Tesco MK1 Activa owner

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Deanxm
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Tesco MK1 Activa owner

Post by Deanxm »

Hi all

Parked up in Tesco this evening in the XM watching Ronin (yes i am sad) while swmbo was fighting the masses for some food, i noticed out of the corner of my eye the only Activa i believe is on the island, its a Silver MK1 and as it went past i thought it looked like the heater matrix was dead due to all the windows being steamed up. I did think about following him for a chat but that may be a bit stalker-ish so i stayed put, luckily he had seen me and came back into the carpark for a chat, nice bloke and the Activa looked very good, just had a respray with colour coded door handles and trims, Nice aftermarket alloys, twin pipe stainless exhaust system and it looks really well looked after, turned out his heater matrix is leaking :cry: but also has a problem with the hydraulic pressure warning light coming on sometimes and brakes going spongy, low assist to the steering and the suspension going funny so i pointed him to this forum, i believe he is a ccc member now too.
As he was leaving though i noticed front ride height was well down and it didnt look right whilst parked, given a little time for a look see it could be a simple fix.

Anyway Didnt get your name but if your lurking......you need to get on this forum, it will save you a fortune and help you keep your exellent car in tiptop condition.

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Post by CitroJim »

Good work Dean :D

He will enjoy a very, very warm welcome here.

Don't fancy a heater matrix this weather though. I suggest a bottle of Forte Stop Leak!

Your signature is very apt at the moment :lol:

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Post by Deanxm »

Yes Jim thought i would change to a a more seasonal signature :lol:

He said he wasnt going to use it too much over the winter but that the local citroen dealer here wanted just over a couple of hundred quid to do it..............seemed very cheap but for that price i would let them do it :lol: , he was concerned that the dash may go back squeeking and rattling though if they are rushing the job which is a fair point, dont think telling him my matrix took me 15minutes to change in the XM cheered him up though :lol:

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Post by lexi »

Are there no Smart methods for doing Xantia Matrix?. It` just that on Range Rover it is the same PITA job. However I spoke to a guy with a P38 and he told me that on an American forum they had come up with a mod that involved some clever hose and dash cutting to do the job in under an hour.

I think a bit of concealed dash was cut and pieced back in ( unlikely on Xantia). Guess what. When he got Matrix out it was..............a VALEO :shock: :lol: :lol:

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Post by Deanxm »

I dont think that is possible with a xantia but then ive never done one, but it looks like there is no way to get the matrix out with the dash in, its just in a real pita place, the xm should have a section of the heater box cut out to get the new matrix into its cassett type slot without bending the corners of the fins down a bit but there is no bloody way im cutting my heater box apart over a £30 matrix or taking the parking brake pedal out either, mines been in for maybe three years now and it still works a treat, good strong antifreeze is the key here i would say then valeo or not the matrix will have a good long life!.

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