Should i buy an XM?

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trampsterdave
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Re: Should i buy an XM?

Post by trampsterdave » Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:52 pm

yes, I guess the trick is finding an XM that has been well cared for -re 'wallow' -I'm still amazed how my xm corners...really like its on rails ..and yet floats...I very rarely use the sport setting as I cant really magine it getting any better.

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White Exec
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Orga / RP numbers: RP7165
1996 2.5TD saloon, manual, Polar White
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Re: Should i buy an XM?

Post by White Exec » Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:07 pm

Hurl it about, and the Hydractive will adopt sport settings in the blink of an eye. I can't remember ever having chosen to drive in Sport mode, other than as a test. Be a bit dramatic with the throttle, brake or steering, and it all firms up as it should.

We have a few good-visibility snaky bends on a two-lane mountain main road near here. On one of them, it's good fun to take the curve at speed, and go round the double bend with the car virtually flat - and not a squeak from the bog-standard Michelin Energy Savers. A little treat a couple of times a year! ;)
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1996 XM 2.5TD Exclusive RP7165 Polar White
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1989 BX19RD Delage Red Deceased; 1998 ZX 1.9D Avantage auto Triton Green Company car 1998-2001; 2001 Xantia 1.8i auto Wicked Red Company car 2001-2003

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xantia_v6
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Re: Should i buy an XM?

Post by xantia_v6 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:51 am

I have used sports mode a handful of times, but only with a heavily loaded trailer or very heavily loaded car. Putting a lot of weight in the car causes the spring-rate of the spheres to increase, but does not affect the damping, so the suspension can start to wallow on an uneven road, selecting sports mode helps control that.
1999 XM Exclusive V6 24V ES9 Manual (LHD) 105,000 km
1997 Xantia Exclusive V6 (RHD) 45,000 miles

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