Dean's Activa/XM/V6 and now Talbot blog

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My L reg sinker Xantia is the nearest thing I have to that though, it has a MI 16 engine in it. Then again, its not that near it either!
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Deanxm wrote:Thanks Franklin, i will see you there.
It was nice to have a blast in Scraptiva before she went,
mmmmm, i see. I might have to PM Xac, i think Roberts account has been hacked.

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robert_e_smart wrote:My L reg sinker Xantia is the nearest thing I have to that though, it has a MI 16 engine in it. Then again, its not that near it either!
Ah, I didn't know you had that 16v now Robert, thats a car to hold onto is that. 8-)
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Citroenmad wrote: Ah, I didn't know you had that 16v now Robert, thats a car to hold onto is that. 8-)
Indeed to goodness yes!!! There's a lot of good arguments to say that's the engine the Activa should have had in the UK. I believe that S1's on the continent did indeed the this as there was a 16 soupages Activa available...
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I have a bit of video with Tiff Nedell test driving a 16v 155bhp Xantia VSX and then he jumps into an Activa with the same engine. He says what the engine is but they are easy to tell apart as they dont wear the deeper front bumper and wider wings. Its a reasonably good test of the Activa actually, always makes we want to go out got a drive :lol:
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CitroJim wrote:Indeed to goodness yes!!! There's a lot of good arguments to say that's the engine the Activa should have had in the UK. I believe that S1's on the continent did indeed the this as there was a 16 soupages Activa available...
I don't think the Mi engine will have been fitted to any Activas from new Jim as the Activa came out at roughly the same time (1995) as the later 16V engines were released by which time the Mi engine was already history. The 16 soupages on the continent you describe are more than likely a non turbo 2.0 16V Activa.
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Chris,

Is that video on Youtube?

I think Richard is right that the 16V activas are just the 135 bhp 2.0 16v engines that replaced the old 8V lumps.

I like the MI engine, it fair sings from 4K rpm on!
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Re: Dean's Activa/XM blog

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The Activa is back in action 8-) :bl:
Got it all back together this morning and took her for a spin around the block which turned into a 30 mile fun drive, she is really lovely to drive and after a bit of an experiment with a thermometer i have on am ameter i have decided to set the boost to 15psi, much more than this and the exhaust temp starts to rise a fair bit over the norm so ive fitted a widget to the wastegate pipework to prevent any boost above 17psi being set from within the car.
The clutch makes all the difference i must say, why do we always put off doing a clutch until the bitter end? madness, it starts to bite about 1/3 the way up and is fully engage about half way so feels great.

The wife isnt keen on me selling it and considering she hit the roof when i bought it this is rather confusing, women are indeed wird creatures.
Her are some pictures of her all done, mot time monday morning!

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Activa3 by Deanxm, on Flickr
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Activa2 by Deanxm, on Flickr
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activa1 by Deanxm, on Flickr
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Activa4 by Deanxm, on Flickr
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Activa5 by Deanxm, on Flickr

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Re: Dean's Activa/XM blog

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Deanxm wrote:The Activa is back in action 8-) :bl:

The wife isnt keen on me selling it and considering she hit the roof when i bought it this is rather confusing, women are indeed wird creatures.
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Never a truer word spoken!! I got told off when i sold the v6 and got moaned at when i bought it. I now ignore anything i get told off for, easier way of life.

Excellent news on getting the activa running :) Keep it and mothball it if you have to. I may end up doing that with mine as i don't think i could part with it now.
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That is an idea actualy, i may have somewhere to put a shipping container in the next six months and the last one i bought was only £500, i wonder....................
Trouble is then what will happen to her?, it is a tough decision, if i dry store her thats fine and it means i get to keep her but will it ever come out again? if i sell it to a loving owner she will be enjoyed and taken care of...............i really dont know Chris, when are you doing the clutch on yours? i bet getting the HDI clutch sorted makes the activa a little poor to drive now or is the clutch not that bad in yours?

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I have to say if you sling it in a container and keep it dry the re-commisioning shouldnt be toooo bad.

The way i'm looking at it is would you ever find another one you'd be happy enough with? With robert around how many activas will be around in 5 years time?

The clutch is a lot heavier in the activa than the HDi now. As soon as the clutch gets a lil worse i'll replace it. I'm not too worried about the job, it's a worse job on the HDi i'm sure
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Looks superb Dean :)

For a moment there I thought you were going to dry-store the wife in the container. :shock:
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I wouldnt waste a good container on her Steve, god im glad she doesnt read this :lol:
Just had to go down the yard to pick up a pair of horns from the store and on the way back i was behind a nissan 350z, lovely looking thing, trouble is it would appear a nissan 350z has the same acceleration figures as an Activa, the driver did look rather confused by the time we got to the end of the 4 miles of downs road and i was still there where he had left me when we had turned onto it, of course we didnt hit triple figures for most of the run that would of been illegal but the activa matched his acceleration exactly. Those 350's do have a nice exaust note though thats for sure 8-)
See, now im in love with this car again..................

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Deanxm wrote: See, now im in love with this car again..................

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This is exactly why you should keep her :)
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Re: Dean's Activa/XM blog

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well i will see what happens when the tax runs out, if i can get it in that container after cxm when the tax runs out then i may well do just that i think.

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