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The place repairing the C5 estate has sent over a very comprehensive 8 page report on the cars repairs, what will be needed, what will be repaired etc. Pictures of all the damage is included with the car stripped down. They assessed the condition of the car before the accident which they say is very good, they have even checked tyre depths etc. The car has been valued at £5450.

They also classed the car to be in an un-roadworthy condition due to the damage. Not sure why as no lights were broken and the bodywork wasn't that sharp.

Im very surprised at the costs of repair though, which is £4300! :shock:

Luckily the side airbags did not deploy, they were close to aparently and the sensor is damaged, had they of gone off it would have been a write off. :?

Anyway, should have it back in a week or so.

This Laguna is really struggling to do the C5s job, its just not roomy enough, it can't take the luggage that is needed for my dads job. The suspension doesn't like the weight it is carrying much either.

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Citroenmad wrote: The Laguna III is far too stylish and interesting looking to look like anything wearing a VW badge! I think it does look quite 'Renault' it does have lots of hints at the previous Laguna in my opinion.

Are auto handbrakes reliable on the whole, Luke? I have heard that to replace the handbrake cables on a Scenic II requires the replacement of the motor and is £600? Might well be untrue ...

Wow, 85bhp, they didn't over do that did they!
The Laguna III reminds me of the Renault 21 for some reason! I'm getting used to the looks, didn't like it at first, but as you say, it's better looking than the Mégane III, which i don't like at all really.

Yes believe it or not, the auto parking brake IS reliable! We get a few Scénics and Espaces in work with a "check parking brake" message on tha dash. But the warning comes up for any old reason, if the motors encounter any resistance. But I've heard no mention of them not doing their job, just owners a bit peed off by false warnings. My Vel Satis would bring up the warning on some cold mornings, it would be gone after a restart and brake was always fully functional.

One of the cars on my "buy to keep" list is a 2.2 D Laguna! My grandad had one, sounded like a tractor starting up in the mornings.

WOW that's a lot of damage to the C5! Close call there.

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I think the front of the III with the cut in headlamps and curvy bumper is very Renault, and i can kind of see where your coming from with the R21, the earlier shape?

I like the III hatch and the big fronted Clio isnt too bad, but the Megane is by far the worst looking normal car Renault make. I say Normal as they have that Wind thing, yuck!

Good to know about the brake, as its a great feature. When my mum had her Scenic II 1.9DCi the auto handbrake saved her from riding the clutch at junctions, as she does like doing that. Being able to put on the handbrake and then just pull away as normal made her stop that in the Scenic. Ideal in traffic too.

Thankfully i dont have a very big "buy to keep" list. The way i feel about my current C5, that will be on it! :D

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My mum also rides the clutch - hence why I'm trying to get her into an auto!

OK look at this. I think it's the big diamond above the single slat grille that makes them look alike. Or maybe I'm just seeing something that isn't there at all!

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Its a bad habit, clutch riding, and then people complain about slipping clutches. If there is one person who could use an auto, its my mum! :lol:

Cleverly done with the colour :lol: There might be something in it, perhaps. It is true Renault styling though. They seem to have facelifted it already? As the Tourer we have has a slightly different bumper with a black rub strip.

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I eventually got my 04 C5 VTR advertised on the usual web places on Thursday and today i had someone view the car. They were very impressed with it, it sells itself its so clean, we settled on the figure and thats that. A deposit has been left and they should be collecting it in the week.

I then had another person interested in it, someone who has had 2 previous C5s and said its just what they are looking for. So should this first sale fall through i might well have a back up buyer.

Ill miss the car, as ive grown quite attached to it now, but its going to a good home.

So thats one car down, just the Peugeot to go now ...

Today has been very nice weather wise, very sunny, dry roads and no salt has been in sight for a week or so. A good chance to get the Traction out for its first drive of the year. It went on the button and drove faultlessly. I also decided to get the C15 out for a spin as its been standing for a good few months, 6 perhaps. It drove fine apart from a front brake binding on slightly, so that needs looking at.

I have been using the Xm a bit these past few weeks, just for odd trips here and there. Its going like a dream. Ive really got the XM bug at the moment!

All the others are going as normal, my 138 is still impressing me. Ive had it almost two months and covered over 3000 miles in it already. Superb car, i love it.
Im still using the 52plate SX to share my commute to uni with my 138. Thats going much better now ive sorted out the leak from the intercooler - which was actually just the pipe leading into it had become loose.

The C5 estate is now just about finished and will be collected on Tuesday, hopefully its been a good repair and it will be unnoticeable.

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My 04 VTR C5 has now gone to its new home, they seem very happy with it.

It occured to me that i didnt have a picture of the all 3 C5s that ive owned parked together, so about a minute before the new owner arrived I gathered the C5s on the drive and took a few pictures. Both the 52 and 56 are filthy, and it startred to hail, but i did get some pics. Ill include one:

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Back down to 8 cars here now, what to fill the gap with ... :roll:

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Citroenmad wrote:Back down to 8 cars here now, what to fill the gap with ... :roll:
A RENAULT :D

Congratulations on the sale!

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Im really hoping to get an Activa, got my eye on one of two but they are not officially for sale, yet! Need to inquire more about them first.

One is a S1 on an N plate and the other a S2 S plate. I think id prefer the earlier one, as like S1s, but need to see if i can get one first ....

Having car parking room is going to be dangerous!

Could do with the Peugeot 1007 selling now, and then we will be back to cars we're keeping. Plus down to 7 cars, bliss!

Anyone fancy Postman Pats daily driver?
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You won't regret an Activa even if they can be a right royal PITA at times :twisted:

Go for the S1 if you can but really, my best advice is to go for the one in best condition. Good Activas are great but bad ones are terrible...

Does the 1007 come with a black and white cat? :)

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Well i know they both need some work, but its only a plan at the moment, i need to see if the cars owner will pass one on. Its a local Indy who has them, though going by their current projects (one of 25 years ..l) they wont be looked at again for a good while, so id like to get one and give myself a project over the summer.

Its a car ive been wanting for ages so hopefully it will work out.

Well if its a deal breaker im sure i can rustle up a cat from somewhere :lol:

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The C5 estate arrived back from the repairers last week, though the repair is less then great given the final sum for the work. So its gone back to get the work done properly and the new parts it should have had. Since the loan car Laguna III went back last week we have been given an 02 plate Volvo V40 by the repairer for the time the C5 is away. We need an estate but this little Volvo cant cope with the load, it has half of what our C5 normally carries, its boot is full and the rear seats are folded. The suspension flat on the floor, bouncing along on its poor bump stops at the rear.

Anyway, the Volvo is a 1.8i V40 with 156K miles. If the speedo clocks were covered over id have thought it had done 50K miles, never 156, really has worn its miles effortlessly. The engine sounds very smooth and silky, the body work is unmarked, hardly a dink or scratch and no rust anywhere. The bonnet is a bit stone chipped but thats about it. The interior shows no real wear, everything works and operates very nicely. Unbelievable. What i was expecting of a Volvo really.

I took it out for a drive this evening, im quite impressed with it. The engine is very smooth and fairly lively, the gearbox is slick and the clutch is very nice to use. It handles quite well given the load and its got a great driving position. I actually found myself driving it for a lot longer than i had planned, its just a nice thing to drive. Well its not great but there is something about it that appeals to me ... I like the Volvo-ness of it!

Every single thing on it works too, everything still looks smart and the buttons and switches operate very nicely.

The only thing i can fault about it is a heat shied rattle or similar when changing gear at slow speeds and when engaging 5th it has a very slight scream at you as it slides in. Not bad for a petrol car with its mileage, it has the feel of a car which will easily go on for another 150K. Im very impressed, if I wanted a cheap runaround it buy it, as its for sale.

I can certainly see the appeal of Volvos if this one is a typical Volvo. Value for money, reliability, comfortable, well equipped and with nice interior touches. Ive always quite liked Volvos though, its one make id consider swapping to from Citroen.

I went out in the Xm after driving the Volvo as Im using it tomorow, it feels, and is, HUGE compared to to the Volvo. Someone had also, very kindly, removed the bumps from every road before I went out in the Xm. :lol: Actually the Volvo when empty doesn't ride to badly, quite good in fact. With the weight that the Volvo has in it looks even smaller than it really is, im left looking down on the roof :lol:

My dad hates the Volvo, even more than he did the LagunaIII. Its suspension is shocking as its riding on the bump stops - even though it has half the amount of luggage that our C5 carries - he doesn't like the low driving position, he doesn't like petrols, Its too small for his business, etc.


Ive been looking for some genuine Citroen Xm contoured mudflaps for the Xm for over 18 months, but ive been unsuccessful. However Robert had a new pair of front ones sitll in their box and a good set of rears for the estate. They arrived today and ill be fitting them this week. I think the Xms, as do most cars, look so much better with mudflaps fitted and it will save chips and dirt from getting at the bodywork a little too.

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I suppose a volvo would be good for reliability, i do sometimes dream of having a reliable car, then the fuel bill puts me off....

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davetherave wrote:I suppose a volvo would be good for reliability, i do sometimes dream of having a reliable car, then the fuel bill puts me off....
Exactly why I'm tempted to keep the 440; to fall back on when the french fail.

Chris, I'm glad you like the Volvo, I'm sure I could come round to an S/V40 if forced to live with it as it has most of the nice Volvo qualities I love. I see exactly your point about the mileage. I had a 940 estate briefly that had 189,000 miles, and despite the leather coming off the steering wheel, didn't show it at all. It's in contrast to the french (especially Renaults) that make every mile clocked up rather apparent.

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I agree, the appeal of a Volvos reliability is strong, however my C5s have never actually let me down. Niggly things sometimes but nothing major, I just hope it stays that way. If not ill be converting to a Volvo driver, just need to find some slippers and a pipe!

So what are the nice Volvo qualities you look for then Luke?

This V40 doesnt even have a worn steering wheel, its leather is shiny but not worn. Its only the basic spec but it gets AC which is a must. The 1.8 petrol seems nippy and good on fuel for a petrol too. I do quite miss a petrol engine.

I find Citrosn were their miles well, if you get into a high mileage, well looked after Xm or Xantia you would be hard pressed to tell its mileage. Seat trim Dependant as some Exclusives had a really poor quality suede. Other wise they do stand up well to mileages. The C5s do too, wear the the fake (why even bother!) leather finish steering wheel and a sagging drivers seat appear to be the worst wear areas.