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  1. Hi all, check out www.facebook.com/CitroenClassic with details of what promises to be a chuffingly memorable event. :) We try to do a road trip every other year, and next time it'll be thrown open to any 'classic' (we use the term loosely as we include what might be termed 'future classics') French car. If you're in the area, why not join the event for a couple of days?
  2. Drive a Citroën? Like driving? Like breathtaking scenery? Don't mind a bit of a camaraderie amongst Francophile car nuts?

    It's only three months away, but well worth considering. It promises to be fun, with all sorts taking part including DS, BX, GSs...

    http://web.me.com/macksy/ccc2012/Welcome.html

    e-mail me for more info (see contact page on website).

  3. I've found that adding Millers EcoMax or similar helps (not only in winter but all year round). As far as I understand, in winter the additives which alter the viscosity are, as noted, going to have an effect on the combustion and therefore economy but the Millers also boosts the cetane (diesel equivalent of octane) rating by a few points (depending on the concentration you use) offsetting the effect.

    If you get what I mean :)
  4. I agree, there's no reason to change the old Picasso as I understand it. Do the environmentally good (and economically sensible) thing and keep it going. Depreciation on a new purchase will be a lot more than the cost of keeping your Picasso going for the next three years or so. I suggest shelving the plans to replace the Picasso, but spend a bit of money on some servicing and preventative maintenance. Get the car valeted and any dings or scratches dealt with by a specialist, and get it machine polished with a good layer of wax: it'll come out like new. :)
  5. ...."The bloke should be used as advertising material for Citroën. A car was not a car if it was not a Citroën !.......

    As a long-term Citroën fan - I can completely empathise. I've had GS's, BX's (fourteen in all - still have one in the fleet), ZX's, Synergie, XM's and a Xantia... and if you want economical, comfortable reliable driving in France, in a car that costs peanuts, get a cared-for BX... they are remarkable cars but now, as the youngest will be 17 years old, they are gradually getting thin on the ground. (OK I'm slightly biased). :)

  6. [quote user="Cendrillon"][quote user="Citroënesque"]Out of my last four holidays (two a year) in France (and staying, it has to be said in 'pricey' English/expat owned gîtes) with only one exception, the mattresses/beds have been of poor quality (resulting in back ache, poor sleep, not to mention creaks and groans from the actual apparatus!), while almost everything else has been exemplary... Surely it is not beyond the wit of gîte owners to understand that one of the main causes (confirmed by conversations with fellow 'gîters') for not re-booking is the standard of night's sleep? I am not too fussy, and I am not too large a frame (wife would argue otherwise), but a Kingsize is minimum now. Failing that, twins that can be zipped together...

    A good mattress, -  a happy compromise between soft and hard (like a plank of wood!) - a minimum if 5' width and a non-creaking frame... is it really too much to ask? Times is hard, I know, but I am not alone in reluctantly choosing to not re-book this year ONLY because the beds are rubbish...

    [/quote]

    I do hope that everyone who has had bad experiences re. the beds (and other problems) has passed on their comments to the owners concerned. It's all very well to grumble on here but that won't get rid of the problems that have been experienced.

    [/quote]

    We did, on every occasion. But in a diplomatic, well-intentioned way. It's always difficult, but unless the owner knows how can it improve?

    Fleas in the bed, on the otherhand... [:(]

  7. Out of my last four holidays (two a year) in France (and staying, it has to be said in 'pricey' English/expat owned gîtes) with only one exception, the mattresses/beds have been of poor quality (resulting in back ache, poor sleep, not to mention creaks and groans from the actual apparatus!), while almost everything else has been exemplary... Surely it is not beyond the wit of gîte owners to understand that one of the main causes (confirmed by conversations with fellow 'gîters') for not re-booking is the standard of night's sleep? I am not too fussy, and I am not too large a frame (wife would argue otherwise), but a Kingsize is minimum now. Failing that, twins that can be zipped together...

    A good mattress, -  a happy compromise between soft and hard (like a plank of wood!) - a minimum if 5' width and a non-creaking frame... is it really too much to ask? Times is hard, I know, but I am not alone in reluctantly choosing to not re-book this year ONLY because the beds are rubbish...

  8. Thanks very much, I'll take a look at the alternatives. :)

  9. Hi I'm in the process of planning the (May) 2012 Citroën Classic Challenge tour and have a question. Someone here might be able to give me an update.

    Apparently the well-regarded route D518 St. Marcellin to Die (Les Grands Goulets / Parc du Vercors) is closed since heavy landslides/rockfalls a few years back pending repairs. Has it reopened yet (or is it imminent)? Is there a recommended detour (and what is it?). Any advice/news welcome.

    Many thanks,

    Phil

  10. Depends what car you drive, but with consumption that low, I imagine it's a new-ish model with a 'modern' petrol. I drive old Citroens - including a petrol turbo XM (1995) which although E10 can be used, it hates compared with 95 (or 97 -99 which I use if I can). I think the consumption remains the same (but compared to your observations, our 33-35 mpg on a trip isn't anything to boast about !) but the power drop off is noticeable. I carry a bottle of Miller's Octane booster with me for those times I am forced to use E10, and that 'shot' helps restore the power a bit (it's also good for the engine and fuel system).

  11. Don't know what planet Anton is from! Nobody suggested anything like you suggest. Unbelievable.[:(]

  12. Ouch. That's why breakers yard are a good place. Depends if you're up to swapping over the units yourself... (or know a friendly local who can for Pastis money :)

    I got a pair of LHD lights (to swap over for the times I travel to France) for my late model Citroën XM for €25 each.

    Good tip about the insurance though... but does it not equate to making a claim with the subsequent review of premium?

  13. How odd. Not my business I guess, but to ask for help on this forum, be offered what on the face of it seems an excellent suggestion, to then pass over what might've been a valuable contact - (and knowing them already?!), does beg the question are you asking for more than a bit of translation?

    I can only assume you have approached them for help and been turned down. [8-)] Maybe I have the wrong end of the stick though... who knows.

    If your requirements are so specific as to exclude local help, a bit more information might be useful [;-)]

  14. Who said they were blocked? I can't find any information... [8-)]

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