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Just traded my Xantia SX 1.9TD in for a C5 SX, 2.0HDI 110. Very
disconcerting at first!
The stalk radio controls took ages to figure out - for the poster a couple
of days ago who couldn't work out the volume control, commiserations - I
couldn't figure it out from the manual either. Turns out volume is on the
back, and mute is press both volume controls for about 1 sec.
The engine is excellent - acceleration surprising if you're used to the
older diesels; happily accelerated to somewhat beyond the legal limit going
up a 1-in-6 hill in 3rd before I glanced at the speedo... noise levels
deceptively low too! Old Xantia and Peugeot before that always let you know
how hard they were working...
Starting threw me, too - spent ages looking for the preheat light. It's
there, but the car starts preheating when you unlock the doors - by the time
you're in it's finished preheating; thought for a horrid moment I'd got the
petrol by mistake!
The new suspension is almost back to the magic carpet ride of the DS21
(unless my memory is giving that car more credit than it deserves).
Practically zero body roll even when pushed hard, rough roads dealt with
smoothly, and little jar from potholes.
The automatic adjustment works excellently, but, as one would expect from a
Citroen, sometimes surprises - at low speeds on bumpy roads it automatically
raises to the high position(3rd notch on the old Xantia manual system); bit
annoying when you're trying to reverse into a drive on mirrors and the car
suddenly goes up 6"...
Climate control is seamless - you need to keep all the vents open for the
full auto mode but it happily maintains both me and SWMBO at the
temperatures we prefer; a 2C difference each side doesn't bother it. Early
morning heating seems faster too - from the hints in the handbook I suspect
it has an air preheat system for the interior.
Just waiting for the first service to see whether I can afford to run it...
Steve Durbin | Look! Minimalism and pointillism comes to ASCII art!
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