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Post by Xaccers » 30 Jan 2010, 20:11

Acceleration up through the gears, the revs don't drop as much as before I fitted it.

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Post by XantiaMan » 30 Jan 2010, 20:18

Xac wrote:Acceleration up through the gears, the revs don't drop as much as before I fitted it.
That is in theory, what its supposed to do, still keep the turbo spinning the right way and not reduce the amount of boost too much,which increases response. Makes a difference if driving swiftly. There may also be a very slight improvement in mpg too.

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Post by XantiaMan » 31 Jan 2010, 10:54

After reading on Jim's blog about his leaking rear ram on his Activa, i was getting a bit concerned about mine. Closer inspection showed a weep which tbh, has always been there, but i tend not to look underneath a car when its freezing cold!

Last night i placed a clean plate underneath, it was dry this morning so no drip. The cold weather really does the rubber sealing parts no favours and lack of use compounds the problem.

I tend to use my every weekend at least, and maybe once or twice a week, which seems to be enough.

I had to take it for a drive, to make sure all was well. I shouldnt have done, because it simply reinforces the case for keeping the car when i cannot!

I knew it was torquier lower down than the ST220 but i completely forgot just how much of a shove you get, it really is a lovely set up, combined with the supple suspension and lack of body roll and its a completely hassle free drive with a bit of fun added too, and i will miss it dearly when it goes :cry:

The good news is that once placed on high, the ram is completely dry under there, so no worries

I've continued to lose weight this week, so far i've lost 19lbs, i'm well happy with that and i hope i can keep it up.

When the Activa has gone i will still be about, the car may be gone but the community wont, and this forum has been a tremendous help in the past 3 years and i've gained some good friends from it too :) :D

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Post by XantiaMan » 02 Feb 2010, 20:48

How rude of me, i forgot to post an actual picture of the car -

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Its being taxed, checked and valeted before pick up on Friday. Hoping to find the time to refurbish the wheels before then!

There has been some Citroen action today -

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Young lady round the corner managed to get it keyed one night outside her house, on the NSR and NSF panels. Despite being a crap day weather wise i managed to paint both panels to a high standard just in time for her to pick it up. Very pleased with the result.

Yesterday and the night before was a nightmare. On Sunday lunchtime i had a Tesco ready made prawn curry, low in calories for my diet. This really was a low calorie version however, as around 11pm that night it decided to remove the nice hotpot Vicky had done, followed by its reappearance at 130am and then finished at 430am. I cannot remember the last time i was that sick, the whole of yesterday i was basically bed bound with flu like symptoms, and even now my stomach and throat hurts.

Moral of the story? Dont trust any food unless your making it from scratch!

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Post by XantiaMan » 07 Feb 2010, 15:16

Managed to get some better pictures of the new car.

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Here is the surprise, overall its averaging 32mpg :shock: , so should actually be cheaper to run than the Activa!

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Post by Xaccers » 07 Feb 2010, 16:04

OMG you've become MondeoMan583! :p

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Post by myglaren » 07 Feb 2010, 18:24

Would you like your username editing to reflect the new acquisition? :twisted:

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Post by Citroenmad » 07 Feb 2010, 18:40

I think that might be a good idea :lol:

Looks tidy though, nice interior 8-) Ive heard it more than a few times that fords trip computers are know to over-read MPG. Is the 32MPG calculated or from the cars display?

I know what was ment by feeling like your sat on the car rather than in it. Though that was in LX and Zetec trim levels. Cant put my finger on why though, maybe it has a lower door line and deeper side windows, than some cars? I felt like i was sitting too high in the car. Im 6ft2 and didnt find it as roomy as the C5. I actually have the seat height up in the C5 or i feel a bit lost in it :lol:

Very smart looking cars, mondys with an ST body kit, very subtle. Cant be many V6 engines versions around i wouldnt have thought?

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Post by CitroJim » 07 Feb 2010, 19:26

Very custhy Gareth :D 8-) 21st century 3 litre Capri 8-)

At least it has the right number of cylinders in the right configuration :lol:

How's about a few under-bonnet shots?

That style of Mondy is the best Ford did and their most attractive car for donkeys. I hated the earlier versions and detest the lardy new Mondy :twisted: It seriously needs a diet. It's bum does look big in whatever it wears and bizarrely, the estate version is far better looking...

Yours in that metallic blue looks lovely in my eyes...

Is it a Ford engine in there or one they co-designed with someone else? be lovely if it had an ES9J4 hidden away under the bonnet!

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Post by XantiaMan » 07 Feb 2010, 20:46

ST220's are much rarer than the ST TDCi's diesels, nice enough but they dont have that V6 soundtrack.

The engine can trace its routes back to Porsche. They ended up selling the rights to Ford, Cosworth designed the heads. Its all-alloy, DOHC, with a short 79.5mm stroke.

Its not what i'm used to, but its really growing on me. Get it in the right gear and it really does fly, and the gear ratios are nicely matched meaning no huge gaps, keeping it in the powerband.

Officially its 223bhp and 210lb ft. The max torque is at 4900rpm, but it is very flexible. It will pull from idle speed in 4th without a hint of vibration or hassle.

I will get some underbonnet shots are some point :)

Driving position for me is great, i just over 5ft 10 and the Recaros are adjustable in any direction, they feel like armchairs with extra side support :D

No point changing my username, although i would like to drop the 583 from it (hint!)

Back to the Xantia. I've had a very good offer, for which i am waiting on a deposit before its removed from Ebay. Potential owner has a C5, and has had a couple of Xantia's.

It will be fully cleaned up before the new owner picks it up. I hope he likes it! Its been a lot of fun!

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Post by XantiaMan » 07 Feb 2010, 21:02

Quick update, got the deposit, car has now been removed from auction. Should be gone by the weekend :D :cry:

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Post by Citroenmad » 07 Feb 2010, 21:06

Will its new owner be joining FCF? :roll:

I didnt think it would take long to sell it, stunning car 8-)

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Post by XantiaMan » 07 Feb 2010, 21:08

Citroenmad wrote:Will its new owner be joining FCF? :roll:

I didnt think it would take long to sell it, stunning car 8-)
I should think so! I may be getting him to pick it up from Duxford on Sunday, if the plan works!

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Post by CitroJim » 07 Feb 2010, 21:17

XantiaMan583 wrote: I should think so! I may be getting him to pick it up from Duxford on Sunday, if the plan works!
He can meet us then! Join the forum and meet a few members at the same time :D

He can then see that not only has he bought a car but a whole support network to go with it...

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Post by myglaren » 07 Feb 2010, 21:28

XantiaMan583 wrote: No point changing my username, although i would like to drop the 583 from it (hint!)
It wasn't a serious suggestion Gareth but unfortunately I can't remove the "583" as XantiaMan is already taken.

Could remove "Xantia" and give you "583Man" :)

Or Non-Citroen583Man :twisted: :twisted: