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19:13
April 17, 2018


dpress

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Alan, good info thanks. I think I might be getting the start of some creaks at the back on my 3.5, so may need to investigate further.

Looking at google photos of the arm, the bushes appear to be different at either end – is that correct? Also as regards fitting, I would be interested in how that was achieved – I am assuming you would need a big hydraulic press to remove the old ones, and fit new?

Incidentally I see a European seller has the complete arm available, but at more than £160 once you take postage into account, so replacing the bushes is a much cheaper option, and produces less scrap metal for the tip!

Regards Steve

20:13
April 17, 2018


alanclarke

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Post edited 20:43 – April 17, 2018 by alanclarke


I think it is only one bush that causes the clunking. My Renault technician did the work for me and as far as I know he got the old bush out using a hammer and drift.
There is a diagram showing the position of the bush in the arm on the website page that sells the bush.
Removing the arm can be an horrendous job as described in various posts in the forum on the clunking suspension.

07:58
April 18, 2018


dpress

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Ok, thanks for the extra detail. It is not something I would attempt myself but I do sometimes use a relatively local independent Renault specialist who I have no doubt could tackle this sort of thing.

The main dealer I generally use are very good, but I am sure would only want to fit a complete arm, and I am already saving up for the dreaded spark plug service this year…..

 

Steve

15:57
March 21, 2019


alanclarke

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Another year of Vel Satis driving. Needed front calliper so did both sides along with disks and pads. Did MOT at same time even though wasn't due until May.

Very quiet on here now. Has everyone moved to Vel Satis pages on Facebook?

Very happy that this site is still going.

07:50
March 30, 2019


very tall brad

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I’m still here. Not been on the Facebook site. Not even sure I want to as I’m not a Facebooker or social media type. Not really even that social!Nice to see someone posting on here. Thank you to whoever is managing this site, it’s appreciated.

Glad to hear yr car is healthy, Alan. Well done.

21:00
April 9, 2019


le barge

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Bravo! I stopped looking here, as I guessed it was deceased! 

Same thoughts with your car Alan, and I too appreciate the efforts of the new moderator(s) for their carrying the torch.

Same thoughts from me re Farcebook, not my scene at all. 

The green 3.5 is still going strong, though it has an occasional REALLY odd electrical malady. For no reason the left indicators will flash, even with the car locked and alarmed!!!!!!! I've worked out a "cure", albeit primitive, by removing one particular 70amp fuse under the engine cover, and leaving it out for a good while. Seems to reset the systems, and away we go again.

  I saw 39.4 mpg on the display the other day, the M27 down here has an average speed bullshit, giving me remarkable economy. A bit tongue in cheek…..WinkWink

Good to still have some contact guys, I'll look more often now.

Keep smiling,   Paul.

20:12
April 11, 2019


very tall brad

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Post edited 20:13 – April 11, 2019 by very tall brad


Thank you, Paul, for posting. Glad there are at least two or three of us left on here.

My car is running beautifully. Simple stuff like full fluid flushes and using the correct oils and coolants when refilling helps. I also don’t drive like a lunatic. I’m getting 33mpg from my 3.5 by being gentle on the throttle and keeping the car in tip top order.

I also spent a lot of effort two months ago having most of my car repainted professionally (ie dismantled and then painted before being reassembled). My £500 car has now had a £4000 paint job and is now worth £550! This is the maximum I would pay for one of these cars now regardless of condition, mileage or history. Looking at new wheels/tyres etc now but there is only so far I want to go before becoming committed or sectioned.

My handbrake doesn’t work at all so that’s something to fork out for next.

I found a car in a scrappers last month which yielded a few spares. For an £85 outlay I got a boot full of trims, switches, 4 Villa D’Este alloys and headlights etc. And an unmarked parcel shelf to replace my bobbled one.

I’m still keen on these cars but realise we are all now going to start to struggle to keep these cars going despite Laguna and Espace parts often being available where commonality of parts is known.

Good luck to everyone reading this who has a VS. A dwindling group of people for whom their love affair is probably coming to a close.

B

11:15
April 14, 2019


le barge

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Hi Guys,

   Let's not forget the abundance of parts available on the continent.

   I used to get odd and obscure cables remade by a company called Speedy Cables, maybe an option for parkbrake cables? I guess they still trade.

   Keep smiling, Paul.

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