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 Post subject: Hello from the midlands.
PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:57 am 
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Hi all,
Well looked in and out of the forum since 2014 (when the C1 started using oil!) and thought I would join up and have now got round to it! :)

Background:
I bought the car new in March 2007 as a stop gap car..... and well still have it!
It has now got 140k on the clock and has been burning oil since the oil light flashed on at 88k. It has never missed a beat. :)
Only major problems the clutch went (66k) and the clutch release fork. Unfortunately I was away from home and the breakdown recovery took it to the Citroen dealer and I was stuck so that cost me over £500. Only other thing the pig iron brake lines needed replacing which I don't have the tools or skill to do so cost me £200. Two Back boxes.
Everything else I have done myself. Brakes front and back, rear hub and services.

Mods.... Well nothing of note.... Well summer tyres are 165/60R14 Falken SN832 and winter tyres 155/65/R14 (stock size) Fulda Kristall Montero 3. Sparkplugs are KH20tt. Pipercross filter.

Ps My brother has a 56 plate C1 as well. That also burns oil and has pealing red bumpers. But magically still on his original (tiny) clutch!

Happy Xmas

Gav


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:21 pm 
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Hello and welcome, you a long termer too, we had our 107 since 2008. Sounds like yours has been a pretty good car, for 140k your car has done really well and to me those items wear and tear to be expected with that mileage.

You can only do what you can, like you I do the routine services etc, but garages are useful for the big jobs, when time, right tools and more expertise than me are just the sensible option.

P.S. what kept you so long in joining, lots to see and do on here, so enjoy.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:48 pm 
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There are not many that can say they have had thier big as long as that, I had mine from 2010 but been in the family from new at 2006.

That post just shows the reliability of these wee cars, cheap and cheerful and very underrated by the vast majority of people

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:50 pm 
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Just to update.
Brothers Red 2006 C1 vibe has now gone to the big scrapheap in the sky. His MOT was due in December and Kia are offering £2k part exchange. So he now an owner of a Picanto 1.0T-GDI GT-Line.

As for mine it soldiers on. Sadly I think the CAT is on its way out as engine light comes on when I'm stuck in traffic. ODBII reader gives P0420 Catalyst system efficiency below threshold. Looking at the Voltages on the 02 sensors and they seem fine.
So guess it's a new CAT before MOT. The bolts are seriously rusty. :(


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:45 am 
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Hello and welcome!

Regarding your cat it Coups also be a leaky exhaust. I had a similar problem and the reason was rust leak downstream!! the cat.

So, before I would change the cat I would make sure that the rest of the exhaust is in good condition.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:01 pm 
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RainerK wrote:
Hello and welcome!

Regarding your cat it Coups also be a leaky exhaust. I had a similar problem and the reason was rust leak downstream!! the cat.

So, before I would change the cat I would make sure that the rest of the exhaust is in good condition.


Sadly the backbox and center pipe were brand new this summer. So doubt they are the issue.
Think I will just hang fire with anything until March and take it for it's MOT and see what they say and decide from there.
Thanks for the help anyway. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:11 pm 
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Hello! I'm a new member, also from the Midlands - just joined today. I've got a 64 plate 1litre Citroen C1 Flair. It's my first car and I've had it just over a year so no mods yet but am definitely looking for some inspiration to help make her my own, hence joining here! Definitely a bit of a dummy when it comes to cars so I'm hoping that all the knowledge on here will help me figure out what I'm doing too :)


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:41 pm 
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TaraB_25 wrote:
Hello! I'm a new member, also from the Midlands - just joined today. I've got a 64 plate 1litre Citroen C1 Flair. It's my first car and I've had it just over a year so no mods yet but am definitely looking for some inspiration to help make her my own, hence joining here! Definitely a bit of a dummy when it comes to cars so I'm hoping that all the knowledge on here will help me figure out what I'm doing too :)



Happy new year! :?

Welcome, hope you are enjoying your car. As for mods you already have a high spec car so less mods needed. Back in the day (wow I sound like my dad!) the specs were much lower so there were many things to upgrade. For example the glove box lid was optional, I bought the first version and it was rubbish. The handle broke and it kept flipping open like an airplane seat tray, the second generation was much improved.
Having not driven a Flair model it's hard to say what upgrades I would make. But as I'm guessing you are young they won't be performance related.
The speakers are probably an easy upgrade from the stock ones. Also I would probably look out for a set of leather seats. It will really lift the car and make it feel more premium than it is (most come out of Peugeot 108 GTLine cars). I have have the part leather/alcantara in my original C1 and are a much nicer place to be than the originals.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:29 am 
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Just a quick update.
Car did indeed fail it's MOT on emissions. I think burning oil through it for the last 70k miles had taken it toll.

Quick fix you may think.... Sadly not. Getting the bolts holding the cat on was looking impossible. They had seeming welded themselves to the engine.

The discussion then started on what to do. If they sheer off can they be drilled out and the engine re-tapped. How long was it going to take, and at what cost. What if they can't be drilled out. Engine rebuild. :(

The car is worth nothing. Do you throw money at it in some hope or cut your losses and buy a new car and move on.

After a little soul searching and feeling it was like taking the dog to the vets it was time to give back what the car had given me.

So with my fingers, legs and everything crossed I told the garage to see if she could be saved.

So in order to have the best possible chance of getting them out we need access and heat.
So after dismantling the front and the radiator the rusty old cat was exposed, ready to meet its maker.

Heat was our best hope. So next was to rev the nuts off the car so the engine and cat were as hot as we could get them. They also heated up the bolts with the shop torch and set off trying to remove them.

One by one they moved a little. At fist you are not sure it that 1mm movement is it loosening up or the start of it sheering off.

Then one by one they came out and the surgery was complete. Time for a quick clean-up, bolt on the new cat, rebuild the front and off to test the emissions.

After 5 mins of discussing smells the cat was up to temperature.
She came through with flying colours and lives on.

That MOT certificate feels like a doctor's note saying you have survived to live another day.

Roll on 2020 so she can smash another MOT. :)


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:53 pm 
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As you say well worth doing, another years cheap motoring in the offing, so was worth the effort. Like you, when doing insurance this year I was shocked how little our 2008 107 is worth considering it's condition.

Like you I rolled the MOT dice last year with my stepdad's 15 year old Astra, so technically scrap, needed a new exhaust back box and had badly scratched headlights, but decided to fix them, surprisingly got 2 new headlights very cheap so worth doing, and somehow it passed, so he got another years cheap motoring.

The darn thing has been throwing the odd code now and then, which i tried to fix, but not worth throwing too much money at it cos it not worth it, as you found with your Cat, the modern tech kills cars nowadays, where as year's ago rust would seen it crushed years ago!


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