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Ouch! That is a crazy piece of design.. All done to save weight I guess...

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Back in May I posted about an issue with battery drain that I was experiencing on the Activa. I since replaced the CPH with the one from our old HDi and paired the new V6 ECU that was fitted to it.

The battery hasn't been disconnected since, and when I went to it today, the car started first time. It's not done more then a couple of hundred miles since May and it always goes first kick. I do enjoy driving this car :)

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David, excellent news :D

I seem to recall another member had a CPH-related battery drain fault a while ago on an HDi... Allanmc wasn't it?

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Well the new pivot support for the C6 arrived today. It's not as shiny as I thought it might be for a "brand new" aluminium part. It almost looks as if it's been reworked.

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Anyway, it's built back up. Annoyingly I ran the brake hose in front of the hub when I bolted the hub back on when it should have gone behind it so I had to disconnect the flexi rather then taking the hub off again so I need to bleed the brakes tomorrow evening and tighten the hub nut when it's back on it's wheels. I've balanced the front wheels tonight as well so it's just about done.

I'm tempted to forget doing the rear sensors for now as I've had enough of working on the car! !shami

Just need to get the tracking done on it before it gets used again.

It's turned out to be one hell of an expensive wheel bearing! I bought a hub and rear ABS sensor as the rear left ABS sensor was knackered. That came to £186. I then decided to replace the ball joints, track rod ends, lower arm bushes, the front ABS sensor wouldn't come out of the hub so that was replaced and then I decided that I'd do both rear ABS sensors as I had to drop the diesel tank to do one, that was about £225, and then when that balljoint knackered the threads in the pivot the bill for that today was £211, so all in this car has cost just over £600 to do the wheel bearing. ](*,) :grr:

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That's a work of art David!

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Well the C6 is now all back together but I've decided to have the wheels refurbished whilst it's sitting on the ramp, once the wheels are done it'll be immaculate then.

It's also going to be advertised for sale shortly, main reason being it's not being used. I've got 4 cars, the Range Rover, the C6, the Activa and the XM, as well as a company van that I use daily for work. The Activa & the XM are irreplaceable so I'm not going to be getting rid of them, and the Range Rover gets used for towing and bad weather duties so it's not going anywhere either.

Cheryl has had her 207 for 3 years now and for 2 of those years was commuting to Edinburgh and back which was a round trip of around 120 miles. When we got the car it had 60k on it, it's now on 135k miles and hasn't given us any problems other then the clutch slave cylinder which cost 40 quid for a genuine one.

As a result, the C6 is going shortly, and I'm going to be keeping my eyes peeled for a C5 3.0 HDi Exclusive to replace the C6 and the 207 with one car.

I'll be quite sorry to see the C6 go as it is a car I really enjoy having around, but they don't like sitting around not being used from what I've read on the internet so it makes sense to let someone else who will use the car benefit from it. Unfortunately Cheryl doesn't want to use it daily as it's a bit to big and for some reason she's refusing point blank to stump up the £500 a year road tax. She has however agreed to the C5 so I'm quite excited to be getting her something that I'll enjoy driving as well :)

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You will like the C5x7 David, I really enjoy the car, I find it endlessly versatile, it looks good parked next to any "premium brand" (and is even lower if you want).
I would think the V6 TD will be a fantastic driver. Do not exclude the Tourer from your search, some tests think it rides better, esp for rear seat passengers and for some weights it may be a better tow car over distance.

Quite a few of the C5 Exclv parts are special order from France now btw...so parts (depending) can take 3 days.

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Pleased to see the Activa and XM stay David :D

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Im reserved on the X7 .. ive had many a c5 mk.1 and facelift and roomy and airy yes and a hatch too where the x7 I do find even though its bigger its smaller in side and far less room and even worse virtually no storage space and saloon too. I do though like the instrument layout and also the seats are amazing. X7 seats in a mk.1/facelift would finish a mk.1 off... im not sure of the x7.

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citroenxm wrote:Im reserved on the X7 .. ive had many a c5 mk.1 and facelift and roomy and airy yes and a hatch too where the x7 I do find even though its bigger its smaller in side and far less room and even worse virtually no storage space and saloon too. I do though like the instrument layout and also the seats are amazing. X7 seats in a mk.1/facelift would finish a mk.1 off... im not sure of the x7.
Depends on how much crap you want to carry about with you :)

The only really missing thing for me is a decent cup holder......put one of those "flip-up" types on the passenger side tunnel wall...the foot-wells are wide and it does not seem to get in the way of passengers. But yeh...go figure Citroen, was a cup holder that hard and a glove box for a single Pop-Noodle ?

I find the seats could do with a softer squab....otherwise the are great ( I have a bony backside :) )

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I bet you'll be sad to see the 207 go David , it certainly has been a good car . Somehow I don't think a C5 X7 will be as good. Nice model though the V6 TD I was tempted for one myself not too long ago .

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The 207 has been a fantastic car and whatever replaces it is indeed going to have big boots to fill. The main reason for the X7 is it's a bit bigger then the 207 which is what Cheryl wants and with the 3.0 HDi in it, it's also a car I'm hoping will keep me satisfied for a while too.

My problem is I've already got 4 cars as toys and I've got my eyes on another come spring/summer so I really can't justify having 5. At least this way I can reduce the numbers whilst keeping both Cheryl and I happy.

I've no doubt it'll be a long search for an X7 as even on the Exclusive everything was optional... True to the "unmistakeably German" slogan I guess.

I want full leather, sat nav, xenons and there was something else I can't remember. It needs to have the 18" Atlantique wheels as well, not the 19" Adriatics although I'd buy a car with the 19's on it as I can swap them easily enough.

Just time to be realistic as having 4 or 5 cars all of my own, none of which do more then 3k a year is daft. Especially as cars like the C6 don't seem to like sitting around with little use.

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Stickyfinger wrote:
Depends on how much crap you want to carry about with you :)
Precisely. . You cant carry a lot.. for the size of car its very small so you cant carry a lot...

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Might be long search, currently one on Autotrader.... 4 owners in only 41k miles, so probably best avoided!

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Indeed. There was one on Autotrader for a couple of days that caught my eye. It was an 11 plate, fully loaded spec wise, similar colour to my C6, one owner, 25k miles. It looked gorgeous and ticked all of the boxes spec wise. Unfortunately by the time I'd decided that I was going to sell the C6 it had sold.

Last week though there was 4 of them on there so they do come up every now and again. :) I'm in no rush anyway, there's nothing wrong with the 207 to make changing it a priority.

I have however just looked on the net, a 3.0 HDi C5 can be remapped up to 307bhp!! :shock: That'll make it like a rocket when I drive it and hopefully much more economical when Cheryl drives it :roll:

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