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    Default if at first you buy a lemon

    go and look at buying another one!!

    off to look at a CT on Wed night with one of the blokes I work with

    http://www.carsales.com.au/private/d...x&sort=default

    other than the strut mounts what else do we need to keep an eye out for??

    I'll be checking the suspension, and trying to take notice of any shitty looking hoses....

    IIRC they have an issue with the air con fan?? Something about needing to fit new resistors or some such?

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    A/C fan modules are a weak point as are heater cores and the hoses at the heater core elbow at the firewall. Hard and brittle return lines will let you down as will flat spheres. Check for a leaking LHM pump (drips onto alternator and that's fairly expensive). Window regs fail, but the Tukish bits via eBay are a fix for that now. The rest is really condition related as for any used car.

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    thanks David.

    So raise it up lower it down, with my head in underneath and try and keep an eye out for any leaking...

    I was really happy with mine, when it ran... Hopefully this one has been loved a bit more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cam740 View Post

    So raise it up lower it down, with my head in underneath and try and keep an eye out for any leaking...
    Might be hard to keep an eye out for leaks with a Citroen on your head....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistareno View Post
    Might be hard to keep an eye out for leaks with a Citroen on your head....


    i left out the little word BONNET...

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    The devil is in the detail. The difference between Citroen and citron (lemon) is one e.

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    It is the same year and model as ours, same colour if British (?) Racing Green.
    Doesn't have big mileage for a 97. Ours now has 140k km........the brake douser was leaking when we bought it at 65k km. We have fixed the heater cabin fan, replaced the ac pump, all spheres and tyres. The leaking HP pump is often due to perished O rings which are cheap and easy to fix. I have been advised to disable the security key pad " as they always give trouble" haven't done that yet. I agree the rubber LHM return pipes are a weakness and also heater cores, but haven't confronted those hassles as yet. I have had our front strut mounts checked as OK. Someone said they had fixed crashing ruuber mounts by then, but worth checking.
    The CT is a great drive, but like all 14 year old cars, age is their biggest weakness. Once sorted they are reliable and capable of big mileage trouble free. So if it checks out, I wouldn't be put off. The best of Xantia IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBN View Post
    The devil is in the detail. The difference between Citroen and citron (lemon) is one e.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moulton2speed View Post
    It is the same year and model as ours, same colour if British (?) Racing Green.
    Doesn't have big mileage for a 97. Ours now has 140k km........the brake douser was leaking when we bought it at 65k km. We have fixed the heater cabin fan, replaced the ac pump, all spheres and tyres. The leaking HP pump is often due to perished O rings which are cheap and easy to fix. I have been advised to disable the security key pad " as they always give trouble" haven't done that yet. I agree the rubber LHM return pipes are a weakness and also heater cores, but haven't confronted those hassles as yet. I have had our front strut mounts checked as OK. Someone said they had fixed crashing ruuber mounts by then, but worth checking.
    The CT is a great drive, but like all 14 year old cars, age is their biggest weakness. Once sorted they are reliable and capable of big mileage trouble free. So if it checks out, I wouldn't be put off. The best of Xantia IMO
    thanks Moulton, how long have you had it for???

    I'm going there with my young bloke from work to buy it for him, i'm TRYING to convince myself not to take $1800 with me as well !!!

    as i said earlier, i REALLY enjoyed driving mine when i had it, its mid range grunt was addictive! was it let down due to poor service? Or just unlucky? Or the guys I took it to not knowing what they were doing? Who knows, but i barely got 5000k outta it

    I'm tossing up between this and the 405 Wagon thats for sale on here with the Mi16 engine and trans in it

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBN View Post
    The devil is in the detail. The difference between Citroen and citron (lemon) is one e.

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    As an Glogwog you should know Dutch for lemon is citroen.

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