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    Default My new purchase - Sassy the XM

    Somewhat unexpectedly, I have become the proud owner of XM Mechanic's 1995 Citroen XM with over 380,000 km. Sassy as she is commonly known, drives wonderfully and I cannot wait to discover her further. Thank you to XM Mechanic for your time and understanding. Really happy with the new addition!

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    Nice work! Marvelous cars, XMs. I don't know why people are so scared of them. I have done a heap of km in XMs with no more drama than any other car. The only real quirk I find myself having to tolerate is the little electrical niggles.

    You can bet yours will have been well maintained.

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    Thanks Roger. The XM has grown on me and while I want to own a DS, the XM is very special. The car has wonderfully looked after and I look forward to enjoying it's charms.
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    Good result. The 380K belies its overall excellent condition. Some of the most comfortable seats you will encounter and the velour is good in all seasons, where leather can be quite uncomfortable for half the year.

    If it helps with the window regulator that needs fixing ... I had one stop working recently and nothing had broken, but the motor didn't respond. What I found was faulty was a rusted connection where the internal motor leads are connected to the moulded 2 pin socket that is part of the motor housing. Everything else was perfectly good, but the motor simply did not respond. If you dig out the encapsulant at the back of the socket moulding and the two round spots on the side (maybe covered by clear plastic caps) you get to a spot welded joint on each side. You'd look at that area first and resist taking the motor apart if you can avoid it as it's a complete pain to reassemble and get the brushes in the right place. There is a reason the manufacturer built the motor up separately, fitted it up complete and only then spot welded the connectors together and buried them in goop. That may be the problem in your case if you can't see any other fault. Also applies to some Xantia.
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    I have several XM parts cars if you need anything, but you will have to come and get the parts yourself.

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    Thank you David and Roger. I'm glad to be part of the XM club. Your advice and offers are really special and a testament to the AF community.

    I have been driving the XM throughout yesterday and Sassy has grown on me. She's a comfortable, refined and lovely car. My friends and family cannot believe how good she looks and how comfortable she is to ride in.
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    Lovely car. I have always admired the XM and came close to buying one a couple of times, but when my wife said 'isn't it an SM you want' I had to admit it was.
    cheers Tony
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    Bought a new Xantia 16V wagon in 1997 after having a 1990 BX TRI122 and thought the extra weight gave the Xant a ride much closer to a D. When telling this to a member of the NSW Cit club who had traded an Xantia for a XM. Their reply was that the XM ride was twice as comfortable as that of an Xantia. I have never ridden in an XM but have lusted after a 24 valve manual XM ever since. Congrats on possibly the best ride in the business for the '90s
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    Did a faultless 90 km return trip at 34 C. With four passengers, the car was wonderful. On the freeways the AC was cool, the passengers relaxed and Sassy the XM amused me with her outstanding comfort.

    I can't believe how much I like this car!!!
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    Welcome to the XM Club. They are very much underrated in my (biased) view. They eat up kms on the freeway cossetting the occupants in comfort. I've had mine for about 10 years and mostly love it.
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    Hi gsowner84,

    I am glad you are enjoying the XM. I do hope it gives you a lot of pleasure, as much as it has given us.

    Does this mean that XM Driver and XM Mechanic will have to change our names too?
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    Congrats on the purchase. You have taken ownership of a well cared for XM. They do just eat up the road on a long trip.

    Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by XM Mechanic View Post
    Does this mean that XM Driver and XM Mechanic will have to change our names too?
    No. It means you have to buy a newer XM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moulton2speed View Post
    Bought a new Xantia 16V wagon in 1997 after having a 1990 BX TRI122 and thought the extra weight gave the Xant a ride much closer to a D. When telling this to a member of the NSW Cit club who had traded an Xantia for a XM. Their reply was that the XM ride was twice as comfortable as that of an Xantia. I have never ridden in an XM but have lusted after a 24 valve manual XM ever since. Congrats on possibly the best ride in the business for the '90s
    A Xantia VSX with working hyperactive suspension is very close to the XM ride quality wise IMO I think the CX, GS, DS etc.... ride quality is a lot softer than the XM... They are a different car, built for a different time though. Without the modern comforts such as air conditioning (which is pretty important these days)

    I'm sure he'll know the XM really well .. in no time at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron View Post
    ... hyperactive suspension...
    ...might be the problem with the XM too...

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    So far, Sassy the Spaceship has been fantastic to drive. My local mechanic commented on how clean she was and well looked after. When it was pointed out that it has done nearly 390,000 km he could not believe it. It really has been a credit to XM Mechanic and XM Driver.

    On another note, my father (who is always anxious about any Citroen) has fallen in love with its comfort and it's looks. And it allows him to keep his trust Suzuki Jimny.
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    Stunning in Green. Congrats
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    Looks like PSA used a different clear coating on this model, or different supplier or different garaging or different something?
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    The paint is in very good condition. Light scratches and paint chips but for something that's done 390,000 km, it is very good. Will organise a cut and polish or detail soon.
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    Thanks Flipperman. Is that your old BX on carsales? That was also tempting me as well.
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    Congratulations!!

    My first Citroen was a 1994 XM which i bought to be my introduction to the marque. I had it for nearly 10 years of fabulous motoring until the front suspension issues became too much to fix and a nice DSpecial came along.

    I knew there was more to the car than first impressions when I had to drive 700km the following weekend - the car was superb on the open road. When I was expecting to get out at the other end totally shagged I was chuffed to feel almost refreshed!

    I'd have another so long as the front suspension top mounts were in good nick or easily available.
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    Thank you Vincenzo...

    I would like to own the XM for a long enough time. The dream is the DS and hopefully that can eventuate soon. But the XM (that has been well looked after) is a treat to drive. I like the 12v V6, and can only imagine how good the 24v V6 (both of them) would be. But the 12v suits the car's personality. (Although, a 24v V6 from Alfa Romeo would make the XM almost perfect ;-0)
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsowner84 View Post
    The paint is in very good condition. Light scratches and paint chips but for something that's done 390,000 km, it is very good. Will organise a cut and polish or detail soon.
    Please do not "cut and polish" it. You will kill the clear coat.

    A professional (style) detail with multiple processes - paint clean, polish, wax etc is the best bet.

    Mind you I am sure Sassy had plenty of those over her preceding years.

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    90's PSA clear coat isn't the best in the world. You car will look good for a bit, but then you'll realise you've taken half the clear off and it looks on par with a 1996 Mitsubishi Magna
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    I knew someone would eventually come up with a rationalisation for why I have never polished a car.

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