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Whiskers ( snipped-for-privacy@operamail.com) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

You're in North London...?
Right, give Louis Barbour a shout - 01494 864112 - not far past Watford - and tell him I sent you.
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When I've got money, perhaps!
This seems to be him <http://www.2cvtv.com/Specialist/louisbarbour.htm . Hmmm; 4x4 2CV, eh?
Interesting that newly-rebuilt 2CVs with new galvanised chassis seem to go for about as many pounds as I paid for my new one in 1976 - and not a lot less than a new C1 <http://www.2cvcity.co.uk/rebuilds.html .
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Whiskers ( snipped-for-privacy@operamail.com) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

www.2cv4x4.com
Wanna buy my 4x4? (Dark grey E-reg one)

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Sorry, not in the market just now. Intriguing idea though. If I can resist frittering money away on computer stuff, I might manage to get my ZX de-dented enough to make it sellable and then cope with all the stress of selling and buying. Or find a buyer for the non-runner Morris Minor currently occupying the garage, so that the 2CV would at least have some refuge. I'm not good at organising myself or dealing with 'things', though (which is how I come to have a neglected car in the garage in the first place).

Yes, I'd gathered that :))
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Whiskers ( snipped-for-privacy@operamail.com) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

Ah, but this is in an "Anybody but them" kinda way...
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Oh dear :((
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I was reading < gurgled happily, sounding much

The suspense.
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Whiskers ( snipped-for-privacy@operamail.com) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :
<of 2cvs>

If you'll excuse the phrase, bollocks. Big fat hairy furry sweaty bollocks.
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I was reading < gurgled happily, sounding much

But do they come with bullbars?
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They certainly can do... http://www.ecas2cvparts.co.uk/dept.asp?dept%5Fid # http://www.owzat-cricket.co.uk/acatalog/Abdo_Guard___Cricket_Box_.html
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I was reading < and I became inspired,
[Whiskers isn't sure about a 2CV]

I think it's clear what Whiskers should do to survive the urban gridlock. Buy a 2CV.

ROFLOL
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Whiskers ( snipped-for-privacy@operamail.com) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

Like a C1...?
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Whiskers ( snipped-for-privacy@operamail.com) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

No! NO! NOOOOO!
That's MADNESS.
Small budget. Low mileage. Brand new small car is ABSOLUTELY not the way to low overall running costs - unless, of course, you completely forget about the HUGE depreciation it'll suffer.
Yes, it'll be cheap to insure and maintain, and it'll be allergic to fuel.
But the four or five grand you'll lose in depreciation will buy a lot of servicing and fuel in something larger and older.

For the price of a new C1, you can get a bloody *perfect* 2cv. And have plentymuch change left over.
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I'd hesitate long before buying a new car, of any sort, unless I felt rich.
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and I became inspired,

76,000 Euros? I went to the Citroen website, and used the configurator. Totally maxed-out, the car costs about 40,000 - which works out at 58,000 Euros - is it actually cheaper in the UK? That'll be a first!
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Dave Ryman (dave snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

Which is a chunk cheaper than an equivalent A6, 5-series, E-class to similar spec.
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I got to the BBC2 site but could not view the program as it is only for the UK

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It's a shame that JC's explanations of the CX controls were so poor: Particularly the brake pedal. No wonder people felt intimidated by the technology in the 70s and 80s if they thought the brake pedal was a simple on/off switch!
I have had two CXs in my time, and would love to own one now (the prices for which actually seem to be climbing!) but I can't commit to something which may cost so much to maintain: a quarter of a century of wear-and- tear is bound to have taken it's toll. These cars need someone willing to (and able to) tend them with TLC... Not to mention a local good Citroen mechanic!
... so it was heart-warming to see the design features in the C6 which harked back to the CX. Back in 1990, I bought a GOOD 1987 CX22TRS for something like 25% of (that's OF not OFF!) the new list price. I would like to think that in 2009 I'll be able to repeat the same trick. However, it might be a bit like dating the daughter of an ex-girlfriend from school!
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My own first experience of Citroen power-assisted brakes was not dissimmilar from his; I was used to un-assisted brakes with long pedal travel and the need for real effort, so the 'don't even think about /pressing/ me' set-up came as something of a surprise.

Running costs are what puts me off an 'affordable' hydraulic Citroen. I've seen too many of them being scraped off the road with crow-bars just to get the cradle under them for lifting onto the back of a lorry - one was brought in to the garage where I was buying my 'used' ZX, and the mechanic and the garage owner were both moaning about the spate of 'grounded' BXs whose owners had tried to stretch the service interval just too far.

We can dream ...
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I had the same encounter: My first car was a '72 VW Type 2 Transporter (like VW Bus but with less cosy interior) The car had drum brakes on all wheels and no power brake assistance. During that time my parents had this brand new Citroen GS Break special with all- wheel HP operated disc brakes. It was more than once that I produced some blue smoke with that.
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