Tales of a C3, a Goddess and some BMW's.

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Re: Tales of a C3, a C5, a Goddess and the Beast.

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We wondered about posting that we had it but my dad decided against it, however the cats out of the bag now!

We've done a few typical Xantia jobs on it and it should be good for many many years, it really is in great condition - it seems wrong that all Xantia's would have been this nice when new, and that 99% of them have gone to the dogs :(

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It's good that Xantias like Goldie still exist to allow us to experience what they were like when they were new Dom :-D

Even basic Xantias are complex cars and if not immaculately maintained, which most never were, their going to the dogs is inevitable really...

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Good to hear that Goldie is being looked after I was wondering where she ended up :-D

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Not a lot to report here really as the fleet is working without issue but this weekend I took the opportunity to visit a very good friend in North Devon (Combe Martin) and as I was travelling alone I decided to use the Mercedes for a change as it will soon be going into hibernation, wow what a car that is total comfort and relaxing with grunt behind belief. Once I turned off the motorways onto the A361 I had a little play but nothing serious then onto the A399 which is quite a challenging road due to countless double apex bends and with nothing ahead of me I thought I might be able to enjoy myself as whilst the road is unlit the headlamps on the Merc are truly wonderful (far better than the xenons on my C5). However such is the power of the car that I was unable to really exploit the power and couldn't use anything more than half throttle due to running out of road space :( overall fuel consumption for the journey worked out at 27+ mpg which I'm quite happy with when all things are taken into consideration. Whilst down there my mate had a drive of the car which reminded me of why I don't have any desire whatsoever of returning to my previous job,,, 8-[

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Excellent stuff Richard :-D I must say I'm well impressed with the fuel economy...

No, never go back to anything, especially jobs. I've recently changed mine for something rather less demanding in most ways but more demanding techically. It was a good move and no way will I ever go back to my old job... Only after leaving it do I see it for what it was - too stressful...

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Dommo wrote:It's actually my dads now - we bought it off Citroening's dad (I think that's who had it anyway).
Quite correct! What a beautiful car it was too. 8-)
Dommo wrote:We wondered about posting that we had it but my dad decided against it, however the cats out of the bag now!
The amount of hoohah the last thread about Goldie caused was probably enough for a lifetime...! :lol: :wink:

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With the recent weather being unseasonably good and the impending onset of winter I've been making the most of the weather by using the DS and Mercedes as much as possible before they go into hibernation and enjoying every minute of them offering pretty much opposing motoring experiences, pleasingly the DS is going well without issue and always starts first time no matter how long she's been left standing.

On Saturday I gave the C5 a service, changing the rear discs and pads in addition to flushing through the brake fluid by using a vacuum tool for the first time that operates from an air compressor. Whilst the tool undoubtably sucks the fluid out it appears to draw in a degree of air through the threads of the bleed nipple causing a degree of confusion as to the origin of the air so much so that I changed back to the traditional method a couple of times to confirm the system was free of air so I'm a bit undecided on the vacuum method at the moment.

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Are you maybe allowing too much vacum to be applied at all or maybe the rubber pipe is too hard and needs to be softened to seal properly?

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KP wrote:Are you maybe allowing too much vacum to be applied at all or maybe the rubber pipe is too hard and needs to be softened to seal properly?
Difficult to say really as a fair degree of vacuum was needed to draw the fluid out, I'll have a further play on the C3 and BMW which are due a fluid change and try a few different things such as more/less air pressure, how far to open the bleed nipple and so on.

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We've got one of those vacuum systems as well and have had the same problems. I use the traditional method for everything now and the easibleed thing lives on a shelf gathering dust.

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So often you just can't beat the old traditional methods...

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More pics of the nice Merc please..........underbonnet and all angles 8-)

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DHallworth wrote:We've got one of those vacuum systems as well and have had the same problems. I use the traditional method for everything now and the easibleed thing lives on a shelf gathering dust.
I'm glad you've mentioned that as I was thinking I might be doing something wrong, though I won't give up on the tool just yet in case I'm missing the obvious.
lexi wrote:More pics of the nice Merc please..........underbonnet and all angles 8-)
OK will do

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I wonder if it might be worth putting some copper slip grease onto the nipple threads to see if that seals them?

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lexi wrote:More pics of the nice Merc please..........underbonnet and all angles 8-)

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