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    Just recently went for a trip from Brisbane to southern NSW along the Newell Highway, and the entire trip was wondering what this overpowering petrol smell was.. Seem I had something sharp fling up under the car. Anyway I went to the Citroen dealer in Tamworth and they quoted me a couple thousand to replace it.. No way! I said sorry I'll drive it home and find a local to replace it. Anyway being plastic, is this type of tank repairable.. like using a plastic welder, putty or tape of some type? The car is with the mechanic now who is trying to find one from the wreckers.

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    I would have thought plastic could be repaired in any number of ways. Just would need to ensure the compound used would cope with fuel. What about a major dose of araldite with a plastic plate over the top?

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    I can't say for Brisbane, but here there are repairers for poly tanks, depending on the extent of damage. Ask your mechanic for a recommendation. You can also buy epoxy kits.

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    Surely it wouldn't be that hard to find a secondhand tank....
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    You would think no.. the repairer has been looking for one at the wreckers for a few days.
    I was reading up about the Epoxy kits... apparently they only work on plastic, not poly tanks. Anyone know what type of plastic the Citroen uses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff H View Post
    You would think no.. the repairer has been looking for one at the wreckers for a few days.
    I was reading up about the Epoxy kits... apparently they only work on plastic, not poly tanks. Anyone know what type of plastic the Citroen uses?
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    Bad luck. Obviously the actual hole is not big or the trip would not have proceeded to the end.
    I have had some older experience with plastic welding and indeed later worked where it was often done. The principal of it is not difficult and suitable rods are available. However for small repairs it is common to slice off a moulding "flash" or some excess bit to get the exact same material. Note the plastic is not actually melted completely, just taken to a very soft state with hot air gun and then the filler pressed in for the weld.

    I would not use araldite or similar as their recommendation exclude polly. More likely to get a good result with a patch and a petrol resistant "glue" and some screws if all else fails.

    Normally all European cars have had a listing of the type of material of all parts and it is marked on them also, for recycling purposes.
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    Thanks Jaahn.
    Looks like I either shell out well over $1000 for a new tank or find a tank repairer. A 2nd hand tank from the wreckers is out of the question because I'm told there are no C5's available to wreck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff H View Post
    Thanks Jaahn.
    Looks like I either shell out well over $1000 for a new tank or find a tank repairer. A 2nd hand tank from the wreckers is out of the question because I'm told there are no C5's available to wreck
    Jeff, a quick search on ebay shows a couple of cars being wrecked - I don't know your model i.e. petrol/diesel/ etc. but might be worth making contact with the sellers for a quote. . . Sellers are in NSW
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/WRECKING...item3f8c8ef503
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/CITROEN-...item2f16b4f7ec

    Also on Gumtree I see a few late cars being wrecked in the Belmont area, Brisbane.

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    Yep the boys in Belmont should have one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimistyle View Post
    Yep the boys in Belmont should have one.

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    Don't go counting chickens just yet. It is likely that petrol and diesel tanks are made of different stuff.
    The initial post states "smell of petrol".
    While diesel tanks may be available it would be wise to check part #s.
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    Come on Jeff, you can get a whole C5 for less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff H View Post
    Thanks Jaahn.
    Looks like I either shell out well over $1000 for a new tank or find a tank repairer. A 2nd hand tank from the wreckers is out of the question because I'm told there are no C5's available to wreck

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    Hi Guys,

    Don't go down the repair road, you'll end up with a disaster>

    There are plenty of C5 X7 wrecks around........Try A Twins in Sydney, or their affiliate Riverside at Milperra

    Another alternative is Martin Bray in SA.

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    Thanks for your input all.
    I decided to just get a new tank and shell out the excess fee and get the insurance to pay for it after the mechanic's quote to uninstall and re-install a tank ( and I source or repair the tank myself ) was about the same price as the insurance access fee, so either way it was pretty much the same cost, so I opted to just get a new one. And this is a petrol model (1.6 THP). Only caveat is there is no tank in Australia so I have no car until they import one from France which will take about 3 weeks.

    As a side note, this is for sale just down the road. Seems like a good price
    2009 Citroen C5 X7 Comfort HDi Bourrasque Blue 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan - Brisbane City Used Cars, Rocklea

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    Auto Parts Centre in ingleburn nsw and Landmark spares in Fairfield NSw definitely are wrecking these. Try Eurocarparts in Sydney also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff H View Post

    As a side note, this is for sale just down the road. Seems like a good price
    2009 Citroen C5 X7 Comfort HDi Bourrasque Blue 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan - Brisbane City Used Cars, Rocklea
    Spew, that price is $7,415 which tends to devalue all the other similar models out there (like mine). KM is well below what it could be, esp for a diesel.

    However, any dealer whose misuse of English leads them to say "Citroen C5's of this quality are highly sort after!" should be avoided.

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