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    The lady wants to drive her c3 to perth W A, and of course I have been conned into going, and no doubt will do most of the driving, leaving next Sunday for Adeliade (from Rye Vic), the C3 has just been serviced and all appears to be ok, any tips or advice would be appreciated, where to stay where not to stay on the way over, any one needed to use the on road side assist? how good is it? what spares do we need to take? etc etc any advice would be appreciated.
    thanks, tony.

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    I've used roadside assist once. I don't know what the deal would be on the Nullabor, but they came in twenty minutes for me at Lorimer St.

    I doubt the C3 will give you any troubles - mine's been fabulous. The drive to Perth has enough traffic that I doubt you need to take any extra spares.

    When some friends drove across the plain, the main thing is to stick to the dangerously and ridiculously low speed limit on the longest straight road in the world as the cops like to enforce it.

    Use the refrigerated glove box to keep snacks and so on cool (it's too small for pretty much anything else , and make sure you have plenty of water and some snackies.

    If you decide to go off the beaten track, go to the local cop shop and register with them so they can come get you if you fail to arrive. I'm sure they'll give you advice on what you need to take with you and to stay with the car (it's easier to find than humans).

    Take breaks every few hours and enjoy the drive!

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    Full size spare wheel is about the only spare you need ...

    Do not travel at night ... it's just not worth it, having driven the Nullarbor a few weeks ago the amount of road kill is amazing, you have to drive around it.

    There is no more than 250kms without a fuel stop, premium available all the way. Highest price was $1.79 for ron98.

    Do not carry fruit or veg or honey into WA, customs stop and check you.

    Book a room at Eucla Motel if that's a stop point, to ensure you get AC in the room.

    Do bother to stop along the coast ... lots of whales have been seen at the head of the bight recently.

    Accommodation between Eucla and Kalgoorlie is very average, plan to do this one long long day in a single stretch if possible.

    Tell people what day you expect to be where.

    Don't stress if you seem to be using more fuel then you should, a headwind is usual, the road is NOT highway smooth and for the sake of probably less then 1-1.5 ltre per 100kms, I'd rather sit at 110 then 95kph .. makes a time difference over an 1000+ km stretch.

    Enjoy, it's not that bad.

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    Great idea taking the c3 across this country. Like others have said just let others know where you are and when you will be at points of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected]
    The lady wants to drive her c3 to perth W A, and of course I have been conned into going, and no doubt will do most of the driving, leaving next Sunday for Adeliade (from Rye Vic), the C3 has just been serviced and all appears to be ok, any tips or advice would be appreciated, where to stay where not to stay on the way over, any one needed to use the on road side assist? how good is it? what spares do we need to take? etc etc any advice would be appreciated.
    thanks, tony.
    I had occasion to use the Citroen Roadside Assist a couple of years ago and it was excellent. The guy on the other end of the phone knew what he was talking about and I had help within 20 minutes (at Dubbo).

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    Quote Originally Posted by XTC
    Full size spare wheel is about the only spare you need ...

    Do not travel at night ... it's just not worth it, having driven the Nullarbor a few weeks ago the amount of road kill is amazing, you have to drive around it.

    There is no more than 250kms without a fuel stop, premium available all the way. Highest price was $1.79 for ron98.

    Do not carry fruit or veg or honey into WA, customs stop and check you.

    Book a room at Eucla Motel if that's a stop point, to ensure you get AC in the room.

    Do bother to stop along the coast ... lots of whales have been seen at the head of the bight recently.

    Accommodation between Eucla and Kalgoorlie is very average, plan to do this one long long day in a single stretch if possible.

    Tell people what day you expect to be where.

    Don't stress if you seem to be using more fuel then you should, a headwind is usual, the road is NOT highway smooth and for the sake of probably less then 1-1.5 ltre per 100kms, I'd rather sit at 110 then 95kph .. makes a time difference over an 1000+ km stretch.

    Enjoy, it's not that bad.

    - xTc -
    That's perfect advice in my view! Just perfect. I'd suggest, near Eucla, taking the small side tracks to see the Nullarbor Cliffs - awesome, just awesome. And the farthest east has a whale-watching sign I think, but you might be too late now.

    We've driven Perth-Adelaide return several times. I'd strongly endorse the "don't travel at night" advice. Particularly for roos - very active around dawn and dusk. You could also, if time permits, come to Perth via Esperance, Albany, Denmark, Pemberton and Manjimup, and see the most wonderful forests, wineries, woodcraft etc. The SW of WA is amazingly good.

    Travel safely.

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    Never had to use Citroen road side service, but isn't it just NRMA? They're not Citroen technicians, wearing Citroen uniforms right??
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    No they are not citroen technicians I think it is outsourced to external contractors.
    That was the impression I got when a guy brought out a new battery for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uga Boga
    Never had to use Citroen road side service, but isn't it just NRMA? They're not Citroen technicians, wearing Citroen uniforms right??
    Not necessarily. They seem to have service agreements with appropriate people. For example, the guy who came to us for battery trouble was from Battery World. This is probably why the Cit Assist response time is much faster than NRMA

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    Try an be prepared for anything. Coming back from Perth after the easter CitIn it rained heavily the all the way back to Ceduna. Do you think we were prepared for rain with new wiper blades etc etc? No way!!

    I recomend taking a 40ch UHF radio. They take some of the bordom out of the long trip and make passing trucks a breeze. Alot of people hire radios.

    Have a great trip



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    I last did the Nullabor in my airconditioned GS Pallas in 1978. We booked our accom ahead based on doing 800km a day and found that we were arriving at the next stop at between 2 and 3 pm in the afternoon - way too soon. So if I did it again, I would plan it for at least 1000km per day.

    I seem to remember good cliff views and lots of thirsty flies every time you left the car.

    Enjoy

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    You have to be escorted by a fleet of other Citroens, including DS, 2CV, GS, BX, XM and a Xsara. Well at least that's what happened when a C3 1.4m and a C3 Pluriel went west for Cit In.

    Roger and Ann from Vic decided at the last minute to take Ann's C3 as an exhaust part for their XM Break had not arrived in time. The car performed faultlessly but R&A had a small engel fridge to keep the milk and marge etc cool.

    Eucla motel - well.... At least it's a bed, shower and a meal. Don't be late though because the kitchen closes early.

    The use of at least a hand held UHF will make life a little more interesting and easier for overtaking road trains. (Ch 40 for trucks) but be brief and polite on Ch 40. Read some instructions on channels to use and avoid on UHF and learn about repeater channels.

    Take lots of pics and if you want to stop - do it. It is a very interesting journey.

    Last but not least take LOTS of CDs or other methods of musical entertainment. You know you are isolated when there is ZERO radio.
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