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    Phew.....

    I'll take the CX today I decided..... Off to work, 0640 hours, onto the freeway for about 2 minutes from entry to exit. Pottering along at 100 kph for maybe 30 seconds, I saw blue smoke and red lights ahead. How far? Bugger, only THAT far. Crash stop, on slightly moist smooth bitumen.

    Phew.

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    We pulled up in a cloud of blue smoke, about 20 m from disaster and dead straight. What a wonderful stopping car the CX is. And that is without ABS.

    I don't think I've ever had a car that braked like it.

    I shook a bit later.....
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    Glad you're Ok John. Might need to check the tyres for flat spots?

    Cheers

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    Had a full stop from 80 the other day when someone pulled out in front of the BX from a stop sign without looking. Glad the Citroens know how to stop!

    As with the CX, Amelie drew a straight line in the wet conditions we've got this week!


    I had another gentleman take offence in peak hour traffic that I was leaving space in front of my vehicle. He then overtook me by lane splitting, brake checked me as an invitation to hit his rear bumper (I declined that offer easily with a little foresight and liberal use of my own brakes), and then he requested my presence in the emergency lane of the exit I was taking. I declined that invitation, too!

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    Glad to hear you and the car survived safely.
    It would have had to have been over 25 years ago, but I don't think I'll ever forget locking the brakes up on the CX Prestige whilst trying to shake off something over 100kph before reaching the very large feral pig that was ambling around in the middle of the narrow road (it was easy to forget what speed you were doing on the straight empty country roads of the central west when the car still had its mph speedo). The air-horns were blasted in the vain hope that the noise might convince the pig to move. At literally the last couple of seconds the tyres again gained traction, but I didn't have time to turn the wheel before the pig decided to rapidly bolt beyond reach of the still moving front guard. For a moment, as I was envisioning what the impact was going to be, I wondered if I would have been better off in a car that didn't brake so straight. Later I decided the straight line wasn't such a bad thing, when I heard how a co-worker rolled her Escort on the edge of a similar road.
    Driving cars with ABS for the last ten years I've had it kick in only twice that I can recall, but it gave me no more sense of control than those few seconds of ploughing to a halt in the CX did.



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    Having used the ABS in the 306 a couple of times, I can say it definitely helped. The BX was unable to be steered when locked up; the 306 was happy to shift to the adjacent lane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Armidillo View Post
    Glad you're Ok John. Might need to check the tyres for flat spots?

    Cheers

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    Yes, I was thinking that. Drives OK, and slightly moist bitumen, and I think I've got away with it.

    Thanks Alec
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    Quote Originally Posted by FedGrapes View Post
    Had a full stop from 80 the other day when someone pulled out in front of the BX from a stop sign without looking. Glad the Citroens know how to stop!

    As with the CX, Amelie drew a straight line in the wet conditions we've got this week!


    I had another gentleman take offence in peak hour traffic that I was leaving space in front of my vehicle. He then overtook me by lane splitting, brake checked me as an invitation to hit his rear bumper (I declined that offer easily with a little foresight and liberal use of my own brakes), and then he requested my presence in the emergency lane of the exit I was taking. I declined that invitation, too!
    Charming man......

    I'd have these cars for the brakes alone, actually. And you get all the other stuff thrown in.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Phew.....

    I shook a bit later.....
    Shook his hand? Shook a fist? Or just shook all over?

    I agree that there is nothing like an emergency stop in a CX. Clouds of blue smoke from all four wheels. Driving wheels unfazed as the Diravi keeps them pointing where the steering dictates (not where the road conditions/surface dictates).

    The other factor with CX/BX/Xantia is the brake pedal is on the same plane as the accelerator, thus, combined with the modest 1cm depressing of the brake to operate, you have serious braking at about the same point in time as other drivers are starting the downward pressure onto their brake pedal for a spongy 4 cms of foreplay before the brakes operate.

    That's why I always try to be the fastest car on the road so all the other idiots are behind you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBN View Post
    Shook his hand? Shook a fist? Or just shook all over?

    I agree that there is nothing like an emergency stop in a CX. Clouds of blue smoke from all four wheels. Driving wheels unfazed as the Diravi keeps them pointing where the steering dictates (not where the road conditions/surface dictates).

    The other factor with CX/BX/Xantia is the brake pedal is on the same plane as the accelerator, thus, combined with the modest 1cm depressing of the brake to operate, you have serious braking at about the same point in time as other drivers are starting the downward pressure onto their brake pedal for a spongy 4 cms of foreplay before the brakes operate.

    That's why I always try to be the fastest car on the road so all the other idiots are behind you.

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    I am continually amazed by how progressive the feel of the brake pedal in a BX is. Hardly any movement, and it just responds beautifully to the pressure you use.

    The BX had a few good uses of the brakes over the weekend while away with the PCCWA. A couple of animals avoided, and pizza box that definitely looked like a rock from a distance. I also had a chance to stretch the legs while overtaking grey nomads who decide the sections where overtaking is possible is the only time they'll do anything resembling the speed limit. Then the BX and I went onto some dirt roads to do some exploring. What a machine. Where has the market gone for such vehicles?

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    Yep, the old CX has certainly saved me quite a few times over the years



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    Good brakes are often only as good as the brakes in the vehicles behind you. Luckily no rear end.

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    This thread should piggyback onto CX appreciation.
    I will never forget my first experience of emergency stopping from high speed in my first Citroen - the CX; The feeling of Power, Control and Gracefulness. By graceful I mean tidy, no diving just a gentle lifting from the rear.


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