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1993 Citroen XM


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On 17/01/2024 at 13:23, cort1977 said:

I thought about this car today, wife was complaining that kids leaving the boot open was making the car cold and it was on the tip of my tongue to say 'we should have got an XM with the internal rear glass not this Chinese shit'.

The internal rear glass is absolutely superb!

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  • 3 weeks later...

Almost 2.5 months into ownership

i believe this is the most boring XM thread ever

nothing to really report, boost gauge isn't working correctly

passenger side electric window needs some lubricant

I suppose the main thing to keep an eye on I suspect is the battery, it cranks slower than I'd like but has never failed to start, could be the starter motor but I can't see that being overly expensive and they're not hard to change on this engine

doesn't like cold starts, it fires up quick enough but it misfires and smokes like a goodun for a bit, it will cut out unless you hold the throttle at 1,200 rpm

spheres are quite flat, getting that done in the coming weeks, ride has been improved however by reducing the tyre pressures from 3.2 bar to the correct 2.2 for the front and 1.9 for the rear

otherwise it's being a cracking car, had a lot of use this week but I've done 500 miles since I refuelled and I've still apparently got 1/4 tank left

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It's nice when their being all boring and reliable. Treasure these moments! 

If it boosts fine without the guage working I'd be inclined to put that on the ignore list/check for obvious broken vac lines

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4 hours ago, maxxo said:

I suppose the main thing to keep an eye on I suspect is the battery, it cranks slower than I'd like but has never failed to start, could be the starter motor but I can't see that being overly expensive and they're not hard to change on this engine

doesn't like cold starts, it fires up quick enough but it misfires and smokes like a goodun for a bit, it will cut out unless you hold the throttle at 1,200 rpm

Apologies if already covered, I would check out the battery/starter earths for the slow turnover -  all of my BXs have had this and it was due to corroded earths, interestingly the MK2s just cleaned up nicely but the MK1s needed new sad cables.

Easy to test the battery with a multimeter, or even easier with a battery tester! I love playing with mine 😁

Obligatory glow plug comment, may also be affected by earths or one or two might be knackered 👍

Glad it's generally behaving though, sounds like a good'un!

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If it starts but then falters and is accompanied by puff of white/grey smoke I'd be looking for an air leak in the fuel line. Try hand priming it one morning before starting which will help confirm or rule out the theory 

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  • 2 weeks later...

fixed the boost guage today, was quite simple really

intercooler pipe beside the batery had become slightly detached, just enough to cause issues

also should explain the oil leak i seem to be having at the minute, hopefully it should be all sorted now as i can't see anything leaking on the acgtual engine and some oil had come out of the degtached pipe

also happened to note it seemed to have just popped off, so loosened the clamp, wedged it in good and proper and tightened it up

all seems fine, it is vastly quicker and sounds a lot healthier now too! can actually hear the turbo doing it's job

so yes, pleased that one proved to be an easy fix

otherwise all is going well stil, and really enjoying the car!

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No real update, could use a new battery

right fuelling issue

it primes up and then starts fine, only the first start of the day causes issues really and I’d definitely say air is getting into the fuel system somewhere

I have noticed the hand primer is new, now I had issues with my last XM when I piped it incorrectly

does this look alright to you lot?

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absolutely no running issues once it’s going

anyway

driving it down to Westroen tomorrow for 7 new spheres, really looking forward to it! 
longest journey I’ll have done in the car by an absolute mile

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well 400 miles covered today

furthest I’ve ever driven this car, absolutely no issues at all which is pleasing!

All 7 spheres now replaced 

both centre spheres were full of oil, no gas at all

corner spheres were between 0 and 10 PSI 

accumulator was about dead too

suffice to say, 7 brand new spheres have completely transformed the car, it actually has suspension now, stays up for longer and just feels fantastic

it has float!

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Nice! Is it any better on the slow speed fucked road surface type of bumps? That's where I felt mine always got let down but equally it kind of made sense why it did it and couldn't keep up. 

Where you'll notice it now is high speed cross country shit where the car stays dead flat at insane speeds! And speed humps at 50

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Yeah, it was the slow speed crap road surface ride that was a little less isolated than I would have wished on mine. At higher speeds however the float was definitely there, without the body roll you'd expect in fast corners. That's what made it feel special.

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10 hours ago, beko1987 said:

Nice! Is it any better on the slow speed fucked road surface type of bumps? That's where I felt mine always got let down but equally it kind of made sense why it did it and couldn't keep up. 

Where you'll notice it now is high speed cross country shit where the car stays dead flat at insane speeds! And speed humps at 50

All I’ll say is it’s now absolutely phenomenal 

i cannot express just how much nicer it is to drive

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