My latest Xantia Activa

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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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daviemck2006 wrote:
18 Jan 2018, 15:30
Are they green ink?


I don't actually know Davie... Never tried writing with them...

Not much point as I'm sure they only write in French and as I don't speak the language...

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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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Xantia Activa at the conference
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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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No body roll i see :)

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A very proud moment for you Quackers :)

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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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Stickyfinger wrote:
29 Jan 2018, 17:02
No body roll i see :)


I can see her tilt to the left. But i have my new roll correction rods from the activa club now, and an activa sphere ready for thursday. I did get my local Citroen specialist to order the guides that connect to the control rods in as they are not NFP, but they said it might be a problem as Citroen don't seem to have any staff anymore when they try to order parts.

Hopefully be able to fully enjoy the car this year now its had a lot done to it. Just the rear drivers door and stop her learning and i think i will be happy.

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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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Got her back last week from garage, new anti roll guides and rods fitted, plus the Activa accumulator sphere changed. They had calibrated it to so its level, stop light now goes off in half the time and she corners well :) I did 300 miles over the weekend just driving very spirited on roundabouts and twisty roads was great to fully enjoy her now she's looking great, roll on light dry summer evenings.

Got in my X7 C5 Monday morning to drive to work and it's leaning unnerved me doing just half the speed on the roundabouts, reminded me the day i swapped my last Activa i drove every day for 5 years to a Phase 2 C5 and i almost had brown stuff in my pants the first corner i hit at a fast speed. Really do need to change driving style when you get out of the Activa and into something else.

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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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Deffo, a couple of times I have forgotten I was in the C5 :).....that is 25 years of progress for you.

I find it strange Citroen did not master the system for later cars, it would have transformed the C5x7 and C6

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Think it was just too good, allowed very average drivers the option to corner indecently fast and then not have the skills to cope when they passed the limit.

I can only imagine (sadly) what it's like going from an Activa to a C5 but I imagine not altogether unlike going from the 206 (lowered on 14" steels with about 3" rear travel and probably less up front) into Black's non-HA armchairs. Feels like your ears are going to grind on the kerb until you've had a few miles to adjust!

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Thing with the Activa Dan, is that it does sublimely brilliant handling in comfort :)

And I mean true hydractive comfort... The Activa bits only come into play when cornering...

A 206 modded as you describe might go round corners almost as well but not in any sort of comfort unless you're driving on a billiard table...

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Concur with Jim. Call it "Comfort Plus", normal driving experiences do nothing to help with understanding the difference.

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Oh quite, I wasn't in any way attempting to draw a comparison between the ride quality of the 206 and even the worst Xantia! That would be nothing short of foolish (as is driving such a low, stiff sprung 206 on anything approaching a back lane! it's much more at home on A and B roads.)

The only sort of comparison was in the level of body roll on cornering, the 206 corners very nearly flat and quite easily lifts a rear wheel if you drive one front up a drop-kerb whereas Black corners like... Well, like a Hydropneumatic Citroen. :D

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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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Finally got round to removing some kind of mount attached the dash that i just cannot stand the look of, i want it original.
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With the help of Goo Gone and an hour carefully attacking it as it was REALLY stuck on with goo its now all gone and only a very faint mark is left.
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I feel like she is starting to look really good now, i do driver her to work most days now the weather is better and being petrol no DPF to worry about getting clogged due to short journeys. Just put a deposit down on a C6 too now the Activa has had the bulk of the stuff done to her, so i will have all the core Citroens i have ever wanted.
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I'm looking forward to getting my Activa on the road again now. I was going to do it last month but realised that I was 3 weeks through the month and refused to loose a months tax... in hindsight I wish I had done as it's now MOT time and she's not moved since last year so I'll be going the very long route to MOT to give her a bit of a workout on the way.

Although my X7 doesn't corner anywhere near as well as the Activa does, even with the V6 in the Activa, the X7 is definitely the quicker of the 2 in a straight line.

Hopefully I'll get another trouble free summer out of the Activa :)

David.

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Re: My latest Xantia Activa

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DHallworth wrote:
29 Apr 2018, 23:15
I'm looking forward to getting my Activa on the road again now. I was going to do it last month but realised that I was 3 weeks through the month and refused to loose a months tax... in hindsight I wish I had done as it's now MOT time and she's not moved since last year so I'll be going the very long route to MOT to give her a bit of a workout on the way.

Although my X7 doesn't corner anywhere near as well as the Activa does, even with the V6 in the Activa, the X7 is definitely the quicker of the 2 in a straight line.

Hopefully I'll get another trouble free summer out of the Activa :)

David.


Taxing the Activa tomorrow then? I've been driving my new C6 i got last week almost everyday but i drove the Activa sunday to put fuel in and it felt amazing even after just 1 week of not driving so if its been a few months like you i would be burning through a whole tank especially with it being the V6 version.