Citrojim's Saxo and Cycling Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

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Kev just get an electric pump and suck the pump dry and then put a few litres of petrol in it and do the same. When it's ready to go just fill the tank and stick a litre of petrol in as well and it should flush the system pretty well and dump the worst into the fuel filter and just swap it out when you want :)

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red_dwarfers wrote:Cor, sorry to give you so much work there Jim.
It's not a problem Kev :-D I'm happily enjoying myself with it...

Mike, yes, I suppose a moussaka does look a bit like a poor Shephered's pie!

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Had a great day down on the Isle of Sheppey yesterday :-D

The trip down and back was good and we had no hold-ups which is not bad when you consider we were on the M1, the M25, the Dartford Crossing and the M2!

I drove Val's Vauxhall (Suzuki) Agila (Splash) and it's no C1. It handles like a wet sponge, rides like an old tea trolley and the seats are made of concrete with a thin cloth covering :twisted: Apart from that, it's fine :lol:

The C1 is better in every way...

Our rendezvous to see Val's rellies was a holiday caravan park on the Island. The part of the island the locals never go to and is full of a particular breed of Londoners enjoying a holiday.

As I was non-family I went for a long walk along the beach and prom and indulged in a pastime of mine; people watching.

Every other establishment around the beach front was an amusement arcade and everything else was either a fast food joint, a greasy spoon or a boozer :lol: :twisted: :roll:

The beach was lovely and was busy with people frolicking in the sea and sand.

I now see why the medical profession is concerned with obesity :shock: To a person they were all obese. I looked right out of place :lol: :lol:

A glance around a small supermarket nearby showed it only catered for those people. I'd starve there!

Back at the caravan site I saw a disturbing sight. A nearby caravan had toys scattered around the outside of it and the centre-piece and obviously well-loved toy was a McDonald's Kitchen with all the fixtures and fittings!!!!!

I despair :roll: :lol:

What a world :evil: It was an eye-opener how the other half live that's for sure...

Bizarrely the beach toilets were so clean and lovely you could have eaten dinner in there. They were attended and so Impressed was I, I commented on the amazing cleanliness to the attendant.

She went on to tell me how hard they work to keep the standard up and how in an hour they spend 10 minutes looking after the gents and 50 looking after the ladies. The ladies are absolutely terrible it seems and the attendant went on to tell some tales that are not suitable for this forum concerning the ladies loos... :roll:

Val told me the ladies at the Medway Services on the M2 were wrecked with doors hanging off their hinges and all sorts... I found the gents to be immaculate :roll:

I'm amazed. yesterday was an education :o

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Having cleaned toilets for a crust, I would concur with your charwoman's assessment.

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My V6 is really being troublesome at the moment..

I checked it over ready for the run to Somerset tomorrow and I noted the coolant was a tad low. Topped up and found out why :evil:

The header tank is split :roll:

Luckily, they're still readily available and not a stupid price either. £33 my Stealer has charged me...

Did the weekly checks on Eyelashes and bar the tyres being a tad down because it's cooler, nothing to report :-D

I expect to find the fuel filler flap to be seized through disuse next time I need to fill her up though :P

I remain very delighted with Eyelashes :-D I love that little car!

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CitroJim wrote:My V6 is really being troublesome at the moment..

I checked it over ready for the run to Somerset tomorrow and I noted the coolant was a tad low. Topped up and found out why :evil:

The header tank is split :roll:
Not again, I replaced that with a new one :roll:

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DickieG wrote:
CitroJim wrote:My V6 is really being troublesome at the moment..

I checked it over ready for the run to Somerset tomorrow and I noted the coolant was a tad low. Topped up and found out why :evil:

The header tank is split :roll:
Not again, I replaced that with a new one :roll:
I thought you had Richard but that was a few years ago now and at least 30,000 miles ago. I've had that car longer than I realise sometimes and done more miles too!

During my ownership that car has been good and not cost me much at all...
superloopy wrote:It knows it's for the spanish fiddler once Steve's motor arrives and gets its wheels into Jim's garage :D
Mike, I think you're right...

She's punished me for not doing her cambelt and weepy HP pump when I said I would too :twisted:

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DickieG wrote:
CitroJim wrote:My V6 is really being troublesome at the moment..

I checked it over ready for the run to Somerset tomorrow and I noted the coolant was a tad low. Topped up and found out why :evil:

The header tank is split :roll:
Not again, I replaced that with a new one :roll:
My new 65k V6 has receipts from Citroen for a new coolant expansion tank....twice... :roll:

Once at a very low mileage (under 30k from memory) and again at about 50k....I suspect they're just poorly made along the seam and will all fail the same way sooner or later...which probably explains why they're not NFP yet. :lol:

Its also had a new radiator in its cosseted low mileage existence...

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

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To be honest if just get a metal one made up after the first one went, why keep replacing something with a poorly designed item?

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What I don't understand is why there is a seam in the first place... The rest of the bottle construction is absolutely fine...its just the seam half way down that is poorly bonded and eventually starts leaking under pressure...definitely a design flaw.

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Mandrake wrote:What I don't understand is why there is a seam in the first place... The rest of the bottle construction is absolutely fine...its just the seam half way down that is poorly bonded and eventually starts leaking under pressure...definitely a design flaw.
It's because it's french and the makers had too much wine that day :mrgreen:

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And then the fitters had a whine, and then they all had a strike!

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Actually, expansion tank failure on the V6 is very common indeed.

Oddly, it does not seem to be such a problem on the Xantia 2.1TD, the only other model to use this style of expansion tank.

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Down in Somerset at the moment visiting dad. Had a lovely trip down in the V6. The first long trip I've done in it since the National.

Lovely. Only hold-up was at Stonehenge where the queue seemed to be caused by people slowing right down to look at it. Call me a heathen but I really don't understand the fascination with what is after all just a pile of old stones... :roll:

I must say the V6 is a gorgeous car for a journey. I've got it perfect now. A little C1 for running around locally, an Activa for fun and a V6 for the occasional long journey... Excellent :-D

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CitroJim wrote:Down in Somerset at the moment visiting dad. Had a lovely trip down in the V6. The first long trip I've done in it since the National.

Lovely. Only hold-up was at Stonehenge where the queue seemed to be caused by people slowing right down to look at it. Call me a heathen but I really don't understand the fascination with what is after all just a pile of old stones... :roll:

I must say the V6 is a gorgeous car for a journey. I've got it perfect now. A little C1 for running around locally, an Activa for fun and a V6 for the occasional long journey... Excellent :-D
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