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Toby_HDi
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Post by Toby_HDi »

Hmm, tiny brakes means no Brembos

Only real things I need are a sat nav screen and a silver screen/radio surround but being a 2.0 it is probably the base S spec and won't have these.

Bumper would be good if the price was right and if it was a similar year to mine. Polaris Blue, like all Coupé colours, seems to have many different shades and mine seems to be brighter than most, almost Aegean Blue so even that may be no good. Anyway, mine is not too badly cracked so I think I can live with it for now.

Ideally, I'd like to get hold of a non-runner in Polaris that is beyond hope and strip it for parts so I have a spare parts stash.

Deanxm
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Post by Deanxm »

Well one has no hope, its a climbing frame now, what is your paint code and if you want i can check, the bumper would be £25 i would guess, thats the rough panel charge, i looked inside and it had two stalks on the right of the steering wheel and thought there was only 1 on thee left side, didnt notice if there was a screen or not i was only looking as i passed, stereo surround i could get for free no worries, im going in for a headlamp at least so he will let me have small plastic bits.
deffo didnt have brembo's though and it wasnt derv.

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Toby_HDi
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Post by Toby_HDi »

Base 'S' model it is then. It won't have the silver surround or the sat nav screen.

The bumper would be worth £25 providing there are no cracks.

My paint code is EGT but even Coupés with the same code can be slightly different shades. Pesky Italians! :lol:

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Post by Deanxm »

went into the scrapyard again today, tried to get the drivers side carpet but i ran out of time as i only had 15minutes where i wouldnt be missed at work :oops: .
I did get a new Headlamp though and a clutch pedal rubber, i just need to get back for that bit of carpet and the steering column and im done, some git had the ignition switch though, doesnt matter as i have fixed mine but i would have liked it as a spare.

Checked the 406, does anyone know where the paint code is on a 406? i didnt have time to look but the bumper has scuffs to the corners but is not cracked shame really and it is a base spec alright, my pushbike has more creature comforts than the cabin of this Pug :lol:

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Toby_HDi
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Post by Toby_HDi »

Dean, the colour code should be on a label on the edge of the drivers door, along with the build code (which can be indentified with the suffix U5 - denoting the Pininfarina factory in Turin) and the tyre pressures.

Sometimes though these stickers are missing. If you could get the VIN I could check on ServiceBox, but if you say its the same colour as mine then its likely to be Polaris Blue. Aegean Blue wasn't introduced until 2002.

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Post by Deanxm »

no sticker in the door shut Toby, i will get the Chassis no for you and a photo when i stop in there on friday as ive got some other bits to get yet.

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Post by Deanxm »

Managed to get the matrix out today, i thought with the dash out the job was done but after much messing in the engine bay its free and i think it was all a waste of time..........
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CIMG3125 by Deanxm, on Flickr
:lol: ok, it was totaly shot!

And i found the origin of my last cabin leak, it seems to have been happening for a good while too
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CIMG3126 by Deanxm, on Flickr

16 days till my new matrix arrives :cd:

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Toby_HDi
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Post by Toby_HDi »

Wow, :shock:

The state of that matrix is shocking!

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Post by robert_e_smart »

That is truely disgusting. It was leaking properly then!!

Bloody hell, is it really only 16 days to Christmas? I have got good at blanking out the e-bay banner reminding me of this!

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CitroJim
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Post by CitroJim »

Toby_HDi wrote:Wow, :shock:

The state of that matrix is shocking!
Shocking is not a strong enough word :lol: It looks like an artifact brought up from the wreck of the Titanic..

Dean, please take a bit of time to really clean out the matrix housing in the heater box or the pong will continue even with a new Matrix. You'll be amazed what will have accumulated in the bottom of the housing.

Break up the crystalline deposits with a screwdriver and then suck the whole lot out with an industrial Hoover. Then get your hand in there and wipe everything clean with a damp cloth...

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Post by Deanxm »

:lol: good isnt it, i think if ever a job needed doing it was this one.
The heater box is a total mess, the matrix is nothing compared to the heater box, there is a dead mouse, lots of rotting leaves and of course loads of crystalised antifreeze, this job will give good satisfaction thats for sure.

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Toby_HDi
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Post by Toby_HDi »

A mouse?! How on earth has a mouse found its way in?!

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Post by Deanxm »

Im not sure as the grill is in tact and there is no breaks in the heater box, but i know someone has been in the dash before me as all the fixings have been messed with so maybe it got burried alive then???
It does look very crispy though and smells of curry................curry'd mouse anyone? :lol:

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Post by Deanxm »

Took the XM down to poole today to see Mike and Colin for the first CXM souther members meet :lol: and of course to pick up the interior and strut tops for the Activa.
I saw two Xantia's on the way down, one was a silver one and looked like a HDI as it had the spoiler and the other was the most lovely deep metalic green that shone like a jewel, then of course i saw Mikes HDI and Colins Blue 16v when i arrived, it was a nice day out and it was good to see you both!
The trip was fairly faultless apart from Mike and me out in thick snow trying to get strut tops off (of a very clean xantia indeed) with the wheels still in place thanks to the locking wheel bolts :lol:
I am sat here now trying out a leather xantia seat in front of the fire with a well earned wisky :wink:

Also thanks for the use of your tools Mike, mostly for the hammer and pry bar :lol:

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Post by admiral51 »

Things cant be that bad that you are using Xantia seats indoors Dean :roll: :roll:

Good to see you today and what i can only describe as a stunning XM :D :D

Colin