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    I am looking for a good bonnet for a Series 2 Xantia. No, not a failed strut mount as it's a Series 2 and mine are in good condition - it's just bent and not repairable.

    Any leads much appreciated.

    Chris

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    Hi Chris,
    the local wreckers in Melbourne have several series 2 cars, all with bonnets last time I checked. They might freight /courier to Adelaide. The company is called Imlachs, their website is www.imlachs.com.au. They are also know as "Centre rd Wreckers" (03) 9547 7377...open 7 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Citquery View Post
    I am looking for a good bonnet for a Series 2 Xantia. No, not a failed strut mount as it's a Series 2 and mine are in good condition - it's just bent and not repairable.

    Any leads much appreciated.

    Chris
    Makes a nice change for a bonnet not to be damaged by a strut! Series 2 car, as you said.

    Have you checked Martin Bray at Clarendon?

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    Default Xantia Series 2 bonnet

    Thank you George and John.

    I like to get at least two prices on these sorts of things. I have Martin's as a (highish) benchmark, but on phoning Imlachs, I got the response "a Cit-what? - we don't handle much French stuff". I told the guy I had been advised they had a Xantia (or two) and suggested he ask someone else. Bottom line: no joy.

    I also spotted David Cavanagh's wagon. He is quite transparent about the servicability of certain parts (including the Series 2 bonnet). On close inspection of the first photo you'll see a slight bow around the bonnet prop area. Mine's got that - only worse - plus a couple of decent dings in the bonnet surface itself. My panel beater reckons he can straighten the bow and dents, but because of the construction of the bonnet, with use and flexing, he thinks the bow will return. We discussed welding in a gusset, but that all starts to get fairly fiddly - and still no guarantee it'll work.

    Apparently a new bonnet is available at about $1200 + GST. Not viable on current values.

    The car's quite driveable as it is, so I'll probably just keep looking.

    Thanks again for the suggestions.

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Citquery View Post
    Thank you George and John.

    I like to get at least two prices on these sorts of things. I have Martin's as a (highish) benchmark, but on phoning Imlachs, I got the response "a Cit-what? - we don't handle much French stuff". I told the guy I had been advised they had a Xantia (or two) and suggested he ask someone else. Bottom line: no joy.

    I also spotted David Cavanagh's wagon. He is quite transparent about the servicability of certain parts (including the Series 2 bonnet). On close inspection of the first photo you'll see a slight bow around the bonnet prop area. Mine's got that - only worse - plus a couple of decent dings in the bonnet surface itself. My panel beater reckons he can straighten the bow and dents, but because of the construction of the bonnet, with use and flexing, he thinks the bow will return. We discussed welding in a gusset, but that all starts to get fairly fiddly - and still no guarantee it'll work.

    Apparently a new bonnet is available at about $1200 + GST. Not viable on current values.

    The car's quite driveable as it is, so I'll probably just keep looking.

    Thanks again for the suggestions.

    Chris
    Hi Chris,

    I've been watching this thread and when I saw our wagon was a series 2 I was ready to jump on line and tell you but on close inspection I don't think its good enough so I didn't mention it. Yes its bowed as well as hail damage.

    We will probably keep it in stock, it might sell to someone just trying to keep an old car going but not good enough for a good car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Citquery View Post
    Thank you George and John.

    I like to get at least two prices on these sorts of things. I have Martin's as a (highish) benchmark,
    Apparently a new bonnet is available at about $1200 + GST. Not viable on current values.


    Chris
    (highish) That'd be undrstatement of the year...I was after a bonnet a few years ago and he wanted $1100....but after my dud wishbone ($250 and it lasted a month before chewing out the front bush) and total refusal of any refund or even discount on another (it was my fault didnt even want to talk about it) I'll never deal with him again....ended up getting 2 brand new aftermarket wishbones from the UK for less than his one including UK post, .......and he wanted $10 extra to photocopy 1 page out of haynes on how to fit.

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    Default Xantia Series 2 bonnet

    Thanks, David. I appreciated the frank description of the wagon.

    Stuart, I recall your wishbone experience from a while ago.

    Chris

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    Default Xantia Series 2 bonnet - still wanted

    Further to my intial posting late in November 2011, I'm still looking for a good second-hand Series 2 Xantia bonnet.

    Martin Bray's has suffered similar damage to mine and has been repaired as mine will be if I can't find a decent straight bonnet.

    So this posting is essentially to check whether anyone is aware of such a bonnet, before I take the repair path.

    Any leads much appreciated.

    Chris
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    A Google search for "Citroen Xantia wrecking" shows that Picknpayless in Melbourne have a series 2 in dark blue, with photos. I have no more knowledge than this.
    I'm keeping the one I have as the family still runs two Xantias.
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    Bruce,

    Thanks for your reply. I found the one you referred to (via Google) and phoned them this morning, but the only Citroen they currently have is a Berlingo.

    As the guy said, once they load information onto their website, it remains accessible via Google, even though the stock may have been sold - which seems to be the case here.

    Pity, because the bonnet looked quite straight from the images - although it would need closer scrutiny.

    Thanks again.

    Chris

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