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Just Dropped Car Off For MOT & Service

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08:33
May 5, 2011


hu88ertvelsat

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Post edited 09:15 – May 5, 2011 by hu88ertvelsat


Just left my Vel Satis at a main dealer for its service and MOT. Wish me luck!

I'm bricking it as the low fuel warning came on just as I parked up! I didn't think to suggest I go and put some juice in, so I hope they can't fail me for it? I have previously managed to drive 60 miles with the low fuel light on so hopefully I'll be ok?

The guy at the service reception was nice & friendly and paid towards my taxi fair. I hope they do a good job as I will certainly use them again if they do. Much depends on whether they put my undertray back on, as the dealer last year threw mine away so I had to get them to put me one back on.

Fingers crossed you turn out to be a good dealer I can recommend!

11:33
May 5, 2011


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Dealer called just now. The guy there was nice and friendly which makes a change.

Good news. The Vel Satis has passed its MOT. Just on advisory which is that the driver's side number plate bulb is dim, so I agreed for them to sort it at £10 all-inclusive.

He didn't report anything else and I'm chuffed it passed this year, so now just waiting for the dealer to contact me saying the service has successfully been done too.

14:46
May 5, 2011


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Guy from the Renault dealer rang a few minutes ago telling me my car is ready for collection.

He didn't mention any issues and I really am trying to adopt a "no news is good news" look at life, so I assume the service all went well.

Off to collect shortly. Will report back again soon.

19:08
May 5, 2011


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Post edited 19:08 – May 5, 2011 by hu88ertvelsat


Collected my Velsatis from the local Renault dealer at the close of play today.

The two guys in the servicing reception are nice and friendly, didn't talk down to me at all and explained things in decent detail and made me feel reasonably wanted as a customer.

Good news – they did put the undertray back on, unlike the dealer I took it to last year (Renault Manchester)

The air con is now blowing icy cold air for the first time in ages, the strange rubbing sound from the nearside front wheel is slightly better if not completely cured and the car generally feels sprightly after its service today.

The prices weren't cheap but I get a "serviced to manufacturer's specification" stamp in my servicing book, which is important for my aftermarket warranty.

No other problems to report at this stage. If any niggles do occur, I'll go back to the dealer and get them to rectify them as part of the servicing work they did today.

I'm much happier with this Renault dealer compared to the one I went to last year, as the whole experience just felt a bit better and more like how it should be. So which one did I take the Vel Satis to this year? Renault Oldham. And providing nothing awry becomes apparent over the next few days as a result of their servicing work, I'll give them 8 out of 10.

11:56
May 15, 2011


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May or may not be due to the dealer, but for the first time ever, my Vel won't start. Will report back when I've got to the bottom of it.

16:50
May 15, 2011


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Update on my non-starting Vel Satis:

Auto electrician examined the car this afternoon.

First time the key was inserted, the whole dashboard and all lights etc flashed on and off repeatedly – pretty scary!

Tried connecting a portable jump starter pack. The fully-charged pack went from green (full) to red (empty) in seconds! Car wouldn't start.

Tried jump starting the Vel off another Vel and the voltage (according to the meter) of my Vel dropped to zero!

Then tried jump starting the Vel off a fully-charged battery. Again the volt meter said my battery was zero!

Various other tests were run which seemed to hint at the electrics being dead but not due to a dead battery i.e. worry set in.

Then the negative terminal was examined more closely and it seemed a bit loose. The two connections were disconnected from the negative terminal and then reconnected, ensuring they were tight. All battery tests registered 12.50 volts or more.

Tried starting the Vel. It spluttered on the first couple of attempts, then burst into life. Only one headlight worked for a few minutes, but then the other came online again. The TPMS said all was ok but didn't display any pressure figures. Eventually that righted itself too. So entered the radio code, went on a 20 minutes drive and all seems fine!

After the 20 mins drive, the battery measured 14+ volts with the engine (and alternator) still running. Engine switched off, left for a while – measures 12.39 now. What on earth?!

Fingers crossed he starts the next time I try!


 

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