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colski wrote:Your new C5 looks lovely. The facelift C5 is 100 times nicer looking than the Mk1.

I bet it has plenty of punch being a 138bhp :D
Thanks, i think is a far better looking car, though I do like the original too, the facelift ironed out some of the styling, I love the front styling!

It does have plenty of go yep, its got quite a bit of torque so it really goes nicely, quite quick without trying, which is what i like. Plus there is lots of pull low down, so even doing 50mph in 6th and putting your foot down gives it good performance, no need to change down unless your really in a hurry!

Ive been enjoying the extra performance and driving it quite quickly, but im still getting 44.6 MPG. If i try I easily better 50mpg, once ive settled in it should be more economical still.

I like the idea of a remap too, around 170-175BHP, that would be impressive. Ive had a brief go in a 2.2 173bhp C5 and that was lively.
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XantiaDaveEire wrote:Added ya on facebook Chris :lol: ,hope ya don't mind :oops:
Nope, I dont mind, though im not a regular facebook-er, as you will see :lol:

Slightly wondering where ive posted my surname though :lol:
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Citroenmad wrote:
XantiaDaveEire wrote:Added ya on facebook Chris :lol: ,hope ya don't mind :oops:
Nope, I dont mind, though im not a regular facebook-er, as you will see :lol:

Slightly wondering where ive posted my surname though :lol:
On your profile on this forum :lol:

Just pop the email address in the search tab and BAM :lol:
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Post by Citroenmad »

Ah :lol:

Well I knew i hadn't written my full name, but yeah, so you can do that :lol:

I was just wondering. :roll:
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XantiaDaveEire wrote:
On your profile on this forum :lol:

Just pop the email address in the search tab and BAM :lol:
Ahh, so you're the Dave that added me too!
Confirmed now that I know where you're from :lol:
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red_dwarfers wrote:
XantiaDaveEire wrote:
On your profile on this forum :lol:

Just pop the email address in the search tab and BAM :lol:
Ahh, so you're the Dave that added me too!
Confirmed now that I know where you're from :lol:
Guilty :lol:
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Post by Citroenmad »

Well, bit quiet here of late, my C5 is going like a dream! My 04 C5 VTR is for sale and will be on autotrader over the weekend and the rest are all providing sterling service!

I had the Xm out for its first good run of the year this week, im really looking forward to using it in the better weather, i plan to use it more this year, I want to get some use from it. The C15 will be used more this year too, i need to awaken that as its not moved for a good 5 or 6 months.

My dads C5 estate has been in the wars today though, a young driver who had only been driving 4 weeks didnt stop at a side road junction, pulling straight out into the side of the C5. Fortunately my dad saw him and swerved to the other side of the road, but the Micra still smashed into the side of it. Had he not of done that it might well of been a write off at the speed the other car was doing.

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Those pictures make it appear better than it really is!

The rear door is obviously scrap, its even popped the interior door card and the door no longer fits at the top where the windows meets. The passenger door has also been damaged and the rear wing has taken a bending around the lower wheel arch. The tyre was also hit but the wheel is unmarked. Unfortunately the damage has creased the sill inside the door opening and the metal sill which is usually hidden under the plastic trims.

Luckily he driver was insured, its going through a well known company for repairs who are collecting the car on Monday/Tuesday and sending out a hire car of a similar size. We have chosen the repair garage who are really excellent at what they do, they produce show cars and the likes. So hopefully that will all go smoothly and the repair will be a good one.

Poor thing! :(

Last weekend I had a bit of a driving weekend with Kev (red_dwarfers) around north Wales. We met briefly with Paul (citroenxm) on Saturday evening, good to see you! I think we had just about every condition of weather, including snow :lol: but it was a great weekend. Some very good roads over that way, we stuck mostly to smaller country roads, which made a nice change from my usual motorway trecking during the average week. We did a bit of reasearch and pin pointed a few places to see and visit. Caernarfon castle is well worth seeing and having a trip around. We also found something called the Evo triangle, a small section of roads which EVO magazine sometimes use to test cars. That was a lot of fun, The C5 and the Xant certainly got a work out!

I ended up doing around 650 miles for the weekend, im sure Kev did quite a few more! Made a nice change from work and the usual things, uni work etc. :?

A quick picture of the cars on a deserted Welsh backroad:
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Thats it for now :)
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Post by red_dwarfers »

Rather lucky escape on the C5 Estate front :shock:

Damn, I shouldn't have left the tripod there! Must've been when I dropped down the other side I guess.

I didn't take an exact mileage count but google maps following the route reckons on a smidge over 700 miles. A very enjoyable roadtrip with some excellent company!
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Post by myglaren »

Looks like a good trip.



You need to watch out for them tripods though.

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The nice people at the insurance company who is dealing with the repairs let us know today that they won't be supplying a hire car. Despite them saying they will be able to offer a car of a similar size which can be used for the job our C5 estate is used for, now say that they will be unable to offer one. This is because they have looked into my dads insurance and found that he has other cars, and therefore a hire car is not needed.

Thats all very nice but the others don't do the job that the C5 does. Obviously the XM and C15 are more than capable but we keep them for 'best'!

So tomorrow im going to get the C15 out and going, it'll go for a service and cambelt at the local specialists on Monday ready to be brought out of retirement for a few weeks while the C5 is repaired.

Ah well, at least the van will get some use and it will be a million times better than a Insignia estate or something, which wouldn't be much use anyway.
red_dwarfers wrote:Rather lucky escape on the C5 Estate front :shock:

Damn, I shouldn't have left the tripod there! Must've been when I dropped down the other side I guess.

I didn't take an exact mileage count but google maps following the route reckons on a smidge over 700 miles. A very enjoyable roadtrip with some excellent company!
Yes, could have been worse and these things happen. As long as the repair is a good one it shouldn't be too much trouble.

:lol: I think that is when i took that picture, didn't get many pictures at the weekend actually, should have taken more. I was quite economical with my camera for a change! :lol:

I thought you would have done a good few miles more than me! What with my reasonably short run to our meeting place on Friday :oops: a bit less than half what you did I think :lol:

Cheers Kev! It was a great weekend and I too really enjoyed the company! :D
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Post by DHallworth »

One of the legs of the EVO triangle is a road called the Denbigh Moors road.

I have family that live around 10 miles from the other side of it :)

I've had the 24v XM across it a couple of times but the most fun I've had on that road was in the Golf R32 I had with the DSG box and paddle shift.

You've gotta be careful on it though. As the motorbikes use it to reach silly speeds they patrol it using a helicopter and have markers they can see from the Sky. They time you between two points and then fly down to get your number plate apparently.

Thanks for sorting out the cover for me Chris, really appreciate it mate.

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Post by citroenxm »

LOL We dont all want to do 100mph along there though :lol: :lol: :lol:

Some like to see the sceenery, I certainly would! :o


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Post by Citroenmad »

We were very carefuly :roll: No helicopters in sight, it was too foogy for them :lol: No motorbikes either actually. Ive not heard of that method of tracking cars/bikes for speed reasons, obviously cost effective! :shock:

No problem David, ill be posting it to you later. :)

:lol: plenty of time to tsee the scenery :lol:

We took the C5 estate in for repairs yesterday evening. They say the two doors alone are £1300!

They have changed their mind about a hire car though, so something in the form of a large estate car will be appearing today.
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The hire car arrived today, thankfully its not a Vauxhall Vectra, but a Renault Laguna III tourer.

A 2.0 DCi 150 FAP (!) Dynamique TT Tourer in silver. A very nice car really, high spec including built in tom tom sat nav, keyless entry & start, Rear parking sensors, climate, cruise, auto handbrake, power folding mirrors etc etc.

I like the satnav, having a proper Tom Tom satnav built in is ideal!

At first it seemed to be full of buttons which didnt do anything and still it remains confusing, some dont appear to work anything and i can't seem to get the satnav on without the radio. The trip computer MPG seems to reset on every start up, I cant find the menu for the actual car to adjust the clock, only the satnav one. I know how BMW owners feel as its like a mini I-Drive! Ill read the handbook!

Im sure there is a fault though, as the indicator lights on the dash which illuminate when you indicate are always lit, they dont go off or flash.

Ive just been out for a drive in it, i HATE the seats, so hard and not very comfortable, the rears are even worse, i'd rather sit on a park bench. I do like the interior and the dash though, seems quite nice quality in places (lacking in others), part leather seats, buttons press nicely and thing operate smoothly. I like the position of the armrest in the front which is ideal for changing gears. The shape of the car doesnt give it a lot of room inside, the boot itsnt great as the back has such a slope to it. In general it feels a much smaller car than the C5, im sure its no were near as wide, it does feel very narrow. Ill have to look at the specs.

The engine is quiet once warmed up, its quite quick but doesnt pull from as low revs as the HDi diesels do. There is plenty of go in the engine, doesnt rev very high and the higher revs needed makes for more gear changes than in the 138 C5. The gearbox is a very nice and slick 6 speed. I only averaged 38MPG which isnt too great.

The ride is very firm, everything is felt through the car, but bigger bumps are not too jarring, just harsh. This car doesnt even have the big wheels, only 16". The car feels quite well planted to drive, very grippy and doesnt roll too much. The steering is great, the best bit of the car really, so accurate aand sharp, i do like that. Not a great deal in feel through it though. Brakes are as per usual Renaults, very good. There is quite a bit more road noise than in a C5 though, not as refined.

I don't like the look of it very much, the rear is a bit odd looking as it was on the Laguna II, the front is quite nice though. Hatchbacks look better. Im glad its a Laguna III and not a Vectra though!

Its a very nice car but I wouldn't swap the C5 for it!

No doubt they will make great bargains in a year or two.
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Post by R9UKE »

Citroenmad wrote: The ride is very firm, everything is felt through the car, but bigger bumps are not too jarring, just harsh. This car doesnt even have the big wheels, only 16".
Surely the fact that you drive a Hydractive Citroen everyday makes this an unfair judgement? EVERYTHING is bound to feel firm. I would love to see your reaction driving my Mégane!