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    Default The end of the Xantia..

    I sold my old Xantia 13 months ago. I expected it to last a little longer than this. It now burns oil and the power steering pinion seal, for the third time is leaking LHM. I have continued to service it for the new owner ( my sister) , but the last time I replaced that seal I promised myself I'd never do that job again.

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    So if anyone is interested there will be a Xantia going very cheap, for parts or restoration very soon.. Let me know if you are interested.
    Full service history will be available.
    One steering rack and piston ring set , and it would be like new again...
    Then again... it would be a great spare parts car for any Xantia owner.
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    End of an era George.

    How many km has it done, out of interest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    End of an era George.

    How many km has it done, out of interest?

    Cheers
    Hi John, I think it's about 220,000 K, something like that. It has been a great little car. It's either totally ruined valve stem seals or the piston rings. I haven't given it a compression test. It's drinking oil and smoking. But the worst job is that steering pinion. I just do not ever want to do that job again.
    Cheers..

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    thats not inspiring reading!

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    I understand completely! Some things are just too much. There are a few secondhand ones around, so you could keep it as a spares car for one of them of course.... I think I'm joking.
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    The engine issue sounds strange to me unless it has had an out of oil or water event. The pinion valve leak is a pain but not too expensive to fix - just time consuming - my mechanic had to get mine honed at one stage to stop it from leaking even with a new seal set. Its been good ever since - fingers crossed.

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    Doing it on a hoist would make it a much more reasonable job, but still a pain. The first time it did this I swapped the entire pinion over from a wreck. When that one leaked I swapped it back for the original with a new seal. For some reason the power steering wouldn't work at all, so then I swapped the pinion back again after fitting another high pressure seal. So power steering was back, and new seal worked. Now it's leaking again. I'd be surprised if it's traveled 12,000 ks since the last pinion seal went in.
    So I'm over it.
    The main problem is how these pinions really flood the car with expensive LHM, which dissolves any rubber boots, like steering rack dust covers, rubber gaskets, harmonic balance rubber etc etc. and also, being connected to the suspension and brakes...you run the risk of losing your brakes. Having a separate brake system is far more sensible. I always thought the power steering in the Xantia was better than that of the DS and the CX, but compared to the C5 it feels way too heavy.
    Anyway... it will soon be in a wreckers yard nearby.

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    I have two Xantia strut tops from a series 2 VSX, , the ones that never break, if someone wants some spare ones. $40.00 each, and a spare bonnet.

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