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Re: Elmas Xantia VSX

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I'd love a little cottage like that in the country, with a big shed beside it to keep a couple cars in and play in. That would be perfect for me.

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Same here! Perfection :D

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Cottage is lovely. Random Slating with diminishing courses. Proper old school that takes a bit of thinking out.

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Not been a very eventful few days for the cars. I still haven't fixed the fan on Red and the noise is disgraceful.
The heater matrix is definitely on it's way out as well, the smell of coolant is much stronger than in the past. Got to stick with the plan though Reds on the road until I get Green sorted which isn't a priority just yet.
Reds getting a decent service and going onto M+S tyres as soon as I've moved to keep things happy.
The matrix has to wait along with a multitude of other jobs that aren't easy to do in daily service or Winter.

I'm signing the contract on the Cottage tomorrow and moving in on the 1st, very excited.

My hopes to return to work faster by doing lighter work have been pushed back a bit. I need to get a fire alarm installer card as I've not had my Electrician card for 5 years like the other guys. No problem, just a 45 question, multiple choice health and safety exam which costs £48 and £48 for the card. Except that when you ring to book it they reckon if I want to do it this year, on Nov 17th, I'll need to go to Leeds. I'm sure this will change tomorrow but I had a lot to do today.

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Brilliant news on the cottage James :D that's come good.... I know the kind of excitement it brings....

Try some Forte Stop Leak to see if it will help delay the matrix job until both the weather and you are up to it. Good thing is that is not a clogger of cooling systems and welder of matrix elbows as some sealants are. It has worked for me in the past...

All the best with the electrician's card. Leeds is quite a hop from you isn't it? Still, a nice day out....

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Leeds is a bit far really for a 20min test. Doesn't help that I went to Leeds and back yesterday to pick up a new brake for the local zipline, horrible journey in the daytime. I'm more concerned about the timing though, can't wait 3 weeks.

Something will change tomorrow.

Fortes good stuff, but its already in there so I'm probably just overdue a matrix.

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I'm all moved now and every things great, been an eventful couple of weeks though.

Firstly Red hasn't had a great time. I discovered that she had an awful leak when I put the seats down to move, good really as it means the heater matrix isn't actually kaput, it's probably the sunroof or something. Unfortunately though I decided to drive through a puddle a little rapidly. It was a deep puddle, just above my knees so I went to off road height. Didn't work though as I was rewarded for my effort with another smashed engine top mount, an exploded under tray and either the os driveshaft or front wheel bearing gave up. Looks like retirement time, possibly permanently. I've learnt to drive through puddles more carefully.

Greens going to come over tomorrow, steal Reds strut tops, radiator and a few other choice bits then go for an mot. She may need new front pads and discs, definitely a cambelt kit and a clutch as soon as possible but I think she'll rise to the challenge.

The Cottage is amazing but not trouble free. I've been flooded in but I've dug a lot now and that shouldn't happen again. I blew the power making a toastie, the poor Scottish Power guys had to climb the mast in a Monsoon to repair it. I've also blown up the immersion heater cylinder as the back boiler on the fire is quite viscous and it wasn't vented properly, or actually at all. landlady was quite good about the whole thing, which I didn't entirely expect even though I wasn't to blame. It's been a great 2 weeks though and I've had far more visitors than I expected considering the location. I can't wait to show you all around the place but I'm still waiting for proper broadband so no pictures just yet.

I'm soort of back in work as well. I got my card and started on Monday for a 5 week contract. Unfortunately we had all the work done by 3 o clock the same day so back to looking for more.

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Oh dear James, it's all happening for you at the moment....

Sorry to hear of Red's problems... At least lots of good stuff can donate to Green...

Has the cottage got double chevrons anywhere on it? I ask as it seems to be behaving just like a Citroen :twisted:

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CitroJim wrote: Has the cottage got double chevrons anywhere on it? I ask as it seems to be behaving just like a Citroen :twisted:
No but that's a great idea. Red will donate a pair for the front gate.

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elma wrote: No but that's a great idea. Red will donate a pair for the front gate.
That will look good James :-D

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Greens made it home with no calamities on the way. I only had to take the drivers mirror and radiator from red. It drives way better than red with soft mode clearly functioning and no rattles. The rear brakes are the only mot concern really, maybe the p bushes as well.
There's a fair few bits to swap across but it turns out I can't work until Monday now because of processing so I've got the time. Poor red is not in a good state at all. As I take things for green I'll assess the damage and decide if its a spares car or a doer upper. I have to admit it's been my least comfortable, most expensive, slowest, least endearing Xantia to date. I wouldn't be terribly sad to say goodbye. That's actually slightly untrue as green is slower. It runs way better though so I reckon a good service and some attention to the rear brakes will put that right.

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Good on Green James :D

Looks like Red is best off as a parts donor to me... Its fate has been sealed over these past few weeks I reckon...

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I think your right Jim, having driven Green around for the last couple of days it's obvious. Greens only being driven off road by the way, it's not mot'd or taxed but I live in the right place for legitimate joy rides. I've got my eye on this now as well, will bid up to what it will cost to get Green fixed and Mot'd. I like the idea of an estate and a spare estate. I've known of the car almost 10 years as well so I have a good idea of the life it has lived, I'll forgive its Mk2ness.

I'm loving having a Green Xantia again, it's little face makes me smile just like my other green one did when I see it outside. I managed to swap the Fog Lights, wipers and oddments tray with Red yesterday and also fitted a Fuel filter. Next up is fix a coolant leak that seems to be the bottle end of the lower rad hose and get the washers and rear wiper working. I'm biding my time for a few hours sunshine to swap all the centre spheres and strut tops with Reds. Theres not a massive list with this car, I think it would pass MOT with the wiper stuff sorted and a good LHM bleed. I'm not going to rush either as the cold is making my Kidney more sensitive, although completely useable. I'm spending more time warming up by the fire than working.

Kelvin doesn't get the Estate at all, I told him to get in the boot this morning and he jumped on Reds bonnet. Then when it was time to come home post walk he jumped onto the rear seats from the boot and painted them with mud. I feel a dog guard coming on.

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That late Xantia looks worth bidding on James...

Good luck and may you be successful in winning it ;)

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I didn't end up bidding on that mk2, it was over £400 so I thought green offered better value.
The rear wipers sorted for now, seems reliable. I haven't had a chance to tackle the coolant leak yet so that's for tomorrow.
I'm concerned about the starting as now I have swapped the battery, glowplugs and glowplugs relay it still starts roughly from cold with plenty of unburnt diesel. I think I'll try swapping the injectors over next.
The only other unsuccess is that the ext temp gauge still displays -- despite a new sensor. I'll be checking the wiring when I replace some dash bulbs.
With any luck the weather will be better today, I fancy a couple of hours in the mountains followed by goodbye coolant leak and changing the centre spheres.
We're off for an exciting job in Swindon on the 5th, installing robots in a car factory again. I love working in car factories, its a different world full of giant toys. I'll probably be banned from taking pics but hopefully not. Not sure who's car factory it is but the mini press shop and the Civic assembly line are in Swindon. I'll be overjoyed to get away from backboxes and fire alarms.