I’ve been treating the Exclusive today. Richard mentioned that the tyres were about due for replacement. He was not wrong there, the rear tyres were 10 year old Michelins, with the NSR being at about 2mm and both cracking up. The fronts are 3mm Dunlops, so are good for a little while longer.
I shopped around to find a good price on some Michelins and got a local tyre place to match it. I got a pair of Michelin Energy Saver+ for £170 fitted and balanced. I usually go with Michelins, after trying many different brands on Citroens I have came to the conclusion that they suit the cars best. I have fitted Energy Savers to our eldest C5, the XM and now this and my C5 also wears Michelins. I've swapped the Dunlops to the rear and put the new Michelins up front. I know some say you should fit new tyres to the rear but I have other thoughts. The Michelins have already made a difference, even on the short test drive. The steering feel is better and it rides the bumps better too.
Ill replace the rear Dunlops before too long, once I get a bit of use from them and my wallet recovers from buying cars, tyres etc
Swapping the wheels about gave me some time to check the brakes and things. The brakes are all good, front discs are a bit lippy but they will do many miles yet.. The car is in superb condition on the underside with less rust than many two year old cars! I took the chance to give the wheel arches, in particular the rears, a good cleaning out and rust preventing. I got a load of dust and mud out from the arches, all trapped in places which will store moisture. I also removed the rear mudflaps and cleaned behind the arch liners. I plan on getting some waxoil type stuff and treating it very soon. I have cleaned up the rear mudflaps and refitted them, which looks better as the NSR was not on straight and was missing a clip, which I have spares for. Before I refitted the wheels I gave them a good clean up and polish, they are sparkling now
Im itching to get it machine polished, hopefully I'll have a free day soon to do that.