Davie's french attraction.

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daviemck2006 wrote:The tyres are 35 profile, would have preferred 40 or even 45. They are 215 wide. I think the perfect size would be 225/40x18. However the tyres on the wheels are only 3 months old and only done 1000 miles in central edinburgh. The wheels themself are a bit older and really need the polished rims repolished and relacquered. There is water under the lacquer that is not showing up in the photos. The black is unmarked. Nae bad for £150 though! The exhaust is only a tip that has been in three different sheds over the last year, was bought to put onto me daughters astra which has lost its chrome tip but never put on so cutting disc through my tailpipe 1" from the box and on it went. It's not perfect but I love twin tailpipes on these cars so had to do it. My exhaust repair still holding up, will see what mr mot man says in a couple of weeks.
My tyres are 225 40 18, which I think is the closest 18" circumference to the original tyres. I'd be interested to hear if yours feel different to the originals or not. I can hardly notice any difference to the ride on mine, it doesn't seem any harsher, but really does turn in more eagerly on bends, although it may be down to tyre make, Michelin PS3 now, Hankook before which were quite good. It had some Ditchfinder rubbish when I got it & they were bad in the wet all wheel spin & understeer. What I have noticed is how much easier it is to mark the rims on the kerb, just a touch of the tyre before will now touch the rim due to the lower profile.
As you have seen, my wheels have really bad lacquer, but it doesn't notice too much unless you really look for it. I have to say the exhaust tip has really done the trick, looks just like mine, but £350 cheaper! Your old one looked a bit out of position, but this is spot on. I can't see why the MOT man would have anything to say about it.
Hope you are feeling better & good luck with the MOT

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The ride is a little bit harsher now, but the turn in and roadholding is unbelieveable now. Thats only in the dry yet the tyres are jinyu (read cheap chineese junk) Buy as I said as new. I have already laid my hands on two toyos in 225/40 for next to nowt from a mate who took them off to put winters on last year then sold car so keeping eyes open for another two. As soon as I put that tip on I thought WOW why has that been in the shed for so long? I hope Kerri does not come up now asking for it to be fitted to her car. She paid for it. I hope she has forgotten it exists. It's not the tip I'm worried about for MOT its the patched up joint between back box and middle section. It is not blowing and is solid so I cant see a problem, but you never know. It's going to be MOT'ed, and as Insurance is due on 18th Oct and tax on 31st Oct, and now looking highly unlikely I shall get back to work yet, it's gonna go on SORN and into Kerri's garage that she does not use and left there for a few months and I shall run the van over winter, before selling it and putting car back on the road. It will feel like a new car to me all over again!!!!!!!

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I suppose you have all seen the C4 being advertised. I got a numptie wanting a swap for a 2007 Astra. Now I have nothing against Astras, they do what they say on the tin. Kerri's 1.9cdti sri is a good car, now on 94K with only 2 broken springs and a wheel bearing to report being broken. However the one this wanted to swap is a 1.4 petrol manual life with 80k. And he wants a swap?????????????????? idiot. The ? hides a few choice swear words :lol: :lol: I am not too worried if it does not sell, it will go on a sorn as previously stated. It's mot day on Friday, I have done nothing to it, the only thing that is close to bothering me is the exhaust, and even then not blowing and not falling off can't see a problem really. If it sells I will be looking for most likely a C5 hdi auto, between 04 to 07, preferably a 2.0, but I would have a 2.2 if the car and deal was good, and it is a 175 or whatever they are, and exclusive with leather. 3.0 v6 petrol, mmmmmmmmm have to think about one of them,,,,,, ok!!!!!!!!! The van is in a garage, I've got fed up of the brakes, I got the pedal slackened up a bit, but it is stiffer again now, and has needed two top up's of brake fluid. They can diagnose it and take it from there. It's driving position, up higher, easy entry and exit is much better for just popping along to shops, and I am tending to use it more, and just taking the c4 out for some fun. About me, the injections I got earlier in the year are now wearing off, in pain now 24/7 and not managing to walk very far at all. The pain is not too bad most of the time, but this is just because I am downing so many tablets a day, 4 different types of painkillers, all at the maximum dose. I am in danger of being a junkie! The doctor now signs me unfit tor work 3 months at a time, and now classed as disabled and getting motability. It's only at the lower rate, or else I could go get myself a new DS3 auto :shock: However, even if it was the higher rate I would rather keep the money and have my own car. I have applied for, and might get my road tax paid and register the car disabled. Could open the door for a c6 cos I wont be paying the massive road tax :-D Watch this space :lol: :lol: :lol: I just have to accept my problems, I can't do a thing about them, and have to learn to live within my means now, which ain't very much. I can forsee a long hard winter ahead, I am worse in cold weather, wish I could afford to go live in tenerife or southern spain.

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I'm sorry to hear of the health issues Davie , I hope things workout well for you . I'm sure the C4 will sell as its a cracking example . A swap for a grommet model Astra ?!?!?! What was going through the fools head :lol: .

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I would have to sell it straight away for about 1/2 the price of the c4!!!!!!!! Like I said ??????????????????????????? :lol:

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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/07-Citroen-C4 ... 4ac6eeaed5" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I'm impressed with this one. In fact I love it. Phone call needed tomorrow methinks.

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How about this?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2008-Citroen- ... 43bf4f6615" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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That one is lovely too. I didn't think I would get a C5 mk3 for 4grand, unless it had done 200k. 115k wouldn't bother me. Gotta sell my one 1st tho, gotta test it even firster!

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I would try and find out what suspension it has got firsterest!

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could do a cheapie
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1995-CITROEN- ... 35cc0f0b86" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Low mileage is due to it taking that long to get anywhere :wink: :roll: , please don't do it Davie , walking would be quicker :wink: .

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I was thinking that I only have another 2 & 1/2 months signed off and wondered if I would get it home in t'me for the doc..................

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^^^^^^ :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: ^^^^^^ , I think the C5 auto will be ideal for you Davie , I've had two manuals and the comfort was great , just don't think your in the Vts though , their not what you would call a cornering machine .

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It's funny how I go for total changes when I change cars. My last few cars, fiat punto sporting speedgear, fiat stilo 1.6, fiat ulysse jtd, C5 2.2 hdi, peugeot 107, C4 vts. I could imagine going back to a 107, would probably wonder WTF am I doing! The C5, I loved it too, but that was for it's abilities with a caravan. It was the most comfortable car I have ever owned. The vts is comfy once in and going, but it's the getting in and out that is the problem. So it does look like a C5 auto will be the thing for me. My old 2.2 wasnt bad in the corners, surprising really how it held on. It was always on decent tyres tho, was on avons when I bought it, and I put on vredestiens, both were brilliant, then put 2 michelin energy on the front, and then suffered more understeer. I generally do not like these eco tyres, if they are made for low resistance for economy, they cant have grip. My 107 was hopeless grip in the wet on continental eco contact. I know a C5 is a very different car to a c4VTS, but so be it. I still might phone about that gold c4 auto. That should be good

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A C5 2.0hdi 110 with a remap would be great for you for economy and towing :)

The 2.2 has a lot more torque but is thirstier for it.
Have you tried an XM?
How about a Range Rover L322 as they have come down a lot and towing is a doddle in them :) I found mine good for my mum who cant walk as she would stand just need a little help getting upto the seat but not much as she could pull up the inch or two by hand and then when it came to getting out she could just slide out onto her feet with little effort and very comfy. speedhumps are no problem to it in any shape or form :D