XM for sale...

Something interesting's come up, and it's about time I had a change after nearly seven years with the XM...
So... Anybody fancy mine?
'96/N TCT Auto VSX. Black with tan leather. 142k miles. Aircon/climate.
Passenger airbag. MOT until May, tax until September.
I've had it since October 2000, when it had 60k miles - and it's been serviced regularly and properly ever since, by a damn good Cit specialist - including ATF with *every* 9k engine oil change. Two owners before me. If I can round all the paperwork up, it's got a full service history (for whatever that's worth).
Two good, two late-middle-aged Michelins on wobbly alloys. Recent cambelt and one front wheel bearing.
It's not perfect - you want a full warts'n'all list? OK...
Bodily, it's got a few small marks and very minor scrapes here and there - most notably an A5-size ripply bit on the driver's door where some pillock reversed into it. It's missing one headlight washer cover and the scuttle trim ends are currently removed, because of access to the wipers (see below). I don't do carwashing, so it's certainly not a waxed-to-within-an-inch-of-it's-life garage queen. One rear door had a bit of filling before I got it - invisible outside, but there's a small scrape visible on the frame in the door shut. It's never had any bodywork whilst I've had it.
Interior's a little grubby, and the fuse box cover under-dash panel's removed, together with the console side - I took it off when the fan heat motor started playing up, never got round to re-assembling it, and the pipework's all a bit disturbed. Everything's with the car, though. The front interior lock buttons are awol, and the surround to the driver's door interior handle is in the door pocket.
Electrically, both front windows have been done - the driver's with a good used, the passenger with stainless wire. Both rear windows work fine. The sunroof works fine, but the switch has ignored me a couple of times lately. The fuel computer works fine the majority of the time, but doesn't like hot days. The climate control's a bit tempramental, but can usually be persuaded to do what you want if you ask nicely. The wipers aren't currently self-parking or working on intermittent - I've tried a different motor, with no joy. My suspicion is that it's only a relay. The passenger mirror isn't currently adjusting - I think I must have disturbed a connector when I had the door trim off to do the window, because it worked fine, including reverse-dip, before that.
Mechanically, I fear saying this, but it's utterly reliable. It's let me down perhaps a couple of times in the time I've had it - autobox interlock (the underbonnet fusebox has been rewired), and a coolant hose earlier this year. The steering UJ has occasinally shown a *little* notchiness, but nothing massively worrying, and there's a slight blow from the exhaust - the manifold gasket was done not long after I bought the car. The hippo is healthy, the spheres are about a year old, the LHM's been changed regularly. There's a slight LHM leak from the regulator block, probably a pipe seal, but it's never needed topping up between changes. It rarely needs the oil topping up between changes, either. It's had a few ABS sensors, a water pump, rad, drop links, a ball joint and a few other things whilst I've had it - but mainly just servicing. The autobox was replaced under warranty at 9,000 miles from new.
It's got a towbar with single electrics - rarely used, but when it has been, it's been used to tow about a ton and a bit of car trailer - and there'll be a large pile of parts with it. I mean a _van-full_ mainly of body panels, but some electrics and a load of godknowswhat, mainly from a '95 TCT Exclusive.
If you're interested, give me a shout on 07796 690210. I'm near Jn 17 of the M25. If it's going, then it's going soon. I know how much I need from it to "make the change", so make me an offer. It'll repay a weekend or two of the kind of enthusiasm that new ownership carries...
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Please pardon this non-relevant intrusion (I'm not even from the country), but I enjoyed reading your description, and that would have been the exact type of info I would have wanted from a would-be seller, not to mention that I too am more interested in what goes on under the "wax". If there is one thing I hate, it's opening the engine cover lid and seeing the engine steam washed and dustless. Seeing an even oil-less layer of dust on the engine is a treat. Ido
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( snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

Thanks.
The fact you're not from the UK isn't a great problem - I can easily collect you from either Luton or Heathrow airports when you come to collect the car, y'know...
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:) :) :), tempting, but as I have finally just solved my issues with my ZX (forgive me for the comparision, though I do stand proud) and have finally gotten some piece of mind, I'm afraid I won't be seeing Heathrow soon, even though I'd have gotten an XM pickup (is that cool or what?)
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Great reading. I wish all car ads were like this. I would read`em all. Living in Trondheim, Norway, so I can`t come by to see it, but are there any pictures on the web? I`m not interested in buying, just curious on what it looks like. I got a 99 Xantia Exclusive myself. Great car. Bought it of my neighbour who works in a citroen garage. He got a new C5 last fall, so I bought his car. Must say that my old Mazda 626 from 1989 was much more reliable when it comes to "small things breaking". The Mazda was NEVER in the garage for any kind of service. I changed the oil...or re-filled..when the oil lamp was red...lol. The citroen needs more care, so I take really good care of it. Just had the 120.000 kilometer service. Not too expensive, but there were a few parts they always change at that service.
Frank

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Frank The Poet ( snipped-for-privacy@betterplaces.no) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

Not yet. I may get round to washing it tomorrow - in which case, it may well be on eBay very shortly...

It looks like an XM... but black...
...as is the Saab that's replacing it...
'90 900 Turbo 16v, 3dr. Black, dark grey leather.
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Adrian wrote:

A MIB I see
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Malc ( snipped-for-privacy@blueyonder.co.uk) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

What's worse is that I swore I'd never have another black car after the XM.
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Out of the frying pan into the fire.....
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:Jerry: ( snipped-for-privacy@INVALID.INVALID) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

If I wanted cheap, easy & boring, I'd buy a beige Corolla. Just like yours.
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??????
Of course, you could buy a DS or a SM or a Light 15 etc.....
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See, this is what I like about some people. I`ve always been a Mazda fan, but after I got the xantia I thought: What boring cars I`ve been driving. I mean, Mazda is reliable, my old 89-model 626 was NEVER on any kind of service when I sold it last year. Yes, I had changed the usual parts, parts that NEEDED changes due to how long I had driven it, but nothng else. It was damn boring as well. Boring design, boring interior and it had NO interesting technical gadgets either. Apart from the ignition.... Oh, I forgot the sigarette lighter...
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