My latest Xantia Activa

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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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Im hoping to have the rear bumper and valance of lilpug painted and the matching rear numberplate fitted by then, but I have a lot to do in the next few weeks and thats a job which is not a high priority, so may not be done by then.

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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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Those paint quotes sounded good to me; £90 for a door? remember my £400 quote for, an admieddly large, bonnet?

Never mind wonky plates/assymtric screws (actually I hate that too, definitely not OCD in my case, just offends my sense of aesthetics) having got some Yank size plates for the red Cherokee (pure affectation really) I bought a nice, I thought, surround on my last trip to the US of A AND - it shows up the fact that the digits (in a single line) aren't central about the vertical axis of the plate: soooooo irritating!

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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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van ordinaire wrote:
26 Jul 2017, 00:21
Those paint quotes sounded good to me; £90 for a door? remember my £400 quote for, an admieddly large, bonnet?

Never mind wonky plates/assymtric screws (actually I hate that too, definitely not OCD in my case, just offends my sense of aesthetics) having got some Yank size plates for the red Cherokee (pure affectation really) I bought a nice, I thought, surround on my last trip to the US of A AND - it shows up the fact that the digits (in a single line) aren't central about the vertical axis of the plate: soooooo irritating!


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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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Got a new rear ram bush fitted today using the Xsara steering bush as a comparable replacement. What a difference, makes driving it so much more enjoyable without that rattle. Also asked the garage to check how much play there was in the activa control rods at the front, was a bit so they put some piping in to remove the play, now its even better, and i thought it was good before. Suppose when you have not driven an Activa for years even when they are not working 100% they still feel different to a normal car.

2 weeks until she goes in for the respray then i think i will be very happy :)

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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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Excellent news :)

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Stickyfinger wrote:
26 Jul 2017, 00:53
van ordinaire wrote:
26 Jul 2017, 00:21
Those paint quotes sounded good to me; £90 for a door? remember my £400 quote for, an admieddly large, bonnet?

Never mind wonky plates/assymtric screws (actually I hate that too, definitely not OCD in my case, just offends my sense of aesthetics) having got some Yank size plates for the red Cherokee (pure affectation really) I bought a nice, I thought, surround on my last trip to the US of A AND - it shows up the fact that the digits (in a single line) aren't central about the vertical axis of the plate: soooooo irritating!


comfort for you....all bolts aligned so you can sleep

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The bolts are not properly aligned! While they are all aligned edgewise the text on them is not. Me and my OCD!!!

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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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Currently half way through the respray and looking better already. All dents and small holes gone :) should get her back mid next week.
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Excellent :D Can't wait to see her wearing her new coat and looking stunning ;)

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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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Well i got her back yesterday, but did not get chance to really take any photos bar 1, but wow she is shiny now. All the dints, bumps, scrapes and lacquer peel has now gone and she had a lot, looks brand new paintwork wise. My wallet was drained of £1500 for the respray.

I would have taken more photos, but the heaters have never blown hot air since i have had the car, and now its autumn and the outside temperature has dropped i am freezing in the car so she went in my local Citroen independent today to get that issue fixed. I don't have a smell of anti freeze , and no puddles in the passenger foot well so i am hoping it won't be the heater matrix £££ job.

Will hopefully get some photos of before and after once i get it back from the garage, but until then, i only have this one.
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Here is some of the old body work which has now all been made to look new
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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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yummy !!!!!!!!

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That does look rather splendid :-D

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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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That looks great :)

Nice to see people putting money into Activa's. At one point they were being scrapped for the slightest of things.

I was going to respray mine but ended up deciding I'd be scared of using it to it's full potential once it was immaculate so I'm going to keep using it for now and I'll deal with the paint when it gets bad. According to my petrol head mates I'm just being really picky with mine and it's great for it's age but it does bug me!

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Im wanting to do something with gabbys paint, but I certainly couldnt justify £1500 on a full respray, so once Im back from orkeny I shall be investigating other methods of improving looks with less outlay.

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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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DHallworth wrote:
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That looks great :)

Nice to see people putting money into Activa's. At one point they were being scrapped for the slightest of things.

I was going to respray mine but ended up deciding I'd be scared of using it to it's full potential once it was immaculate so I'm going to keep using it for now and I'll deal with the paint when it gets bad. According to my petrol head mates I'm just being really picky with mine and it's great for it's age but it does bug me!

David.


Your Activa's bodywork looked great when i saw it , no way does it need a respray.

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Looking absolutely lovely :) I consider £1500 is excellent value for what has been achieved... Not expensive at all and well worth every penny...

As David says, it is so good to see an Activa being really properly loved and appreciated :)