Well, after three months and 3000 trouble free miles owning Babette my 3.0 dci VS, she has just reached 60500 miles and the spanner icon is flashing.
I was debating whether to do the service myself, take her to my local independent garage or to a Renault one. The local one is 600 yards away and the Renault one is WESTS in Cambridge over 20 miles away plus I thought it would be good to have her checked out thoroughly.
I went to the local one to enquire if they would do a 60k service, they would and it would be around £230 +vat. I asked if they would put the two new tyres, that I had in the garage, on whilst they had it in but they said no. They would however if they supplied the tyres. Mmmmmmmm I thought.
I went home and rang the Renault garage in Cambridge and spoke to a very helpful guy in the service department. I asked if he was familiar with the Vel Satis and he said he was, so that was a good start. I then asked how much a 60k service would cost. I heard him tapping away and waited for the shock…….."A 60k service on the VS is £190 +vat" he said. Not bad I thought, trouble was its in Cambridge. " We do a courtesy car for £15" that would be handy I thought.
Now the crunch question would he fit the tyres that I bought. "Yes, no problem thats £20 to fit both tyres"
Great stuff. So I have booked it in for next Thursday, just hope I don't get any shocks if they start poking around to find work!!
I will update you at the weekend.
PS. Just renewed my insurance with swiftcover and got Fully Comp for £303. About £50 more than the Rover 75 was last year.