It has become a bit of a challenge I suppose, I don't like to give up on things easily.Xantidote wrote:Promise?? Certainly hope so, as you deserve it for all the time and effort you've put into it. Perhaps sorting the engine's become a challege you can't give up onMandrake wrote:I reckon I can have this car fixed by page 100
Part of the reason is as I read the forum it reminds me just how good the mechanical condition of the rest of the car is now that I've sorted the initial few things last year like spheres, handbrake cables, droplinks etc..
Apart from a big scratch across the bonnet (which could be solved with a bonnet swap) and the odd nick here and there, the rest of the car is mechanically and functionally in pretty good shape.
Nothing is broken and everything electrical/mechanical works except for the drivers seat heater. I keep reading about other Xantia's (including V6's) struggling with things like leaking/rusted/burst hydraulic lines, leaking heater matrix / split heater matrix elbows, seizing brakes, seizing height correctors, malfunctioning central locking or power windows, leaking windows, dying alternators, problems starting in the cold weather, failing engine mounts etc etc, with some people having problem after problem crop up... touch wood I've had none of these problems, the car starts first time, rides well, handles well, and feels nice to drive.
The only recent problems I've had (ignoring the engine issues) have been a slight leak on the hose at the hydraulic pump and my battery clamps both splitting and giving out on me. It flew thorough the last MOT with no advisories despite me not doing any significant non-engine related work on the car this year. The only spectre on the horizon is whether or not I'm going to need a new cat next year - the marginal emissions reading could be a dead cat or it could be due to the misfire it had when it went in for the test...
If I can nail the engine performance issues she's a pretty nice car.
If I gave up and sold it and bought another V6 the engine might be running properly but I could let myself in for a world of hurt on all the other mechanical issues that this car doesn't seem to have. Just look at all the work Trainman is having to do on his outwardly nice looking and cared for V6!