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20:09
February 10, 2013


nirgunapa

Abergavenny, South Wales

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I'm assuming that there isn't such a thing as 'buyers guide' to these wonderful cars for the guidance of newbies like myself?

So what to look out for? Presumably the usual stumbling blocks of clutches and belt replacement will affect value. What is the life of a clutch?

I'm looking at a diesel 2.2 – are there problems here? My Volvo 2.5 diesel engined S70 has gone past 250,000 and shows no signs of weakening. Should I change it for a lower mileage Vel Satis? 

Should I look at this? http://www.autotrader.co.uk/cl…..?logcode=p

Lovely colour!

Sorry – lots of questions…

Colin Cheesman

Abergavenny, South Wales

22:05
February 11, 2013


lexi

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   I think it is fair to say there have been problems with Renault Turbo diesel engines overall.

  Some have been good and many have not. If you buy on the premise that a turbo at £600? could be a service item anytime then it may be ok.  Lots of people I know have had bad luck with V70's too……….and they can be costly.

    Hard thing to recommend is a VS………it isn't exactly a safe buy.

3.5 v6  Concorde like Cruiser

02:13
February 13, 2013


stephendell

London

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lexi said:

   I think it is fair to say there have been problems with Renault Turbo diesel engines overall.

  Some have been good and many have not. If you buy on the premise that a turbo at £600? could be a service item anytime then it may be ok.  Lots of people I know have had bad luck with V70's too……….and they can be costly.

    Hard thing to recommend is a VS………it isn't exactly a safe buy.

You're not wrong. I bought a car with a recent bill for £995 for a new turbo and 4000 miles later it needed changingFrown

21:23
February 24, 2013


R9UKE

Belfast

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Colin I was admiring that very car last week – what a brilliant colour, wish they sold more of those :(

The general rule to anyone who asks me about possibly buying a Vel Satis is… avoid the 2.2 dCi and you'll be good Yell

It is an incredibly badly designed engine, and WILL suffer turbo failure at some point, no matter how well serviced and cared for.  EGR valves, injectors and all sorts of other oily issues plague them as well.  Even if you do see evidence of it all having been carried out, I've seen cars that have had 3 turbos.  Have a read of this – should tell you all.

 

http://www.renaultforums.co.uk…..hp?t=69855

 

The 3.0 dV6 and 2.0T petrol are both good engines.  The former can suffer head gasket failure and overheating issues, while the 2.0T has a turbo to go wrong, but little else.  

For ultimate reliability the 3.5 V6 is the way to go.  There's also the bonus of it being chain driven so no costly belt change to factor in.  Fuel consumption isn't great, but performance is SurprisedLaugh

 

Other areas:  Noisy rear suspension is the norm.  People have spent hundreds trying to cure it and failed, it's something that we just have to live with, it seems.  Another common failure which has just surfaced is the radio – I have three Vel Satis' and none of them have a working radio.  Yet to find the cause.

 

That should be enough to keep you ticking over for now Wink

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