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Vince70

1,758 posts

77 months

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Great car I remember my neighbour buying an activa Diesel with full leather, it worked in my favour as I bought his previous xantia, which was one of the most reliable cars I've ever owned.
But saying that my diesel xantia was complete poverty spec with no electrics and was a N/A diesel so quite slow I think that was the main reason why it was so reliable.
Are the brakes quite grabby on the activa, I think my old xantia's brakes could only do emergency stop it seemed with the brakes it was all or nothing.

TheInternet

820 posts

46 months

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S10GTA said:
It can 0.98g round a corner, which was more than a lot of supercars of its time.
Top elk/moose test results (km/h):

Citroën Xantia Activa V6 1999 85
Porsche 996 GT2 2004 82
Porsche 997 Carrera 4S 2008 82
Porsche 997 GT3 RS -08 82
Porsche 997 GT2 -08 81,5
Porsche 997 Carrera S -08 81
Porsche 997 Carrera S Cabr -05 81
Audi R8 4,2 FSI -08 80
Chevrolet Corvette C6 -05 80
Opel Omega 2,2 (sportchassi)-00 80
Nissan 350Z -04 79
Porsche Boxster S -08 79
BMW Z4 sDrive35i -10 78
Ford Focus RS -10 78
Porsche 997 Turbo Cabriolet -08 78
Porsche Cayman -08 78
BMW 330xd Coupé -07 77,5
Audi S8 -06 77
BMW M3 Coupé -07 77
BMW M3 Sedan -08 77

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205pat

143 posts

56 months

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Im ashamed to say i'd never heard about this car until now, what a fantastic sleeper! Absolute bargain too!

S10GTA

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4,366 posts

50 months

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205pat said:
Im ashamed to say i'd never heard about this car until now, what a fantastic sleeper! Absolute bargain too!
It was a bargin, but don't be fooled, I'm looking at blowing at the very least twice the purchase price to get it up to scratch.

Rosscow

2,005 posts

46 months

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Can't believe the S8 barge beats the M3's!
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DHE

2,786 posts

73 months

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Thats a lot of car for the money. Reminds me of my old mans Xantia V6.

Max M4X WW

2,657 posts

65 months

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Rosscow said:
Can't believe the S8 barge beats the M3's!
Heavier, wider, Quattro, I guess?

Kitchski

2,919 posts

114 months

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Max M4X WW said:
Rosscow said:
Can't believe the S8 barge beats the M3's!
Heavier, wider, Quattro, I guess?
Maybe, but looking at that list it equals the M3, not beats it.

TotalControl

6,673 posts

81 months

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Great car. Brings back memories of the dark green one a family member had back at the end of the 90's. Not sure if it was like this model but I remember going to Heathrow in it and puking on the back seat. biggrin

davepoth

22,916 posts

82 months

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Kitchski said:
Max M4X WW said:
Rosscow said:
Can't believe the S8 barge beats the M3's!
Heavier, wider, Quattro, I guess?
Maybe, but looking at that list it equals the M3, not beats it.
I think in an S8 you could probably just drive through the moose anyway.

DanielJames

5,274 posts

51 months

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Great car, reminds me of my Primera GT in a way, an older Q car with a great chassis ..

Apache

38,763 posts

167 months

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Rosscow said:
Hoygo said:
Did Citroen fit the suspension system to a non sh!t car? Or any PSA group car with it? Such a shame its not used to at least a 200 bhp hot hatch,it would have been great.
It does seem strange, doesn't it!
Probably a combination of it being quite heavy, bulky and complex. Oh and wasn't the Xantia a bit of a make or break car for Citroen? I had one, it was an 8 valve 2.0 and a more gutless and uninspiring thing I've yet to drive. The driving position was fixed at uncomfortable with the pedalbox being directly under the wheel, it was also unreliable and the switchgear a joke....but I liked the looks of it.

Kitchski

2,919 posts

114 months

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davepoth said:
Kitchski said:
Max M4X WW said:
Rosscow said:
Can't believe the S8 barge beats the M3's!
Heavier, wider, Quattro, I guess?
Maybe, but looking at that list it equals the M3, not beats it.
I think in an S8 you could probably just drive through the moose anyway.
laugh

What cones!!?

Kitchski

2,919 posts

114 months

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Apache said:
Rosscow said:
Hoygo said:
Did Citroen fit the suspension system to a non sh!t car? Or any PSA group car with it? Such a shame its not used to at least a 200 bhp hot hatch,it would have been great.
It does seem strange, doesn't it!
Probably a combination of it being quite heavy, bulky and complex. Oh and wasn't the Xantia a bit of a make or break car for Citroen? I had one, it was an 8 valve 2.0 and a more gutless and uninspiring thing I've yet to drive. The driving position was fixed at uncomfortable with the pedalbox being directly under the wheel, it was also unreliable and the switchgear a joke....but I liked the looks of it.
Xantia wasn't really make or break, that was the BX. Citroen were already clearing up in the small hatch sector with the ZX, which was tanning everything until the 306 came along (same car, just better looking!).
The important job for the Xantia was to continue the diesel success story of the BX, which is a car that pretty much rewrote the rules in the 80's for it's class/sector. The petrol engines in the Xantia were a bit limp, so in group tests sometimes the Mondeo or Laguna would pip it depending on the mag, but in the diesel tests the 1.9TD models always romped home....until Peugeot spoiled the party again!

Driving position is a bit funny, but switchgear I've never found an issue. Looks....I actually think when it came out it was pretty handsome, certainly when compared to a mk3 Cavalier or a Mondeo. Hasn't aged well though!

Rosscow

2,005 posts

46 months

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Kitchski said:
Maybe, but looking at that list it equals the M3, not beats it.
True, but the fact it is an older car and about a ton heavier = win!

zedx19

573 posts

23 months

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Looking forward to seeing what happens to this!

Robmarriott

568 posts

41 months

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TheInternet said:
Top elk/moose test results (km/h):

Citroën Xantia Activa V6 1999 85
Porsche 996 GT2 2004 82
Porsche 997 Carrera 4S 2008 82
Porsche 997 GT3 RS -08 82
Porsche 997 GT2 -08 81,5
Porsche 997 Carrera S -08 81
Porsche 997 Carrera S Cabr -05 81
Audi R8 4,2 FSI -08 80
Chevrolet Corvette C6 -05 80
Opel Omega 2,2 (sportchassi)-00 80
Nissan 350Z -04 79
Porsche Boxster S -08 79
BMW Z4 sDrive35i -10 78
Ford Focus RS -10 78
Porsche 997 Turbo Cabriolet -08 78
Porsche Cayman -08 78
BMW 330xd Coupé -07 77,5
Audi S8 -06 77
BMW M3 Coupé -07 77
BMW M3 Sedan -08 77

Full list
Sorry to quote this in full but... WTF how is the Omega up there?

gareth_r

1,199 posts

120 months

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m8rky said:
Great stuff watching with interest. The only car in the last century or so of motoring that has dared to move away from the basic principles of springs, torsion bars etc. I just hope one day they get recognised as such. As an important a car as the DS IMO.
Not quite the only one... (although Toyota made only 873 cars smile).

Toyota Motor Corp. - Integrated Chassis Control System for Improved Vehicle Dynamics


Edited by gareth_r on Wednesday 10th October 13:57

Andy665

1,270 posts

111 months

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Vince70 said:
Great car I remember my neighbour buying an activa Diesel
Call me an anorak but weren't all UK Activas 2.0 turbo petrols?

Kitchski

2,919 posts

114 months

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Andy665 said:
Vince70 said:
Great car I remember my neighbour buying an activa Diesel
Call me an anorak but weren't all UK Activas 2.0 turbo petrols?
They were. Many people get Hydractive and Activa confused. Activa diesels (2.1TD and HDi) were available in LHD though.
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