well its finally happened.
Its always been well known thats theres very little feedback from the
steering on the Xantia, and i managed to proove it the other night when i
managed a 180 on a main road coming into my home town (derby).
A word of warning to all xantia drivers (or rather the ones who have not
experienced ice and bad weeather in one yet). The first notice you get that
the car has other ideas on its direction is when its happening.. theres NO
feedback from the steering at all. Makes it a bit difficult in these
The car and me are fine, nothing major just ended up backwards but it could
ahve been worse.
So be careful all you out there. (that goes out to everyone in any condition
but take extra care now).
That's what I was eluding to (especially the fact that "theres NO feedback
from the steering at all" - there wouldn't be. But even that ain't too easy
in an oleo-pneumatic unless
a) you are being a bit too gung-ho (however I did once manage to get the XM
V6 drifting by using full sail and a humpbacked bridge with a bit of a
b) you have some suspension issues
(Although saying that I'm not up on Xants, being a BX/XM man...)
its a model without ABS aswell although this i dont feel to be an issue.
it span very quickly aswell. ended up almost backwards. wasn't driving too
quickly for icy conditions wasn't accelerating har or braking hard at the
just decided to go elsewhere..... uncorrectable (tried that) just went right
as i said. it was icy.
Been there, done that, in a Xantia!
All I did was go round a bend on hard packed snow at about 10mph (Should
have stayed home in the warm!) and the back just kept going round. ABS was
no help; I wasn't braking. Full 360, dinging the back on a garden wall.
Not TOO much damage...
it is well known that there is little feeling in the steering, i was doing
about 35max at the time. its a 60 limit and well as a rule i'd do 50+ round
that bend. its nothing too sharp just long.
I knew it was icy an i know what they can be like so was traveling alot
slower than normal.
didn't hit anythin at all. not even a kerb lucky in that sense and even more
lucky there was nothign coming the other way.
I've found out since that there were a couple of near misses on that road
that night. so it must have just been a bad spot for ice that they didn't
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