Another link for the UK
Just a little bit of advice though.
The DS is a great car and very reliable, but personally I would go for
a post 1966 model and preferably a 5 speed manual transmission.
Remember these words, "if you cant afford a good one, you certainly
cant afford to maintain a bad one"
although to be fair it depends on your level of experience with restoration
also i personally think the estate version looks awful
the coupe looks ace as does the saloon
would be very tempted to attack one with alloys and xantia suspension though
and possibly the 2.0 litre inj engine from a xantia as well (xu10)
would make an interesting project although some would cry out in protest
The Xantia does not have Mcpherson struts on the front.
The front struts are hydraulic cylinders, cleverly disguised to look
like a Mcpherson strut. This was a bit of a clever marketing ploy first
used on the BX, it was done to fool the hydraulic suspension scardy
Looks like it worked!
So what would happen if you dissconected the hydraulic pump?
It would not work, the suspension would sink to the ground.
Cos it's not a Mcferson strut.
As said before, it's built that way to fool people like you into
thinking that the suspension is "normal"
Slim ( email@example.com) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were
A spring wrapped around the outside is not the only characteristic of a Mac
Ignore the actual springing medium, and look at how the wheel is physically
attached to the car.
A lower arm with a balljoint connected to a hub mounted on the bottom of a
strut, which heads upwards to a rotating top mounted on the inner wing.
The entire strut turns with the steering.
It's a friggin' Mac Strut. As fitted to Cortinas for years.
It just has a hydraulic cylinder in the middle instead of a damper and
doesn't have a coil spring wrapped round the outside. If I could be arsed,
I'd go and take a pic of the spare pair of XM struts kicking about in one
of my lockups.
That's the only difference, and a fairly subtle one.
If you think that the actual springing medium makes more than a smidgin of
difference, you might like to look at the rear subframe of a C15 and that
of a BX, and consider why a hydraulic BX subframe bolts straight into a C15
instead of the one with springs. Or are you going to tell me they aren't
both trailing arms, because one uses a spring and one a cylinder?
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