The adventures of Michel's C3 Picasso and Yamaha MT-09

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Zelandeth wrote:
14 Nov 2017, 23:27
I pity you changing that bulb too...it's a swine of a job. I remove the headlight to do it as it's easier. Assuming the pre facelift car has the headlight as close to the suspension turret as the later cars anyway.


It's a total pain of a job, but I get the long nosed pliers in to pull off the rubber cover and pop the clip off. Getting the bulb in and aligned is a pain though!

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I cant think of changing a headlight bulb on either 107 we have had. Did front indicators they were ok. I once decided to see how far my first 107 would go on the flashing fuel bar. It was when I worked at dyce airport and lived in Portsoy, 48 miles or so distant. I had a gallon of petrol in the boot. It had just started flashing 2 miles from home on the way home. I left for work the next day, taking the back road to Inverurie as customary. Zel will know this road, the b9001 like the back of his hand! The last bar started flashing double speed after only 22 miles of starting flashing. The car then conked out between two roundabouts in inverurie, right between Morrisons petrol station and the police station. That was a further 15 miles. As I was putting in the 5 liters I had in the boot a "nice" mr plod came out and asked me why I hadnt gone into morrisons for petrol rather than run out 100 yards past it. I dont think he was happy with my reply that morrisons petrol was s**t and I was trying to get to shell at the airport lol

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I find the Ka is nicer, better handling and more fun to drive than the nasty 107 that has been on my street since I got it home. Not got the Focus back yet, so the Ka has been pressed into more service. For £240, it's been an excellent buy already. It's also providing me (and others) much amusement. As it was only cheap, I decided that we - being me and 8 year old Sam, could "decorate" it with everything cheesy.. so far, we've got leopardskin steering wheel cover, leopardskin furry dice and mirror surround. We've also got white steel wheels and red drums and calipers. It's causing much mirth, which is a good thing. I have also got two columns of sponsor labels to go along the edges of the doors, JDM-ricer style. Awaiting leopardskin seat covers and a cheap rug which I'll transform into a carpet as I've got to remove the carpets to replace the airbag ECU on it.

The C4 GP just goes. Hopefully I'll install the aux cable on it this week, and find a willing volunteer to drive it while I sit in the back and trace the air whistling noise that's driving me round the bend. I've also got the curious problem of what to do with the spare. The GP didn't come with one, but the PO bought a brand new wheel with michelin tyre from Citroen, and kept it in the boot. I'd prefer to have the boot space. There's nowhere else for it to go. I guess I shall leave it in the meter cupboard in the dry while the car is being used locally, and stick it in the boot for longer journeys.
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Michel wrote:
19 Nov 2017, 13:22
I find the Ka is nicer, better handling and more fun to drive than the nasty 107 that has been on my street since I got it home. Not got the Focus back yet, so the Ka has been pressed into more service. For £240, it's been an excellent buy already. It's also providing me (and others) much amusement. As it was only cheap, I decided that we - being me and 8 year old Sam, could "decorate" it with everything cheesy.. so far, we've got leopardskin steering wheel cover, leopardskin furry dice and mirror surround. We've also got white steel wheels and red drums and calipers. It's causing much mirth, which is a good thing. I have also got two columns of sponsor labels to go along the edges of the doors, JDM-ricer style. Awaiting leopardskin seat covers and a cheap rug which I'll transform into a carpet as I've got to remove the carpets to replace the airbag ECU on it.


Don't forget to add one of these!;

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hatchback-Ca ... SwB-1YnBzE

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Old guy bought the bits to fit the spare wheel carrier underneath: https://www.frenchcarforum.co.uk/forum/ ... =3&t=56835

However, the fact that the spare is 8+ years old and brand new gives an indication of how often you might need to use it....

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Hell Razor5543 wrote:
19 Nov 2017, 13:26

Don't forget to add one of these!;

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hatchback-Ca ... SwB-1YnBzE


:rofl2: Oh yes, every Chavtastic Ka needs one of those ;)
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Old guy bought the bits to fit the spare wheel carrier underneath: https://www.frenchcarforum.co.uk/forum/ ... =3&t=56835

However, the fact that the spare is 8+ years old and brand new gives an indication of how often you might need to use it....
My 207 spare is unused and that one's now in excess of ten years old :)

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People get very excited about not having a spare, and I agree it would be annoying if you had a blowout on the Mway at night - not sure I would want to change a wheel there anyway - but in reality a puncture occurs (in anger) perhaps every 100k miles, so if you have to wait a couple of hours for the breakdown crew it's not that much of a disaster. Think I have changed 3 by the side of road in somewhere over 500,000 miles....

I'm pretty sure our Picasso has the tools to do it (under the floor, rear passenger side) - even if there's no actual spare to fit :lol:

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Think I have changed 3 by the side of road in somewhere over


Yep, that's about my lot too... Once I repaired a puncture by the side of the road when I ran an R4 with tubed tyres... I used to carry levers and a puncture repair kit in those days...

I don't carry a puncture repair kit on my tubeless-tyred bike now but I do carry CO2 and a spare tube, just in case...

Only had one puncture in many thousands of cycling miles on my tube-tyred bike and that was simply as a result of a very worn tyre right at the end of its life... It was gossamer-thin!

Truth is, punctures are no so rare they're hardly worth worrying about as rarely does a full deflation occur.. A nail or screw mostly just causes a slow leak...

A full deflation puncture in a serviceable (and legal) tyre is now in the category of jolly bad luck...

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Annoyingly back in 2014 I had six full-on punctures in the space of 4 months. All on the Berlingo and all on decent tyres.

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Michel wrote:
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Annoyingly back in 2014 I had six full-on punctures in the space of 4 months. All on the Berlingo and all on decent tyres.


Now that goes beyond bad luck Mike :evil:

What were the circumstances?

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Michel wrote:
19 Nov 2017, 18:40
Annoyingly back in 2014 I had six full-on punctures in the space of 4 months. All on the Berlingo and all on decent tyres.


Now that goes beyond bad luck Mike :evil:

What were the circumstances?


I had two with nails in, a blow out on the M3 going down to Bournemouth , a flat for an undetermined reason when we got back to the car one day in Calcot after shopping and road debris took one out. I think the final one was a leaky rim.

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I should have checked this, but you cannot get two mountain bikes in the C4 GP without dismantling them, and leaving room for a 3rd passenger. Who'd have thought it? I could get 3 in the Berlingo!

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Michel wrote:
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I should have checked this, but you cannot get two mountain bikes in the C4 GP without dismantling them, and leaving room for a 3rd passenger. Who'd have thought it? I could get 3 in the Berlingo!


Now that is a surprise Mike :o

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CitroJim wrote:
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Michel wrote:
20 Nov 2017, 15:28
I should have checked this, but you cannot get two mountain bikes in the C4 GP without dismantling them, and leaving room for a 3rd passenger. Who'd have thought it? I could get 3 in the Berlingo!


Now that is a surprise Mike :o


Yes, it was at least half the point of buying the thing! Put sheet down, throw complete muddy bikes in back without having to pull muddy wheels off. Not possible!

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If a lovely kind gent could please give me a part number, and the no doubt mind-bending price for a Picasso rear passenger door seal (nearside) for VIN 45356393, I would be most thankful. That's where the wind noise is coming in, the top rear corner of it..