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Just had a bite to eat and a cup of tea, itching to go out and play with the new shitroen. 

Quick summary: @Eavb is a total gent, many thanks! The car is pretty good really and I’m well chuffed, love it in fact.

Was a very relaxed drive home, the 1.4 engine surprised me by coping well with the hills on the way back… it’s surprisingly torquey… I left it in 5th all the way, even up Haldon hill. Rides and steers very nicely too.

First jobs on the to do list are to investigate stiff clutch (hoping some oil down the cable) and non-opening rear door. I think the speakers are wired out of phase too, should be able to get a bit more bass out of them :D 

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Spent a very pleasant couple of hours fiddling about with the car. Didn't achieve much really. Quite tired...

Marm Junior hoovered out the interior in return for some extra screen time. He did a good job. He likes the car.

I squirted some WD40 in the general direction of the clutch cable from the engine bay and the drivers footwell, not surprisingly fairly ineffective. I think maybe I need to take it apart and do it properly but I couldn't really see what was what around the pedal area.

I then swapped the wiring over on one of the speakers, much better. Cassette player works. :)

Took the rear door card off, had a fiddle about and got it to open reliably from the outside and unreliably from the inside. Not actually sure what I did. Sliding doors are a bit crap, they don't latch when fully open and the runners occasionally clunk and jam momentarily. I'll have a bit more of a fiddle with them at some point. I'm remembering about french cars. I only broke 2 bits of plastic.

Have a pic of some slightly grubby blue seats.

 

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On 12/05/2024 at 14:08, Marm Toastsmith said:

Just had a bite to eat and a cup of tea, itching to go out and play with the new shitroen. 

Quick summary: @Eavb is a total gent, many thanks! The car is pretty good really and I’m well chuffed, love it in fact.

Was a very relaxed drive home, the 1.4 engine surprised me by coping well with the hills on the way back… it’s surprisingly torquey… I left it in 5th all the way, even up Haldon hill. Rides and steers very nicely too.

First jobs on the to do list are to investigate stiff clutch (hoping some oil down the cable) and non-opening rear door. I think the speakers are wired out of phase too, should be able to get a bit more bass out of them :D 


Also check where clutch cable goes through the firewall. 
 

Nylon type grommet thingy iirc wears out o r cuts through so gets stiffer. 
 

 

I could be wrong 

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Took it for a little drive today to run some errands. It runs nicely and goes well enough. I like the sliding doors and the jolly blue interior. Clutch isn't too awful and the handbrake is better than I initially thought although it needs a good pull.

Meanwhile when it comes to the to-do list, as usual I am focussing on the priorities* and not being afraid to get my hands dirty.*

Popped off the dashboard speaker grilles - nothing underneath but the wiring was there. I recently bought a set of Alpine component speakers for the Audi to replace the rotted woofers. As luck would have it the spare tweeters clipped straight in with one of the supplied adapters. That's a right result as the stereo (with existing Vibe midbass drivers) actually sounds pretty decent now - glad I resisted the temptation to buy some new coaxial speakers for the doors... can't decide whether to stick with the original radio cassette or upgrade - I have some nicer stuff stashed but there's a charm to a factory fit radio.

In terms of ICE there's also a really budget reversing camera installed which I think I'll bin. It doesn't seem to do anything.

I'm also itching to chuck the wheel trims in the bin although Mrs T says she likes them.

As for the less critical jobs (and in addition to the sticky clutch cable) we have the following to investigate:

- The L/H CV joint. Click click click.
- A whine from the alternator. I think so anyway. PO reckoned that was where it is coming from and I think I agree. I also noticed the water pump pulley seems to wobble quite a bit. Hmmm.
- Something else that I can't remember. Oh yeah, O2 sensor/engine light.

Got an HBOL on the way. I'm intending to be braver than normal with this car. It's nice and simple and roomy so I ought to have a go at DIYing as much as I can.

 

 

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