Just thought I'd show you all our new car. It's a 1.4-litre Citroen Xsara.
I usually wouldn't touch a Citroen but I bought this one from a good friend
of mine, so I know it's history too. It has 88,000-miles on the clock. I
must admit it's growing on me too, it doesn't have as many creature
comforts though, as higher spec models and as such it has only Power
Steering, Remote central door locking & Alarm, Digital Odometre and Trip
readings (one of my favourite touches, lol), Drivers Airbag and a
reach/rake adjustable steering column. It lacks such items as Electric
Windows, Tachometre, Sunroof and A/C but hey, ya can't have it all, lol.
The best bit was how much it cost us......a mere £350! and for any
1998 car that's cheap.
There is a few downsides to this car though. It requires an MoT test and is nearly out of tax. I know that to pass the MoT it needs two new front tyres, a set of front brake pads, a drive shaft (one is bent and has been diagnosed!), rear brake adjustment (handbrake isn't effective enough), and the exhaust needs re-clamping (it has a new exhaust, but the clamp that connects to the cat is leaking!). So really, £350 for the car, plus about £150 for the parts including the MoT, aint bad (doesn't take a mathematician to figure out that's £500, lol). Here's the pics:
not a bad car at all
never seen one in my life though lol
I thought that might be the case, lol. I think they were a Europe only
thing, like most European motors. They're not made anymore, I believe they
ceased production in about 2003 :thumbs:
Another thing I've forgotten to mention, the Central locking is tempermental to say the least, lol. I think it has something to do with the pasenger door locking mechanism being siezed. I will probably leave that as it is though...:ohcrap:
Nice looking car. Is that a clock where the tach or speedometer should be???
Yes, if the clock wasn't there the tacho would be. Xsaras with a tacho have a digital clock in the dashboard I believe. I personally hate that analog clock and would prefer a digital one, even with no tach the speedo would look nicer in the middle....by itself, lol
my grand prix has something similiar
hard to see, but there is a speedo on the left, and an analog clock on the right
(the second hand always glides along, no ticking :wink2: )
I never really have understood what you mean by the tax is almost out. :ohcrap:
lol. Road tax. We have to pay to use our roads here in the UK......Although I've yet to see what that money goes towards, the roads are crap here, lol. They always seem keen to dig them up though.....for essential works, lol
I haven't heard of any adverse comments about the Xsara here, except it's made by the same people who set off nuclear bombs near Australia and we don't like radiation all that much.
lol thats funny!
i considered a Xsara once but thats a really nice car cliffy!
casette player or CD???? im about to get a new car soon too! (well, me and my dad, but it'll be mine) it will be a 1997 Vauxhall Vectra (with a boot) LS 1.8 in red, getting that for a straight swap for my ford cabriolet!
hoping to get a Vauxhall GSi bodykit for it to make it look a little better!
In Iran that is like one of their best cars they have. Not many people can afford cars much better than that. Actually I think my cousin has that, or maybe he has a xiantia. I can't remember and I don't even know if xiantia is an actual model.
the Xantia is a real model bronxie! its just a saloon version of the Xsara (sort of)! nice with their 3.0 V6 in it :laughing:
No it's not, the Xantia is a hatchback, too, only larger, like the Vectra
is to the Astra...
They also have that horrible suspension...very comfy, but if the spheres pack up, so do the brakes, lol. Oh and mine has a cassete player :ohcrap:
i remember when my family had a Citroen BX19 estate and that was one of the
most comfy cars we had (at that time), so one day we went to homebase (a
home improvement store in england to you who dont know it) to get a few
doors for the house and on the return leg of the journey the back
suspension collapsed and the tyre was rubbing against the car and such! got
really smokey inside, wound down the windows and it mustve looked like when
snoop dogg opens his windows lol!
got home, fixed it in a week and we took it out again, filled up at the pumps, drove away and the car stopped, got out and then the car wen up in flames!!!
so Cliffy! be careful, dont take doors and dont fill up at Tesco! :thumbs:
thats why i said "sort of", couldn't find any other way to desribe
ooh, think Vectra to Signum!
So why did it catch fire? lol. As for the Signum, that's a strange one, as it's not alot bigger than the Vectra, at one stage it was going to replace the Omega I believe....
apparently (after investigation!!!) the fuel pipe or something blocked up and so, after it got hot, it sort of ignited! mind you i was 5 at that time (14 yrs ago) so memory is bland of that event! all i know is what my dad tells me and the newspaper page it was in! 2 fire crews attended!
Haha I agree, they always dig em up here in leicester as well.
BTW Nice ride Cliffy :) :thumbs:
seems like it all ends up here in Plymouth! the roads are nicely kept here :laughing:
I took the car in for two new tyres today, after doing so I drove home,
whilst en-route I didn't remember feeling that horrible movement through
the steering that indicated the drive shaft fault. So, I pulled over and
drove off slowly, looking out for the usuall jerkiness...It wasn't there. I
can only assume that one of the wheels was serverely out of ballance, or
one of the previous tyres was out of shape. I also looked at the brakes
whilst the car had its wheels off....they too, are okay, if a little on the
worn side. I called my good freind who sold me the car and told him that
the bloke who diagnosed the drive shaft obviously knew what he was doing,
lol, and that the pads were ok.....He was happy then :laughing:
Come to think of it, I dont recall seeing any weights on the wheels before I took it in today....I'm inclined to thing that a weight had been knocked off (it was a BIG weight, too, lol) :doh: :ohcrap: :laughing:
Get them re-balacned, quick, cheap fix.
Cliffy...I totally had a dream last night and dreamt that I went to England and rode along with you after someone asked me if I wanted to "ride on the dolly of the lion" so I said "that'd be cool" so I got in the passenger seat of your car and we drove around England....:laughing: No lie :doh:
:orglaugh: Dolly of the lion...I think that's a sexual term :laughing: JP
This sounds so wrong..:laughing:
lol...Teggy darlin'...that was no dream, lol :laughing: ....jk:doh: Cool
dream...I think :smoke:
I don't have a clue what that "Dolly of the lion" term is all about though :laughing:
....I did, that's how I resolved the problem :thumbs:
Anyway, another update. I went around the wife's Grandparents house today (Grandparents in-law? lol) to bodge the exhaust and adjust the rear brakes so that she'll go through the MoT. The exhaust is now covered in repair putty around the joint of the centre silenser and the Cat....I really dont wanna be replacing that any time soon.....lets just say that it's not blowing now, lol (rest of system is new so the cat's the next part that's due....hence my 'bodge' as cats can be over £300). I also took the drums off and cleaned the rear brakes up, the handbrake is sticking on the O/S and it's still kinda bad, I recon it'll need a cable for the MoT!