New car, important things to do for longevity?

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New car, important things to do for longevity?

Post by MortyDK » 06 Jul 2015, 21:52

Dear all,

I'm a long time Citroen Xantia driver, who's currently thinking about buying a new car for daily transport for the family. Our plan would be to buy a new car, and keep it for a good while -- 8+ years.

Money is a bit tight, so we would like the new car to be reliable, and last.

Besides corrosion protection & reading the manual carefully, is there anything we should do on the car while it's new, to maximize the chances of it lasting a long time for us? In other words -- and not french car specific -- are there some value-adding maintenance things / modifications one can do with a new car, which often yield really good value in the long run?

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Post by mad_at_french_cars » 06 Jul 2015, 21:56

Doesn't seem to be much necessary with modern cars. Perhaps have it properly waxed and polished, other than that .. well, I can't think of anything at all. Service it on time, check tyre pressures (regularly), fluids (when you can be bothered) and that's about it.
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Post by Stickyfinger » 06 Jul 2015, 22:03

Find the VERY BEST Xantia Estate, send it to a specialist, have it stripped/rebuilt and resprayed, Engine rebuilt to take LPG or Veg, ICE updated and trimmed with leather ect...

You get change from 5 grand and a car that will last longer than any of the new tin plate lumps for a 1/3rd of the price and no complicated engine management ?

Its a thought anyway :)
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Post by Stickyfinger » 06 Jul 2015, 22:05

mad_at_french_cars wrote:Doesn't seem to be much necessary with modern cars.


Try looking under my C5x7 and say that :).....bloody powder coating....made of Poo !
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Post by MortyDK » 06 Jul 2015, 22:49

Thanks all! :) Corrosion protection, and getting it serviced at the recommended intervals to maintain the manufacturer's warranty -- is that it?

I think I saw someone mention plastic wheel well liners; are they useful or not really? Anything else you can think of? :)
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Post by Peter.N. » 06 Jul 2015, 23:41

If you get a diesel, change the oil at least twice as often as specified.

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Post by mad_at_french_cars » 07 Jul 2015, 01:44

Stickyfinger wrote:
mad_at_french_cars wrote:Doesn't seem to be much necessary with modern cars.


Try looking under my C5x7 and say that :).....bloody powder coating....made of Poo !


Well, he did say money was tight, he wanted it to be reliable and last for 8 years - presumably with little expense on repairs - so I assumed he'd ruled out any type of Citroen..

Get a Kia with a 7 year warranty and live with it. Job done. They honour that as it's a manufacturer warranty too. They've just done replaced a window motor on my mum's 6 year old one under warranty. I believe it gets its service and MOT once a year and she does nothing at all else to it. Not even wash it.

Can't be beat really if reliability, cheapness and warranty are top of your list.
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Post by mad_at_french_cars » 07 Jul 2015, 02:14

MortyDK wrote:
I think I saw someone mention plastic wheel well liners; are they useful or not really? Anything else you can think of? :)


Think they all have such things fitted as standard now.
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Post by Stickyfinger » 07 Jul 2015, 08:05

Or just Print your own plastic car
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Post by Peter.N. » 07 Jul 2015, 11:45

I would say that the Peugeot 406 8 valve Hdi is about the most reliable car you can get. Mine has done nearly 240,00 miles, I have done nearly 50k of that and it has had no serious problems and will do 60mpg with care.

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