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Thanks for the interest everybody.

Given a crude cost-benefit analysis after a quick look - breakdown cover is not really worth the trouble if there is an FTP- and as Saabnut says there is nothing the other end. I will trust to my sleeping bag and credit card. I will however see what I can pick up from enthusiasts in France.

So far as fettling is concerned the car is what you might call a curates egg - superficially smart but huge mileage (almost 200,000)  and with a skien of rust underneath - so I'm giving it a quick health-check but spheres and things - they will have to wait if it ever makes it home - unless I find an XM wizard in a hut in La France Profonde.

 I'm in my 60's - so longevity on cars begins to be academic really. It's me or the car...maybe both. That's  the great thing about road trips - living in the present, living in the now.

The Club XM website seems to have expired but I will see what there is in France - and find a few car shows as I pass through.

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2 minutes ago, lesapandre said:

 

The Club XM website seems to have expired but I will see what there is in France - and find a few car shows as I pass through.

http://www.club-xm.co.uk/forum/viewforum.php?f=3&sid=ff8ec1608bbce72d283a3e75687f5b88

it's definitely alive and kicking. I have been posting annoying questions to the chaps on there pretty much weekly for the last 6 months!   

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I took out the AA cover when we took the New Yorker to Sweden and Poland. That was 9 years ago. The New Yorker was built in 1959 and has no service history at all. I called them out in Germany when we ran out of electricity - nobody asked about service history. Actually we had 2 guys come out. The first loved the car - a chase to work on something different. He just charged us up and off we went. The second guy was needed to fix something - he hated the car. The word Shiesse was frequently heard. He didn't ask about service history and he would definitely have liked a reason to drive away. 

Good luck with the trip. WCPGW?

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13 hours ago, wesacosa said:

good luck with the trip.  Haynes manual is pretty useless to be fair. much better to sign up to club-xm website.

I shit myself driving mine from Eltham to Dagenham for MOT after it sat for years before I bought it so cap doffed for you taking it on a European adventure

Perhaps it would be better in French...especially a little seduction...

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On 4/17/2022 at 8:52 PM, wesacosa said:

good luck with the trip.  Haynes manual is pretty useless to be fair. much better to sign up to club-xm website.

I shit myself driving mine from Eltham to Dagenham for MOT after it sat for years before I bought it so cap doffed for you taking it on a European adventure

Things have taken a downturn - looks like the XM needs it's rear spheres regassing. So a trip to a Citroen specialist looks urgent.

Meanwhile I've had to watch the Presidental Debate here not there...

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oh dear.  yes mine were dead too but I went for replacement rather than regass. If you are doing it yourself I have a couple of sphere removal tools here in Eltham which you are welcome to borrow

You should be able to feel if its the corner spheres which are flat by feel , pushing down on each corner with engine running,especially on the rear flat spheres are very obvious

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Still - I'll just have to take some other chod...maybe my Mercedes 124 - which is now 33yo but should do a trip no sweat. Not been used for 6 months and started first go.

Definitely a car that will outlast me...

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41 minutes ago, wesacosa said:

oh dear.  yes mine were dead too but I went for replacement rather than regass. If you are doing it yourself I have a couple of sphere removal tools here in Eltham which you are welcome to borrow

You should be able to feel if its the corner spheres which are flat by feel , especially on the rear flat spheres are very obvious

Thanks for that generous offer - it's the kind of work I will farm out. Pleiades Citroen seem to have a good reputation.

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Well it's progress. I happened to mention the XM to my mechanic friend Phil - expecting a sceptical shrug - instead he told me he'd "been apprenticed at Citroen in the 80's and then worked in a Citroen dealers for a long time" - so he will cast a seasoned eye over it's suspension woes next week. So taking it away to Europe may still be on...

I'm having a tooth out next week - not sure which may turn out to be the more painful.

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  • lesapandre changed the title to Upcoming European Road Trip

Those with an interest in these matters will notice the title change.

My M124 Mercedes 2.6 is just too nice to drive not to take away abroad. It's away on a Bank Holiday shake-down to the Fens today.

33yo - not used for a year and I'm now sat on a bench in lovely Ely (very much worth a visit) in the flat flat fens.

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There are some strange folk about though

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Not Ely - but Asda this morning....

Off back home to watch the snooker in a bit.. 

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And back in The Smoke just fine.

A very few nice cars seen including a first gen' Mercedes C-class Turbo diesel on the M11 being driven very quickly, a Rover P5 coupe and a Peugeot 206CC on the motorway too being driven with the roof down...

Ely was great- very historic but not too over-run with visitors.  Did about 220 miles no sweat in a 33yo.

I went to collect a vintage lawn mower...

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I've only done two European road trips however I am still at 100% success rate of my own little challenge:

At least once on the entire trip, try to find a Eurovision entry from the country you are currently in being played on broadcast radio.

So far I have heard Loreen's Euphoria while driving through Sweden in 2014 and Laura Tesoro's What's The Pressure while driving through Belgium on "Eurobimble" in 2019 with @chaseracerand @Inspector Morose

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  • 3 weeks later...

Getting ready to go at last...I'm taking the 33 year old Mercedes 260E. Just the usual checks...was away September last year last time...

So I will be carspotting and generally looking about. Funny how I can take a 33yo with total confidence.*

Not sure how far we're going this trip...let's see.

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  • lesapandre changed the title to European Road Trip - To the Ends of The Earth

Well here we are in foreignshire.

Passport stamped at Douvre - and Covid doc's scrutinised - if you ain't innoc you are not getting in.

Nice to be back. After living in London's toxic soup some fresh air - and space - its  always so quiet here at the service area between Calais and Bologne. 

Raining of course - this bit of the French coast seems to cop a lot.  At least I have a functioning Bosch windscreen wiper this time not some micky-mouse thing which meant I could not see a thing.

They  have segregated  the lorries better here in the services too so the artic's with their compressors running were further from the cars last night - so I got a decent sleep.

Can't see any obvious electric car charging points - I will wander round and take a look - nil points.

It's always later than you think here -an hour ahead and lunch is served at 12.00 sharp most places so I better get moving...

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