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#1 OFFLINE   R9UKE

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 07:27 PM

The "Project" prefix might be wishful thinking, we'll see....

 

Voilà.  

 

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I had this little minx traded in in 2013 against a C5 V6 by a chap off the French Car Forum.  I used it for three months, battling against erratic height correction issues, an intoxicating smell of petrol and a slight misfire, which got really bad and provoked it being parked up and my losing interest in it.  It sat for three years, until a fellow shiter took a shine for it and towed it back to his mushroom shed.  

 

He cured the misfire and then lost interest.  Or realised just how much of a task it would be to bring it up to the standard he wanted.  Anyway, it was being scrapped, so I wung him £100 and it's back with the idiot who let it get into this state in the first place.  

 

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The main reason I bought it back was the number plate.  Suits the car beautifully.  Certainly lived up to it's SLY nature when it outran my mate's 225 RenaultSport Mégane back in the day.  I don't know how easy this is going to be to remove from the car, it may need MOT'd, hence the project tag.  

 

It's decaying in all the Xantia places....

 

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Christ knows what it looks like underneath.

 

The tyres are buggered, there's a variety of fluids underneath it when parked, the exhaust is hanging and blowing (oi, oi!), and christ knows when the last service was.

 

BUT...... it's a bloody phase one Xantia V6 with 50k genuine miles.  It was an absolute peach when it was in full health.  It wafted along fantastically and kicked a few German car w*nkers into shape when needed.  Always loved the sense of occasion with it.  Plip the remote locking, slide in, enter the code, wait for the car to rise while you choke on the stench of petrol, then off you go!  In air conditioned luxury, naturally.

 

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I really don't know what it's fate will be.  It would be such a shame to see something like this meet it's maker, but realistically it would easily hit £thousands to make it the car it deserves to be.  It would be an absolute gem to run alongside my Phase 1 Laguna V6 Baccara, but I've a feeling that's very very optimistic.

 

Don't expect this to be a regularly updated thread, or one of particularly good news.  But it'll make for pretty pictures if nothing else.

 

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#2 OFFLINE   phil_lihp

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 07:30 PM

That's lovely, despite its many issues.  These must be pretty rare now, I can't remember the last time I saw one on the road, particularly a V6.


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#3 OFFLINE   hairnet

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 07:47 PM

*waves money for plate

 

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 08:02 PM

Our Xantia V6 needs a gearbox, but I have just read where you are.

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#5 OFFLINE   UltraWomble

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 08:15 PM

Phase 1 Exclusive alloys - an utter bastard to balance.


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#6 OFFLINE   Stinkwheel

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 08:24 PM

Nice car. What is it about slightly shonky xantias? 8466570f0b7d34741cbe554a7f59ef7e.jpg

#7 OFFLINE   warninglight

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 08:44 PM

That was a lovely thing when I drove it!

Shame to see it looking a bit down at heel. Get it sorted :)

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 08:46 PM

Our Xantia V6 needs a gearbox, but I have just read where you are.

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 08:51 PM

fix it, use till breaks again


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#10 OFFLINE   Broadsword

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 09:28 PM

Good luck with it. Nice at least to dream of fixing it up, but lets face it it must be a mammoth task. I wouldn't want to imagine how hard it would be to change the belts. They must be a riot to drive, I would love to try one some day.



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Posted 30 September 2018 - 09:35 PM

Fantastic cars,does look a lot of work though  :-(


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#12 OFFLINE   Zelandeth

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 10:00 PM

Don't necessarily expect major rust underneath just because the door shuts have gone. I've seen cars that look absolutely like new underneath despite being able to see clear to the other side of the car through the sills (exaggeration but you get the idea).

Sure I recognise that car too.

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 10:03 PM

Since actual aerodynamics have been understood (As opposed to fifties 'it looks sleek, must be aerodynamic), this is the pinnacle of car design. Just look at it (again):

 

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#14 OFFLINE   pauldoubleyou

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 10:20 PM

Loved mine.

Tried to roll about on bottomed out suspension a few times for the lols but it was like having wooden blocks instead of springs

The code was 1918 which was the DOB of the previous owner.

Big, wafty comfy car that did me proud more than once

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#15 OFFLINE   Zelandeth

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 10:25 PM

Since actual aerodynamics have been understood (As opposed to fifties 'it looks sleek, must be aerodynamic), this is the pinnacle of car design. Just look at it (again):
 
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Agreed. I have always believed that the phase I Xantia is one of the best looking cars out there.

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S2 car when they rounded a bunch of stuff off really never worked for me.
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Posted 16 October 2018 - 09:02 AM

Ahem........


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#17 OFFLINE   R9UKE

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 09:26 AM

Awaiting the logbook back from the DVLA in my name to see how much of a fuckery it's going to be to get that number plate off.  

 

If it's easy as people keep having me think it is, this could be a VERY short project thread.  The inner masochist is hoping it will need MOTd though  :-P


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#18 OFFLINE   Bren

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 11:11 AM

Xantias that have been stood usually suffer from rotten sills. Sadly the complexity of the engine and transmission are going against this one.





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