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  • daz.tait@btinternet.com
    Hi All Im not a Aixam owner yet but I went to see a Aixam 500 Evolution a few days ago and was really impressed, ok it was dark and I didnt actually have a
    Message 1 of 8 , Dec 2, 2011
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      Hi All
      Im not a Aixam owner yet but I went to see a Aixam 500 Evolution a few days ago and was really impressed, ok it was dark and I didnt actually have a drive in it but the generall shape, 80mpg and simple mechanics really appeal. I have spent the last couple of days searching for info/reviews. Some of it was good and lots of it bad. I finally stumbled upon this group and have a couple of questions that I hope somebody might be able to help me with. As follows.

      Is there any manuals of technical info available, if so can servicing be performed by somebody with a decent toolkit and good knowledge of mechanics.

      Is this vehicle suitable for a 16mile commute on a variety of A roads(40-50Mph).

      Are they robust enough to achieve a decent mileage before they need lots of money spending on them. ie how long do items like CV joints, suspension bushes etc last before they need to be renewed.

      Could they keep up a speed of 50mph without feeling that the engine is being flogged to death.

      Where would the nearest dealer be to North Wales, I have heard mention of Southport but cant find any info on the web.

      Well there's a few questions there, hope somebody can answer them.
    • sidecar_jon
      There isn t a manual, just what us lot have discovered scattered about the net, have a look at the files bit. Yes mines on 81,000 miles, and as for flogging
      Message 2 of 8 , Dec 2, 2011
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        There isn't a manual, just what us lot have discovered scattered about the net, have a look at the files bit.

        Yes mines on 81,000 miles, and as for flogging the engine, they love it! generally its all pretty ok the weakest bit is undoubtedly the gear box. Which lasts about 30 k and explodes expensively. However it can be sorted with new bearings as long as its caught in time IE before it really does explode (my first one did bits of casing all aver the place!)...I regularly haul the mother in law out shopping round trip of 30 miles with lots of the sort of things 87 year olds buy. No problem, i've had a washing machine in the back and a HUGE wood stove that me and the wife could only just pick up. I've treated it pretty harshly and its survived this far....but watch the gear box!

        It flogs along at about 50 on the flat but loses speed rapidly on any hill. Keep you foot flat down, it cant over rev the belt system wont let it.
      • thorpcross
        I can only speak as a former Ligier owner, which used the same engine gearbox drive train etc but with a different bodystyle and some would argue in a more
        Message 3 of 8 , Dec 2, 2011
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          I can only speak as a former Ligier owner, which used the same engine
          gearbox drive train etc but with a different bodystyle and some would argue
          in a more refined chassis, but it's basically the same idea, same engine
          same gearbox.

          I would say that if you are used to a modern hatchback then prepare for some
          lifestyle changes. You will find the car surprisingly spacious, but noisy
          and bumpy compared with the average Eurobox hatch.

          I used to do a 12 mile commute each way, and found it bearable, although the
          Cd player used to skip each time I went over a bump, it's a very harsh ride.
          Speed wise, accept that you are not going to overtake anything except bikes
          and milk floats, and even then only with careful forethought - 45 is
          achievable, 50 is great but if you have hills to contend with, accept you
          will be down to 35, 40 max. I found the Ligier heater and demist system
          satisfactory, but recent posts suggest the Aixam struggles to put out enough
          heat. DIY maintenance is a doddle, with little to go wrong, most problems
          being down to low mileage and little use on most cars. Mine was used daily
          and it paid dividends. It is worth seeking advice on this forum, as there is
          a wealth of knowledge re spares and parts sources, interchangeability with
          other mainstream manufacturers, and parts suppliers such as farm and
          agricultural suppliers - the engine was designed primarily as a stationary
          engine and is used in generators, water pumps and other farm equipment and
          the parts can be had much cheaper than Aixam sell them for in many cases. It
          is also worth browsing the web and if you speak French, or can put up with
          their weak attempts at English, dealing with French agents for parts, as the
          Aixam and Ligier are much better supported on the Continent, so parts are
          much cheaper. It is also worth looking at the MOT testers manual (available
          online from VOSA) so that you can go for MOT well prepared, as testers
          rarely come across Aixams, which have some exemptions from some MOT items
          which might otherwise cause an unknowing examiner to fail a car unjustly.



          All in all I enjoyed my role as custodian of an ageing Ligier, so much so
          that with the local speed limts reduced and fuel on the up and up I am
          considering acquiring a new micro runabout and resting my caravan tow car
          Vectra until the Summer - although It achieves 55 mpg on diesel, an Aixam,
          Microcar or Ligier running on Diesel/used Veg oil Mix will do 80mpg costing
          pennies to run.



          Regards



          Martin



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          daz.tait@...
          Sent: 02 December 2011 19:48
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          Subject: [Aixam and Microcar] Aixam info





          Hi All
          Im not a Aixam owner yet but I went to see a Aixam 500 Evolution a few days
          ago and was really impressed, ok it was dark and I didnt actually have a
          drive in it but the generall shape, 80mpg and simple mechanics really
          appeal. I have spent the last couple of days searching for info/reviews.
          Some of it was good and lots of it bad. I finally stumbled upon this group
          and have a couple of questions that I hope somebody might be able to help me
          with. As follows.

          Is there any manuals of technical info available, if so can servicing be
          performed by somebody with a decent toolkit and good knowledge of mechanics.

          Is this vehicle suitable for a 16mile commute on a variety of A
          roads(40-50Mph).

          Are they robust enough to achieve a decent mileage before they need lots of
          money spending on them. ie how long do items like CV joints, suspension
          bushes etc last before they need to be renewed.

          Could they keep up a speed of 50mph without feeling that the engine is being
          flogged to death.

          Where would the nearest dealer be to North Wales, I have heard mention of
          Southport but cant find any info on the web.

          Well there's a few questions there, hope somebody can answer them.





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        • aixam04
          Hi,Having had quite a few Aixam s myself now, plus having one at the mo, I can safely say if there s am alternative take it. I can t speak for the Microcar s
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            Hi,Having had quite a few Aixam's myself now, plus having one at the mo, I can safely say if there's am alternative take it. I can't speak for the Microcar's though, not ever driven or owned one.Thanks Keith


            --- In aixamandmicrocar@..., "daz.tait@..." <daz.tait@...> wrote:
            >
            > Hi All
            > Im not a Aixam owner yet but I went to see a Aixam 500 Evolution a few days ago and was really impressed, ok it was dark and I didnt actually have a drive in it but the generall shape, 80mpg and simple mechanics really appeal. I have spent the last couple of days searching for info/reviews. Some of it was good and lots of it bad. I finally stumbled upon this group and have a couple of questions that I hope somebody might be able to help me with. As follows.
            >
            > Is there any manuals of technical info available, if so can servicing be performed by somebody with a decent toolkit and good knowledge of mechanics.
            >
            > Is this vehicle suitable for a 16mile commute on a variety of A roads(40-50Mph).
            >
            > Are they robust enough to achieve a decent mileage before they need lots of money spending on them. ie how long do items like CV joints, suspension bushes etc last before they need to be renewed.
            >
            > Could they keep up a speed of 50mph without feeling that the engine is being flogged to death.
            >
            > Where would the nearest dealer be to North Wales, I have heard mention of Southport but cant find any info on the web.
            >
            > Well there's a few questions there, hope somebody can answer them.
            >
          • aixam04
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              --- In aixamandmicrocar@..., "daz.tait@..." <daz.tait@...> wrote:
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              > Hi All
              > Im not a Aixam owner yet but I went to see a Aixam 500 Evolution a few days ago and was really impressed, ok it was dark and I didnt actually have a drive in it but the generall shape, 80mpg and simple mechanics really appeal. I have spent the last couple of days searching for info/reviews. Some of it was good and lots of it bad. I finally stumbled upon this group and have a couple of questions that I hope somebody might be able to help me with. As follows.
              >
              > Is there any manuals of technical info available, if so can servicing be performed by somebody with a decent toolkit and good knowledge of mechanics.
              >
              > Is this vehicle suitable for a 16mile commute on a variety of A roads(40-50Mph).
              >
              > Are they robust enough to achieve a decent mileage before they need lots of money spending on them. ie how long do items like CV joints, suspension bushes etc last before they need to be renewed.
              >
              > Could they keep up a speed of 50mph without feeling that the engine is being flogged to death.
              >
              > Where would the nearest dealer be to North Wales, I have heard mention of Southport but cant find any info on the web.
              >
              > Well there's a few questions there, hope somebody can answer them.
              >
            • John Jackson
              Hi (Daz?) I love mine and wouldn t hesitate to drive it regularly if I had to. They re a specialist interest though, the diesels are noisy and 50mph difficult
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                Hi (Daz?) I love mine and wouldn't hesitate to drive it regularly if I had
                to. They're a specialist interest though, the diesels are noisy and 50mph
                difficult to maintain if a headwind or hill climb comes up. The diesels
                don't mind being flogged mercilessly. Most of the hardware lasts reasonably,
                but if you're after high mileage with little attention - forget it. A modern
                small hatchback is cheaper to buy and more relaxed over distance with longer
                service intervals.
                Yes you can fix it DIY. Apart from the later models' digital dashboards,
                they are relatively simple machines.
                Have a look at http://homepages.enterprise.net/jayjay/aixam.htm for some of
                my owner stuff and repairs. You won't find printed service manuals which is
                why I started putting pictures up on the web. Garagedu12 (French) have some
                manuals and documents for download if you can find them.
                Definitely hang about here, trawl the message archive, and drive one before
                you make up your mind.

                John Jackson
                East Yorkshire
                England



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                From: aixamandmicrocar@...
                [mailto:aixamandmicrocar@...] On Behalf Of
                daz.tait@...
                Sent: 02 December 2011 19:48
                To: aixamandmicrocar@...
                Subject: [Aixam and Microcar] Aixam info

                Hi All
                Im not a Aixam owner yet but I went to see a Aixam 500 Evolution a few days
                ago and was really impressed, ok it was dark and I didnt actually have a
                drive in it but the generall shape, 80mpg and simple mechanics really
                appeal. I have spent the last couple of days searching for info/reviews.
                Some of it was good and lots of it bad. I finally stumbled upon this group
                and have a couple of questions that I hope somebody might be able to help me
                with. As follows.

                Is there any manuals of technical info available, if so can servicing be
                performed by somebody with a decent toolkit and good knowledge of mechanics.

                Is this vehicle suitable for a 16mile commute on a variety of A
                roads(40-50Mph).

                Are they robust enough to achieve a decent mileage before they need lots of
                money spending on them. ie how long do items like CV joints, suspension
                bushes etc last before they need to be renewed.

                Could they keep up a speed of 50mph without feeling that the engine is being
                flogged to death.

                Where would the nearest dealer be to North Wales, I have heard mention of
                Southport but cant find any info on the web.

                Well there's a few questions there, hope somebody can answer them.



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              • Blue Raven
                Hi Daz, I think you will find a dealer for Microcar and one for Aixam in Wem Shropshire, I had the older Aixam 500 but now a Microcar MGO owner. I ve looked at
                Message 7 of 8 , Dec 3, 2011
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                  Hi Daz,

                  I think you will find a dealer for Microcar and one for Aixam in Wem Shropshire, I had the older Aixam 500 but now a Microcar MGO owner.

                  I've looked at the new Aixam but prefer the style and comfort of the MGO

                  The Aixam dealer is near the station in Wem pass that dealer turn right to Wem motors for the Microcar they have the MGO in the show room.

                  James




                  --- In aixamandmicrocar@..., "daz.tait@..." <daz.tait@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > Hi All
                  > Im not a Aixam owner yet but I went to see a Aixam 500 Evolution a few days ago and was really impressed, ok it was dark and I didnt actually have a drive in it but the generall shape, 80mpg and simple mechanics really appeal. I have spent the last couple of days searching for info/reviews. Some of it was good and lots of it bad. I finally stumbled upon this group and have a couple of questions that I hope somebody might be able to help me with. As follows.
                  >
                  > Is there any manuals of technical info available, if so can servicing be performed by somebody with a decent toolkit and good knowledge of mechanics.
                  >
                  > Is this vehicle suitable for a 16mile commute on a variety of A roads(40-50Mph).
                  >
                  > Are they robust enough to achieve a decent mileage before they need lots of money spending on them. ie how long do items like CV joints, suspension bushes etc last before they need to be renewed.
                  >
                  > Could they keep up a speed of 50mph without feeling that the engine is being flogged to death.
                  >
                  > Where would the nearest dealer be to North Wales, I have heard mention of Southport but cant find any info on the web.
                  >
                  > Well there's a few questions there, hope somebody can answer them.
                  >
                • sidecar_jon
                  An Aixam isn t a normal car. but taken within its limitations, it passes for transport. As a former BMWR80 outfit driver i find it comfortable and
                  Message 8 of 8 , Dec 5, 2011
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                    An Aixam isn't a "normal" car. but taken within its limitations, it passes for transport. As a former BMWR80 outfit driver i find it comfortable and economical, as yet i don't take trips based on how much fuel it will cost, i just go where i want to. It keeps the rain off, a stereo keeps the boredom at bay and it takes as long as it takes to get places, which is cheaper and easier than the bus. I love mine. But it has its problems and idiosyncrasies. Any "real" car is going to outperform it easily. But then its going to drink more fuel too hauling round the extra horse power and metal too.
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