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    So. Desire an XM. Find 4 cars for sale. Narrow it down to two. One in Melbourne (well 3 actually) and one on the Gold Coast.

    Fly to the Gold Coast. Keith picks me up. Um and ah for a bit and then bite the bullet and buy it. Drive home to SA. And yes this is Shanes ex car. Private import, 2.1 TD XM. Keith has spent a small fortune keeping it in good order, but it is still a 20 yo car.. First fix the leaking fuel return line leaking from one of the injectors and then take off. Fuel line decides to split again about 10.00 PM, but drive on for a bit. No motels still open after 10.30. Bugger. Sleep in the back seat and freeze. Morning sun appears. Chip off the ice from the sunroof, drive to a servo and use my rudimentary tools (the airport confiscated my most useful ones) to take off the inlet manifold so that I could fix the split in the return line.

    Drive on.

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    Mate. Had this haopen to me the other week. Bought an alfa down in melbourne and barely made it out. If you're anywhere near the Gold Coast still I can assist. All the best and keep us updated!
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    Does the XM ride better than a Xantia stuck in hard mode? You could have stayed with us - and I do have a few tools! Still, you weren't to know the fuel return line would split again after you went through Armidale (although you could have guessed it would be cold ).

    So they confiscated your most useful tools - let me guess, your hammer & screwdriver !! You must have had your tools in your hand luggage - I packed mine in my checked-in case, and had no problems.

    We are still getting frosts on the tablelands - but why did the ice on the sunroof matter?

    For the record, my 605 (which is the same as an XM under the skin) is also 20 years old, and has had no problem with fuel lines .


    Next chapter please!

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    I happened to be walking down a road last week to pickup a bike and saw that car parked outside where Keith must work,
    had a look,you can see he done a lot of work on the car, looked brand new with extras.

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    Ahhh - someone who can confirm that XMs can be fixed in Armidale .

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    It was working fine when I drove through Armidale at 6 PM.

    Had tea at Tamworth, thought about stopping and then my wife said I needed to get a bit further, so i drove on. It didn't seem worth stopping 45 minutes later so I drove on to Coonabarabran ?? spelling. Nothing open at 11 so drove on again to Gilgandra. Diesel smell starting to become obvious, but too dark to fix and too cold. Camped for the night in a lay-by.

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    The next day was better. Fixed the split, although I had to buy a pair of pliers. Found a diesel place at Parkes who sold me some new hose, but figured I now had the car bluffed and so it probably would last. Filled up with diesel and drove on.

    Amazing economy from the 2.1 TD motor. Got home, 1000 km later and still had 1/4 of a tank. One could get seriously bored driving this thing without having to stop and fill up each day.

    Next day, as I was taking my wife for a drive to try and persuade her that my new toy was really a sensible thing, it sprung a hydraulic leak. Ah well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erikbm View Post

    Next day, as I was taking my wife for a drive to try and persuade her that my new toy was really a sensible thing, it sprung a hydraulic leak. Ah well.

    Erik
    A true Citroen! At least it got you home before starting to leak... It's always the rubber hoses etc. that let us down .

    Speaking of which, I've ordered a brake valve boot, and intend to replace the old one sooner rather than later, as I've already had the experience of LHM-soaked carpet in the old VSX. But of course Shane will have already done yours - I seem to recall that, after a mighty battle, he managed to remove the spring that makes the brake pedal feel spongy and un-Citroen like, so surely he replaced that little rubber boot!

    Happy motoring (and tinkering!)

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    I feel for you. Spent weekend wrangling with the clip and hose return at steering end on xantia ( trickiest thing I've EVER tackled). Lots of pain getting hand in there, tried Alcatraz stylee sawing it off with finger motion hacksaw cut down blade, waste of time... made up a long prongy steel probe with right angle on other end and fiddled with the bastard till it surrended. Even fitting a hose back on was tricky, couldn't be bothered relocating hose in all the clips back to tank, what a joke. No sign of leaks yet but what a nightmare, whoever designed this should be shot.

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    How is the ride? Mine came with the diode fix installed and so, it has been as good as it should be. I have a hydro leak to fix (not bad) and a new motor mount arriving this week. I am actually going to take it to a Citroen dealer to have the non-working reverse lights sorted simply because none of the specialists will have anything to do with it.....

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    It's good to hear "The Always Broken" has found another home. It's last owner has spent countless dollars and hours on that car. He even rebuilt the engine (that I thought was brilliant and didn't need to be touched).

    The suspension always worked well on that car ..... Well other than "falling" through the bonnet of course

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    your scaring me Shane....

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    I figured with the number of things that Keith rebuilt, it was worth taking a punt on. The ride is VERY good. Soft and floaty/barge like. Just the way I like it. The sports mode also works and stiffens things up a bit.

    Even rebuilt, the 2.1TD doesn't shift it that quickly, but is adequate. I have taken the offending hydraulic pipe off to a specialist to be redone. I tried unbrazing it, but just buggered it up.

    I can't tell that the reversing lights work, as I haven't yet stood behind it while I was reversing.

    Despite Shane's protestations, I have found the engine bay to be quite roomy. There is even room for the screwdrivers and spanners to fly of down the back of the engine when things slip with the lubrication of LHM.

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    Glad it's home Erik. Great post for which thanks.
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    Funny that it's returned to SA - where it started its Aussie life many years ago.
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