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I think the weight helps counter the extra weight and the different struts and spheres help a bit as well :)

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I agree Will, the V6 Xantia does handles well given all the weight.

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Says Citro "driving Miss Daisy" Jim... :-D

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Mandrake wrote:Says Citro "driving Miss Daisy" Jim... :-D
Only during the week Simon and then never on a Wednesday :wink: :lol:

Weekends and Wednesdays are strictly Activa and V6 days 8-)

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Well I am most annoyed now!

Turns out the radio and changer from the v6 I broke is unique to the very last xantias :( though the changer is exactly the same as that used in the mk1 C5's!!!

So I still can't get the CDs out of the old changer and I don't think the radio controls will be the same either.

Also I can not find the code for the radio I took out of the broken v6 as well so that's poop!!

Took the activa out for a quick spin just as drizzle started :( I put £80 worth of tescos finest in it but couldn't use the ponies :(

The car still looks and feels amazing after it's spa break :D

I'm liking Steves plan to relieve Paul of a load of xantia and xm bits so think it might be worth a CCC event at the farm if Paul's willing :)

On another more my brother has finally heeded my advice but has deviated slightly... He's bought a 52 plate 5 door xsara sx with a HDi110 engine fitted :)

The steering squeaks when turned which sounds more internal than external and it's knocking when driving which sounds like a drop link to me. My dads having a look over it this weekend but a quick lexia last night showed nothing worrying other than blower over voltage as it shows to be using 56volts... I think it will need replacing at some point and the ac pressure is low as well but doesn't appear to have totally leaked out so I'll top it up ASAP.

Auto wipers and lights don't work so reckon the sensor on the screen hasn't been put on right or has failed.

To me it feels far to low but they are meant to be a bit lower than a xantia or xm I suppose.

It has a lot of soot build up so he's been ordered to thrash when it's warmed to clear it out and spend £50 on a service and anti freeze change. The engine cover is also missing but the bay has been steam cleaned and is almost like new which will help with any leaks. Tax is the big benefit as it's also cheaper than the hdi90 engines cars but has more grunt and the intercooler is a big boon.

I'm hoping to pick up a cheap cruise control stalk and that the plug is already fitted so I'll have a nice easy job of adding it as the economy is woefully low as it's only got 34mpg on a run from Warrington to Manc at 75mph :( I'm really hoping a service cures it or it's going to be moved on and I'll source them another one as it's saving grave is 12months MOT and outlay of £450 :)

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Well happy news, my easydiagnostics odb to 30pin connector works on the xantia.

Bad news is the left front wheel is doing 93kph and the right side is doing 62kph! Guess they are both shot then so that should be fun!
The lead won't come off with the green relay in the fusebox though so I guess that means the grey slide part is coming off...

Also when the indicators knock off there is a relay clicking like nuts unless I fiddle with the indicator stalk so I think the stall is maybe the issue here, which should be fun as it has front and rear fogs and is S1 so rare but I reckon Paul might have one :)

Anyway cv boot and both front abs sensors so far mechanically.

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The indicator stalk fault is ever so common Will and quite fixable.

Basically, it has conductive dirt sitting on the tracks and needs to be popped apart , cleaned and regreased.

Take out the stalk and carefully remove the flat cover on the end - the one where the self-cancelleing nib pops out of. Take care as there's a pingfuckit under here - a spring and a ball.

Clean up the contact tracks, blow out with a dash of air and then smear a little electronic silicone grease over the tracks and reassemble.

All will now be good.

Which car has the poorly ABS sensors? Light is on presumably?

Better get that CV boot done now it's raining again!

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All of the above is on the activa Jim :(

That reminds me, swapping 5th gear cogs, how easy is it? What locks them in place, and do I just need a puller to get them off?

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No need of a puller Will but you will need a 36mm socket and be prepared for a few pingfuckits from the synchro hub unless you’re very lucky.

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Which is which Jim?
And am I better with the two cogs from the 2.2hdi mk1 C5 or the ones from a 2.1td xantia?

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Will, We'd need to ascertain the ratios of the 5th gearset and final drive ratios in those boxes and in the Activa box to be sure.

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Are they available online?

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Well the hard ride in the activa rear is now really ticking me off.

After riding in the V6 im wondering if sticking some nice V6 spheres on the rear would work and what the pressure differences are, as my thinking is, if the rear is a bit softer it will bounce off the bumps less and so on some of the dodgey roads round here will help keep better traction when its shifting round the corners as speed as the back end skipping over bumps mid corner does make me ease up a fair bit, especially as hard mode is now just called SOLID mode...

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You are sure that you put LHM in, and not green Swarfega?

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Har har har!! Yes it's got LHM in it and isn't leaking anywhere. I reckon that the rear corners are ruptured so will replace all 4 at the rear. Thinking an estate anti sink would maybe be better as well as it will be designed for a larger weight last a bit longer as not be as stressed in a hatchback that's never going to carry any real load in the rear :)