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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 14th January 2006
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Hi Polecat,

I have exactly what you are talking about .... 02 reg. V6 initiale tourer. (42.500 miles)

Maybe i can help you along ...
This is a brill car , with all the toys you can think of .
I have owned it since march last year and it had one ongoing fault which seems to be sorted now after about 6mths in various dealerships . (bad connection on No. 5 cylinder).
Anyway the car is very fast with a growl from the engine on accelaration.
(i would say a wolf in sheeps clothing as nobody can tell its a V6 unless they look at badge on side of door).
The tiptronic box with fly by wire throttle is ok but it tends to keep changing revs accordingly .. ie slowing down , going up and down hills , in fact any prevailing conditions it will change revs, this can be annoying sometimes.
But flick gear lever into manual and wow its like changing to sports mode , you control the gears, revs , etc. (use this when you want to give it a bit of welly) Flick it up to change up and back to change down.I find this really good when overtaking .
Instrumentation is exactly the same as any lag 2 initiale , the sat nav. is reaaly good (get a tmc disc to warn you of traffic jams) .
Sound system is excellent .
Tyre pressure sensors i find a pain in the a**e , when working properly , yes they are great safety item , but lots of people seem to suffer problems with them as i have now and again.
mpg ..... well i would say it is a bit thirsty , around town averages 22-23 mpg on a run should average around 30mpg , but because of my fault i think my computer has been re-mapped and i get 23mpg no matter what driving conditions.
Reading from different forums it seems to be that the V6 seems to be the most trouble free engine from the whole lag 2 range . As the dci engines have turbo problems if not looked after.(sorry all you dci people not a poke at you , just readind the forums).
All in all i think i chose the right model.
Would i buy another one ? No , my next car will be a honda accord 2.4 ex .

Hope this helps , anything else you wish to know just post on here .

Good luck ....... Harry
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Thanks for the info harry.

I have seen a few initiale models coming through ebay , autotrader, etc at some reasonable prices between 5k & 6k with 20000 to 60000 on the clock.

Just thought i would get the lowdown on the v6 initiale model from you guy's before i take the plunge.

As for the baccara i have now its getting a few squeeks & crumble's, i like the v6 engine but the autobox has always been a bit jerky when changing,
another gripe is the lack of stowage space in the cabin with having twin airbags there is no glovebox, you only have the door pockets & a farting tiny tray under the armrest (just enough room for your false teeth or a small pack of condoms ) i hope they have improved this on the initiale.
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I had a V6 in a Dynamique spec tourer.

As chakota says, it is a lovely engine. Drinks like a fish (especially when you're being "enthusiastic" ) but that growl really is special.

It is a fairly reliable engine, which is why I can't understand why they've alomst dropped it in favour of the 2.0T.

Things that do go wrong though...the coil packs blow. Regularly. Not a huge issue, but they aren't the same as those used by the 4-pot engines, so make sure you carry a spare. Also, to get to the rear bank of cylinders, you have to take the entire intake manifold off.'s pretty good. Aisin Warner SU1-002 on the early V6es, which gets the guess right 90% of the time. Always nice when you feel the surge of power and the growling noise as it drops a cog and everything starts to get small in your rear view mirror

Economy wise...agree with the above again. It does NOT like dual carriageways...average for those was around 20mpg. On a long motorway run though, it used to do about 35mpg at 65mph...which I thought was excellent.

Driving wise, it's a really nice car. The engine feels like the right amount of power for something that size, and it really does fly when you want it to.

I'd have another one one day

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Going to take a look at one on saturday, 52 reg v6 initiale 43k on clock, wants 5995 for it, anybody think the price is fair.

Any more trouble spots to watch for/check etc other than the mentioned tyre sensors, & coil packs.
Does the initiale have the total closure feature when locking the vehicle, should the drivers seat & door mirrors adjust with the key cards eg other drivers,do the mirrors fold electricaly,any probs with the sat nav or xeon lights to watch for, ive heard lights are are not cheap
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The Initiale will have total closure - press the lock button briefly once to lock the doors, then press again to deadlock the doors and hold for a couple of seconds to activate total closure. I think you can also do it with one very long press, but this isn't so kind on the battery in the card.

The car should also memorise the mirror and seat position for each card (this can actually be a pain with hands-free if both drived and passenger have their cards with them, but on a pre-2005 model this doesn't apply anyway.)

Folding mirrors will also be present (you have to activate a switch each time you park though - they aren't linked to the central locking as the Peugeots are.) I believe the earlier Initiales also have photochromatic door mirrors, though this feature does not appear to be present on my 2005.

A few people have reported sat-nav problems, mostly the apparent loss of GPS signal. Renault usually want to charge you bucketloads to replace the navigation computer, though I recall at least one being cured just by the owner unplugging the computer and leaving it overnight. Original Caminat can be a bit flakey on routing (I've known it to add over an hour to a journey before now) and I quickly stopped trusting it to find the most direct route from town A to town B and relied on it more to find the address I was looking for once I'd arrived at my destination town. It also only displays the map in 2D (though it has one of the better 2D displays) and has a user interface from hell.

Xenon lights can be troublesome, and parts are expensive when they go wrong. It's just a theory of mine, but I suspect they're more badly behaved on cars with automatic headlights which may switch on and off several times in each journey. I reckon that must put a lot more stress on the system (especially the ballast units) than simply switching the lights on and off yourself as and when needed.
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