Just wanted to report that the Xantia has passed its MOT today with (almost) flying colours.
Good job too, as for various reasons I ended up leaving getting it tested pretty late - it runs out next Wednesday!
So I didn't have my usual 2-3 weekends available for resolving any issues.
The emissions test was excellent - fast idle HC was 14, (max 200) CO 0.02, (max 0.2) Lambda 0.999, and slow idle CO 0.00. (max 0.3)
Couldn't ask for better from a 20 year old car.
(Yes I'm paranoid about emissions tests after the emissions related problems with my old V6!)
The one advisory was for front left outer brake pad down to minimum thickness, which given the very low mileage it is doing now will need to be sorted some time before next years test, but not urgently.
They stop well and don't make any nasty noises - I made sure of that by taking it for a drive last night and giving the brakes some good bites - they had quite a surface layer of rust through lack of regular use so weren't very sensitive at first but came up nicely after a few hard applications.
I was talking to the guy and he recommended either Delphi for about £130 for a full front set, or Bosch for about £140. I know the V6 pads are quite particular so wondering what people's thoughts were on best brake pads for the V6 that don't cost an arm and a leg. (Jim ? David ?) Is it sensible to replace the pads on their own or is it probably due discs as well ?
Now I have the rest of the day at home waiting in for someone to come and look at our outdoor drains which are all blocked. (probably past where they merge)