Davie's french attraction.

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I've got the xantia and the 205 in the drive just now, and the 107 lives on the street along with Shauns skoda. The 205 is being put on a SORN next week and into my daughters lockup. The lock up has stuff in it already and the xantia won't fit in it. I know some will think I shouldn't, but the xantia is going to be used regularly, winter as well. I bought it to enjoy it, and to fit the child seat in when I take my grandchildren out. Where do you guys get classic insurance from? My quote so far is £240 from privilege, with a limited mileage of 5000.
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Try the like of Footman James, Pete Best, Lancaster. These were the company's I went with for the Landrover.
4 years ago it was £67 fully comp for 5 k miles a year. Landy's are the cheapest mind you.
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Well I have decided I can't wait until spring until I get the activa on the road so it is insured and taxed from midnight. I transferred the insurance of my 205 across, just had to pay £74 extra for the seven months left on it. I'm happy at that, and that's including their £25 transfer fee. I had a last run in the 205 today, it's a lovely car to drive still apart from the steering being a bit heavy and the noise from the gearbox. It has found its way into the lock up, and it's a tight fit width wise! It's just as well that I didn't try the xantia in, as I cocked up and scratched a door. It's bad enough on it, I would have cried if it had been the xantia. So is that the end of 205 motoring for me? Somehow I don't think so. I think it may well be the end of that one for me, may not be. It may turn into a kind of project for me, just to be different from the 3 door gtis since the basic car is so sound. I'm thinking, that's all. The 107 continues to put up with approx 200 to 250 miles of abuse a week with no complaints apart from a puncture, hardly the cars fault.
Shauns fabia showed one of the very good reasons why not to lower a car as low as possible. Pothole in the dark, front splitter ripped off, and sump holed. Just as well it was at slow speed or else there could have been all sorts of wheel tyre and suspension damage. New sump and instant gasket cheap from his work, new oil and filter and a couple of hours swearing and it's fixed.
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Check the tyre pressures and pick a dry day for the first trip, the Activa brakes are very good as well btw :)
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Not good on Shaun's car Davie!!! He'll learn..

Enjoy the Activa but remember you have the small brakes so they're not going to be quite as good as those on the V6!
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? I thought all ACTIVA had the larger brakes ?

(If not...I have a set of callipers that need rebuilding/cleaning up)
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Anyone got pictures of normal calipers vs V6 ? or Activa vs Normal. Or CT vs V6. or HDi vs CT vs V6 ... etc ? :)
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They look much the same Davie, just bigger!

All S1 TCT Activas had the 1.9TD type/size discs and it was only late S2 TCT Activas that got the larger V6 discs... They are the same as fitted to all of the 'big engined' Xantias...

The conversion is not hard to do, all you need is a set of V6/110HDi/2.1TD calipers and discs and away you go..

I'll be upgrading mine to V6 brakes as part of the V6 conversion... Even if you're not going to V6 it the brake upgrade is still a good thing to do...
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Having just been out in mine the brakes aren't very inspiring. Larger discs and calipers may well be a good idea when it has extra boost.
I'm annoyed just now. Shaun went away with the 107 this morning and won't be home till about 6pm. His excuse is that the sump sealant needs time to deal before using it. It wouldn't be a problem but for the fact I start at 4, not much option but take the activa till he gets home. 1st day on the road and I will have to use it for work. Grrrr

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No, I don't find mine very wonderful...

Put a wanted ad up now for the calipers Davie and at least get them in stock ready... Get nice new disks and pads and then off you go...

That's annoying about having to use the Activa for work..
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I'm tempted to use the skoda, but it's still up on axle stands and I can't be bothered faffing about taking it down.

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Is that the Activa delivering Pizza now?
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It delivered 4 before shaun appeared with the 107. It's, sorry to say, useless as a pizza delivery car! If it had been a bust Saturday night the keypad would have been liable to get a hammer through it for a start. Then it wouldn't be cost efficient probably using more than twice the fuel, the turning circle is too big for 3 point turns, it won't do a u turn outside the shop. And £65 to fill it today hurt after 30 to 35 for both the 107 and 205! That was 61.3 litres, an alleged 65 litre tank, there wasn't a lot left and the gauge wasn't down into the reserve or the warning light on. It will be getting filled at 1/4 then.
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Made me laugh that Davie! Pug 107...........the Pizza motor supreme :-D
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lexi wrote:Made me laugh that Davie! Pug 107...........the Pizza motor supreme :-D
It's not actually so good as the 55 plate megane was. Didn't have to use a key with it! When I started using the 107 it took ages to get used to using a key, and switching the lights on myself! I was away along the road and someone flashing me before I remembered the lights. The 107 was totally abused by my son in the time he used it, over 30k in a year, every one of them flat out.but then it was a 45 mile commute 6 days most weeks, so at least it wasn't gears, clutches and brakes all the time. It's probably got as hard a life now, usually about 250 miles in 4 evenings, most of them in never higher than 3rd gear, all stop start. And it never complains. So yes it is the ubiquitous hot food delivery car. Great acceleration in the gears, tight turning circle and 52 mpg urban use. The only better thing would maybe be a 205 with power steering and a 1.9td with a bosch pump running free waste veggie oil!