Davie's french attraction.

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Good luck with it, Davie!

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I would think that I will do more miles in the c2 just now, unless we get a big dump of snow. I still really need to be down to one car, I will decide in a few months. Both these cars have potential trouble spots, c2 sensodrive, and rover 1.8 head gasket. Then again all cars have weak points and can break.

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I've only just seen the updates with pictures of C2 & the purchase of the Freelander (don't know how I missed that). Shame the VTS has gone. The C2 looks lovely, what a great interior with the orange, reminds me of the C4 Loeb red & black inside. Citroen do some interesting things with their cars even on the recent models!

Not sure what to think about the Freelander, it is the right colour though!

Your son's Fiesta looks like a great 1st car too.

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Your C2 certainly needed that wash!

The Freelander looks tidy, what do you make of it so far?

I've often wondered what the 1.8 is like in those, my Rover 1.8 was ok but given the Freelander can legally tow 2000kg, it'll have its work cut out.

We had a TD4 Freelander a few years ago, which used to pull our horsebox. It was a good car and we didn;t have any real issues with it despite it doing quite a high annual mileage. I've been looking into the possibility of another 4x4 for towing duties as our 2002 C5 HDi is on its limit of towing with the growing horse. 1.8 Freelanders can be picked up for not a lot (first gen ones) and while I know about HGF and the like, once sorted they are good engines.

A C4 2.0HDi auto may be your ideal car, though I imagine they are very rare.

Your sons Fiesta looks ideal, especially for a first car. I had one just like that as a courtesy car a few years ago, it was a 5door but otherwise the same. I was quite impressed with the ride and handling of it.

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Shaun's Fiesta is a 1.4 zetec. He is just going to leeve it standard. I have done what I really did not want to do with it. It's registered and insured in my name. This is due to a couple of reasons. He was a naughty boy 19 months ago and was caught driving his chums car without insurance. 1 In 10 and 6 points on his licence was giving quotes of £2500 to £3500 in his own name. In my name with him as main driver £670. Looks like 2 years in my name until the points don't count.
The freelander Chris pulls well enough for being a 1.8 petrol. It has low down torque, will happily pull strongly at town speeds in 5th, but not like a good td or hdi. I would be happy towing with it. It seems a laid back kind of attitude, not really what you would expect from a 16v twin cam engine I would think it would rev as well, but I've not had the need to be above 2500 revs yet. I have had a wee play off road, it's limited by grip from cheap road tyres. I really like it though but it ain't no racer. Slow and steady gets there in the end.

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daviemck2006 wrote:He was a naughty boy 19 months ago and was caught driving his chums car without insurance. Looks like 2 years in my name until the points don't count.
The points are valid in law for 3 years, will stay on his licence for 4 years (at which point he can ask for them to be removed), and any insurance company will take them into account for 5 years.

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Thanks for that info Eddie. He will get 2 years max in my name. By then he will be 21 and on his own. There is already a new scrape on a back wheelarch which he claims to know nothing about. I would say he does know about it because there was no reaction from him at all when I mentioned it

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Then you (carefully) advise him a replacement vehicle will be a small 2 seater. You DON'T tell him it will be a moped and sidecar! Or (even worse) a tandem!

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http://www.c2club.co.uk/showthread.php? ... uot-wheels" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I wish I had sold my c4 with the 18" wheels on. This guy even has the centers painted like my ones were!

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daviemck2006 wrote:http://www.c2club.co.uk/showthread.php? ... uot-wheels

I wish I had sold my c4 with the 18" wheels on. This guy even has the centers painted like my ones were!
Well I did point out they look good on Resolfens on page 27 (admittedly not with the red badge)! Never mind the standard wheels are pretty attractive. Also I think they would need lower profile tyres than the C4 ones.

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I think he has 205/40x17 on that c2. That surely still must be a bigger rolling radius than the standard 195/45x16. I have a set of multi spoke 205/45x16 which are going to get painted and put on, assuming that I get it started! Black or white? Not silver :lol:

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Well heres all my news. The c2 is still not going. I have decided it needs a proper diagnosis, but being stuck in 1st gear I cant tow it anywhere. The Freelander has developed a blow in the exhaust and the engine management light has came on. I suppose that might be related to the blowing exhaust. At least I can get a complete exhaust of the bay for £60, brand new mild steel. Compare that to a c4 VTS!!!!! My health is worse just now, After doing the brakes on the freelander I was in so much agony for more than a week, and for some of that time could hardly walk. I would be totally housebound if it weren't for having a car. This is why I have joined the AA, the full cover with home start, nationwide recovery to any single destination of my choice if needed, and garage bills insurance, as I am getting less and less fit to repair cars, and due to not being able to work and my income insurance policy ran out have less money to pay for fixing them. My GP signed me unfit for work for 6 months this time, that seems to me that my working days are over at age 50. I will have to think seriously about how I'm going to proceed now. In the short term the c2 is going to sit for 2 weeks, going to get the knackered battery put back into it then AA will be called to see to it. I shall run around in the freelander for the meantime, but at 27mpg worked out and £280 roa tax it is too expensive for me to keep, even though it is really comfy for me. So the freelander will be put up for sale shortly. The c2 im not sure about, I don't think I shall keep it either. I need something cheap on fuel and cheap road tax, and I dont want to be in such a small car as the c2, I would like a c5, but dont need that size of car. C4 diesel would be ideal, £30 road tax, 60 mpg but I dont want to take the chance with a blown turbo. Ditto c3 1.6 hdi, ditto pug 307/8 hdi, ditto focus tdci. I know every car has weak points and I am a bit disillusioned just now. Looking at cars on ebay I think once the landy and c2 go my chosen steed will still be french, but not a cit, thinking time I tried renault with a 1,5 dci Megane, only one car and if it breaks then I have the AA policy to sort it out. I have never been in a megane, I think I need to go test driving to see what I think of them.

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Sorry to hear of your health issues Davie, this time of year playing cars can be a bit of a bugger. Have you considered a berlingo with the 2.0 Hdi in, great for access etc and a fun drive too. It's a shame your way up there as you could have had a drive in the laguna, my wife suffers with back trouble and she used to love the heated seats in the laguna when she had it, I've been thinking of a berlingo mk3 van myself but I'm not too keen on the 1.6hdi either from what you read about them. I hope things go well for you Davie.

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daviemck2006 wrote:thinking time I tried renault with a 1,5 dci Megane
Renault turbos seem to be made out of cheese, that's one of the reasons my daughter got a petrol one instead of the diesel version.

The 1.6 HDi/TDCi is a decent engine but is a bit like having a high maintenance mistress that you have to keep up to . . . or else! :roll:

You can get the C4 with a 2.0HDi in it. Not as cheap on the tax but a lot less hassle.

Done with working at 50 sounds nice if you're fit, and bloody awful if you're not.

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I can assure you that I belong to the bloody awful camp. My thoughts about cars are all hypothetical just now, I need to sell the two I have, which could take forever.