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I suppose I should update this and close the thread with a bit of an anti climax. I've never really bonded with the XM much as I wanted and tried to. Maybe the mistake was having a series 2 maybe having an auto, but either way I didn't like it as I wanted to. I've always liked the C4 VTS much more in every way, not least because it's mor quirky inside and out. Anyway Mrs Concern has always refused to drive either the VTS or the XM so since her much loved Mk1 Clio died of timing belt failure she hasn't driven at all which most of the time is ok as I don't work any more, but sometimes it is a pain. So I hit on the bright idea of offering the XM for exchange with a small hatchback for her and so it got swapped for a Renault Moodus!
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Well, each to their own!
But if you're happy...

BTW, given the number plate on that XM... In its past, was it ever the personal transport of Roger Bradford by any chance?

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wurlycorner wrote:
29 Oct 2017, 20:22
:shock:
Well, each to their own!
But if you're happy...

BTW, given the number plate on that XM... In its past, was it ever the personal transport of Roger Bradford by any chance?

Thank you I'm glad I have your approval to get my wife a car she likes!

I am pretty sure the CXM plate was put on it by Geoff Cochrane, I've not heard of Roger Bradford.

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I dont think I would bond with an xm either, even though they are my type of car, a big comfy roomy barge. I drove Chris's 2.5 diesel manual while on the NC500 and it was nice, but I found the parking brake far too awkward and frustrating on a manual. I still would on the auto you had Peter, even though you have a foot to work it with. On the auto 407, when in queuing traffic I use the handbrake and knock the selector into neutral. That would still be frustrating for me in the XM, as the whole point of me having an auto is so I dont need to use my left leg at all when it is playing up. I hope the renault is a decent thing for mrs concern, and I like the tail bit of that c4 looking highly polished, which it always was in my tenure.

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daviemck2006 wrote:
29 Oct 2017, 21:43
I dont think I would bond with an xm either, even though they are my type of car, a big comfy roomy barge. I drove Chris's 2.5 diesel manual while on the NC500 and it was nice, but I found the parking brake far too akward and frustrating on a manual. I still would on the auto you had Peter, even though you have a foot to work it with. On the auto 407, when in queuing traffic I use the handbrake and knock the selector into neutral. That would still be frustrating for me in the XM, as the whole point of me having an auto is so I dont need to use my left leg at all when it is playing up. I hope the renault is a decent thing for mrs concern, and I like the tail bit of that c4 looking highly polished, which it always was in my tenure.


Davie, it took me nearly 3 years to understand that the XM would never be what I wanted it to be! You are right about the stupid parking brake, even though I didn't think of it as a factor, it was another thing that stopped the XM being my sort of car.
The Moodus isn't really my sort of car either, but I do really like it and Mrs Concern really likes it too and is really pleased to have it even though neither of us expected to like it particularly as it's gold coloured! It's only a bit longer than a Clio, but much bigger inside. The rear seat moves backwards and forwards to give more rear legroom or more boot space, it has a 1.6 petrol engine and is much qiucker than it has any right to be and it's averaging about 39mpg! It also has a really nice pan roof that opens (it was leaking, but after unblocking the drain tubes it's been fine) and I really like a pan roof! We helped a mate take stuff to the local dump yesterday and the huge interior was great, very practical. Swapping it meant we didn't have the trauma of selling the XM or the expense of driving all over the country viewing various cars. Also it has gone to a good home an ex BX & Xara owner.
As regards LEZ, yes I keep it as clean and shiny as you always did!

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You're right, Davie, on an XM the choice is between four pedals and three, not three pedals and two.
No holiday for your left foot! :miserable:

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Looks practical the Modus. I think I have missed the itch now with an XM. So much to do on them and tight for space. There is rust on most too. Nice to have a good one though.

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I could never bond with an XM, despite three goes so I understand perfectly.. I bonded a little more with an S1 but the S2 never really did it for me. Lovely cars and very comfy but far too big for me... I think that was a part of the problem...

Generally, it has to be love at first sight with me to properly bond; my Saxo is a perfect case in point... I love that car to bits and have from the very first...

Xantais were a love at first sight too...

An odd exception is my Pug of Love. I never liked that car initially at all but over time she's grown on me and we've more or less bonded... I still hate her paving-slab seats though :twisted:

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wurlycorner wrote:
29 Oct 2017, 20:22
BTW, given the number plate on that XM... In its past, was it ever the personal transport of Roger Bradford by any chance?
Roger was never an XM man really and this wasn't anything to do with him, however I do still have a couple of CXs tucked away which were to do with Roger...

Peter is correct this was Geoff's car (1 of 4 XMs he had at the time which I helped sell for him)...

Geoff loves a good numberplate and nearly all his XMs adorned similar plates...

Onwards and upwards Peter, a shame you didn't bond with the XM as much as you wished however sounds like all has worked out in the end with the change for Mrs Concern too. Clouds and Silver Linings and all that :)