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    Default Thinking of Importing a car??? Read this.

    There's a guy on an overseas forum with a Xantia diesel.
    He sprung a leak in the sump and was asking for advice on how to patch it or if anyone had a s/h sump and if so what was involved in fitting.
    First question was whether it was a steel or an alloy and what size hole it had.
    To make a long story short, it turned out to be a hole around 4mm and it was rusted through.
    Knowing diesels as I do with their oil leaks and knowing hydraulic Cits as I do with their ability to drip LHM regardless of how good the system might be, you would have to wonder just how corrosive the salt they chuck on teh roads is over there if it can eat through the sump of a diesel engine that is in an oily environment....bloody amazing.
    Next time someone asks what the problems are in importing cars from the UK to Australia, point them at this posting might save typing a long post and trying to convince all & sundry how bad (by our standards) these things really are.

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    Alan,

    Tinsnail1 who has a Maxima (don't ask) in Canada, has just had exactly the same problem. Rusted sump although this time it was a petrol car.
    Strangely enough he has a Xantia td also in the UK...yep - a car in each country.

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    Hi Alan,

    if you ever see a freshly imported car from the UK you'll find they are spotless (and corroded/rusty) under the bonnet. The salt appear to have a highly detergent effect and washes any grease/oil off that would normally coat a car out here. My car is slowly starting to look like an aussie car under the bonnet (ie: oily & filthy ).

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    Shane,

    You forget we have a personal import BX16V series one???????????


    Alan S
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    Quote Originally Posted by ipb205
    Alan,

    Tinsnail1 who has a Maxima (don't ask) in Canada, has just had exactly the same problem. Rusted sump although this time it was a petrol car.
    Strangely enough he has a Xantia td also in the UK...yep - a car in each country.

    ipb.

    A car in each country....yep, what a life eh?

    Not only did the sump rust completely through on the Maxima (425,000kms still going strong) so did the fuel lines, and the muffler broke off too! All within a month of owning it. Ontario's salty roads really destroy cars...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan S
    Shane,

    You forget we have a personal import BX16V series one???????????


    Alan S
    Yep,

    but it's been in the country for years. If you see one come off the docks, there isn't any oil usually on them. The salty water must wash it off. They are just very corroded/rusty looking. Like I said, my car no longer looks like this either. Give 'em a couple of years of leaking oil/fluid out here and they take on the dirty look of an aussie car

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    '63 ID19 http://www.aussiefrogs.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90325
    '72 DS21 ie 5spd pallas (last looked at ... about 15years ago)
    '78 GS1220 pallas
    '92 Range Rover Classic ... 5spd manual.

    Yay ... No Slugomatics


    Modern Junk:
    '07 Poogoe 407 HDi 6spd manual

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    The salty roads clean them?

    Or is it the steam cleaning that's required to get them by Australian Customs?

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