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S10GTA

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4,148 posts

47 months

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To be fair, its a bit of a dog, but I got it for £370.

Mark-C

1,815 posts

85 months

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Good work - I really must summon up the balls to do something like this ....

S10GTA

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Home now after my trip to see the Activa. My day started in the civic, followed by a blast up to motorway to Dunstable in a saxo vts



We arrived at the worst car lot in the world full of utter crap, including this lambo....



To find this very tired, unloved xantia Activa.



The stop light was on constantly, the bodywork was in bits and the brake lights didn't work. The guy was on his own and wasn't overly keen on getting it out unless I was really interested at the price, shown as £499.

I really should have walked away, but we fitted a new battery and started it up. It sounded spot on. I was interested, but not at that money.



It was still reasonable value at that price, but it was time to play hardball. I offered £300, which was rejected, then £350. For this I would take the car away as it is, without driving it, and without his one week warranty. A deal was struck for £370, to include the tax (end of Jan) and I drove it away.

My first port of call was the local halfords for some LHM.



Twelve quid later, and the stop light issue was fixed.

I then stuck twenty quid of fuel in it, and set about the 2hr drive home, where I am now. I even made it without breaking down.

Initial reactions are good. The spheres need replacing as the ride is rock solid, but crucially the Activa part works, and the car doesn't lean. I need to fix the brake lights, along with a few other small jobs. The bodywork is in a bad way, but can be saved.







The interior isn't too bad, if you ignore the wood



It has a 6 cd changer in the boot, and a traffic master button too. I need the key code for the radio tho.

Oh, and I found a quid in the ashtray, so this one cost me £369.



drdino

37 posts

22 months

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Amazing find! Are you going to flush the hydraulic system? I am sure you are aware of it, but make sure the pipes in the engine bay are not too rotten. laugh

rossub

415 posts

70 months

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Saxo vts you say scratchchin The poor thing must be REALLY confused by its number plate then!
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S10GTA

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Once upon a time it was a vtr....

Anyway, brake lights fixed! The switch on the pedal was unclipped.....was this car about to be used as an attempt at insurance fraud?!

Max M4X WW

2,494 posts

62 months

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Amazing!

Bumpers should be an easy find on ebay and you have to keep the 'wood'!

S10GTA

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Yep, just need to find one in silver!

Anyway, final update for tonight. I have removed the 3 remaining mud flaps.





This is how it stands for now.



Edited by S10GTA on Sunday 7th October 18:25

A lex

11,093 posts

113 months

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Great find!

I wouldnt even bother with the bodywork - its an honest £400 car and it looks all the better for it!

What happened to the XM? frown

v8will

2,681 posts

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A lex said:
Great find!

I wouldnt even bother with the bodywork - its an honest £400 car and it looks all the better for it!

What happened to the XM? frown
He got bored and sold out.

I agree, a little patina does it no harm. Run it till it needs something expensive and then move on IMHO.

JayTee94

10,974 posts

37 months

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We had a 2000 Citroen Xantia 2.0HDi Estate. We had it a month and cost approx £2,300 in that one month. In the end we got rid. Maybe just our example, but it has put me off Citroens of that era for good. We paid good money for the car aswell. irked

I wish you all the best though, you always find bargains. smile

S10GTA

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v8will said:
A lex said:
Great find!

I wouldnt even bother with the bodywork - its an honest £400 car and it looks all the better for it!

What happened to the XM? frown
He got bored and sold out.

I agree, a little patina does it no harm. Run it till it needs something expensive and then move on IMHO.
Can't agree on this one. These things are rare and deserve to be looked after. One has just gone on eBay for significantly more than I paid.

JayTee94

10,974 posts

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I think I read that the Lambo is a replica aswell. I am happy to be corrected. smile

rossub

415 posts

70 months

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S10GTA said:
Once upon a time it was a vtr....

Anyway, brake lights fixed! The switch on the pedal was unclipped.....was this car about to be used as an attempt at insurance fraud?!
It was the "M3" as well as the VTR that prompted my comment smile

Best of luck with this one, I do enjoy your threads.

v8will

2,681 posts

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S10GTA said:
Can't agree on this one. These things are rare and deserve to be looked after. One has just gone on eBay for significantly more than I paid.
Indeed, overlooked the fact it's an Activa. Apologies.

S10GTA

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v8will said:
Indeed, overlooked the fact it's an Activa. Apologies.
No apology needed. It's just a xantia to most, including my Mrs!

CarlosV8

480 posts

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Ooooh, good choice. Let me know if you get bored of this one, I've fancied a go in an Activa for some time and will be in the market for a cheap 5 door runabout sometime soon wink

northwest monkey

2,763 posts

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S10GTA said:
v8will said:
Indeed, overlooked the fact it's an Activa. Apologies.
No apology needed. It's just a xantia to most, including my Mrs!
At the risk of sounding stupid, what's the deal with this car? I'm with your Mrs here (not literally) - it just seems like a Xantia to me.

For the uneducated on here tell us about this carsmile

davepoth

22,643 posts

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northwest monkey said:
At the risk of sounding stupid, what's the deal with this car? I'm with your Mrs here (not literally) - it just seems like a Xantia to me.

For the uneducated on here tell us about this carsmile
Active suspension, in a nutshell.

http://www.citroenet.org.uk/miscellaneous/hydrauli...


northwest monkey

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davepoth said:
Active suspension, in a nutshell.
As in the F1 style active suspension?

Pretty impressive!

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