C5 Tales from the Electronic Side

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Re: C5 Tales from the Electronic Side

Post by Tim Leech » Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:16 pm

Mums ex Rover 25, the Up at weekends and the Bx's when the weathers nice!
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1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
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Re: C5 Tales from the Electronic Side

Post by MULLEY » Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:02 pm

Went to Mark Lightfoots this saturday for a health checkup & 3 errors found, one was something to do with the brakelights, but they were working fine, so that was cleared. Can't remember what one of them was, the other was an engine temperature issue which was reading very low, a manual reading also showed the coolant temperature as being too low. A change of thermostat soon sorted that issue out, hopefully with the engine getting upto the correct temperature, it should help with the fuel economy, so i'll report back on how many mpg my next tankful does.
2002 C5 2.0 HDI Estate - Remapped - It goes better
2011 Mini Cooper D Clubman - it does over 60mpg
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1991 Gti 16V - Blaze is back on the road since 2008
1990 Gti 8Valve SOLD - looks like it's been scrapped
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Re: C5 Tales from the Electronic Side

Post by mds141 » Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:19 pm

The handbrake switch on the C5 and Peugeot 407 can be problematic. Result on the low temp issue.
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Re: C5 Tales from the Electronic Side

Post by djoptix » Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:32 am

Tim Leech wrote:I bought a k&n for the new daily, £28 delivered with about 4 extra stickers which are no use to me, if anyone wants them I can post them free?
I'd quite like some K&N stickers Tim, so I can plaster them all over the 16v because I AM SO SCENE LOL.

I now have a C5 too, did my headlamp bulb the other day and it was a bloody nightmare. Then the other one went immediately, so I have ordered some proper Osram ones which hopefully will last a while, and will fit them when I'm feeling brave...
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Re: C5 Tales from the Electronic Side

Post by Kitch » Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:37 am

Went to look at a C5 VTR HDi estate on the weekend for my business partner, as his 306TD expired last week. It had 100k on the clock, up for £1500 in Icelandic Grey.
I've not really spent much time around them before, but it was good to see that Citroen were recycling BX dashboards to make the centre consoles on the C5! :lol:

Didn't buy it in the end, found a 200k mile 407SW HDi 138 for £1600 that we managed to chip him down to £1100 on. Actually quite a nice car, the 407. I expect it'll go wrong for fun though!

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Re: C5 Tales from the Electronic Side

Post by Tim Leech » Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:03 pm

djoptix wrote:
Tim Leech wrote:I bought a k&n for the new daily, £28 delivered with about 4 extra stickers which are no use to me, if anyone wants them I can post them free?
I'd quite like some K&N stickers Tim, so I can plaster them all over the 16v because I AM SO SCENE LOL.

I now have a C5 too, did my headlamp bulb the other day and it was a bloody nightmare. Then the other one went immediately, so I have ordered some proper Osram ones which hopefully will last a while, and will fit them when I'm feeling brave...

Sorry I missed that, I need to see if I still have them!
1985 BX 19GT Mk1
1991 BX 19TZI Auto A/C
1994 Xantia 1.8i SX
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
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1998 Rover 75 2.0V6 Connoisseur Auto
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Re: C5 Tales from the Electronic Side

Post by MULLEY » Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:55 pm

I don't suppose Tim its a 33-2539 which fitted your daily? If it was, i could have done a better deal than what you got, next time eh ;)

Djoptix, which model & year have you got? They're bit of a swine, mind you i was doing mine in the dark with a torch, haha. Next time around i reckon i could probably change them in about half an hour for both sides. I found those damn bulb clips to be a pain in the arse, i couldn't fit the fuckers back in, now i know how to do it.

Jesus, £1100 for a 200k car, must be southern prices, i got my C5 with 112k for £850, i had to spend the same again though in repairs, oops, haha...
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2011 Mini Cooper D Clubman - it does over 60mpg
1992 TZD Turbo - SORN - slowly getting there
1991 Gti 16V - Blaze is back on the road since 2008
1990 Gti 8Valve SOLD - looks like it's been scrapped
2002 Mini Cooper S - SOLD - i miss this car
1992 TXD - Scrapped in March 2014

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Re: C5 Tales from the Electronic Side

Post by Kitch » Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:23 pm

MULLEY wrote:I don't suppose Tim its a 33-2539 which fitted your daily? If it was, i could have done a better deal than what you got, next time eh ;)

Djoptix, which model & year have you got? They're bit of a swine, mind you i was doing mine in the dark with a torch, haha. Next time around i reckon i could probably change them in about half an hour for both sides. I found those damn bulb clips to be a pain in the arse, i couldn't fit the fuckers back in, now i know how to do it.

Jesus, £1100 for a 200k car, must be southern prices, i got my C5 with 112k for £850, i had to spend the same again though in repairs, oops, haha...
£1100 for a 57 plate 200k car :wink:

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Re: C5 Tales from the Electronic Side

Post by MULLEY » Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:49 pm

Fair enough, but to put that mileage into context, it'll take me approx 7 years to get to 200k & the purchase price differential is only £250, hmmmm, i'd still choose the older lower mileage car.

Although we haven't had much snow this year, what i have noticed is the C5 with these Dunlop tyres is the worst car i've ever had the displeasure to drive, its got literally fuck all grip. Ok, it's got a 205 profile tyre, but they are shocking, so i've now purchased & gotten fitted some shiny new Goodyear Ultragrip 8's courtesy of MyTyres.com for £62 each. Can't wait for the next snowfall (should be tomorrow) to see how much better the car is in the white stuff.

To give you an idea of how crap the car/tyre combo was, when the front loses grip & i'm literally doing less than 10mph, there was naff all i could do to slow the car down, re-gain grip, it just turned into a 1.3ton lump & just carried on plowing on into a direction i didn't want to head towards. Luckily for me the other driver was very understanding, that was literally the first accident i've ever had in my life & i couldn't fucking believe it as it was the slowest couldn't do fuck all about it moments :( Anyway, hopefully this type of shit is all behind me now, the C5 is now sporting some extra scratch marks as a result of getting friendly with an Astra....
2002 C5 2.0 HDI Estate - Remapped - It goes better
2011 Mini Cooper D Clubman - it does over 60mpg
1992 TZD Turbo - SORN - slowly getting there
1991 Gti 16V - Blaze is back on the road since 2008
1990 Gti 8Valve SOLD - looks like it's been scrapped
2002 Mini Cooper S - SOLD - i miss this car
1992 TXD - Scrapped in March 2014

I'm not just a username, i'm also called Matthew.

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Re: C5 Tales from the Electronic Side

Post by Way2go » Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:47 am

Lidl are doing snow chains for £19.99 :wink:
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Re: C5 Tales from the Electronic Side

Post by bxzx16v » Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:31 am

My C5 was poop in the snow too Mulley, I think it had Lassa's on at the time. My old doblo van could run rings round it.

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Re: C5 Tales from the Electronic Side

Post by electrokid » Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:14 am

I had Dunlop tyres as the original fitment on my '82 Metro: when they needed replacing and though there was still some tread left, the steel braid was poking out of the tyres in several places :shock: A new set of Michelins completely transformed the handling and I started to really enjoy having my one and only brand new car for the first time. I made up my mind there and then never to run on Dunlops - not ever.
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Re: C5 Tales from the Electronic Side

Post by Tinkley » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:07 am

My old Athena had Dunlops (Sumitomo Rubber Company) on the front when I bought it and they were OK'ish but very light steering. Never actually had a problem with them, but much preferred the replacement Michelins. At least they were quiet unlike those Goodyear GT70s'... :wink:

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Re: C5 Tales from the Electronic Side

Post by MULLEY » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:52 pm

The Dunlop summer tyres i've got are superb in the wet & dry, just not on anything thats white. It's this model: http://www.mytyres.co.uk/cgi-bin/rshop. ... p=R-231979

Snow chains are a waste of time unfortunately as the snow is never deep enough to need them where i live & because it's so unpredictable, one minute the conditions could be crap & the snow chains are ace, the next minute there's hardly any snow & all you hear is the chains clanking away on the road surface. If i was living in Scotland in the middle of nowhere at some altitude, then i'd have some, winter tyres are usually fine for the depth i normally get up in Derbyshire/South Yorkshire way.

Tyre technology has moved on a smidge since 1982 ;)
2002 C5 2.0 HDI Estate - Remapped - It goes better
2011 Mini Cooper D Clubman - it does over 60mpg
1992 TZD Turbo - SORN - slowly getting there
1991 Gti 16V - Blaze is back on the road since 2008
1990 Gti 8Valve SOLD - looks like it's been scrapped
2002 Mini Cooper S - SOLD - i miss this car
1992 TXD - Scrapped in March 2014

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Re: C5 Tales from the Electronic Side

Post by mds141 » Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:52 am

Try dropping the tyre pressures Mulley. It made a big difference traction wise when I had my 407.
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1989 BX GTi 16 valve. Blanc Alpine. Completed the Citroen Classic Challenge Ecosse and 1337 miles without a hitch.
2000 XM VSX 2.1 td Auto. Rouge Magenta.
TGD saloon many years ago.

1990 Swift 'Corniche' 12/2 aka BXClub HQ.
Honda Firestorm. Gone, but not forgotten.
2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC.