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    Having a number of much older Citroens I didn't realise how much I would like my newly acquired 2008 C5 2.7.
    Nice to know even the newer cars have their built in foibles.
    1. Bonnet release that requires the passenger door to be open ( or is that just me).
    2. Windscrren washer that makes the side windows look worse as spotted by the wife.
    3. Boot lid that requires superhuman kids to lift.

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    1. Intended. You can't undo it when driving. Left side because it's French.
    2. Perhaps the nozzle aim is off. Some additives leave marks.
    3. Mine is nicely balanced, so not much effort is required if you lift from the bottom..

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    Agree with 2 and maybe 3 but really 1 is totally unnecessary and a real pain
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    Must be a modern thing with the bonnet release, as the 2x C5 mk1 we have one has release on drivers side the other has on passanger side. From all the older Alfa and Pugs we had bonnet release was always on the passanger side so me thinks its a left hand drive hangover? But safety with kids in the front....dad what does this lever do.....no don't pull that!! eek

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimistyle View Post
    Must be a modern thing with the bonnet release, as the 2x C5 mk1 we have one has release on drivers side the other has on passanger side. From all the older Alfa and Pugs we had bonnet release was always on the passanger side so me thinks its a left hand drive hangover? But safety with kids in the front....dad what does this lever do.....no don't pull that!! eek

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    On the X7 the passenger door has to be opened fully to reveal the bonnet release. . .

    I'm pretty sure the car will beep and carry on if you attempt to drive off with the bonnet released!

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    How about the old 505 glove box bonnet release!
    As for rear hatch, if it's that heavy it'll need new struts or does it have a power tailgate option that's not functioning?

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    It's a sedan. The boot lid is like this, with a curved arm hidden inside the lining:
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    The XM had the bonnet release in the lower sill of the passenger door. You get used to it. Our C4 has the bonnet pull on the left inside of the front footwell but the door doesn't need to be opened. I can reach it from the driver's seat by leaning over.

    Sounds like your washer jets need cleaning. Try a needle.

    Boot lid should not be heavy. Mrs UFO is a lofty 150cm and has no trouble opening it - just reaching it to close.

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    Pretty serious shortcomings. I suggest a trade is around the corner.

    I love my car so much I don't even mind the lack of accessible cup holders. I must be easy pleased!
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    There is another little odd(to me)thing you must do if you wish to change wiper blades. To get the wiper arms to a position for easy blade change, you must switch the ignition on, then off. Then tap the wiper stalk down on the steering column. This brings the blades into a vertical position at the side of the windscreen. Easy access guaranteed.
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    I change my blades in the ordinary down position. Easy.

    The up position is handy for dragging all the compost out of the grille at the wiper base. Stupid design. I presume Paris has no trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dayofthejackal View Post
    Having a number of much older Citroens I didn't realise how much I would like my newly acquired 2008 C5 2.7.
    Nice to know even the newer cars have their built in foibles.
    1. Bonnet release that requires the passenger door to be open ( or is that just me).
    Buy a DS 23 and you get one on each side, one for each of the two catches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceenine View Post
    Pretty serious shortcomings. I suggest a trade is around the corner.

    I love my car so much I don't even mind the lack of accessible cup holders. I must be easy pleased!
    Get yourself one of these:

    https://www.kitchenwarehouse.com.au/...egory=11225694

    I went through a series of trial and error with cup holders with no great success. Then I found the above. I make a coffee every morning before driving to work (45km) it makes me human for my work colleagues. I use the mug by just tucking it in beside me next to the centre arm rest. It never leaks. Mrs UFO has one too.

    Get the all stainless steel model as the entire thing can go in the dishwasher whereas other anodised models cannot as it will strip the colour off them.

    Pre-heat the cup before putting coffee in and it will stay hot for at least an hour. We have also used ours for cold water - again pre-chilling.

    My mug has been giving great service for at least 2 years.

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    dayofthejackal.
    There is another little odd(to me)thing you must do if you wish to change wiper blades. To get the wiper arms to a position for easy blade change, you must switch the ignition on, then off. Then tap the wiper stalk down on the steering column. This brings the blades into a vertical position at the side of the windscreen. Easy access guaranteed.
    The C4 has the same function as it also has clap hand wipers.

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    This is my prototype of coffee holders \. A plastic tray, 2 poly pipe fittings, stick on velcro underneath tray and on the top of the cubby hole opening. This fits under my seat and is placed in position when needed.Love my &quot;New&quot; C5 X7 but...-img_0407.jpgLove my &quot;New&quot; C5 X7 but...-img_0408.jpgLove my &quot;New&quot; C5 X7 but...-img_0410.jpgClick image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    Get yourself one of these:


    Pre-heat the cup before putting coffee in and it will stay hot for at least an hour. We have also used ours for cold water - again pre-chilling.
    How does it know whether to keep the contents hot or cold??
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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    My mug has been giving great service for at least 2 years.
    You need a new bathroom mirror.

    Aren't those park upright wipers for cleaning the windscreen because they can't be folded outwards while parked without hitting the bonnet? At least, that's the case with my wife's Mondeo.
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    You can get them up about 30 degrees before hitting the bonnet. It's sufficient for blade changing, but not for cleaning out the compost heap.
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    1. regarding 1 Yep it is annoying as RH drive models in Eu car, they just change the steering wheel nothing else!( Eg. Our Volvo S60) Even mirror we suppose to see larger on right hand side but small!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuey View Post

    Aren't those park upright wipers for cleaning the windscreen because they can't be folded outwards while parked without hitting the bonnet? At least, that's the case with my wife's Mondeo.
    In snowy countries many vehicles are parked with wipers upright to avoid snow buildup on horizontal wipers, thus avoiding overloading wiper motors etc trying to push snow off the screen.

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