£400ish Vel Satis V6 Diesel Initiale (Top Spec) Unearthed in Manchester

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To save this Vel Satis from going to auction where they are often unappreciated, contact oliver@vel-satis.org for more details…

Renault Vel Satis V6 diesel Initiale for sale cheap auction spares repair Lancashire Manchester photo

I accompanied my wife this morning when she took her VAG car for a service and to my surprise, a 3-litre Initiale Vel Satis was sat there in the yard. I asked the servicing guys about it and they tell me it was left with them as a part exchange in the last week or so. I told them about the club and they gave me the key. I fired it up and it the engine sounds fine. I didn’t drive it, though, as it’s not taxed (ran out at the end of August). It’s a 53 plate with just over 167,000 miles, in silver, with the beige leather interior. Here’s the low-down:

  • 53 plate
  • Initiale top spec (leather, parking sensors, sat nav, 6CD changer, dual zone climate control, etc)
  • Automatic gearbox with manual override
  • V6 diesel (Isuzu) good for about 40mpg+ when running properly
  • 167,250ish miles
  • Four budget brand tyres
  • Silver exterior
  • Beige leather interior
  • Has a comprehensive service history – the folder is crammed full of documents (some photographed below)
  • Owners handbook manual and leather folder present
  • Original Carminat sat nav CD and plastic case present
  • Keycard is in a bad state with the buttons missing. The car auto-locks and still opens by pressing the relevant place on the card.

As you would expect from a car of this age, there are signs of wear on the outside and in, such as a few random scuffs on the bodywork and grubby marks on some of the seats, and the headlight washer jet flaps have been replaced with black ones. It has also suffered from the common fuel injection warning faults, occasional black smoke and loss of power and also issues with the alternator and handbrake motor, which was replaced in recent years. So it’s admittedly not a pristine example and someone has even stuck ‘Initiale Paris’ stickers underneath the wing mirrors…

…but, it could potentially be a tremendous find for any current Vel Satis owners who are looking for a donor car from which to pilfer spare parts. All kinds of parts from the leather seats and sat nav CD drive to the 6CD changer, parking sensors and even the owners handbook and wallet, can fetch good prices on eBay. Alternatively, if you’re always wanted to get into Vel Satis ownership, are a dab hand with mechanics and fancy a challenge, you could restore this one to its former glory.

The garage is looking for about £400 and I reckon you would have to arrange for it to be taxed. If you’re in a position to save this poor Vel Satis from being sold at auction to someone who isn’t as fond of them as we all are, email oliver@vel-satis.org for more details.

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