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Old 29-03-2016, 07:00 PM   #1
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Citroen Saxo Westcoast (MK1)

Everyone has there own soft spots for certain type of cars, mine has always been the small french hatchback.

I picked this up a week ago, 1999 citroen saxo westcoast.







Although this models aren't really anything special the "mangos" are becoming quite rare in standard condition.

This one had a meticulous service history and with 34K on the clock I had to take a chance on it.

Once home I gave it a wash with meguiars shampoo and wool glove, It came up pretty good with just a wash, no nasty surprises which is always a bonus
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Old 29-03-2016, 07:13 PM   #2
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Next up a full clay bar with the megs quick detailer and another wash



Arches got a good degreasing, with some gunk ultra.





The saxo has been under sealed with some waxoyl at some point with the struts getting a covering aswell.

Struts still sporting the paper ID codes on them.

Rear arches cleaned and waxed



Standard wheels also in good condition, I used simoniz ultra are wheel cleaner (part of a gift box for Christmas) and megs endurance tire gel.





I believe this michelin to be one of a pair of original tyres the car came with, the other being the spare.

Will start on the engine bay soon..

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Thats a wee belter youve got there, cant wait for updates.
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Looks a great find. Think I would bin the 17 year old tyres though.
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Bodywork now all prepped for paint cleaner, polish and wax (all meguiars products)

It's begins..









Once I was happy with the polish I applied the megs gold class carnauba plus wax







Really happy how the little saxo has turned out. It's a real testament how the original owner has cared for the dare I say "chavy" hot hatch.

Looks to have always been hand washed with no £7 roadside wash or drive thru in slight

Happy days engine bay, windows and interior still to do.
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I might get a bit of stick for this but I honestly don't they make hot hatches that look as good as these anymore. Looks a proper tidy thing. Looking forward to updates.
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Whats the plans for it once youve finished your cleaning ?
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Really happy how the little saxo has turned out. It's a real testament how the original owner has cared for the dare I say "chavy" hot hatch.

FANTASTIC !!! I love that, How good is under the arches etc. Really good. I like that muchly. You keeping it ? Using it ? Looking to make a quick buck ?

BTW: I had a Saxo for 11 years nearly and from 14'000 to nearly 100'000 miles.

It was faultless and a fabulous car.

You have to remember alot of the 'chav-factor' and reliability issues were because Citroen did low deposit / low monthly payments and free insurance for anyone over 17 (?) for quite a while - hence young, skint, mechanically unsympathetic owners gave the car a bad reputation.

A reputation many-many other small hatch-backs would have suffered if they had been forced to endure the same fate as many a Saxo..........
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I might get a bit of stick for this but I honestly don't they make hot hatches that look as good as these anymore. Looks a proper tidy thing. Looking forward to updates.
I would agree with that..the shape and lines (not very reliable cough) of a Renault 5 GT turbo

The plan I guess is to keep it standard, not exactly a collectors but it's an era car for me which didn't cost me a lot and fortunate just to use in the summer.
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