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Oil leak now…

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22:00
March 26, 2011


Vel Haggis

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Had to drive through to Edinburgh and back today. Fuel fault came on during motorway driving. Seemed significant that it was at 2200rpm in 6th.  same rpm it was coming on in 3rd round town. Still leaking oil, same 8-12 inch long patch across the front underneath the radiator / intercooler.

Dark smoke visible at motorway cruising speed and thick belches of black smoke show when burst accelerating, or pulling sharply away from junctions.

I think the beast is getting close to its death rattle. My main concern is the dealer is highly unlikley to give me a refund, after having me wait around for the best part of a month putting miles on the car. I reckon he will cite that as acceptance :/

22:17
March 26, 2011


R9UKE

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Oh dear, I'm really sorry to hear that.  It does sound very like how a lot of Vel Satis' wind up, and why I reckon I'll be sticking to unleaded versions from now on (of all Renaults). 

My advice is, if the dealer refuses on a refund, to repair the fault yourself and keep the car for a good while longer to get your monies worth.  I'm not sure how much you paid for the car, but sick Vel Satis' are worth little more than £800. 

In the mean time I wouldn't drive it unnecessarily.  Bare in mind that the inevitable sounds like it's just around the corner, watch out for a sudden loss of power then watching it rev it's own nuts off.  I instinctively put mine in 6th and stalled it to stop it, but I hear there is some emergency cut off using the Start/Stop button.

As always, keep us updated, and good luck Wink 

22:38
April 1, 2011


Vel Haggis

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Update: dealer has bought a new intercooler as a goodwill gesture (warranty refused to pay out). We are paying the labour to have it fitted this coming Friday by a very good engineering works up here who have worked on our cars before. I'm sceptical that the intercooler will solve the injection fault, but if it stops the oil leak and returns some of the power / mpg it will be something.

22:20
April 2, 2011


Vel Haggis

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I now have a brand new intercooler! Trouble is it is currently in a cardboard box in the boot… it's the thought that counts, eh?

20:43
April 9, 2011


Vel Haggis

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Post edited 20:57 – April 9, 2011 by Vel Haggis


Update: Just when you thought it couldn't get any sillier… Dropped the car in at the engineers yesterday. After a few hours he called back to say they had managed to get the intercooler out, after dismantling half of the front of the car and removing a cross-member. It was utterly shot. Bowed as hell across the top and split in two places. Completely covered in oil debris and warped across the bottom.

Great we think,  put the new one in and we are sorted? Until they open the box and find out the dealer has supplied the wrong intercooler. He got the shorter one for the 2.0T model. Oh FFS! Cue us having to hire a car last night in order to go on our holiday today. Plus me having to buy the correct intercooler, go into town first thing this morning collect it, drive to the engineers, get back home to pack the hire car and head out.

Car dealer is on holiday abroad… Eurocarparts couldn't refund me on the wrong intercooler without the invoice from said dealer.

Monday will be an interesting set of phone calls, including ones to the car warranty people saying "stone flew up and hit it my feckin' ass. Pay up you schmucks!"Yell

06:56
April 10, 2011


Team

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Oh man, I feel for you… what a saga!

Hope it works out ok in the end, and I hope the 'end' comes sooner rather than later for you, so you can get back to enjoying your Vel Satis with the correct parts on it, all working properly!

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19:19
April 17, 2011


Vel Haggis

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Update: got the car back today and the black smoke has been replaced by puffs of blue. My engineer thinks the turbo is in a bad way (the song of death). Going to see the dealer tomorrow to see what he is going to to about the further costs, plus the cost of hiring a car last week.

I reckon I can get a remanufactured turbo for about 250, plus an EGR valve for another 100. I'd then needa new oil feed pipe for the turbo and labour to get it all fitted…

Ho hum :/

21:55
April 17, 2011


Rosic

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I get through all the turbo problem last year.

What i will tell You is: In 2.2 dCi engines the turbo have a changeable geometry. Garrett – producer of turbo is NOT selling any parts to do a reconditioning of this units. Any company, who will tell You that You can get a recon Turbo is not saying the true.

When I put a 'recon' turbo for a good price of 500 quit into mine Vel, computer say there is a fault in injection system. My garage change a half of the engine (manifold, maf sensor, egr, some kind of other sensors – cost of parts about a 1000 pounds), just to discover, that the recon turbo isn't reconditioned properly and it is causing problems!

In the end of the story I get a proper Turbo from Renault and till now everything is ok.

But – it took 3 months! to discover a problem, and cost me about 2000 pounds! Garage didn't charge a penny for labour and didn't charge me for a first turbo, and they put the case to the court, but it isn't my problem now…

08:15
April 18, 2011


Team

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Vel Satis EGR Valve currently on eBay for £50, or less if they accept a reasonable offer:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayI…..0593187376

Vel-Satis.org Chief Administrator & Founder

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