Marc's C3 Aircross SUV, Rants Raves & Everything Else

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Yes don’t need any of that Mick as the car has it already built in. I just needed a glorified holder for the phone when using CarPlay. But is working great after a trip out to the human cattle market (town) today. It's just what I wanted - out of sight and out of mind :)
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Well most of you have heard of Stop & Start systems, but here's a new take...

There is a new accessory offered for my Aircross (and possibly other vehicles) called 'Stop & Go' and it's actually an Anti-rodent Device!
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I think is was John who had issues with Mice in his fusebox - well maybe this is to counter the problems....?

The rough translation:
Extremely effective battery-powered ultrasonic device. Frequency modulation ultrasound that alerts martens to "maximum danger" using animal sounds of fear and alarm. No inurement effects.
Independent of the on-board circuit thanks to two standard 3-volt button batteries (CR2477), which have a particularly long life of approximately 24 months per set of batteries. Ideal for long-term parking situations, such as old vehicles, camper vans or display vehicles and vehicle shelters.

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High frequency modulation ultrasound (coverage 360° and acoustic pressure: 110 dB) - Not connected to the on-board circuit - Slimline ultra-flat construction.
Effective, reliable protection against rodents for two years thanks to two button batteries.

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS:
Stand-alone unit with two piezo-electric speakers. Scattering angle of over 170°. Protected against water splashes in accordance with IP65.
1 type 4B battery-powered (CR2477) unit with 4 straps and 1 sticker.
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My mum’s just bought a C3 Aircross and loves it! I’ve not had the pleasure of it yet because of covid etc.
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All I can tell you is the ride is a far cry from hydraulic suspension - the thing I miss the most! Round here on the country roads and pot holes galore the car is quite 'bumpy', but on a standard road, it drives really well.

I think it's the age-old issue with having to configure conventional springing and damping based on the maximum load of the vehicle with all passengers - so with one or 2 people and nothing in the boot - it going to feel like something from the dark ages with wooden wheels!

I hope your Mum enjoys it, I am finding it quite a novelty and do like the high driving position and really supportive armchair seats. The steering is really light and the driving position is much better than my C5!
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I was just having a browse at some other people's cars today on the web, just to see what sort of half decent accessories there are and then checking out the usual online retail places.

I've long been saying that the flood of Chinese rubbish on Amazon and other places is quite concerning (just try and find something that isn't Chinese tat). This is true even more now that they have established a large presence and have a grip on the western markets. They have spread like a virus (pun intended), then they start jacking up the prices to near 'proper' OEM quality original products.

Just look at this identical product: identical pictures from both websites!
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Amazon UK price: £41.80!!!!AliExpress price: £7.17 with a 72p Coupon, free shipping.
This is what I have found with a lot of products - especially whilst looking for dash cameras - the same Chinese models that used to be dirt cheap (so you could avoid them) are now on a par (pricewise only of course!) with OEM branded quality names.

It is now taking so long to research 'things' before buying. We now have 'Wish' - another online market place that is a vehicle for Chinese sellers and is becoming more popular for tat, most of which is filled with Chinese junk - and whom 'Which' magazine investigated as having some dangerous and illegal products for sale like baby seats and the like.

Amazon has been going downhill for years and I have had fake products from them in the past - it turns out that all the 'same' items regardless of whether from the OEM manufacturer or some fake seller are allocated the same picking number and put into the same bin - so when you come to order what you think is a genuine product, the items are allocated from the same bin and you don't know if you will be getting a fake or an original -so do check very carefully.
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In my search for useless accessories, can anyone tell me what the point of these luminous stickers are?

I mean, do they really think people are going to put these on their instrument panel warning lights or on their wiper or lighting stalks? Everything is already illuminated????
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The only ones I can see being remotely useful are the window buttons - but these are again illuminated already :-k
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Possibly for when the buttons/switches have got so worn that the emblem is no longer legible (so all you have is a blob of light)?
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Could be, could be James... mind you, Hell will probably freeze over before that happens, but I think the other thousand stickers are pretty much redundant :-D
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Well yesterday I decided I'd had enough of the awful Bridgestone Turanza T005 tyres, so took the plunge and went on an epic search for replacements.

What are the issues?

:mecker: Well for a start the front and rears are starting to crack - the fronts are worse with a web-like feathering just on the outer edge :shock: I don't think I've ever had a tyre like this before. Same on the other side. The rears are starting to do the same. :shock:
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I never liked them from the start - the grip is crap on stone chipped roads - especially at a junction and when we had her delivered at Christmas, and had some snow, it was a no-go, not that I expected much as these are summer tyres.

I have come to hate these with a vengeance and looking at the state of them - all I can say is Citroen must have gone mad fitting these excuse for a tyre to the cars. I believe they have started going back to Michelin.....

They should never of been fitted to vehicles with the Grip Control system fitted either - as PSA say in their own materials that that should have all season tyres fitted at one point. This penny pinching madness has got to stop - removing a hand rail here, the rear cup-holders there, glovebox lighting and all the rest of it.

So given that I need All Season tyres to effectively work with the Grip Control - I did a bit of researching hours of searching, looking at reviews and thought I'll stick to what I know, so opted for the Michelin Cross Climate Plus. Prices are not cheap at anything up to about £150 per tyre for my size.

But luckily, I did find an offer with ATS on Michelin tyres at present with £25 off 2 tyres or £50 off 4. The even better news is that whether there is a mistake on their website or not, I don't know, but when I got to the checkout, they seemed to double the £50 discount - so I got £105.44 off the total of £553.96, which is £112.13 per tyre fully fitted and balanced etc. as opposed to the £138.49 each, so I'm happy with that :rock:

So I'm not sure what has caused those cracks to appear, but I don't like the look of them and will be glad to see the back of them. Seeing as there are signs it is happening on the rears too, I can only put it down to the tyres probably having been stored for ages before fitting or poor manufacturing or the rubber trees having a bad day :geek:
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How old were they Marc?
I have never seen any tyres that looked as bad as that.
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A year Steve and I’ve never seen that either on all my &@£? Years of motoring!
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Might be worth informing Bridgestone. If there are defects that cause accidents they will be very unhappy with the lawsuits.
Bad batch of rubber probably.
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Plenty of useful information in your post Marc relevant to the "Everything about Tyres" Thread. Hope you don't mind I have put a link on that thread too.

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No worries - I was thinking about putting it there, but as it was a semi-rant I thought I's stick it here Neil. :-D

I can't see it being anything mechanical to cause this and seeing as it is starting to appear on the back ones to o, that makes it even more unlikely to be suspension or geometry-related. So I do think it has to be that they have stockpiled tyres prior to fitting at the factory during the pandemic in poor conditions or 'Wrigleys' have cornered the market ...
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Tyres aside for the moment, I decided to acquire some genuine Citroen rear sun shades that I spotted for the Aircross whilst browsing. These retail with Citroen for £80, but managed to get these for nearly two thirds less from a parts supplier having a stock clearout.
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Not a bad saving, so thought I'd take a punt. The vehicle already has the darkened privacy glass on the rear windows, but it has been stonkingly hot, so thought these may provide some additional blotting out of the sun and they do.

The set comes in a nice Citroen carry-case for storage when not required. There are 2 rear passenger door window blinds which just spring into the shape of the window area - that part was easy.

There are also a set for the rear quarterlight - now these are a different story :mecker: They come with some Carlos Fandango type clips that are supposed to go round the edges of the shade and then the other part slips in under the trim to hold them in place - supposedly..... Trouble is the uselses instructions show the clips on the shade.

In reality there is no way to slide these clips onto the edge of the shade - so I ended up holding the rim of the shade onto the clip whilst at the same time trying to fit them under the trim whilst the clips were pinging off more times than Boris's NHS App.

So a few choice words later I managed to get them to stay in place - but am not convinced these are right. So when it is cooler and I have some energy, I will go and see if I can fit these clips onto the shade somehow.

Update: Well I solved it - undeterred, I went out after posting this on a mission and sure enough the clips do go on the shade edge - BUT can't be just pushed on - which was my initial issue - they have to be 'rolled' onto the edge at an angle, then lifted up as you roll them on - then they snap into place! #-o

Having done this they now just clip into the window recess instantly :-D