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Wed Jun 05 2024, 06:07am
Joined: Feb 11 2010
Member No: #49
Location: Derbyshire
In 2011 I wrote... " I would rather sit and burn money than own another one"

During that time life has passed, I worked for Parkers, I drove and owned many more cars (personal ownership is 3 shy of 200 now), and tried one more C6 - a black with black and sunroof Lignage - that I didn't buy but lead to me owning a C5 II Tourer with 280-odd thousand miles on it.

As a former CX/XM owner who had a specific idea of what 'a big Citroên should be', I've continued to be mean about C6s on the car forums I'm on, with tales of woe and horror.

Karma - Carma - is funny. Thing is, when I wanted my brand new one in 2008, and the experience was maybe 60/40 ruined by 'the dealers' and 'the car', it was the style, the aesthetic, the promise of what the car represented. I wasn't upset about a bad car. I've had loads of those. It was the broken dream.

On a forum, a chap with a cheap C6 finding the specialists were exactly as I recalled - breaking the cars half the time, refusing the difficult jobs, and of course PSA (Stellantis') monumentally evil approach to spares supply on obsolete cars.

But it still looks like a C6. More importantly, it looks like the spec I'd asked for when I test drove a car and left a dealer with the words 'when you get a black and cream new one in stock tell me'.

A small difference. In 2008 I shelled out £800 and a Suzuki Ignis Sport plus £345 a month. In 2024 I shelled out £600 and £400 to pay for the parts bought to fix the electronic handbrake. But it's okay, the tax is making up for that.

The handbrake still doesn't work, mind.

But maybe I've grown. Or other cars have. It felt smaller this time, bowling down the A1/M1 with a little off-beat tone to the 160,000 mile V6 diesel. The suspension floats, pitches a little but more front-back rather than diagonal, and sport still works. It has non-Michelin tyres on and my teeth are itching, but my wallet says "are you mad' - the wheels aren't balanced right anyway, or there's another fault. It's a cheap car, I drive around it or ignore it.

I can see the parts supply is horrible these days. Part of the justififcation for buying it when I really don't need more cars was 'I can break it and not lose money' - but I don't want to do that. That's not my way.

Idly, I check if C6 RTK still exists. Maybe I could get my registration back... no, it's still alive!

This makes me happy. I wonder if it has aged better and fared well. That iron grey, RT4 car was called Osiris; my new one has yet to tell me a name. But I have a feeling it's going to stick around and make me wish I'd kept the C6 and ditched the main dealers, rarher than ditching the C6.
Wed Jun 05 2024, 09:44am

Joined: Oct 01 2009
Member No: #1
Location: Northumberland
In 2011 I wrote... " I would rather sit and burn money than own another one"

I really do understand where your coming from and sympathise with you. I'm still sorely tempted and if the right C6 came along, who knows what will happen.

To answer your question though, I, at this point, would ignore the tyres issue and just drive the car
Mon Jun 10 2024, 06:48pm
Joined: Apr 03 2015
Member No: #2113
Location: Wales
C6RTK lives in North Wales, or at least it did until very recently. I saw it in the local Tesco car park and had a chat with the owner. He did say he was thinking of selling it, though. I last saw it sometime in April.

Tue Jun 11 2024, 03:19pm
Joined: Feb 11 2010
Member No: #49
Location: Derbyshire
That's amazing! Looks better than mine does. Bonus points for the CX23 registration in the background.

If it's cheap and comes up for sale, who knows, maybe I'll buy it back and fulfil my original plan of still owning in in 2025, even if the rest of the dreams of 2008 are a shattered mess.

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