Davie's french attraction.

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daviemck2006 wrote:But the 107 is actually really a tweaked old diahatsu charade, which Toyota then rebuilt and psa tweaked cosmetically. So it's quite an old design under the skin. And the 205 was well ahead of its time back in the 80's
That, Davie, is very true but none the worse for it... The old Charade was a super little car... Not as good-looking but mechanically brilliant...
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I do admit, even though I'm a big guy that I have a soft spot for small economical cars that are better than they really should be. Hence why I like the 205 and the 107, and how I have owned a 106 diesel and an ax diesel, and a Renault 5 and an original clio. The only small car I've owned that I didn't really like was the 206. Why did peugeot replace a brilliant car, the 205 with the mediocre 206?
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daviemck2006 wrote:The only small car I've owned that I didn't really like was the 206. Why did peugeot replace a brilliant car, the 205 with the mediocre 206?
Yes indeed... Robyn had a 206 for a while and it wasn't a patch on the 205 in any way at all. Such a shame, such a missed opportunity :(

The did the same when the 307 superseded the 306... The 306 was absolutely fantastic, just a big 205 really.. The 307 was awful like the 206...
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I drove Shauns Fabia vrs today. It is brutal. Behind a micra at 40, 4th gear foot down and nearly hit the back of the micra it took off so fast. Was over 100 in seconds. Comfy seats, unusual for me to like sports seats, but lowered and stiffened suspension coupled with rubber band tyres would kill me!

I have an offer on the table for my Megane, 100 pounds less than I want but it is a I will buy it on 11th November, which is when the insurance runs out, if it's not sold by then. So it will go on the 11th at the latest and I will insure the 107 that day.

I was out in the 205 this morning, first time it has been started for a week. One turn of the key and off it went. It scuffs the rear wheelarch on the drivers side with four of us in the car, but not the passengers side. My springs are here waiting to be fitted, if I get the struts out and take them to the garage then they will change the spring with hydraulics, so much easier than me faffing about with a ratchet on the compressors I have.

Then the 107. It needs a bloody good clean, inside and out, at the moment it has the steel spare on and a new tyre in the boot on the alloy, so I'll get another to match what is on it to get the alloys on. It has slight damage to the lower front bumper, where he had a mishap, and the wheelarch liner and the foglight blanking plate are missing courtesy of the same mishap. Easy fixes.

The scrap Megane is advertised in a local free rag for spares or field car, I'm keeping the alloys, they surprisingly mint condition and I have a use for them. If no-one buys it soon I shall take up the scrappys offer of 30 quid for it. Basically I will have had a set of free wheels!

As for myself, I could be better but I could be a hell of a lot worse.

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I know your a fan of the C1 Davie , cracking little cars with character . Just wait for the fabia to go BANG #-o its a matter of time .

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I fully expect it to go bang. It overboosts on full throttle apparently, and cuts out. I don't think the mods are done well, and Shaun driving it like a lunatic won't help!

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It's a good job you're keeping hold of the 107 the Davie!
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Seriously do wonder if my 107 is in need of a firmware tweak with these tales of economy...I've never been able to get the economy far north of 50mpg even when driving it ridiculously gently, average is mid 40s. There's a really noticeable flat spot at about 3800rpm if you are really on the power too which has never felt right to me...Peugeot always said it was fine though.

...Granted, they also told me that the clutch biting about 1" from the top of its travel was normal and that it was entirely self adjusting...so not putting too much faith in that opinion...
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Davie, the way I drive my C1 I get about 110 miles per 'bar' on the fuel gauge...

Does yours have the later (tax free) engine?
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No, it's £20 a year tax. I'm not running it yet, my insurance is due on the 11th November so I'm not paying a £30 admin fee to change it. The guy that's buying the megane is off on holiday today and is back and wanting the car on the 10th so it's working in fine. I need to fix it though, it's clicking on full lock and getting worse, so drivers side cv joint needed. I can get one for £20 delivered or a complete driveshaft fot £27, both new, can't make up my mind what to get. Is the cv joint easy to change without removing the driveshaft completely? I have a mate who said u clamp the boot and stuff it full of grease and that will quieten it for a while, but that would go against my principles, selling a car as mechanically sound when I know there's a problem. So fixed it will get, or at least a new shaft bought and handed over with the car.
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I think it's easier to change the whole thing.
Whenever I've tried to repair one it's been messier and more time consuming than a straight swap.
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elma wrote:I think it's easier to change the whole thing.
Whenever I've tried to repair one it's been messier and more time consuming than a straight swap.
That's what I'm thinking, for 7 quid of difference. The chances are I'd end up taking it right out anyway to do the cv joint only, so less faffing about with a new one.
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I agree.. CV joint grease is evilly messy...
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CitroJim wrote:I agree.. CV joint grease is evilly messy...
And very stinky :vomit1:
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myglaren wrote:
CitroJim wrote:I agree.. CV joint grease is evilly messy...
And very stinky :vomit1:
Yes :twisted:

Not quite as bad as gearbox oil but it's a close-run thing....

Gearbox oil makes me feel sick and none worse than LT71141 ATF. That stuff smells like cat's pee :twisted: