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I saw a very nice 1.9TD N reg Xantia in dark blue wearing ZX Volcane wheels, looked good on them too.

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2-CV special edition on an F-reg prefix in red and blue looking brand new, spotted in New Milton, Hants this morning. I don't know why but 2-CV's remind me of deck chairs and old style prams.

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Spotted two Mark2 Xantiae yesterday, having not encountered any for quite a long while, they then come along like buses!

They were passing ther opposite way so I only had a brief glance at them.

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Saw a lovely looking red R plate Activa near the Band Q in Bridgewater, Somerset this morning :D

As always, down in that part of Somerset, Xantias are a very common sight any time...

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Saw a dark grey Xantia near where I live yesterday, then followed a burgundy estate into Sunderland this evening.
On the return journey, spotted a burgundy XM that I suspect may have been Chris (citroenmad)

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Coming home just now I noticed a nice shiny red Xantia MKII hatch passing the other way with registration ending in XAC 8-)

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I was parked near a reasonably tidy W reg Xantia estate today. The front was ditting very high and the back was on the floor. The owner went to drive away, the back lifted up to normal and then within a minute or so was back to low again. It then bounced off down the car park with the rear on the floor and the front oo high with, what seemed like, extremely flat spheres. It was just bouncing on the tyres, the two people inside didnt look at all comfy!

I hate seeing Xantias like this, what their owners must think of them i dont know. They probably hate the car as it rides so hard. In some ways its a shamr as light doesnt appear when the suspension is not well, as it cant do the reputation much good.

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On another note, im just looking on ebay and came across a Xantia wearing 16" C5 alloys. They actually look quite good on: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/citroen-alloy-whe ... 1c15f978e3

They are 16" Exclusive SE C5 alloy wheels, two of which have 215.55.16 tyres and the other two have 205s, quite big tyres for a Xantia.

Im surprised ive not seen Xantias with C5 wheels before, as the C5 came with some quite nice wheels. The 15" C5 SX wheels would suit a Xantia in my opinion:

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Or the 15" wheels from a 2.2 or estate:

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Citroenmad wrote:
Im surprised ive not seen Xantias with C5 wheels before, as the C5 came with some quite nice wheels. The 15" C5 SX wheels would suit a Xantia in my opinion:
Or the 15" wheels from a 2.2 or estate:

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I have those on mine. I think they are awful and look like marbles.
Tooooo stingy to replace them though and most alternative alloys leave me cold.

There are some Volvo and Alfa ones I like but not prepared to dispose of cash on such frivolity.

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I agree with you Steve, i dont like that wheel design either, not nice and nice easy to clean either. However the ones above that are a much nicer design in my opinion.

The other, larger, 16" alloys from C5s would also fit Xantias well. Most are available on ebay quite often.

Though they can work out expensive and tyres are costly for the 16" sizes. Ive been trying to get some Exxclusive Se C5 wheels, the ones pictures on the Xantia in the link, but they are always miles away or expensive for condition. I like that design.

I guess skinnier tyres have been fitted to the front of the Xantia to stop scrubbing on full lock. C5s with the larger 16" wheels have a worse turning circle than the earlier cars wearing 15" wheels (not estates, they remained the same) Ive not tried my C5s 16" wheels on the SX C5, but given that it has a turning circle of a supermini they would no doubt scrub on full lock.

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^ that's quite interesting to know, i never thought about c5 alloys for a xantia, in-fact i'm not even sure which alloys off a different spec xantia would fit my car :? i wouldn't mind some alloys for my car but right now I've got other stuff to spend my money on (note other car in the background in my av pic) anyway............ whilst out spending more money at Tescos i spotted what was almost certainly a 3dr Volcane exiting the car park as i arrived & as i left a red Mk2 Xantia whizzed over the round about ahead of me with a childs face peering out of the backwindow, i mention this as i felt sorry for said child as the back end of the xantia seemed to be stuck in 'high' & bounced somewhat as it drove over the painted roundabout near the exit of Tescos.

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N reg ZX 'elation' Estate in metallic turquiose passed me on the M6 yesterday, lookedreally tidy

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Saw a lovely white K reg XM being towed down the M1 on Sunday afternoon between junction 9 and 8.

I was a bit worried to see it being towed with the suspension on high and on a rigid bar behind a small lorry. Surely towing a hydraulic Citroen on high can't be good for it :twisted:

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I wouldnt have thought it would be excellent for it no. :?

Totally off topic, however it is about towing ...

When i was in a garage recently the conversation came around to C1s and their Toyota engines. The mechanic said he had heard of one recently which went pop, he started laughing. He then went on to say that it had been attatched to a large motorhome on an A-frame and then towed along at motorway speeds for some time. It was going well until cars were flashing trying to stop the motorhome. When the owner stopped the C1 was pouring with smoke ... It had aparently been left in 1st gear .. the engine had been racing, doing 60-70 1st, cooked and the block exploded. :o

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I saw a burgundy xm going up the outside lane of the M62 yesterday (to be honest i almost didn't see it!!! :oops: ) & then i saw a slightly tired looking Mk1 silver xantia on the M60, quite possibly driven by a little old lady (didn't pay that much attention) but after the traffic cleared the xantia proceeded up the motorway in the middle lane at no more than 50mph max! :rant2: