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Re: David Hallworth's Blog aka All Things V6!

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Mandrake wrote:
hattershaun wrote:Thanks for the heads up guys, I've ordered an ECU for my Activa V6 manual.
Even though I'm currently running with a manual V6 ECU, I have the annoyance of the warning buzzer for 30 sec every time I start the engine.
Interesting - so I assume you have an "unlocked" engine ECU that will work regardless of CPH pairing ?

And you're saying it causes the CPH to complain about the immobiliser every time you start the car ? I can see that would be annoying! #-o

£40 for a new genuine ECU its a no brainer really, you can't even buy a set of V6 spark plug leads for that! :) Let us know how you get on with programming it when you receive it will you ?
Will let you know in due course, how I get on with the new ECU.
I also have the ECU that came from my donor car, Xantia V6 auto, S2, 1998, along with the 4 digit code. I've always kept it, 'just in case' it's needed. If you need one, either to try, or own, then I'd be happy to help out.
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I've had an email today from Bosch telling me that my new ECU is on it's way via UPS.

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The new ECU for the Activa arrived the other day which was nice and quick so it's now stored awaiting my conversion. Bit of a boring thing to come through the post as there's nothing to see when opening the box.

Also, Russ on the XM forum designed a set of replacement stickers and had them printed, my set of them arrived in the post this morning and the quality is excellent :)

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Quality is great and they've got a nice "feel" to them being slightly textured.

Will take my old ones off and use an alcohol cleaner on the surface before applying these ones though to give them the best chance of fitting I reckon.

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Maybe once applied some normal car wax applied over the top of them will help them last a bit longer?
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After the amazing results on the Activa a few weeks ago from the local paint detailing place I decided to get the XM done today as well...

I dropped it off at 8am this morning and got a lift in to collect it at 5.30pm this evening.

This is how it was sitting when I walked into his yard this evening:

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I've no interior shots yet but he's cleaned everything, conditioned the leather, the lot. It looks and smells amazing inside it :)

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As if it didn't already look brand new ... looks stunning 8-)
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Just been sent this one of the XM from the guy who did the detailing as well :)

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Looking at the weather outside now it's lucky to be tucked up. I need a good tidy up before the winter comes so that I can get the activa back in doors for the winter.
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Well the C5 has been on the back burner for a few months now.

I was walking past it last night and decided that I'd see if the ole girl would start, put the key in and she started first go on all 6 and ran beautifully.

Today I've bought it a set of tyres on eBay and will get them fitted and balanced when they turn up. They're only budget tyres rather then the usual Michelins I fit to everything else but I want the car to prove itself before I go and spend £400 + on a set of Michelins for it. If it proves to behave and be reliable then I've no problem giving it good tyres.

The sat nav is now working after I replaced the disc drive on it as well.

I've not bothered doing much with it as I've still not got the logbook for it yet as the DVLA are taking ages to get it to Luke. Once he's got it then it should only be a week or two before I get it. Without it I'd not be able to tax it so there's no point getting it through an MOT and leaving it to dwindle away until the logbook arrives.

Quite looking forward to using the ole girl a bit over the winter now :)

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Just a quick fleet update and **NEWS OF A NEW ARRIVAL** :-D

I was flicking through Gumtree last night and managed to find a 407 Coupe that caught my eye...

It's a metallic black car with black leather, GT spec so full colour sat nav and all of the toys fitted to it. It's a 1 owner car from new that has covered 23k miles, has a full service history and is absolutely immaculate.

It's a pretty rare 407 Coupe in that it's a 3.0 V6 Petrol, but what makes it even rarer is that it's a 6 speed manual rather then the usual 6 speed automatic.

Apparently it belonged to an old man who bought it new and cherished it dearly, washing and waxing it every weekend and pampering it all of its life. Unfortunately around 18 months ago he died from cancer and the car has been sat in his garage ever since.

It is however over on Luke's side of the pond so after having spoken to the guy selling it today we've had a chat and confirmed that if it's as described I'll fly over and collect it on Tuesday. Luke's going to have a sniff round it for me on Monday to confirm that everything is good. Apparently when you open the door it still has that new car smell to it.

Anyway, until last night it wasn't a car I'd looked at but for the price the guy offered me it for I couldn't turn it down. I'm pretty excited about it now, really looking forward to it.

So, the plan is to fly over to Belfast to pick it up, drive to the ferry in Dublin then sail to Holyhead to go visit family in North Wales before heading on a nice long cruise back up the road home.

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Re: David Hallworth's Blog aka All Things V6!

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Ummm, that sounds nice David. 8-) Be interesting to see how it compares with the 406 Coupé..
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It does sound like a tempting model of the 407 Coupe that one, hopefully Luke will find a good car in it tomorrow and a reasonable seller ... :)
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Well, it's a done deal, picking the 407 up tomorrow.

Luke went to have a look at it today and came back with mostly good news...

Here's a few pictures that Luke took today...

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Couple of issues to deal with, it looks like one of the tyre pressure monitoring sensors has given up the ghost with the warning on the screen so I'm taking Peugeot Planet with me to turn them off tomorrow.

The passengers side window has started to delaminate. It's a double glazed window on the car and there's moisture pushed between the panes of glass.

Luke did however mention that the car drove like new, was totally silent and was a delight. The interior is completely unmarked.

At the price I've paid for it I'm more then happy to do the few jobs it needs. It's certainly the cheapest 407 Coupe I've ever seen :)

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Re: David Hallworth's Blog aka All Things V6!

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Looks like its in excellent condition, a bargain indeed. Enjoy! 8-)
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Who needs an Aston now hey ;)

You've got more than enough v6 and v8's to keep you happy lol
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Beautiful car. I want!!!!!!!!