Buying a Big Sister for the XM?

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Buying a Big Sister for the XM?

Post by ONMBDM » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:05 pm

Hi all,

I need a bit of advice folks.. I love my XM, genuinely but I am getting sick to death of doing fixer upper's every time I'm travelling more than 20 miles. Legit, I wanna carry on loving her but it's getting in the way. I'm thinking of buying this https://www.1linkdisposalnetwork.co.uk/ ... itroen-c1/ it's a citroen c1, basically new.

But I only want to buy it as a "big sister" to the XM, so for longer journeys etc, otherwise I'm gonna end up having to sell her and that's the last thing I want.

Has anyone else done a similar idea in order to continue loving their classics? Does it work or do you still just get fed up?

Also, if any better cars than the C1, feel free to advise, but it does seem cheap and cheerful and is a citroen...

Cheers all

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Re: Buying a Big Sister for the XM?

Post by jamescarruthers » Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:23 pm

A C1 for long journeys? Are you on drugs?

If you have money to spend, surely the XM could be made reliable and used for proper joureys in proper comfort. It's not too old to do that in nor unrealistic to expect it to do it. Mine ate up thousands of miles.
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Re: Buying a Big Sister for the XM?

Post by Dean » Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:36 pm

jamescarruthers wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:23 pm
A C1 for long journeys? Are you on drugs?
:lol: :lol:

There may still be some hard core "run an XM daily" guys out there, and that may be acceptable to them if they are clever with a spanner and you have the time, and other cars, but running a classic as your daily is hard work. Mine does sunny evening and weekend drives only and i love it more now than ever.
casual use and a second car means you can get a classic policy which (if you keep the car off road /garage) will result in sub £100 insurance. The C1 is not a motorway vehicle but it will do it and it will do it reliably and economically, parts are cheap and plentiful, garages know them inside out and they are cheap to buy.

My dad has always done this with his Stag by running an Isuzu DMax as a second car but then i think he lost his marbles because he recently decided to sell the modern depreciating Isuzu and replace it with an older (hopefully appreciating) 94 plate 3.2 Mercedes W124 estate... there is a wrong way of doing the whole second car thing.

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Post by citroenxm » Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:42 pm

Buy a c5 mk. 1... Way way cheaper then a c1.. Just as comfy with hydraulic suspension and still young enough to daily.. I've got one.. A 2.2 16v hdi 173bhp estate.. But it's about my 4th c5 mk. 1 or mk. 1r..
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Post by White Exec » Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:34 pm

Just don't go near a C5 mk3 (X7) if you want to sleep at night. Some serious and expensive faults.

Our terrain here dictates XM not a good idea for daily use, more out of respect for it than any doubts about reliability! Ours gets used around once a week or so, particularly for long journeys. Also no hesitation in using it for crossing Europe when we need to. Daily workhorse for us is RAV4 2.0 D4D AWD, capable, tough (mechanically) but extremely unsophisticated, and body-panels attached by plastic clips and optimism.
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Post by citroenxm » Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:49 pm

That's why I said mk. 1 or mk. 1r. Yes faults.. What car doesn't but it seems ALL the expensive parts fail on the X7 or mk. 2 (or 3)
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Re: Buying a Big Sister for the XM?

Post by Dieselman » Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:16 am

Having checked, your car is apparently a 1992 Turbo SD, which can be made an extremely reliable XM, capable of covering high mileages.

Get the car fixed up properly and forget buying a second car. This will entail some cost, either garage bills or parts, but it is a 27 year old car. Once done it will turn into cheap motoring as depreciation is now nil, since the car is now appreciating.
Where possible fit genuine Citroen (or high quality) parts, they last a lot longer.

Learn to perform your own repairs and maintenance, it is very satisfying and often works out more reliable, as well as cheaper.

I am somewhat confused by your posts.
You say you may buy a big sister for the XM and cite a C1...which is tiny compared to an XM, and useless for long journeys.
You say you are constantly fixing the XM, but never say what faults you have, or the resolution.

Most confusing is the car itself, which we have no detail of. 1992 Turbo-SD aren't especialy thick on the ground and you intially said you bought it in October 2017, but now say you have owned it 10 years.

I'm confused. :?
ONMBDM wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:28 pm
Hello everyone. I've recently purchased my beautiful 1992 XM after I was no longer able to resist the cars 80s-esque charm.

I've never felt so attached to any of my cars, and I've only had my XM for a few weeks. Would love to hear from you!

Thanks
ONMBDM wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:43 pm
Hi all,

this October it will be 10 years of having the old girl and the Mrs is gonna treat me to a custom plate!

https://www.netplates.co.uk/dvla_plates/buy/he11-oxm

This is one she found for me - HE11 OXM (Hello XM)

My question is, would I be able to use it? I know there's certain rules with it and I think the age of the car is probably gonna be an issue.

Anyone with experience please chip in chaps!
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Re: Buying a Big Sister for the XM?

Post by White Exec » Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:20 am

Whereabouts are you based, ONMBDM?
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Post by Eddie nuff » Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:47 pm

Dieselman wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:16 am
I am somewhat confused by your posts.
You say you may buy a big sister for the XM and cite a C1...which is tiny compared to an XM, and useless for long journeys.
Irony not your strong point then.
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