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    Default CX cross country jaunt

    There was some interest in my recent drive to Cit-in and the return journey. I travelled from Perth to Brisbane in a 1978 CX with a diesel engine and four speed gearbox. Cruised at 100kph and found the car very comfortable and covered over 1000km each day.

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    I've just returned post Cit-in via Lightning Ridge and then Dubbo, travelling with Bob and Justin - in their cars (the diesel and Bob's canary yellow CX) I picked up my purchase from Donat - 1981 CX Reflex Familiale - and drove that back to Denmark on the South Coast of WA.

    Found this car to be most comfortable around 100kph where it returned 10km per litre or approx 28mpg - not bad for a three speed automatic.

    Have posted images at
    www.denmarkwa.biz/citroen/Cit-in2011

    So far have covered trip to Brisbane and will add period in QLD and return trip over the next few days for those interested.

    Note to Simca drivers travelling across later in the year:
    Avoid refuelling at Balladonia - last Thursday they wanted 197.9 cpl when Norseman (200km west) was 175.9 cpl and I got petrol at Esperance for 145.9 cpl
    In the middle of the Nullabor the cheapest was Mundrabilla at 179.9 cpl.

    ADDED:

    Distance travelled:
    5,227km to get to Stanthorpe
    5,384km in Familiale on top of that
    10,611km overall with all but 470km in two CXs - the 470km was in my DS21

    Used 608.5 litres of fuel for the ditance travelled in the Familiale.
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    Icon14 Most of the pages now completed

    For those interested in the journey I've now completed and put all bar the last page up.

    The journey to Stanthorpe was 'officially' 5227km driven in Citroens - DS21 to Perth, CX diesel Perth to Brisbane, CX Familiale Brisbane to Stanthorpe. I've got the Sebastian Loeb cap and the Cit-in trophy to show for it.

    Will add the distance travelled in the Familiale later today. Don't think my travels will be much short of 10,000km in these wonderful cars - CX's forever!


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    Good site - I will get around to reading it all later this week.

    It's a pity they added "In a Citroen" to the tropy. We did 9400km to get there whilst four of us made large donations to the ailing NZ economy.

    Even though we drove to Brisbane in two C5s, flew in French aircraft (three times) and of course they would have Michelin tyres on and use a form of LHM, and then the GPS always had a Citroen vehicle as its tracking logo the whole way. We even screached to a halt in country NZ to photograph some old Tractions and were passed in the streets of Auckland by a black DS, but, sob, no trophy.

    Ah it was a long shot but a great way to arrive at Cit In.

    Well done Rob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmac View Post
    For those interested in the journey I've now completed and put all bar the last page up.

    The journey to Stanthorpe was 'officially' 5227km driven in Citroens - DS21 to Perth, CX diesel Perth to Brisbane, CX Familiale Brisbane to Stanthorpe. I've got the Sebastian Loeb cap and the Cit-in trophy to show for it.

    Will add the distance travelled in the Familiale later today. Don't think my travels will be much short of 10,000km in these wonderful cars - CX's forever!


    Great account of your adventure, read every word and enjoyed the pics... despite it being 2011 Australia still can be harsh brown land, the broken pump belt whilst a nuisance at the time reminds us just how reliant we are on small components to keep us on the road, and added to your adventure - could have been much worse.

    Sounds like you well and truly deserve your trophies and then some

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    Thanks Rob,

    I really enjoyed reading that How come we only break belts hundreds of kilometers from anywhere? The only belt I've ever broken in 20years of driving cars was an alternator belt in the middle of Tassie (yep every petrol station sold .... petrol and food ).

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    Thanks for sharing Rob...very nice photography...A picture tells a thousand words...A spectacular country and nice looking cars...



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    Thanks "Ross"

    Pics are amazing. What a wonderful trip we all had. Probably close to 20,000km driving in CX's across this great land! Part of me is glad I have much less to travel to next years Cit-In though!

    Cheers,

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    Great story. Great pics. Great adventure.

    For others doing a trip like that, a jerry can of petrol makes a good companion. In Daffy Duck I always have one 20L container full and if appropriate I have both 20L cans full.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBN View Post
    Great story. Great pics. Great adventure.

    For others doing a trip like that, a jerry can of petrol makes a good companion. In Daffy Duck I always have one 20L container full and if appropriate I have both 20L cans full.

    John
    I did notice fuel containers on special the only night I saw TV in Brisbane and the following day was Good Friday so never got to get one.

    I'm always an optomist when it comes to fuel and can judge it pretty well. Now I've driven the car the first 5000km I think I have its measure
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    I bet you glad it's a wagon (you can sleep in the back unless your taller than 6' you know ). The wagons have an 80litre tank. The sedans only 68

    the old wagon here used to do over 1000kms on a tank ( 80litres @ 42mpg)

    seeya,
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    '78 GS1220 pallas
    '92 Range Rover Classic ... 5spd manual.

    Yay ... No Slugomatics


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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron View Post
    I bet you glad it's a wagon (you can sleep in the back unless your taller than 6' you know ). The wagons have an 80litre tank. The sedans only 68

    the old wagon here used to do over 1000kms on a tank ( 80litres @ 42mpg)

    seeya,
    Shane L.
    The Familiale doesn't have the length for sleeping unless you remove a row of seats - however I did find that with the driver's seat fully back and the backrest reclined I could stretch my feet and fit my 6'2" frame in a reasonable sleeping position.

    Being an automatic the fuel consumption is heavier. The handbook figure of 28mpg at a steady 53mph seems very accurate and what I managed. Would love to get 42mpg!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmac View Post
    The Familiale doesn't have the length for sleeping unless you remove a row of seats - however I did find that with the driver's seat fully back and the backrest reclined I could stretch my feet and fit my 6'2" frame in a reasonable sleeping position.
    Did you unclip the headrests and turn them upside down and clip them back on when you slept? Such a brilliant design which places the "bump" of the headrest into your neck and makes a very good head pillow.

    It took me a while on my first CX to work out why they had 2 male clips on each side of the headrest and 3 female clips on the headrest frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmac View Post
    Being an automatic the fuel consumption is heavier. The handbook figure of 28mpg at a steady 53mph seems very accurate and what I managed.
    that's 604 mileage
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmac View Post
    Being an automatic the fuel consumption is heavier. The handbook figure of 28mpg at a steady 53mph seems very accurate and what I managed. Would love to get 42mpg!
    Shane's wagon was a diesel, that's why.
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    After a two week wait the Familiale went for its inspection today. The front right indicator chose this morning to fall apart so I swapped the park light part across to the indicator and was told to get the other fixed ASAP.

    I also had to undo the LHS rear light cluster to reconnect the rear wiper/washer and prove it was working.

    Only other comment was that I needed to degrease the lower part of the engine. Inspector was fascinated with the location of the horn button, how the suspension 'softness' varied when I put it on high as well as the difference in the steering between when the engine is running to when it isn't.

    After an hour "Queenie" passed inspection and I can now proceed with local registration. Donat can get his QLD plates back.

    Am I glad WA doesn't have a system of annual inspections.
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    Congratulations.
    Nice to hear you have reasonable inspectors over there
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    My wife and I just sat down and went through your photos - good stuff! Plenty of familiar scenes as we've done the trip several times and love the drive, usually heading South to Adelaide or via Mildura to Melbourne or Sydney, but havent been through the Broken Hill way. Madura Pass and Horrocks Pass are favourites for us.
    We stay in motels or cabins, so a bit more comfortable, too!
    I might take a 10 litre jerrycan, but generally dont worry these days, just fill up when the tanks still half full and then dont worry about it. Even with the higher cost it's what, $20-$30 more for the trip, not worth the dramas and the wasted boot space. But if you are driving through the night, its easy to forget that most (if not all) the roadhouses are not 24 hour - in my younger days I remember sleeping in the car parked at the bowser in Cocklebiddy, waiting for the guy to wake me up when he opened up in the morning.

    Looks like you had a great trip, with a bit of drama thrown in to give you a long rest at Mundrabilla.

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