little red floaty thing

Dear all,
I posted here a few days back concerning the relatively (in my opinion) poor performance of my Xantia 1.8 16v. I did a 0-100mph dash with a friend timing
and it took between 12 and 13 seconds. Is this normal? Top speed I couldn't do safely, but I managed to get to 150kph without any problem.
Does anyone know what the little red float is, which is situated under the bonnet on a kind of black plastic box? What does it do? Is it something to do with the suspension?
Finally, does anyone share with me the following grievances:
1) Seat material rubbing against moulded plastic sides and squeaking when you move your leg - solutions? 2) Central locking roof receptor non-functional 3) Booming exhaust pipe
I honestly love the car, despite any impression I may give!
Moger Roore
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Message i.d.: inspired me,

Visit Germany and go as fast as you can :-)

Yep. The little red had needs to be in between the lines when the suspention is highest.

Don't know. Stop moving? ;-)

Visit the dealer.

Visit the dealer or exhaust specialist.

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Assuming yours is the 109BHp version, then official figures suggest a 0- 100km/h time of 12.9s. These official figures are usually measured for a car with two (75kg, IIRC) people on board and a full tank of petrol. The procedure for extracting best 0-60 times is quite brutal - dropping clutch at high revs, ramming gearshifts through, so if you managed a time close to the official time, then your car is probably doing pretty well.
All the best, Andy
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