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Post by daviemck2006 » 18 Aug 2014, 10:55

I don't really go along with the quality reputation that VW has. It's a bit undeserved in my opinion. However it's disappointing that it has not worked out for you Chris. I'll guess since you are going new that your getting a new C1. We will find out soon.

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Post by bxzx16v » 18 Aug 2014, 15:19

A good choice if so, the one with the fabric roof looks ace.

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Post by CitroJim » 18 Aug 2014, 18:15

If it is a new C1 it'll be really interesting to see how it compares to the old one...

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Post by Citroenmad » 18 Aug 2014, 22:19

daviemck2006 wrote:I don't really go along with the quality reputation that VW has. It's a bit undeserved in my opinion. However it's disappointing that it has not worked out for you Chris. I'll guess since you are going new that your getting a new C1. We will find out soon.
VW certainly is no better for reliability than other makes, in my opinion and experience. In fact our major failings on cars (an engine in one car and a gearbox in another) have been on fairly new at the time VW group cars. Disappointing. I like the Passat and the general build quality of the interior but its approaching the time when it will need quite a bit of work. I've been considering a new small car for well over a year, its time I got one!

Yes, you've guessed it. I'm getting a new C1, I've always liked the original and miss the one we used to have, they are great fun to drive, as you know. The new style C1 is quite a bit more refined than the original and it rides better too, though it doesnt seem to have lost the character from the original. Of course the engine is the same 1.0 Toyota unit as before too.

I had looked at them as soon as they were available in the UK and thought that they had lost some appeal of the original. However I had a better look at them when I was in France, as the dealer had a better selection, and by the time I came back had just about decided to order one, pending a test drive.

I like small cars and the C1 is a fun car to drive for what it is, I have my Xantia HDi for most of the long distance trips, so the C1 will suit perfectly.
bxzx16v wrote:A good choice if so, the one with the fabric roof looks ace.

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Thanks Mark. Mine isn't having the fabric roof as I don't like the idea, it also robs headroom to the point the rear seats are very limited. I can't sit in the back of a Airscape C1 (with the fabric roof) but the normal ones are fine.
CitroJim wrote:If it is a new C1 it'll be really interesting to see how it compares to the old one...
It is the new C1, Jim and I'll certainly be interested to know that once I get it and settle in. There is a lot to like about the original and I hope the new one has as much about it.


Mine is a 5 door in the middle range 'Feel' spec which has Air Conditioning, 7" colour touch screen, music streaming, phone hands free, remote locking, trip computer, etc. I've also added a few optional extras to it, like alloy wheels.

I took my sister along when I ordered my C1, the day after she got thinking and decided to go back and order one herself. So we will both be getting our new C1s at the same time :roll:

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Post by CitroJim » 19 Aug 2014, 04:03

Citroenmad wrote: I took my sister along when I ordered my C1, the day after she got thinking and decided to go back and order one herself. So we will both be getting our new C1s at the same time :roll:
I hope they're different colours Chris - otherwise you may get them mixed up :lol:

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Post by Citroenmad » 19 Aug 2014, 07:20

Oh yes, very different colours :lol:

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Post by daviemck2006 » 19 Aug 2014, 08:47

I dare say we will soon see the pics of the new sisters.

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Post by CitroJim » 19 Aug 2014, 10:05

Chris, which engine are you having in the new C1?

I understand you can either have the 3 pot or the new 1.2 4 pot which I believe is still free of VED....

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Post by Citroenmad » 19 Aug 2014, 19:06

I've gone with the trusty 1.0 Toyota engine, Jim.
I considered the 1.2 pas unit but it doesn't have the character of the 1.0 and it's a very reliable thing. It's nippy enough and well geared for what it is, I don't think the 1.2 will be a big seller in the C1.

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Post by CitroJim » 19 Aug 2014, 20:35

I agree with all you say about the 1.0 engine Chris :-D

It's a brilliant little thing...

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Post by Citroenmad » 31 Aug 2014, 12:04

Our very trusty 2002 C5 2.0HDi SX found a new home yesterday with Northern_Mike. I bought that car in March 2009 with 108,000 miles from its original owner (plus supplying dealer) and it has proven to be a great car, now with just under 165,000 miles. Sure it has needed repairs along the way but nothing substantial and most wear and tear items. I passed it onto my sister in September 2009 when I got a slightly newer C5 VTR, which was a pretty poor example and nothing like the trusty SX. We're all sad to see it go but a change was due and I'm pleased its found a good home with Mike.

Here it is yesterday, just as Mike was collecting it:

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I had the Activa out for the first time in about a month yesterday, as usual its a joy to drive. I went in this to collect Mike from the train station and had fun on the twisty back roads to get there, though thought Mike would appreciate the dual carriage ways for the return journey :lol:

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Since I've not used the Passat for the last two weeks, the HDi Exclusive Xantia had taken up duties of daily driver. Nothing to report other than its dependability is very welcome. It was looking decidedly grubby so I gave it a spruce up yesterday evening:

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Both Xantias are due a service and very shortly MOTs too, hopefully all will go well there.

It feels like months since I ordered my new C1, in fact its two weeks and tomorrow I'll be going to collect it and taking my Passat in as part exchange. I'm sure I'll put some pictures up here soon of the two new C1s together. :)

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Post by Northern_Mike » 31 Aug 2014, 12:33

Citroenmad wrote:Our very trusty 2002 C5 2.0HDi SX found a new home yesterday with Northern_Mike. I bought that car in March 2009 with 108,000 miles from its original owner (plus supplying dealer) and it has proven to be a great car, now with just under 165,000 miles. Sure it has needed repairs along the way but nothing substantial and most wear and tear items. I passed it onto my sister in September 2009 when I got a slightly newer C5 VTR, which was a pretty poor example and nothing like the trusty SX. We're all sad to see it go but a change was due and I'm pleased its found a good home with Mike.

Here it is yesterday, just as Mike was collecting it:

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I had the Activa out for the first time in about a month yesterday, as usual its a joy to drive. I went in this to collect Mike from the train station and had fun on the twisty back roads to get there, though thought Mike would appreciate the dual carriage ways for the return journey :lol:

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I'd have been more than happy to go on the back roads Chris. Your Activa is a lovely , well sorted car and I can see the attraction of running more boost than standard. I am almost unscareable in a car as a passenger :-) I think I probably went on some of those twisty roads on the way home..

Nice to see you again, meet your dad, and the hilarious speedy tortoise :)

The C5 is definitely staying as I've put the key on my keyring, and that's the first car I've had for ages that I've done that with - I've even put some CDs and stuff in it so it feels like mine now, which I hadn't done with the last few cars I've had either..

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Post by CitroJim » 01 Sep 2014, 13:21

Delighted you and Mike are happy with the C5 transaction Chris :-D

Have you picked up your new C1 yet? Keen to know what you think...

I was amazed to find out the other day the little 3-pot engine has won awards and has VVT-I :shock: No wonder it goes so well!

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Post by DHallworth » 01 Sep 2014, 13:57

Going by a post on Facebook, I'm sure Chris has picked up his new car... He's probably hooning it around the hills somewhere already! :lol:

Be interesting to see how the 3 pot engine fares in the new car. As I walked past one in Glasgow Citroen the other day I had a quick glance in and they seem to be full of kit now. I wonder if that'll add weight and in turn slow it down a touch and reduce the economy.

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Post by CitroJim » 01 Sep 2014, 14:27

DHallworth wrote:Be interesting to see how the 3 pot engine fares in the new car. As I walked past one in Glasgow Citroen the other day I had a quick glance in and they seem to be full of kit now. I wonder if that'll add weight and in turn slow it down a touch and reduce the economy.
I'm wondering that too David.

I often wonder if the reason mine goes like a scalded cat is that it's so basic and thus quite light.