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    GM joining with PSA

    chill out Admirably fine? Steel suspension uses up more structural space on the chassis, has a narrow range of load-carrying ability, is not as absorbing, does not contribute to the car's brakes' regulation, requires heavy modification to change its characteristics to a sportier set up and is actually HARDER to work on requiring spring compressors etc to get things out. Hydro suspension when depressurised (a task taking 2 minutes) renders the suspension components free of load forces and then bits can be simply unscrewed and lifted off, I've done it many times due to interest. Metal springs on old cars can't even approach hydropneumatic suspension for ability. On modern cars that CAN achieve as good as if not better suspension they have several layers of complexity added on top of the metal springs such as electro-adaptive dampers, air springs and lots of rods and bushes and multi link set ups in order to achieve this. I am therefore not impressed with metal suspension. I know Citroens very well and I know of no impossible to repair issues. Even the DS's hydraulic gearbox it's -just- hydraulics, not witchcraft! Hydraulics like on a JCB or aircraft. As for different components on one production line, perhaps that is true - who knows? (I have never heard of it specifically on Citroens) but firstly, it could be said the same for many cars of any make - the question I need answered is what difference does it make? do they perform differently? What type of components were they? electrical? I've had 3 CXs and they all had pretty much the same electrical parts depending on spec. so again I'm disagreeing based on experience. Or have I just been lucky Also what piss-poor designs are you citing? I don't think you can back any of your stories up pal. Your last statement here is plain illogical: You didn't define 'questionable crash tests' so cannot use it to support any other argument (simply unsound logic). As for fitting things in whatever way they fit - did you actually mean that? Coz frankly, I'd prefer things to be installed where they fit. The statement is illogical too coz you're using it to 'support' (1) above and a that's circular argument as neither statement is independently supported and neither is seen to support the other. Sorry I don't understand the conclusion here: your employer (who is it?!?) did that greatness 60 years ago so.... you appreciate quality? I think that's what you're driving at? But somehow that links to your not being impressed with something else that's shown to be high quality. That seems like an oxymoron to me but maybe I'm thick. Not 'getting' Citroen's genius is understandable though. Anyway, I love all cars but love Cits the most! Wading through floods with raised suspension, changing tyres in HALF the time, not having to take everything out a full boot to get the spare, all-round disk brakes even on the cheapest model ever since 1971 (GS), Powered brakes, anti-dive geometry, industry leading ergonomics, first uses of composite body materials and so on, all from one brand - it's that characteristic that's sadly decaying and might finally vanish in this GM-PSA merger. There's no space for one innovative marque because ALL car marques are innovative now albeit in a totally homogenous way. Sorry folks I haven't had a rant on here for years!
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    GM joining with PSA

    What do you mean by this? What is 'getting it right'? Citroen had a separate factory to produce their hydraulic system parts - the only automobile mass production line in the history of the automobile to be manufactured to MICRON tolerances. It's so precisely made in fact that they didn't require sealing rings; the fit was so close to perfect that it sealed by fit alone. That is aerospace-grade manufacturing and Citroen produced it since just after the war long before any of the modern (meaningless) ISO 90001 stuff. I would say that this one French manufacturer 'got it right' already - 60 years ago. (if by getting it right you mean ultra high quality manufacture)
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    GM joining with PSA

    Haha! Post - apocalypse, wooden chassis WINning! Could be worse.. ( o wait, the Chinese could do one of their copies of it.. I can't even picture that!)
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    GM joining with PSA

    Might HAVE to!! it's them or the Chinese! It'll be civil war in australia tho!!
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    GM joining with PSA

    Actually, I think we're not far off there being a single, global car maker that does it all....all the names being just brands of the mega corp.
  6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17213021 What do we make of this? In the rising might of the Chinese car industry it's perhaps a necessity. Might well keep familiar brands with us, too late for Saab though From a Citroenist's point of view I suppose the fear is the final nail in the coffin of the REAL Citroën.. no more hydraulics, the last of the quirky dashboards and no more uniqueness and the end of their brand-specific solutions to layout and practicality. Citroens will definitely now have their spare tyres in the boot..
  7. I don't 100% recall but think it might be 'clark' or something. It is named 'handymate'. I'll see about the hire because I also have inner rear wings to do and I don't think this one will be up to that.
  8. Sounds good doods. Gonna give the welder a last try to work ( managed to get the wire to feed now but it's sticking around the torch handle area, feeds fine if you pull it) It's annoyng coz I've only got a little bit to complete on this job..
  9. So I need to weld. My welder is SHITE. If it's not causing the electric trips to go then it's getting its wire stuck. It is a crappy gasless one so doesn't weld big anyways.. I'm looking at that HSS Hire place as they have a basic MIG welder for a reasonable hire. Has anyone used them??
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    meaning of..

    Haha thanks for the replies, indeed Hibs fans are few and far between on this side of the land - if they're here, they don't admit it.. Well I always wondered if the H18 RAG was meant to mean "hate rags" coz they were richy-rich bitches. Certainly, back in 1990 a Benz had a bit more meaning than today where every third car is a Deutschmobile of some sort. Probably just a pair of Nazis all the same
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    meaning of..

    Hullo ameegoes, not been lurking round this parish at all lately. But I just saw a personalised number plate that reminded me of one I used to see when I was about 10 or sommin back in 1990, it was H18 RAG or HI8 RAG and it was on a Benz iirc. Local to me, I saw it transfer to several other cars over the years then vanished. I saw it recently and forgot about it. Now I saw another 'HI8' prefix plate, and the a 'H8' just there. So, I never really got it. What is HI8 short for? Is it some secret thing like the flippin davinci code or somesuch? I just know a shiter will know and solve this lifelong mystery...
  12. Hi all, well everything works onthe xantia but 2 things don't work well: the washer jets work but have a similar flow rate to an 80s yeah old pissing. Then the remitted locking, though fully functional, sometimes causes one side of the indicators to stay on permanently until I pull out an alarm fuse that then causes the alarm to go off unless I override it with the key. Waiting weeks cures the indicator fault so fuse goes back in, solution is to open doors VIA key. Dipped beam is shite too. CX, well everything works too but the heated rear window is poor. Starter dodgy and big hole in sill
  13. R9UKE, sorry to hear of your twonk episode btu this thread made me laugh
  14. Mind, car sickness (motion sickness) is caused by the body being rocked at a frequency of half a Herz that seems to confuse the brain in thinking it's getting poisoned and decides to make you puke to fix it. I got sick once because we were on a log journey and I was sitting in the back of the family Panda reading comics - the reading seemed to be the cause as I never got it whe just looking out the windows. I can imagine why some old Citroens might cause this but I've never had it. My ex G-froend used to get a bit sick in the CX on our long drives to archaeological sites around the place but only when I was driving with enthusiasm around the high and twisties.
  15. Late 70s Malvern? You MUST have seen my Citroen CX in light blue back then - at least once man! It lived in Malvern until the late 80s apparently.
  16. Mid 80s, ours was the first house on the street but the neighbours had a 'new style' Audi 100 saloon and their son had a Lancia Monte Carlo in red that drove back and forth a dozen or so times only to end up as some sort of project for eternity in their large garage. He rocked around in a blue, rough looking VW cube van that was always getting work done on the street (those were the days) and I'd always be chatting to him when he was working on it (I think about that frequently when I'm working on mine) the cul de sac across the street had a maroon Mk1 Sierra, across from them was a Sierra Sapphire, next to them was a Hiacynth blue Honda/Rover 200 type, across from them was a car that really took my attention back in 1987...... a Vauxhall Cavalier! - I was quite taken by the look of the smooth flush windows and door frames as it seemed to be a step ahead of everything. They must have bought the just-released Mk3 Cav brand new in '87. Folks at the end of the culdesac had an Audi 100 Estate with the split rear window. Can't recall what the grumpy old fukker adjacent to them had but it would have been a typical old giffer chariot in a depressing colour - he was forever coming out and telling us we couldn't ride our bikes at his end of the street. Then there was my Dad's 2CV and along our road past the Lancia + Audi neighbour, the next house had 2 sons and a Daughter; canny quite recall what they all had but I'm sure each of them had a car - deffo a light green square style Passat Estate for one of them that I recall thinking seemed quite old even then, I'm sure the daughter had a white Pug 205 and the other Son some Vauxhall estate thing but not a Cav/Belmont/Astra (I can picture the back of it but not the front), Next along neighbours had a grey Peugeot 405 Diesel and the well off old lady at the end had a new Fiat Tipo with the electronic dashboard. We used to get a Benz 230E as a school-paid taxi as we were semi rural - we loved the bouncy back seat on the hilly roads! Not on our street but I recall a car that would exit a side street and pull out and roar along the road alongside the school playground every lunch break - it used to make this amazing noise like an aeroplane or something. It was a Saab 900 Turbo and I though it was the 'nuts. Also often a white CX estate used to sail along that same road on occasion. (it's got me thinking of the teachers' cars now......)
  17. Cossack yes, but I'm sure I keep occasionally spotting a white Samara that then vanishes out of sight (always at night time..) and I'm sure it was an 05 plate. I might need help though..
  18. S'funny, I don't consider the Xantia to be old at all as I don't 'see' its age. Until it's in a crap park and parked between 2 news. The other day a 60-plate Corsa and a 59-plate Benz thing, both of these dwarfed the medium-size xantia and their swoopy giant headlights made the Xant look REALLY dated.
  19. Sure thing! 1993 L reg Xantia 1.9TD that has performed 100% for the last 5 months - it's almost earned its sticker.. I'd have been trumped by the bloke who lives 2 up as he has a Type 1 Landy and a Bay window camper (both complete but off the road) and his Frontera is just a bit younger than the Xantia. My CX at 34 would win if it was presently in use..
  20. Well we had SNOES this morning with fakkin gusto. It was horrendous as ever. Good 4" worth but the ByXantium coped well despite looking like a wedding cake in the morning. Took 2 hours to get to work - usually 35 min tops. Horrid. To be fair to them, the councils did well in gritter and plough dispatch thru the night before anyone was up - after last year's fiasco it's a lesson learned I hope.. Still, progress was slow due to the usual mongs who can't cope. Broken down BMW ditched by tracksuit - wearing tool caused the first major delay on the A road stretch. All the 3 door hatch twats driving at like, 15 mph everywhere regardless of the conditions, HGVs going at 60 in the outside lane and soaking everyone doing 15, twats driving down the hard shoulder, and 4x4 drivers pulling overtaking moves on indeterminate ice/snow surfaces coz of course they're immune.... their rubber tyres being made of some other material that turns ice into tarmac somehow. fukwits. Also, yes, I realise it's legal to switch on foglights in falling snow but it IS discretionary - NOT compulsory.. It's now snowing like god just spaffed his load so tomorrow should be a right royal laugh - should I leave at 4 am?
  21. That Simca is teh sex As for the C-Matic; I'd check a few basic things first anyway. First up, there's a wee transmission oil level dipstick (and it is really wee!) under the spare wheel behind the big cross member - is dips in the diff. Get the engine up to temp, go for a spin or somman, then with the handbrake on put it into 2nd or 3rd gear for 5 secs and return to neutral. Stick it in 3rd and then go check the fluide level - should be between min-max. top up with that liquid unobtainium if it's too low. Be aware though that when cold, the first gear and reverse are stiff to engage and very quickly warm up after about a mile. The owner's book says this and states something like "...in the cold resistance will be felt engaging first and reverse... don't hesitate to fully engage these gears nonetheless.." If it's crunching gears though check it. With engine off, stick on the ignition and open the bonnet and driver's window. In a quiet area BTW, then proceed to move the gearstick to 1st. then move it like you're going to put it back into neutral but just apply the pressure. When you do that you should hear a clonk from way deep in the engine bay somewhere - that's the elctro-valve. Just to check it actually works. Another way is to stick on the ignition and then find the little black plastic box on top of the gearbox as you look in the engine room right below where the gear selector rods are, there's a wee spade connector at the back of the box - pull it off and the clonk sound should be heard - touch it back on and it should clonk again. Shows the EV works. A weak point is the wires that go to the electro valve which is low down on the front of the gearbox. There's a pair of green wires that lead down to it with a third wire that goes to a temp sender above the EV. They begin just above and behind the battery. These wires are really prone to corrosion and suffer intermittent probs. But the good thing is that if you're only getting problems in first gear it probably just means the contacts in the wee black breaker box on the gearbox need adjusted and that's pretty easy: feeler gauge and an allen key.
  22. bluetooth on a P reg! didn't even know phones had this back then! RWD in the snowz GR8 4 keepin u awakez in the morning
  23. +1 for Glasga. not as deep tho. Perhaps the pair of snow tyres I just fitted to the Xantia are not a waste of time after all? +1 on the XUD heater - mine is giving heat through by the end of the street!
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