OK, the time has come to part with Zaphod the Xantia. He's a mixture of good, bad & ugly, but that's only to be expected in a car that's covered 268,000km.
When I bought him the previous owner handed over a file detailing everything that had been done to the car since it left the showroom, and I've got pretty detailed listings of everything I've done since.
In recent times, as in over the past two or three year of my ownership, he's had lots of niggly things replaced or repaired. There are many pluses as follows:
Spheres: good. New fronts two years ago, rears checked fine and accumulator checked in spec as well.
Hydraulics: Good. Complete LHM change last year, pump replaced with a good spare (unnecessarily as it turned out) suction hose replaced and strut returns also replaced/repaired. Rides like a hydraulic Citroen should.
Brakes: Had new discs when I bought it (68,000km ago) and I've just replaced the front pads and adjusted the handbrake. Stops straight and true. Silly spring modified with a rubber plug for better feel.
Suspension: Left hand tierod replaced. Front end checked and aligned. Drives straight and true. The strut tops were replaced with the new design ones before I bought the car, and show no signs of deterioration at present.
Tyres: Half worn, but still grippy. 5 mag wheels with good spare.
Electricals: Ignition switch replaced. Alternator reconditioned. Starter motor reconditioned. Fuse box replaced with one that has all the potential dry joints re-soldered. (Fixed a few niggles!) Headlamp relays fitted. Central locking kit fitted. Heater blower fan is working at present, has been replaced with another one before and has the relay conversion fitted.
Gearbox: ZF 4HP14 which is silky smooth. Has regular fluid changes each time with Nulon G60 added. One of the best ones you're likely to drive.
Engine: Smooth and quiet, but is beginning to use a little bit of oil between changes. Doesn't blow smoke at all. Returns a regular 10km/litre (30mpg to us old blokes) around town and better on a long drive. This translates to an easy 600km range per tank.
Accessories are few, but useful. The factory roofracks, the abovementioned wireless central locking and a Pioneer stereo unit with bluetooth. Also has a towbar and wiring (50mm ball, 8 pin flat socket).
The things that I know about that need fixing:
Bottom engine mount is looking soft and needs replacement.
LH inner driveshaft boot is torn.
There are a few minor leaks around the engine and gearbox that I simply haven't traced yet.
Tailgate struts are fine on level ground but not as strong as they should be.
The windscreen is scratched from a dodgy wiper blade that I didn't notice until too late.
The bodywork is straight, but the paint is not. The big hailstorm in Melbourne a few years ago left a number of pock marks behind, particularly on the bonnet. The Australian sun has also taken its toll on the clear coat as well, so overall the paint isn't pretty. (It's dark blue). The well documented issue with cracking of door hinges on Xantia wagons doesn't seem to be happening on this one. Doors hang straight and there's no sign of cracking anywhere.
Interior is shabby, but not torn. Seats are comfortable and all the adjustments work.
I'd like to think I've painted a fair picture of the car. It still drives beautifully, despite its faults, but there comes a time when one has to move on. A good, straight honest car.
Anyone care to offer me $1500 or so? I'm open to reasonable offers. Obviously without RWC or registration.
The worst case scenario is that I drive it to the scrappy and take the scrap value along with the plates and walk away, but that would be a sad end to a good car.
So over to you, the Froggy Community. I look forward to enquiries via PM.