Elmas Xantia V6 and Musical Stuff

Tell us your ongoing tales and experiences with your French car here. Post pictures of your car here as well.

Moderators: RichardW, myglaren

User avatar
CitroJim
A very naughty boy
Posts: 44009
Joined: 30 Apr 2005, 23:33
x 1779

Re: Elmas Xantia VSX

Post by CitroJim »

Just in time for Christmas then James :D Excellent! That'll be good...

elma
Posts: 3745
Joined: 13 May 2007, 02:17
x 213

Re: Elmas Xantia VSX

Post by elma »

It'll be amazing, if nothing gets delayed I'll be working in Wembley in 5 weeks. It's a fire alarm job so nice lightweight stuff to get me back up to fitness. I'm planning on staying in London for a few days when it finishes to visit old friends. With the operation looming I'm finding myself quite wound up. I don't know why but last time I put it out of my mind and laughed all the way through. This time I've been having nightmares and struggling to get it out of my mind. Little things like the broken glasses have irritated me far more than they usually would too.

I've been out for a drive in the Scenic today, it was very pleasant with its upright driving position and auto handbrake. The handling terrified me though, the back wobbles and the front dives away from corners. I think the shock absorbers are worn out. Can't remember the plate, possibly 05, and its on 78k so they are probably due. Either that or I've forgotten how to drive, thats possible as it passes the static bounce test perfectly.

Speaking of forgetting how to drive I'm finding the roads horrific. You get used to it driving every day but after a break everyone seems psychotic. I don't really like driving anymore to be honest so I hope theres some improvement with practise.

Hell Razor5543
Donor 2021
Posts: 11646
Joined: 01 Apr 2012, 09:47
x 1363

Re: Elmas Xantia VSX

Post by Hell Razor5543 »

Well, you could always consider one of these for peace of mind when driving (the other drivers might get a bit concerned though, but that is their problem!);

http://army-uk.info/equip.php?ID=227

elma
Posts: 3745
Joined: 13 May 2007, 02:17
x 213

Re: Elmas Xantia VSX

Post by elma »

I like that, got to be amphibious though so BMP1 for me please. I could be tempted by one of those MAN overlanders they have as well with a motorhome body.

Hell Razor5543
Donor 2021
Posts: 11646
Joined: 01 Apr 2012, 09:47
x 1363

Re: Elmas Xantia VSX

Post by Hell Razor5543 »

Well, this is all terrain, and amphibious, so maybe it fits the bill;

http://www.military-today.com/apc/bvs10_viking.htm

User avatar
CitroJim
A very naughty boy
Posts: 44009
Joined: 30 Apr 2005, 23:33
x 1779

Re: Elmas Xantia VSX

Post by CitroJim »

James, when you're in Wembley you're not far from me.. Feel very happy to visit and come up on the train if you wish, Central Milton Keynes station is on the same line a Wembley Central... I'll pick you up from the station...
elma wrote: Speaking of forgetting how to drive I'm finding the roads horrific.
So do I. It's got to the point now that I hate driving... Only last evening driving Val's Suzuki disguised as a Poxhall at 45mph along a dark country road and approaching a 40 limit about a mile further on I got flashed and beeped by an irritated BMW driver who shot past just before the 40 limit and sped through it at well beyond the limit...

This is happening more and more often now and it upsets me. I can't drive any faster to save my life these days :evil: I'd love a sign on the back of my car to explain that to stressed individuals working themselves into an early grave following me.

I'd much rather be on my bike...

User avatar
Stickyfinger
Donor 2016
Posts: 10006
Joined: 28 Mar 2013, 22:05
x 735

Re: Elmas Xantia VSX

Post by Stickyfinger »

More rare to see a Police car....so who will stop them ? , not a camera (they know where they are) or a Van flasher because they know the just do 9-30/4.30 work....go figure

User avatar
CitroJim
A very naughty boy
Posts: 44009
Joined: 30 Apr 2005, 23:33
x 1779

Re: Elmas Xantia VSX

Post by CitroJim »

Alasdair, sadly you've hit the nail right on the head :(

elma
Posts: 3745
Joined: 13 May 2007, 02:17
x 213

Re: Elmas Xantia VSX

Post by elma »

Modern cars don't help, 45 in an old car feels like 150 in a modern one. I'm very pro driverless cars, theres no reason we can't all get about in the space we have if people stop being such selfish numpties.

You're already on the visits list Jim. Not sure if I'll bring a car yet, usually the train costs more than driving to get back home and takes longer.

I love that Viking James, not one I've really read up on. I will be now if it's got night vision, loud hailer, nuclear lockdown and smoke as well as the amphibious then it's everything I ever wanted from an off roader but with the added benefit of a Cummins. I wish they'd put one of the Rolls Royce engines into an amphibious one. Imagine taking someone out for a ride in the Rolls and unbeknown to them its a Tank that swims.

Hell Razor5543
Donor 2021
Posts: 11646
Joined: 01 Apr 2012, 09:47
x 1363

Re: Elmas Xantia VSX

Post by Hell Razor5543 »

Then this might interest you. Battle Factory (on the Yesterday channel), where they showed how many military items were developed, including the Viking and refurbished Abrahams tanks;

http://yesterday.uktv.co.uk/shows/battle-factory/

User avatar
CitroJim
A very naughty boy
Posts: 44009
Joined: 30 Apr 2005, 23:33
x 1779

Re: Elmas Xantia VSX

Post by CitroJim »

elma wrote: You're already on the visits list Jim. Not sure if I'll bring a car yet, usually the train costs more than driving to get back home and takes longer.
Excellent :-D You can sample my cooking and baking :wink:

elma
Posts: 3745
Joined: 13 May 2007, 02:17
x 213

Re: Elmas Xantia VSX

Post by elma »

Battle Factory looks good.

Sampling cooking and baking sounds really good.

Talking about bikes on the Xantias disappearing thread has got me thinking now. I was planning on buying a mountain bike next sumer, now I wonder if a tourer would suit me more. Mtb is kind of a twice a week adventure whereas a Tourer becomes part of everyday life. I'll be very interested in the technology on your Defy as well Jim. Brakes that work has been needed on road bikes since day one. Thinking about it I've got a bonded Bamboo touring frame, with disc mounts, that I didn't get around to hemp wrapping the lugs on. I probably should just finish that.

User avatar
CitroJim
A very naughty boy
Posts: 44009
Joined: 30 Apr 2005, 23:33
x 1779

Re: Elmas Xantia VSX

Post by CitroJim »

I've got two bikes James, both very well loved...

A Giant Defy Advanced 3 which is an endurance roadie...

This is an excellent bike, despite its low cost, as proved on Friday :-D

I also have a Giant Roam 2 Hybrid which is my working bike.. Another absolutely excellent bike for general use.. I've clocked up a lot of miles on this one with no worries at all.. It has a full set of lugs on it and I run it with MTB style 'Ass Saver' mudguards...

Both Giants because our local bike shop is a Giant dealer...

Tourers I know nothing of I'm afraid...

elma
Posts: 3745
Joined: 13 May 2007, 02:17
x 213

Re: Elmas Xantia VSX

Post by elma »

CitroJim wrote:I've got two bikes James, both very well loved...

Tourers I know nothing of I'm afraid...
Clearly you need more bikes Jim. I'd be happy to introduce you to Tourers, they turn you into a friendlier cyclist :)

It's the discs on your defy I'm interested in, unbelievable that a road bikes seat stays would take the force and I'm intrigued as to how Giant added the strength.

User avatar
CitroJim
A very naughty boy
Posts: 44009
Joined: 30 Apr 2005, 23:33
x 1779

Re: Elmas Xantia VSX

Post by CitroJim »

Hey James, I'm a very friendly cyclist.. I defy you to find a friendlier one ;)

The discs are good on the Defy, cable operated rather than hydraulic as on the Roam.. Very effective and very controllable whereas the discs on the Roam are very sharp... It needs ABS!!!

I guess the secret of the strength is in the carbon fibre on the Defy but you're right, those seat stays are very thin and spindly!!!...

You're right, I do need more bikes.. I'm after a winter trainer I don't mind getting wet and dirty.. I keep looking in the back of Cycling Weekly for one going cheap locally... The Defy is a bit too good to ride in really bad weather...