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Not sure what you lot are on about, the auto wipers in my 206 are ace, as was the 406

 

The stalk on my 205 is broken so they're basically random when on intermittent.  Not ideal!

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The auto wipers were shite on both my Mk1 C5s.  My facelift was better.  My dads x7 Exlusive was the best of the bunch. 

The Mk1s would get horribly confused by mist and either go full bore or not enough.

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50 minutes ago, Spurious said:

The auto wipers were shite on both my Mk1 C5s.  My facelift was better.  My dads x7 Exlusive was the best of the bunch. 

The Mk1s would get horribly confused by mist and either go full bore or not enough.

ah yes, the ever interesting mist

full bore, headlights on

seconds later no wiping at all

must look like a proper weirdo

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16 hours ago, Matty said:

My laguna 2 had shit auto wipers as well. As does my e46 beemer. Conclusion, auto wipers are shit 😁

I wish my W203 had auto wipers.

Simply because when you don't have auto, you don't have adjustable intermittent either

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regarding wipers

one of my blades fell apart yesterday, just bought some new ones

this is going to be good, they're pin wipers and no where had them so I'm modifying some standard ones

will post the fun tale in a bit

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1 hour ago, OM646 said:

I wish my W203 had auto wipers.

Simply because when you don't have auto, you don't have adjustable intermittent either

Weird that both my old golfs and current old fiesta didn't have auto but do have adjustable intermittent.

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Parked next to a 2014 X7 exclusive this morning

in a lovely bronze colour

not usually an X7 C5 fan but i must admit it looked absolutely fantastic

cream interior and hydro suspension too

perhaps in a couple of years i may consider an X7

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10 minutes ago, maxxo said:

Parked next to a 2014 X7 exclusive this morning

in a lovely bronze colour

not usually an X7 C5 fan but i must admit it looked absolutely fantastic

cream interior and hydro suspension too

perhaps in a couple of years i may consider an X7

My dad has a lovely black exclusive. It's effing quick with the 170bhp diesel. The wine red colour is nice as well. 

It's comfy too and handles well. Looks sharp too. 

Do budget £300 for a new steering rack. They're a weak point and reconditioned ones tend to be better. 

 

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4 minutes ago, Spurious said:

My dad has a lovely black exclusive. It's effing quick with the 170bhp diesel. The wine red colour is nice as well. 

It's comfy too and handles well. Looks sharp too. 

Do budget £300 for a new steering rack. They're a weak point and reconditioned ones tend to be better. 

 

I am considering a second C5, i ideally want a mk1 HPi (you know, the direct injection one) for full excitement

X7's seem extremely flawed, flimsy and a bit crap really

so of course i'm interested

but then again, if a C6 comes up for £500 i'll buy it

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3 minutes ago, maxxo said:

probably absolutely pissing out LDS

I doubt it's "absolutely" pissing it out, it it would probably be worth putting a pan with kitchen roll in it to see if it turns black or orange.

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I doubt it's "absolutely" pissing it out, it it would probably be worth putting a pan with kitchen roll in it to see if it turns black or orange.
well, I believe it's a feature

self servicing hydraulics, cos I've put about 4 litres of LDS into it now

honestly the level seems fine, all of the levels are fine

so I have no idea what the rainbow water was

unless it's all of the LDS on the arch liner and strut being cleaned off cos it was the first time it had rained properly

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19 minutes ago, maxxo said:

I am considering a second C5, i ideally want a mk1 HPi (you know, the direct injection one) for full excitement

X7's seem extremely flawed, flimsy and a bit crap really

so of course i'm interested

but then again, if a C6 comes up for £500 i'll buy it

I think a HPi is peak AS. 

  • Needlessly complex 
  • Parts in short supply
  • Not actually any better than a 16v 2.0 it ran beside. 

What could possibly go wrong. 

I'm not going to say the X7 is totally flawed. They're a mid/late 2000s car with all the complexities that brings. Nevertheless they did about a combined 450k miles in the Aul lads ownership and never catastrophically broke other than the steering rack. 

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7 minutes ago, Spurious said:

I think a HPi is peak AS. 

  • Needlessly complex 
  • Parts in short supply
  • Not actually any better than a 16v 2.0 it ran beside. 

What could possibly go wrong. 

i hunted high and low for a laguna IDE as i seriously wanted one with no luck

but i think a HPi would be utterly terrible, seriously fantastic

especially as no one can fix it

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11 minutes ago, maxxo said:

well, I believe it's a feature

self servicing hydraulics, cos I've put about 4 litres of LDS into it now

honestly the level seems fine, all of the levels are fine

so I have no idea what the rainbow water was

unless it's all of the LDS on the arch liner and strut being cleaned off cos it was the first time it had rained properly

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Diesel will produce rainbow water as well. Who knows, see what a drip pan tells you if you can get one.

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2 hours ago, maxxo said:

well, I believe it's a feature

self servicing hydraulics, cos I've put about 4 litres of LDS into it now

honestly the level seems fine, all of the levels are fine

so I have no idea what the rainbow water was

unless it's all of the LDS on the arch liner and strut being cleaned off cos it was the first time it had rained properly

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When I read this earlier my first though was the rains washing away spilt stuff. I'd check/monitor for now. If it was coming out it'd be actively dripping/pressurised I'd have thought. 

I do count myself lucky that I never had any lhm issues with my xm and xant! Normal car issues yes, but not hydro

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9 hours ago, beko1987 said:

When I read this earlier my first though was the rains washing away spilt stuff. I'd check/monitor for now. If it was coming out it'd be actively dripping/pressurised I'd have thought. 

I do count myself lucky that I never had any lhm issues with my xm and xant! Normal car issues yes, but not hydro

it's still riding beautifully, even the power steering is very light and silent so i don't believe it's lost much/if any

haven't seen any more pools and can't really see  underneath but it feels alright

i'll be keeping an eye on it for now

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Did i mention the stereo is very good, and i mean absolutely excellent

fantastic bass response, great mid tones and unlike the picasso zero rattle

can cope with cascada on volume 25 no issues

i also much prefer the radio preset menu in the C5 compared to no menu in the picasso

don't think i'd get another picasso tbh

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i know i say it a lot, but i am mightily impressed with this car

they are an absolute fucking bargain, seems adjusted for inflation it was a 27k car brand new

for pretty much nothing they are excellent

apart from the wiper pattern there is literally nothing i don't like

i would have gone for a xantia, but, crash protection sort of put me off as i drive around 20-25k per year

plus how can you not love this goofy face

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this is exactly the sort of car that i had been searching years for

looking forward to the warmer weather so i can really start doing work on it

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13 hours ago, maxxo said:

X7's seem extremely flawed, flimsy and a bit crap really

so of course i'm interested

The X7 my friend owns has been absolutely flawless for the 3 years he's owned it so far, actually! And it's an exclusive 

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13 hours ago, OM646 said:

The X7 my friend owns has been absolutely flawless for the 3 years he's owned it so far, actually! And it's an exclusive 

a 2.0 HDi auto exclusive estate in this colour in X7 form would very much interest me

Find Bronze Citroen C5 for sale - AutoScout24

13 hours ago, RichardK said:

I really liked my X7 estate - complete with mega miles - until some twat in an Ibiza killed it.

I suppose the X7 is an important, and sad car

last hydro citroen, last car that actually rides properly

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I had a c5 hpi exclusive ( kg52mfk). I am still in therapy.

bought in p/x with my rather rusty ( but mechanically perfect cx DTR Turbo ) at 33,000 miles and one owner in 2006. Three years old and £3500.  Sold it in 2012 in px with the current Mercedes at 88,000miles for £750.

brilliant car, poor quality and electronics but excellent rust proofing.

 

i would very much doubt any are still running. Even in 2011 when it needed a new fuel pump, when I was on holiday in France, I had the only Siemens pump in France ( took two days to ship from marseilles to near Strasbourg) - which at £900 was more than the car was worth. If I hadn’t been abroad I wouldn’t have done it and scrapped the car.

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