Citrojim's Saxo and Cycling Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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I’ve had a mk 1 106 and a mk 2 106 and the mk 1 was the better car, and comfier than a 206 which came later. The mk 1 would be the same as yours is Jim, my only complaint was heavy steering, but it was a diesel with no pas. 50 psi in the front tyres helped lol

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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CitroJim wrote:
21 Oct 2017, 18:22
Saxo and I have finally met and I'm head over heels in love with her :-D

She is really truly excellent and a lovely drive. She's comfier than my 207 to a very marked degree!

She needs a little TLC in a few small areas but in all the important places she's in excellent condition... A little work and she's going to be perfect...

Thanks Alasdair for finding her for me 😊

Looking forward to driving her him in the morning and getting to know her a bit better and hopefully a name will suggest itself...


Looks nice Jim, obviously it needs a French woman's name.. hmm.

Simone the Saxo.

There you go...

I meanwhile have fallen for ... erm... Freddy the Focus...

I care not that it's not much more economical than an Activa or that the ride is not quite as soft as a Citroen (but better than the 207). The driving position and seats are *brilliant* - heated leather Recaros, quite high up, it goes like a stabbed rat and sticks to the road like sh1t to a blanket. On top of that, it makes a gorgeous noise from the inline-5 turbo it has :-), and it's got just a touch of turbo lag, so you can drive it like a proper old-school hot-hatch. Brilliant car!

I won't start a blog as I only have a 207 that's French now, and that's for sale!
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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She looks lovely. Look forward to meeting her. Last time I was up close with a Saxo/106 would have been when I was still at the garage - so 2005 or earlier. Be a bit of an interesting trip down memory lane to see.

Happy to lend a hand for underbody rustproofing etc if that's helpful... especially as that's going to be high on the to do list for the Activa I reckon so will likely be looking at getting materials and kit prepped for that sort of job, thinking to do the Lada at the same time too. Heck, may as well do the 107 as well... it'll only need a pint of cavity wax after all!

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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Zelandeth wrote:
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Happy to lend a hand for underbody rustproofing etc if that's helpful... especially as that's going to be high on the to do list for the Activa I reckon so will likely be looking at getting materials and kit prepped for that sort of job, thinking to do the Lada at the same time too. Heck, may as well do the 107 as well... it'll only need a pint of cavity wax after all!


Definitely Zel :) Let's do a group rust-proof... I want Sally the Saxo - yes, she now has a name :) - to last as long as possible. Only problem is, I'm rather allergic to the solvents in rust-proofing stuff but I reckon with a face mask and gloves I'll be OK... In any case, most happy to get stuck in!

Sally drove absolutely beautifully all the way home this morning :) She's comfy - far more so than the 207 - rides beautifully, handles like a go-kart and trundles along at 50-55 a perfect treat. She's pretty frugal on fuel too judging by how far the fuel gauge fell on the journey.

She has really good lights and far better than standard Xantia ones. You can actually see where you're going :lol:

For me, she ticks all the boxes and is my perfect car. I am truly delighted with her :D

I see the Saxo as being the natural successor to the 205. To my mind the 205 will always be the greatest small car ever but reckon the Saxo is either fully equal or just very slightly better... High praise indeed...

I shall now be spending some time sorting out her little issues - none in any way serious - to make her as good as possible.

Although she'll soon be a bike carrying van she is going to be loved and pampered :)

And once again, thanks Alasdair for finding her for me :D An for looking after me yesterday :) Top job!

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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My colleague I used to car share with had a Saxo. Lights deteriorated over time, but were transformed by the addition of a relay; now where have we heard that before?!

Someone's been at that boot before, Jim, judging by the non-standard clip fitted - perhaps the clip broke, and the boot was punctured fitting the new one?

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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RichardW wrote:
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Someone's been at that boot before, Jim, judging by the non-standard clip fitted - perhaps the clip broke, and the boot was punctured fitting the new one?


I wondered that about the clips too Richard... It's only recently split and the split, although not obvious in the picture, is right on the moulding seam or moulding flash...

It must have been a weak point...

Maybe my Saxo already has the relay mod done... I'll look later...

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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Glad you are all home Ok Jim.....the car made it then, I had images of it not wishing to "go north" and having a fit of homesickness

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Stickyfinger wrote:
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the car made it then, I had images of it not wishing to "go north" and having a fit of homesickness


:lol: No, she seems very happy in her new home and now getting to know the young blue upstart (she of the bum-numbing seats) and the big red matriarch of the PSA family here...

The roads this morning were unbelievably quiet :) Definitely the best time to travel... I left yours at about 03:30...

Hope I didn't wake you up...

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So pleased she is turning out to be both a good'un and a fit for your needs.....it does drive very well I must say..

Not, I slept through your racket :)

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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One for the bike section:


Properly dressed cyclist and cute with it.
Best enjoyed with the sound off.

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myglaren wrote:
22 Oct 2017, 16:26
Best enjoyed with the sound off.


Definitely! The sound is awful :twisted:

A good day on Sally today :) Did an oil and filter change, a cambelt change - looked well overdue! and a whole host of little jobs including sorting out a loose door card and giving the interior a good spruce-up..

The non-functional speedo is likely the speed sensor in the gearbox... ELIT reports this as a fault on the engine ECU...

To round off a great day I enjoyed immensely a visit from James Hellrazor :D It's always a pleasure James even if you were loosing me toward the end as my brain started shutting down for the day :twisted: :roll: :lol:

Sally is now good for daily service and I can now get back to Activa spannering! The remaining jobs on Sally, such as her radio fault - which looks like the power amplifier has a problem - are all minor and can be done in due course...

Pleased to note the front tyres, discs and pads are all very recent :)

Herre's a shot of her engine undergoing a cambelt swap :)
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The cambelt is so easy on an 8V TU... A bit different to the 24V V6 we did the other week!!!

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I was intrigued to note my Saxo has electric power steering using an electrically driven remote pump that is similar to an engine driven one bar for the big motor grafted onto it.

I can see exactly why you initially thought it was an air conditioning compressor Alasdair...

The motor looks very similar to a Xantia cooling fan motor...

The steering is pleasantly light without being overly so...

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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What the?!? Is that a TU engine that isn't leaking oil from either the rocker cover or head gasket at the front left corner?

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Zelandeth wrote:
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What the?!? Is that a TU engine that isn't leaking oil from either the rocker cover or head gasket at the front left corner?



Yes, remarkably! A trait she shares with Alasdair's Daffodil!!! The only two TU engines I've seen dry in those areas....

My ET3 ( basically a 16v TU) in my 207 leaks from all the usual TU places...