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    Hi all;

    Im as of a couple of days ago the owner of a 2008 Citroen C4 2.0Lt with leather trim etc with only 66K on it. Although im new to Citroen I am not new to this forum or French cars, I had a 2005 Renault Megane Estival to recently, so my posts have been in that section of the forum.

    I picked the car up Monday from Brisbane and drove it back to Townsville, it was fantastic on the cruise up the highway so comfortable etc. Fuel economy was majic also better than anything I had experienced in the smaller 1.6 16V of the Renault.

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    So my question is, is there anything I should look out for in this configuation, any special tools for the oil change and then computer reset ? I normally HPR5 oil in the Renault will it still be ok or can someone recommend something better ?

    In all I expect to own it for 4 years so any preventative stuff would also be welcome

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    Stuart

    I hope you have dug out that old checked sports jacket with its leather sleeve protection, semi architect modelling spectacles, not to mention the fleck of white tips in the hair and even your Dad's old smoking pipe, to clench between the teeth (you don't need to smoke, just look the part!!) and adoption of a slow speaking deliberate enunciation and a sweep of designer pencil/pens in the upper pocket of said jacket and you should fit right in to the Cit crowd.

    With the qualification of course that fitting in may be easy as a Renault defector (even if temporary) and never forget your insane madness will be entirely forgiven once you realise your folly and return to Renault ownership

    All that said I am sure our fellow French car/Citroen lovers, will welcome you with open arms if not chequebooks

    I have always loved the clean crisp lines of the historic Citroens, maybe one day I can make your brave step, Ps I am sure that I have an old sports jacket somewhere plus accoutrements just in case!!

    Good luck!!

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    Thanks Ken, I nearly fit that description but you fogot the bald and fat bit So far so good very happy.
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    Don't forget the Pork Pie Hat,Monocle, Pair of Tan/White Brogue's, the Red/white Cravat, a snuff box, and a Posh French Flag ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenfuego View Post
    Stuart

    I hope you have dug out that old checked sports jacket with its leather sleeve protection, semi architect modelling spectacles, not to mention the fleck of white tips in the hair and even your Dad's old smoking pipe, to clench between the teeth (you don't need to smoke, just look the part!!) and adoption of a slow speaking deliberate enunciation and a sweep of designer pencil/pens in the upper pocket of said jacket and you should fit right in to the Cit crowd.

    With the qualification of course that fitting in may be easy as a Renault defector (even if temporary) and never forget your insane madness will be entirely forgiven once you realise your folly and return to Renault ownership

    All that said I am sure our fellow French car/Citroen lovers, will welcome you with open arms if not chequebooks

    I have always loved the clean crisp lines of the historic Citroens, maybe one day I can make your brave step, Ps I am sure that I have an old sports jacket somewhere plus accoutrements just in case!!

    Good luck!!

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    Don't forget the Pork Pie Hat,Monocle, Pair of Tan/White Brogue's, the Red/white Cravat, a snuff box, and a Posh French Flag ,
    Guys, he's talking about a Citroen C4, not an Austin Allegro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hotrodelectric View Post
    Guys, he's talking about a Citroen C4, not an Austin Allegro.
    Now thats even to tweed for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by scarfjoin View Post
    Don't forget the Pork Pie Hat,Monocle, Pair of Tan/White Brogue's, the Red/white Cravat, a snuff box, and a Posh French Flag ,
    Steady on he's joining the Cit's, not the PUP's

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    If you haven't got the user manual, they can be got from several places on line. This is worth having (French) http://service.citroen.com/dtt/CDP/d...C4/2008_c4.zip. The most recent English equivalent was in 2005 (same site, change language).

    If you don't mind the French, Revue Technique Automobile (RTA) have a C4 book, which you can search for. Hayes have a C4 volume, but I think it covers 1.6 motors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seasink View Post
    If you haven't got the user manual, they can be got from several places on line. This is worth having (French) http://service.citroen.com/dtt/CDP/d...C4/2008_c4.zip. The most recent English equivalent was in 2005 (same site, change language).

    If you don't mind the French, Revue Technique Automobile (RTA) have a C4 book, which you can search for. Hayes have a C4 volume, but I think it covers 1.6 motors.
    Thanks

    I have a language conversion tool I use for work, might run it over that document. If it works will post a link here. Have my own servers so kinda easy to host those things.

    Just got back from a drive around the place big smile on my face

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    The 2.0 petrol motor was used in some Citroen C5s (first series), as was the 2.0 HDI. Get a pre-translated English version for just the motor from the above site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hotrodelectric View Post
    Guys, he's talking about a Citroen C4, not an Austin Allegro.
    Indeed and nor are we talking Pug or Renault.

    Obtain the English language version of the mechanics handbook. I'm not sure if you could even correctly translate the pdf and not end up with junk. It's very detailed and gives a lot of practical information for servicing, but it's not a full workshop manual. Citroen provide that online via subscription, although you will probably find some eBay vendor flogging a knock off version.

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    I really encourage people to persevere with the French versions of these type documents.

    Australians are often tragically monolingual; the benefit of doing battle with another language is the search for peripheral detail can be widened to take in forums where another language is used, vendors who prefer to deal in other languages than English, and even sometimes, the simple concession of making an effort linguistically, will encourage another to reciprocate - bringing a better net result.

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    Congratulations on picking up what I regard as a ripper of a car. We nearly bought one but Mrs UFO knew within minutes of me driving the C5 with the same drivetrain that the hydraulic ride had me in. We had driven a C4 identical to yours the week before and were contemplating.

    The oil specs are in your handbook. Various brands are available that comply with those specifications.
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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    I really encourage people to persevere with the French versions of these type documents.

    Australians are often tragically monolingual; the benefit of doing battle with another language is the search for peripheral detail can be widened to take in forums where another language is used, vendors who prefer to deal in other languages than English, and even sometimes, the simple concession of making an effort linguistically, will encourage another to reciprocate - bringing a better net result.
    Non! The Frogs just need to accept that English, even US English is the future!

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    US English??? Oxymoron if ever there was one :-)

    Dont be too sure, Chinese is gaining internationally, and Spanish has a wider range of first language speahers than English. However for the moment English is probably the defacto trade language, but things do change and quite quickly. French was the language of international diplomacynfor a number of centuries (16th through 18th and into the early 19th certainly, perhaps a bit before that too) but became displaced as the UK became the dominant world power in the 19th century. Who is to say that the dominant world power will be English speaking in say 50 years time???

    Anyhow back to the topic, C4 is a ripper vehicle and glad you are enjoying it. Know a few people with them and all are happy.
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    The greatest number of English speakers live in India, not the US, so the "more of us" argument to dethrone conventional southern English doesn't hold water. Bollywood anyone?

    Back to the car, as there are more of these in Europe than anywhere else, it follows that most of the literature will not be in English, and it pays to seek out French documents. Online translation will clear up most problems for those who don't read the language.

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    Thanks guys for everything, its been great. Just chasing down a couple items now an ashtray and cigarette lighter should be fun lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by madmanau View Post
    Thanks guys for everything, its been great. Just chasing down a couple items now an ashtray and cigarette lighter should be fun lol
    We aims to please. Sometimes we aim a little lower....
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    No, just a Morris Miner 800cc side valve 1953 vintage, my dream car!

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    [QUOTE=seasink;1259404]If you haven't got the user manual, they can be got from several places on line. This is worth having (French) http://service.citroen.com/dtt/CDP/d...C4/2008_c4.zip. The most recent English equivalent was in 2005 (same site, change language).

    Could you direct link me please for the english version I cant seem to work it out my end

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    Quote Originally Posted by scarfjoin View Post
    No, just a Morris Miner 800cc side valve 1953 vintage, my dream car!
    Didn't know they had an underground version

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    Quote Originally Posted by seasink View Post
    If you haven't got the user manual, they can be got from several places on line. This is worth having (French) http://service.citroen.com/dtt/CDP/d...C4/2008_c4.zip. The most recent English equivalent was in 2005 (same site, change language).

    Could you direct link me please for the english version I cant seem to work it out my end

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    madmanau, Are you after a service manual or a user handbook? I do not have a service manual but here is a link to my digital user handbook.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/8qckvt8jtf...s-Handbook.pdf
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    Thanks for the handbook was looking for a workshop manual. Had to pay a Euro specialist to show me how to get the under bonnet apart to do the plugs today, and would like to do the o rings on the injectors there is a slight hesitation and a fuel smell in traffic. I don't particularly want to pay him to show me how to do that one either lol

    Have seen them for sale on a couple UK sites, might indulge and just buy one.

    Ohh and im still in the puppy love stage, been washed way to many times and there is lots of lovely shiny stuff been added to the paintwork, looks amazing under street light

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    Through a little backwards engineering of the URL seasink posted. The link for the English versions of the service books, he referred to, can be found at:
    CARNETS DE POCHE
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