'm sure I can find some things that need doing!

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superloopy wrote:Why the swap?
I've been hankering after a V6 XM for a while Mike... I'm somewhat addicted to the V6 now...

The ES9 and HP20 combination I love to bits. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea but it definitely is mine...

Yes, the Prestige is LPG'd. I'll miss that...

The V6 is not a lot more expensive to insure than the Prestige. It remains on a classic policy with Adrian Flux...

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I look forward to some nice pics Jim .

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Ahh now it's the autobox I love Mike. I'm a real fan of them and nowadays I'd not consider another car unless it was an automatic...

I do understand though, talking to another owner of another V6 this evening the complaint was made that the autobox never seems to select the same gear he would if he had control of it.

I enjoy the manual box in the Activa and can see exactly what he's saying about gear selection. But for cruising and the daily grind an auto is unbeatable... A manual box is strictly for fun - as my Activa is...

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Im looking forward to the pictures and your report of it Jim :-D

I've got to say, a household without an XM is getting to me at the moment, I might have to look at getting another sometime this year. :)

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Got the XM home...

Enjoyed the drive...

First impressions: 8-) :P :D :mrgreen:

Goes like a scalded cat :twisted:

More later with pictures....

Only one issue found. Cruise is not working :(

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Can't wait for the pics Jim , it's sounds like you had a fun drive back :wink:

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CitroJim wrote:
superloopy wrote:Why the swap?
I've been hankering after a V6 XM for a while Mike... I'm somewhat addicted to the V6 now...

The ES9 and HP20 combination I love to bits. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea but it definitely is mine...

Yes, the Prestige is LPG'd. I'll miss that...
The combination of the ES9 and HP20 is a good one. I think it doesn't suit some cars, or some driving styles. I can imagine that it's very good in an XM , or a Xantia when you don't try to charge down country lanes.

Jim - many places doing special deals on LPG installations at the moment. I can get the Subaru done for £699 with a 55l tank.. Obviously 6 cyl is more, but it's all a lot, lot cheaper than it used to be. I don't suppose it's that much of a need for you if you only use it as a occasional car though.