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Post by bxzx16v » 06 Sep 2014, 09:04

As some of you may know I sold my Zx16v a few months ago, I've considered getting an Alfa Romeo Gtv 6 or a V6 xantia but due to earache off swmbo I've held off. Another car I've always thought looked appealing was the peugeot 406 V6 coupe and after an autotrader search found one at Wakefield at a reasonable price. So Friday morning I had a run up to have a look at it, also being a manual was a big draw too. I arrived at the garage and found the pug sat in the corner not having moved for weeks by the looks of things. The bodywork was pretty tidy and so was the interior, I got the keys and fired it up, what a glorious sound it made. Sadly not for me though as it wasn't as nice as my old Zx and the seating position was awful, pretty much like one of my most hated cars a ford crapri. Perhaps in my younger days it might have appealed but not now. I really wish that citroen had made a manual V6 xantia. There's absolutely no rush at all to get anything but I just miss that 2nd car sat in the garage just incase the berlingo or freelander ever play up. I've also considered a C4 Vts, possibly a xsara vts and even a pug 206 gti180.

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Post by CitroJim » 06 Sep 2014, 10:19

The Pug 406 Coupé is a gorgeous car and is one of the very best lookers of all time. A classic Pininfarina design but like you Mark I find it's gorgeousness is a little spoilt by the driving ergonomics.

It's also spoilt by the suspension, braking and handing when compared to the Xantia. Now if it had been the Citroen Activa as was originally intended then things may have been very different!

Shame really but it still looks bloody lovely 8-)

How about a Pug 407 Coupé or if you want something really special and different, how about a Mazda RX-8?

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Post by bxzx16v » 06 Sep 2014, 10:39

The mazda Rx8 is a real gem, the 406 is out Jim as you say due to ergonomics. I've only ever had one Peugeot and that was a 405mi16 and as nice as it was I couldn't really settle with it after numerous bx's so I sold it and got another bx16v. Citroen maybe part of the psa group but you can certainly tell the Citroen models have something over the Peugeot equivalent.

Mark

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Post by Northern_Mike » 06 Sep 2014, 10:48

CitroJim wrote:.... really special and different, how about a Mazda RX-8?
I presume Mark wants to actually drive it, than stand looking it, or watch it being towed.




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Post by Hell Razor5543 » 06 Sep 2014, 11:20

northern_mike wrote:
CitroJim wrote:.... really special and different, how about a Mazda RX-8?
I presume Mark wants to actually drive it, than stand looking it, or watch it being towed.

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When I was at the local scrappy this week I saw 3 RX8s there, and none appeared to have crash damage (well, one did, but not serious enough to warrant it being there). It seems that people don't know how to service them properly (VERY specific oil and spark plugs!). Team WFA believe that the engine has two states of being; Either about to fail, or failed!

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Post by CitroJim » 06 Sep 2014, 11:31

Hell Razor5543 wrote:Team WFA believe that the engine has two states of being; Either about to fail, or failed!
Indeed and that applies to most sadly but if you really look after the engine like a baby it'll go on for ever... As you say James, it's all down to good, high quality servicing...

An RX-8 will end up in a scrappy simply because if the engine needs work it'll set you back several arms and a few legs. Around £5K last time we looked into it...

Bloody gorgeous cars though. I still carry a torch for one... With Team WFA's it was so near yet so far... I know of another one with a poorly engine I could possibly get for peanuts.. It's just too tempting...

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Post by Northern_Mike » 06 Sep 2014, 11:35

The RX8 stands as my greatest motoring disappointment. I love the looks and the quirky, but sumptuous interior and the handling is great. Rubbish engine, even when working properly. I wanted one for ages until I actually had the money to buy one and went and test drove one.

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Post by Northern_Mike » 06 Sep 2014, 11:42

As for what next? I think everyone should at some point own a well-sorted Impreza. A mid-nineties Japanese import without all the chavvy mods that are all too common. The UK ones of that era have about 40bhp less. I was warned when I got it "be careful, this is your first supercar"... 0-60 (timed on the sat nav) less than 5 seconds and 30-90 in less than 8 (a Lotus Cartlon takes 7 dead). A fantastic car for the money and handling so very good. A good one can be had for about £1500-2000. I'll have another at some point when houses have been bought. For now I need diesel economyness.

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Post by CitroJim » 06 Sep 2014, 11:43

The RX-8 lack torque I believe Mike...

I really must drive one.

Same goes for the Impreza. Their image puts me off sadly. They just shout 'Barryboy' to me :cry:

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Post by bxzx16v » 06 Sep 2014, 11:59

A friend at work has just got an mx5 which I will be cleaning up for him, I can't wait for a drive of that.

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Post by Northern_Mike » 06 Sep 2014, 12:13

That's the main problem with the Impreza Jim. They're a wonderful car but they attract the wankers. It's partly the reason I sold mine. People around me on the road turned into idiots! I got cut up, overtaken, people racing me away from the lights.... It was really odd. I never reacted to them but it got dull. OK, I did react once, to a gent in a BMW who'd been tailgating me down the A30 in passing rain then pulled alongside at the lights clearly thinking he could get the better of my old tub..

I like Staffordshire Bull terriers too. Lovely dogs, but they also suffer from Impreza syndrome in that they are often owned by dickheads.

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Post by Northern_Mike » 06 Sep 2014, 12:15

CitroJim wrote:The RX-8 lack torque I believe Mike...
Yes. That was my experience. It made driving it "normally" quite annoying. The Impreza had oodles of torque at low revs naturally being a flat-4, and the boost came in at 2 anyway so it was never a problem


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Post by CitroJim » 06 Sep 2014, 12:38

northern_mike wrote:That's the main problem with the Impreza Jim. They're a wonderful car but they attract the wankers. It's partly the reason I sold mine. People around me on the road turned into idiots! I got cut up, overtaken, people racing me away from the lights.... It was really odd. I never reacted to them but it got dull. OK, I did react once, to a gent in a BMW who'd been tailgating me down the A30 in passing rain then pulled alongside at the lights clearly thinking he could get the better of my old tub..

I like Staffordshire Bull terriers too. Lovely dogs, but they also suffer from Impreza syndrome in that they are often owned by dickheads.

I quite agree with all of that. It just makes me so sad Mike :evil: :(

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Post by daviemck2006 » 06 Sep 2014, 14:30

My sister had a rx-8 a few years ago. It was the higher powered version. I did have a go of it. As others have said absolutely gorgeous car, really lacking in low down torque, but phenomenal power and speed when giving it the beans. Therein lied it's problem. Not much use really for everyday use. And she only got about 14 mpg. She used the horses! Only kept it a few months and lost a fortune on it, then bought a mr2 to replace it, then a mx5. She is now sensible with a year old fiesta 1.4 zetec?????? I do not understand why lol. The mx5 was a lovely thing for pootling about in or having a bit of fun on deserted back roads. Lovely little things, but totally impractical for me, but if it were an extra fun motor, with infrequent use then you could do a lot worse. Don't go for a 1.6, get a 1.8. Sis had one of both, 1.6 a bit underpowered.

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Re: What next?

Post by bxzx16v » 13 Sep 2014, 05:28

I'm going to view a 406 V6 coupe on Monday, it's a one owner from new with peugeot history and a manual box which I prefer. It sounds a very nice example and at a decent price too. I'll post the results on Monday.

Mark