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    Default Hello everyone.

    Hi everyone, I'm a long time lurker but newly registered member here, thought I'd say hello. While I don't own a French car yet, there are quite a few that I fancy and as I can see myself being ruined financially by something with hydraulic suspension in the future I figured it was best that I signed up now to try and learn as much as I can.

    I have always aspired to be a car designer but times have been tough for younger designers recently, particularly in Australia and so while my current employment doesn't see me using my degree, I also run a website where I post my musings on the past and present state of design and the car industry. If you're interested its The Thinker's Garage (I hope posting this is within the rules, its a hobby site I make no money off but feel free to remove this if its a problem mods).

    Currently, my garage is full of Italian cars, Alfas to be precise, but they are by no means my sole automotive love.

    Anyway, I hope to learn a lot and hopefully I can contribute too.

    -Andrew.

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    Welcome - Participate - Enjoy.

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    Welcome! Don't let the hydraulics worry you too much. Basically it is a pump to pressurise, metal HP lines and rubber return lines. At the age of the Dees and CX/GS rubber fatigue/cracks seem to be the major problem. On the four I've got I've needed to replace one HP pump which was readily available. The major part/fun of the hydraulics seems to be actually tracing the leak! Once found it can be dealt with. Often it takes a great deal of sleuthing to locate the sod of a leak as it runs and dribbles here and there. All good fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AGM155 View Post

    Currently, my garage is full of Italian cars, Alfas to be precise, but they are by no means my sole automotive love.

    -Andrew.
    and youre worried about being financially ruined by some hydraulics!

    my feeling is that no matter how much one spends tinkering on older cars, it never comes close to the depreciation associated with cars from new, so i reckon you're pretty safe.

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    Haha fair call. I think I will be financially ruined by cars no matter what.

    Anyway, here's a belated christmas image I made for my site, I figured some here would enjoy it.


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    If you have a website called The Thinker's Garage and it is full of Alfa's, what were you thinking at the time?

    More to the point what scary thoughts are you thinking when you contemplate hydraulic Citroens?

    Have you considered seeking professional help with regards to your thoughts? I warn you in advance, most of the posters here are beyond help. Be careful that you don't become infected.

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    Default Welcome :)

    Hi Andrew
    A thinker eh ? that'l be a change for AFs. Welcome to the wild and wacky world of AFs and AFers. New blood is always welcome and discussion is good even if you admit to deviant cars . Settle in . I will peruse your site when I get back on a decent internet connection.
    I have had a selection of French cars, some with hydraulics and currently hydraulics + electronics, I know which is the most scary of those two, but life's a learning experience !!!
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    Hi and welcome Andrew
    Citroens have all the same problems as other conventionally suspended cars with some unique to the hydraulics & in my experience, mostly the least of your problems once understood.
    Each model will have it's share or potential problems & you should decide what you want from your vehicle first , decide on a model range, & seek specific advice here from those in the know.

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    I think you should create a Passionate Man's Garage to house the Alfas and then move the Citroens into the Thinker's Garage.

    John

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    Thanks for the welcomes everyone,

    My choice of car would depend on how I go financially and what comes up for sale in the next 12-18 months or so. Having dealt with a Lancia and a number of Alfas including a grey import 155 over the last few years I would consider myself pretty brave. One of the downsides to having mechanically interesting cars is that less people know what they're doing when they're working on them - you've just got to find the good guys and build a rapport with them.

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