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The seldom used cars seem to have slipped me by a little recently. I noticed that the Xm estate was out of tax as of the end of May, lucky I noticed as I was about to go out in it. I then went hunting through the car files to find when all the MOTs are due to write them on the calendar. I thought at first the C15s MOT certificate must have been mislaid, as I could only find the one expiring September last year. However, that was the current one! :shock: Since its only ever me who does anything with the cars, its probably my fault! ... :roll: However I booked it in for late this afternoon and it flew through the MOT with no problems. In the 18 months, between MOTs, its done just under 500 miles. I could walk that far in 18 months!

As I had to move Xantia to get the C15 out I thought I would have a little trip out in it this evening, as ever a little trip is not manageable in an Activa, trips become longer and more winding :lol:

It really felt on form tonight and impressed me an awful lot, I was left grinning! :lol: This is a dangerous thing to say, as its no doubt plotting what it would like replacing next, however its almost faultless at the moment.
My route this evening consisted of a good few flowing, undulating and testing minor roads, along with a long stretch of 70mph dual carriageway which is littered with roundabouts. Very good fun it was too, it satisfies my liking for a decent ride quality, good long distance refinement, space, practicality and then you can drive the tyres off it and it'll reward you. I think spending the last two weeks doing quite a few miles in the XM Prestige has highlighted even more how nimble the Activa is. I even had a bit of a play with two quite quick cars along the roundabout stretches. If I say what they were it might give away how hard I was trying, however, one name begun with C and ended in aterham. I would have liked to see the look on his face as an old Xantia was somewhere to keeping up with him around the bends. He had to wear a helmet. I was in Air conditioned luxury! I suspect he could have tried harder :lol: That is where the Activa scores though, it is at home on real roads, with bumps and dimps, which helps it keep up with more sporty cars than you would think.

As it was a nice evening I decided to add to my quite extensive picture collection, here are a few:
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So that is that one sorted out, the Activa stays above everything else. There is no way I could sell it with how much enjoyment I get from it. Its also the best it has been, its rattle free after all the suspension work, quite after the exhaust being fitted and so on. The engine is a real performer too, it simply can't get any better.

At this rate im going to have the Activa for my hobby car and the XM for my daily :roll:

Ive got my first observations from the Advanced Drivers on Sunday morning, which should be interesting. Ill have to roll out the C5 for that task, I don't even look forward to driving the C5 now, I think my days of running C5s are quickly coming to an end. My dilemma continues ...

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I have a solution for you Chris,

Sell the C5 and the TCT XM, and get a nice Diesel Xm to run daily. I highly recommend the 2.5 TD!

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Certainly wouldn't argue about going with a daily 2.5TD saloon either!
- works for me very nicely as it's still a bit of an animal! :twisted:
Best of all they only come as a manual.
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Citroenmad wrote: My route this evening consisted of a good few flowing, undulating and testing minor roads, along with a long stretch of 70mph dual carriageway which is littered with roundabouts. Very good fun it was too, If I say what they were it might give away how hard I was trying, however, one name begun with C and ended in aterham. I would have liked to see the look on his face as an old Xantia was somewhere to keeping up with him around the bends. He had to wear a helmet.
I'm guessing this was the road towards Sedgefield and the A1(M), if so I have to agree with the level of hoonage (it's not a crime) available down there!

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I'm delighted you sill really enjoy the Activa Chris :-D Just as I do as a weekend fun machine 8-)
Citroenmad wrote: I think my days of running C5s are quickly coming to an end. My dilemma continues ...
I think the dilemma has somehow stopped Chris. I think in the paragraph above you've already resolved it :wink:

I still say a good daily driver is a 110HDi and they feel, believe me, nothing like an Activa at all so you have no competition. An Activa might not be called a Xantia at all as it feels nothing at all like any of the others...

I was looking at a 2.5 XM very closely at DSM. Lovely car and a lovely engine that runs like a sewing machine but a bit complex. A 2.1TD would be an excellent compromise, almost as good as a 2.0TCT on LPG... And I believe you have one of those :)

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The Activa certainly is a very entertaining car to drive, i love my one, obviously like you say its not that fast but its certainly quick enough to keep up with much more exotic metal and especialy in the bends, i still remember the puzzled look of a 350z driver after completing a long run along a winding road and i was still firmly planted on his tail dispite him trying to resolve the problem.

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Nah, 2.5s aren't that complex Jim. And you are used to Lucas Epic 2.1s might I add.

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robert_e_smart wrote:Nah, 2.5s aren't that complex Jim. And you are used to Lucas Epic 2.1s might I add.
No,not complex for me at all Robert, agreed! I was thinking more of it being a bit complex for umm, how can I say this without being impolite? You know, those who aren't perhaps as erm, mechanically abled as you and I?

Personally I love complexity in mechanical things... A 2.5 would fit in here a perfect treat :-D

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Ahh, but then a 2.1 TD would also be complex! And then throw it into a Hydropneumatic Citroen!

I changed the timing belt and balancer shaft on my 2.5 last week. A real doddle compared to the 2.1! Not having to change the waterpump at the same time was great.

Plenty of space, and the engine mount was much easier to re-assemble than the regular XU mounts.

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Do you really need a 3rd car Chris ? As you said the C5 has been stood a while , would the replacement be doing the same ? I'm sure the Xm is more than capable of daily duties and the activa for funtime

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robert_e_smart wrote:I have a solution for you Chris,

Sell the C5 and the TCT XM, and get a nice Diesel Xm to run daily. I highly recommend the 2.5 TD!
I have considered swapping the TCT XM for a TD, however after thinking about it I wont be doing it. I have roughly worked out that the LPG'd TCT XM costs similar to run as a diesel doing 45MPG. I'd be lucky to get that from a 2.5TD and the TCT would have more performance, if not quite the torque. Once my TCT is perfected I think ill be putting a manual boost controller on it, as my Activa is quite a stormer with, it would be nice to have similar performance in the XM too. However, as it is, it does go well and can really get a move on. Im also enjoying the automatic gearbox, quite surprisingly. I spend quite a bit of time triving through busy towns and cities, so its ideal for that.
chopper602 wrote:I'm guessing this was the road towards Sedgefield and the A1(M), if so I have to agree with the level of hoonage (it's not a crime) available down there!
Yep, that stretch of the 689 is good for a bit of hoonage, there is always someone flying down it too. :-D When its quiet, its very good fun to do a few laps of each roundabout, slightly sideways :roll: The backroads, through Fishburn, the Trimdons etc, are ok for a little run out too.
CitroJim wrote:I'm delighted you sill really enjoy the Activa Chris :-D Just as I do as a weekend fun machine 8-)
Citroenmad wrote: I think my days of running C5s are quickly coming to an end. My dilemma continues ...
I think the dilemma has somehow stopped Chris. I think in the paragraph above you've already resolved it :wink:

I still say a good daily driver is a 110HDi and they feel, believe me, nothing like an Activa at all so you have no competition. An Activa might not be called a Xantia at all as it feels nothing at all like any of the others...

I was looking at a 2.5 XM very closely at DSM. Lovely car and a lovely engine that runs like a sewing machine but a bit complex. A 2.1TD would be an excellent compromise, almost as good as a 2.0TCT on LPG... And I believe you have one of those :)
I do really enjoy the Activa Jim, I doubt there will be a time when I don't. Its a very special car and nothing at all like a normal Xantia, which I really like about it. Its a great 'Q' car and real good fun, its best kept as a toy and enjoyed on nice days, which I do 8-)

My dilemma is what to replace the C5 with, if anything ...

Im sure I would get on with a 2.5TD XM, a 2.1TD is a quite a bit slower than im used to with my daily driver C5, but I do like the 2.1TD. A 2.0HDi 110 Xantia Exclusive would be excellent, its certainly an option, but only in Exclusive spec - it would have to be hydractive.
Deanxm wrote:The Activa certainly is a very entertaining car to drive, i love my one, obviously like you say its not that fast but its certainly quick enough to keep up with much more exotic metal and especialy in the bends, i still remember the puzzled look of a 350z driver after completing a long run along a winding road and i was still firmly planted on his tail dispite him trying to resolve the problem.

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Ive no doubt that a well sorted Activa, such as yours, could keep up with most modern Coupes around the twisty bits. A 11 plate TT I recently drove was like driving a cramped Golf, dull, boring and not grippy. Give me a few hundred pounds worth of Activa any day!
bxzx16v wrote:Do you really need a 3rd car Chris ? As you said the C5 has been stood a while , would the replacement be doing the same ? I'm sure the Xm is more than capable of daily duties and the activa for funtime

Mark
Well, im starting to wonder this Mark. I have been using the XM daily for almost 3 weeks now and its a real joy. I will miss the C5, as ive done many miles in them and they are a great tool, they just don't entice me to drive them anymore. I think my plan will be to sell the C5 and use the XM, perhaps just while I find a replacement for the C5 (could be one of many many things at the moment) or for a longer period.

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The Prestige now has working Cruise Control :-D 8-)

Another picture heavy post coming up :lol:

I started by looking at the switches in the brake pedal, which seemed ok but I gave them a cleaning with some electrical contact spray. I then removed the NSF wheel arch liner and had a look at the pipework going to and from the cruise control pump unit, it all looked fine with no splits. I then removed both electrical connectors, cleaned them up and refitted. I didn't really expect any of this work work, as apart from the connectors looking a little grubby, it was fine. However the cruise control now does work and is superb, another job off the list :-D

Inside the brake pedal:
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The car was in need of a good cleaning after is many miles so far with me. This evening I gave it a quick wash, I even had to do the wheels with a toothbrush and some wheel cleaner, they don't half get black! I then pottered out for a drive to test the cruise control properly. I forgot to take my camera but went in search of a location for a few pictures anyway, so unfortunately only phone quality pictures.

It used to be an old industrial site which have been recently demolished. Its right on the coast and I thought a good place to take a few evening pictures. Shame they are not better quality:
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Still many things to do, but its coming along. Im looking forward to its paintwork being tidy and dink free. Im still using it quite a bit, the C5 has had very little use. I did have it out this morning to go on my first observed advanced driving sessions, which went very well and I hope to be in for my test before too long. Im still planning on selling the C5, so it should see autotrader before this next week is out.

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Nice pics, for me the wheels really make it! Colour coded scuttle and mirrors seems odd on s1!
I'm surprised you've allowed the car so near salt water as the sills must be fizzing...

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XM looks very juicy!

Have you ruled out the Mégane II as a C5 replacment, Chris?

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andmcit wrote:Nice pics, for me the wheels really make it! Colour coded scuttle and mirrors seems odd on s1!
I'm surprised you've allowed the car so near salt water as the sills must be fizzing...
Yep, wheels and colour coded bumpers and mirrors are standard on the Prestige, which I believe is very nearly 24v V6 spec, only without the V6 bit!

Ah, the water its parked in is only rain water and I was careful not to splash it :lol: Its actually a very sound and solid car, I think it ill take more than 10 minutes by the seaside to worry its sills 8-)
R9UKE wrote:XM looks very juicy!

Have you ruled out the Mégane II as a C5 replacment, Chris?
Thanks Luke, im enjoying it very much. Not least because its a petrol automatic! :o :lol: I can't quite believe that im getting on with an auto, I must be maturing :lol:

Its a possibility Luke, they are very reasonably priced and I like the looks. First things first, the C5 needs to find a home, then ill use the XM until I find a replacement for the C5. To be honest, its probably going to be something small and very efficient, so I can keep these two gas guzzlers and not have to worry about the running costs of the daily car.