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#61 OFFLINE   Mr_Bo11ox

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Posted 30 September 2016 - 11:18 AM

Has it got a Jersey numberplate?


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Posted 30 September 2016 - 11:33 AM

Yeah it came over from Jersey two years ago. Was originally sold to the French consulate there, and then to one of the consulate employees after a couple of years. He kept it until he died. I've just been looking through the service history, it looks like it wanted for nothing in his ownership, although judging by the number of bills for 'new door mirror' he wasn't the most careful driver. It even had a low mileage recon engine back in 2004!

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 10:53 AM

Just went to pick this up. Typically I have been stressing about it all week, and went up with three freshly shared batteries, a couple of cans of fuel and a load of tools. Thought I'd just try it on the key and it fired first time! Bit of a lumpy idle but it soon settled down. Drove it round for a bit and it seems to go really well, quite a different 'feel' to a Mk2, it feels noticeably older but it drives well. I've deposited it at my garage for them to give it a check over and start working towards an Mot. Assuming it's not totally rotten, I have the correct front bumper and mirrors to go on and it will be getting a little bit of paint in a couple of areas. I desperately need some front seats for it if any French shiters know of any sitting in yards over there...
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1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1986 Citroen BX 16RS Break
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION


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Posted 19 October 2016 - 03:48 PM

Nothing much to report here. My mechanic reckons it's a 'good one' so I've given him a wad of cash and he'll be getting on with the small jobs it needs for an MoT. I've begun the registration process which is always frustrating, but this is probably the 10th car I've imported/registered now so I've got the technique pretty much down (I hope).

In other news I have sold the Allegro to a friend of mine who should be taking it away soon. It's going to a good home, so should be back on the road before too long. Here's a very similar picture to the above just because I really like how this thing looks.
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1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
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1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION


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Posted 20 October 2016 - 07:38 PM

It looks futuristic yet so very retro
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Posted 21 October 2016 - 10:54 AM

Diesel?

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Posted 21 October 2016 - 01:16 PM

Nah, 1.6 petrol

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Posted 21 October 2016 - 01:28 PM

Disappoint. Looks ace though.

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Posted 28 October 2016 - 06:22 PM

Hmmm. I don't want to jinx anything but subject to some logistics it's looking like car number 18 will be happening sooner rather than later. I'm really excited, which doesn't happen very often.

My mechanic says he'll have a real push on the Mk1 next week and I've now got all the other paperwork to register it, so hopefully that'll be on the road (not 100% legally) within a fortnight.
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1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION


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Posted 28 October 2016 - 11:08 PM

I love BX estates, especially in pez flavour seeing as most people seem to covet the diesel ones. If I could be bothered I'd look up howmanyleft to see how few pez estates still exist.

Safe to say you'll never be without a BX then Scott?!
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Posted 28 October 2016 - 11:19 PM

I dunno, I can't see myself without one now. When I briefly didn't have one on the road and was using the Xantia I really didn't get any enjoyment from driving, even though it was a nice car. I haven't really clicked with the green break yet, it needs a really good going over to try and restore some of the lost performance (I'm sure it's a fuel starvation issue now) but nevertheless it's MUCH better than the Xant - I just sort of 'fit' in a BX, I can't really explain it. The silver hatch is still the best one I've ever driven and I really need to get some money together to try and save it.

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Posted 29 October 2016 - 12:03 AM

I'm the same with Mk3 Cavaliers. It's taken me 20 odd years of driving to realise they are the car that suit me best. My current one is a bit rough but I don't hesitate spending money on it because I like it, and it's always old faithful when other shite conks out.

Be good if I could I pop down some time and see the Mk1, and have a mini AS meet with Gary if he's around.
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Posted 29 October 2016 - 12:43 AM

The Xantia should, and in some ways technically is, be better than a BX but it's not.  Having owned both in 1.9 diesel flavour I have to say the decidedly more worn out and non-turbo-assisted BX was a better balanced, more enjoyable, more fun place to be than the Xantia and that makes absolutely no sense at all.  Quite envious of your assortment of BXs really and I would like to go back to one some day but only if it's petrol and ideally an estate which will likely mean the importing route as you have with this smart early estate.



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Posted 29 October 2016 - 07:41 AM

BX's are funny things.  I really gelled with my stripey white estate and consider it to be one of the best cars I've had but just didn't get on with the BX of many shitters (both 19D).  

 

Respect for the mk1 Estate,  it looks ace.


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Posted 29 October 2016 - 08:37 AM

I've only just caught up with this thread and now i have a blister on my "like" finger, you've come a long way in the few years since you've been on here kid, I'm seriously impressed!

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Posted 29 October 2016 - 08:42 AM

I think the 1.6 will be a pleasant drive without that bid diesel engine rattling away stinking things up. I had a 1.9GT and it went really well.


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I estimate this car needs £3000 maybe £4000 spending on it to get it rite and when this is done it will be wotrth about £1500!!


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Posted 29 October 2016 - 04:03 PM

I think this thread inspired my next purchase somewhat. I'll be on 3 cars in 3 months of having a licence soon enough.....although I did own 2 MK2 Fiestas before I passed too. If there's a serial car buying bug, I was bitten by it a long time ago.

That MK1 BX really is a thing of pure beauty.


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Posted 07 November 2016 - 08:51 PM

Update! BX Mk1 went for its mot today. I don't know if it passed or not. Apparently it overheated on the short drive to the station though, dumping a load of coolant on a petrol station forecourt. This doesn't sound like great news.

I've now paid a deposit for car 18 and it's been removed from sale. This also doesn't sound like good news. I already have that sick feeling that precedes a car purchase with the added frisson of an 800 mile drive in a totally unknown vehicle added in to the mix! Brilliant.
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1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1986 Citroen BX 16RS Break
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION


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Posted 08 November 2016 - 06:39 AM

 I already have that sick feeling that precedes a car purchase with the added frisson of an 800 mile drive in a totally unknown vehicle added in to the mix! Brilliant.

The alternative is to arrive at the local dealers to be roundly ignored at first, then be given some coffee that's too hot to drink while a salesman with a shiny suit does you such a good deal he's got to check it with his boss, the halitosis-ridden bastard.

 

I'd drive 800 miles in an unknown car to avoid that.


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Posted 10 November 2016 - 10:37 PM

Okay! MoT pass, no advisories, overheating sorted out. Small steps!
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1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1986 Citroen BX 16RS Break
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION


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Posted 11 November 2016 - 07:32 AM

The Xantia should, and in some ways technically is, be better than a BX but it's not.  Having owned both in 1.9 diesel flavour I have to say the decidedly more worn out and non-turbo-assisted BX was a better balanced, more enjoyable, more fun place to be than the Xantia and that makes absolutely no sense at all.

 

The BX is much lighter. Xantias have a slightly 'aloof' feel, you can chuck them about but they're not that into it.



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Posted 11 November 2016 - 01:33 PM

Supernaut of this parish may disagree re chucking them about. I think he's still marvelling at how it corners as fast as his 218hp A4 did but without any bodyroll whatsoever.

 

Good to hear it's got a clean bill o'health.


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Posted 11 November 2016 - 07:45 PM

Supernaut of this parish may disagree re chucking them about. I think he's still marvelling at how it corners as fast as his 218hp A4 did but without any bodyroll whatsoever.

 

Good to hear it's got a clean bill o'health.

 

They do corner well but the light steering and slightly disconnected road feel is off-putting.



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Posted 15 November 2016 - 12:53 AM

Battery light came on in the green Break whilst driving into London tonight. Suspect bored alternator but haven't investigated. Managed to get all the way back to Brighton, to the very end of my road (with no lights by this stage) before conking out. Good car.
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1929 Ford Model A (half)
1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1986 Citroen BX 16RS Break
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION


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Posted 20 November 2016 - 05:19 PM

They do corner well but the light steering and slightly disconnected road feel is off-putting.

It's that sort of "I can do this but I'm not overly pleased about it" in the same way I imagine a Rolls does with similar suspension

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 07:22 PM

Eugh. Green Mk2 is having its alternator replaced at great expense. My mechanic found a load of rust and other things and basically said it's probably on its last MoT.

Mk1 had catastrophic HGF today, no warning, no lights, just the contents of the radiator exiting the exhaust pipe in the form of steam. I was on my way to a photo shoot, and managed to get back to the office by topping the rad up on the way back, but I suspect the engine is toast if it'll blow a head gasket at normal running temp with no signs of overheating. I dunno. I basically don't have any money or any working cars and my interest is at an all time low after this. Would happily chop them all in for a Fabia or whatever. Bloody French shit.

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 09:51 PM

Can give you a healthy Rover 45 V6 for as long as you need it if that's any help, you'd need to come up to Derby or Crewe on the train though to grab it

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 10:38 PM

'Spect I can find you summat when I'm back in the Uk, prob mid next week, Scott.

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Posted 30 November 2016 - 10:52 PM

That's serious pisser especially after all the money and effort given .
I'm sad to say this is why I eventually bought a modern car . I'm wasn't too handy with the spanners and just didn't Have the time to put up with it howevet I think you're made of stronger stuff!

I estimate this car needs £3000 maybe £4000 spending on it to get it rite and when this is done it will be wotrth about £1500!!


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Posted 01 December 2016 - 06:28 PM

Any use to you, offered free on facebook by someone I know. It's free, in Surrey somewhere and sounds like minor fettling only to be fairly reliable. PM me for details?

 

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