New member (enough "lurking"!) -hello all

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MattBLancs
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New member (enough "lurking"!) -hello all

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Morning all,

Just signed up after ruthlessly "lurking" and hoovering up loads of good info off here for, well years I think!

Currently own:
Citroen C5 Tourer 2.2 HDi Exclusive 173 6speed (daily family practical wagon), recently bought. Black. Fancy hydractive suspension (very comfortable) and lots of other fancy gadgets to go wrong! 141 thousand miles at present.

Peugeot 406 Coupe SE 2.0 137 5speed (& originally auto), (former daily off the road for some TLC) Aegean blue. Bought cheap in 2010, with dead autobox. Started conversion to manual, got keys to first house, Coupe project paused. House sorted, Coupe dug out of parents back garden, finished off and put on the road. Daily driven for 3 years. Currently about 169 thousand miles (was 137 in auto life, I did a further 7 thousand in "crippled auto"mode (snow mode allowed me to "bypass" the first gear that wasn't functioning)


Peugeot 206 GTi-HDi 1.6 110 5speed (my wife's daily) Flamenco red.
The infamous DV6. Had turbo failure but caught very very early. Previously had DMF failure, but again not catastrophic. Had rear axle swapped (twice). Drivers side sill rotten so cut out and new panel welded in. About 135 thousand miles.


Peugeot 306 HDi Dturbo 2.0 90 5speed (long term project to reinstate inner wings, former daily. Too sentimental to let it go!) ever green. Bought with 122 thousand, now at 229 thousand. As far as can make out original clutch, gearbox, head gasket, turbo, injectors. New driveshafts, second hand GTi-6 rear axle at about 165 thousand, wheel bearings and other general service items.

Off the road for couple of years (bought my Dad's Citroen C4 as had a towbar - useful for the house renovations) and in a state of decline when our into storage. Attempted revival (when decided to get rid of the C4) and found holes in both inner wings and in the bulkhead. So parked up whilst I get round to fixing it.

Signed up here as after some advice on the C5, but as said I've read loads and loads of useful stuff on here over the years,

Thanks,

Matt
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Oh yes, all the above have an obvious bit of data missing!

C5 = 2009, so an "X7"
406 Coupe = 2000, so an early D9
206 is a 2004, "54"
And the 306 is 1999, so a phase 3
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Hi and welcome, but as you say not really a stranger here! :)
MattBLancs
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Thanks Marc,

A member of the Coupe forum too (matttwocoupes on there, as I used to own two... Well you can guess why I had that name) another great forum.

Matt
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Few pictures
Coupe, earning it's keep
Coupe, earning it's keep
C5 Tourer
C5 Tourer
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206 (engine on the way out) 306 in the background
206 (engine on the way out) 306 in the background
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Got stuck in!
Got stuck in!
Just donated (once I'd found out where/how!) Above is me in more comfortable territory!

Matt
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Welcome to the FCF, hope we can help and fix any issues, but if not stop you going down the same rabbit holes we did. 🐇🕳️
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Thanks Stu,

It's the steering rack (mentioned in your footer) than concerns me most at present! Have pulled up the cover from inside, all looked ok put some "red rubber grease" on as best I could but seems to be a "when not if" problem on the X7.

141k and no mention in (reasonably comprehensive) history wodge of papers!

Have bought a spare pair of turbos (£40 hopefully a bargain) though no issues there at present.

Matt
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Post by Sloppysod »

Hi Matt, I I take it you've seen this thread
viewtopic.php?uid=21847&f=3&t=59630&start=0.
Also, Search the threads regarding rack issues, your car may be a lucky one or not. I discovered mine as I park either on my drive, or the same parking space at work, and notice the oil stain.
You said you have applied grease to the shaft from the top, it will help but will also mask early signs, so keep an eye on the rear of the RHF wheel arch or your drive 🤞.
Good luck
Turbo, no problems with mine🤞, as with all Citroëns, just use good oil and change regularly.
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Thanks Stu, have searched about steering racks (and read enough to put the wind up me! :shock: ) but hadn't seen that common faults poll, another interesting read - thank you.

I'm not expecting turbo worries (my wife's 206 with the DV6 has all the worries on that front. Turbo failure caught very early - engine out, full top end strip down, clean out and rebuild saw it live to fight another day.)

That job grew a touch (see snapped glow plugs picture above! Wasn't planning on taking the head off till that point) but there's not much mechanically that I won't have a ham fisted attempt at! It's the diagnostics side I've still minimal knowledge hence seeking out a laptop and diagbox. All good fun, nowt better than learning a new skill :)

Thanks,
Matt