My "love" of all things xantia...and Xm...and Cx..

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red_dwarfers
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Post by red_dwarfers »

Very nice XM Dave! Complements the Xantia well :D

How does it compare to the Xant when driving?
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Post by davetherave »

Cheers Kev,
It drives like a massive magic carpet!
It feels so much bigger than the xantia. The ride is great though, I found sports mode very useful on the roads where my parents live!

She's doing well on 50/50 as soon as I get the exchanger it will be increased!

Just driven it from March to Norwich it was very comfortable.
The temperature control panel, although now fixed displays in farenheit which i dont understand, and dont know how to change it!

Ive got small LED torch which ill strap to the roof instead of the dipped lights though...
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Post by Citroenmad »

Yes, Xms headlights are poor to say the least. Ive often thought putting some candles behind the headlight glass might be more effective!

Driving in poor weather, at night, on a motorway can be interesting, you certainly wont fall asleep through lack on concentration thats for sure!

I think, since you have headlight washers, fitting a HID kit is perfectly legal. Many Xm owners have done that with great resutls. Or you can remove some of the headlight filters (the ones which go yellow, I have found that the strength of light can depend on how yellow the filter inside the headlight has gone) from the headlight which gives a much brighter light, though a slightly narrower headlight beam.

Im yet to experiment with upgrading the headlights, though might go for a HID kit for the estate.

Seems like your enjoying Xm motoring :D You will quickly get used to the size, i dont even think of it as a big car, not compared to the width of a C5 anyway!

What do you think to the 2.1 auto combo?

Chris.
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Post by andmcit »

davetherave wrote:Ive got small LED torch which ill strap to the roof instead of the dipped lights though...
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: priceless Dave!
Yep, that just about says it!

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Post by davetherave »

I have to say i quite like it, its certainly not lacking in power! you can feel the changes, th only thing that still feels wierd is braking as it is not even and varies as the box changes down!
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Post by davetherave »

Well went round to see Jim and Gareth, they were coming along well with the activa. Inspired by this i thought id replace the accumulator thats constantly ticking.
Sadly i cocked it up and now need more bodywork repair than before :( . I jacked up the front end then put the car into low and it kind of fell over, crushing the already crushed jacking point. So its going to have to keep on ticking, im a bit scared of trying anything else!
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Post by Citroenmad »

Oh, that doesnt sound very good!

Are the jacking points weak or is it damaged from before? They can suffer rust around the front jacking points on occasion, mainly to do with blocked water drain holes i think.

Is it front or rear which has been crushed?

Cant say ive noticed uneven braking as the box changes down? The changes should be fairly smooth, can become smoother if you ease off when its about to change up/down.
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Post by davetherave »

Feeling a bit more positive now, the point was already damaged, and it is not as bad as i thought!

It just exposed that its rustier than i thought!
Guess its filler time!
Ive injected the sills with a little bit of engine oil, think ill be doing this all over soon though.

How do you get to the accumulator though? there is no room! It makes the xantia engine bay look very roomy!
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Post by vince »

Dave the Xm looks like it will clean up a treat :)

The return pipe from the strut i have just changed on my Xantia. The GSF ones N43404 i think they are are OE Citroen ones and are around £8.

The metal band clip which holds it to the strut i cut off and following Jim's advice refitted with 3 cable ties. If you keep and reuse the square metal holding plate which the old clip runs through and feed a cable tie through it it all goes back on easy peasy...took me 25 minutes in all and that was on my novice first attempt :wink:

Take your time on it and you wil end up with a very desirable car which are climbing in value quite well at the moment :wink:

Id have one but it will be too big for my wife to drive.....she is started to learn to drive next week and the Xantia she thinks is a bit big :lol:
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Post by davetherave »

Cheers vince, im going to try and insert a piece of 3.5mm copper pipe each end and jubilee, if that doesnt work then ill be getting the new bit!

It does need some TLC but im sure i can do that! ive set myself a 2 month target before i swap back to the xantia!
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Post by CitroJim »

Dave, I'd take Vince's advice and get a new one as once they start to perish they just carry on springing leaks from other places. It'll not be long before the junction of the pipe and foot starts leaking.
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Post by davetherave »

Bugger, ill have a look on cit service to see if i can find it!
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Post by davetherave »

Seems that its exactly the same, will have to contact GSF norwich!
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Post by CitroJim »

davetherave wrote:Bugger, ill have a look on cit service to see if i can find it!
No need Dave. GSF sell them. Part No. N43404 at £11.25

Mind you, I'll bet Duff Morgan have them and in stock too. Yoou up there in Norwich are sooooo lucky to have a dealer like that. I'm jealous :roll:

EDIT: Citroen part no. 95 050 399
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Post by vince »

The GSF ones are OE bagged Citroen ones....GSF buy alot in from Citroen themselves and re number them....same with spheres....we do genuine Citroen ones too alongside the Amtex ones :wink: