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Hi there, and welcome.
There's no such thing as a free lunch, my friend (as you've found out), and that's why the car was priced to sell. Still, it would be worse if there was a major fault on it (or it was stolen).
The Renault dealer won't fit non-Renault parts (they could lose their franchise with Renault if that occured). But what you could do is get Renault to do the major work, and a specialist or recomended independent to carry out the service aspect - I know it won't reduce the total figure by much, but it may help to soften the blow by a useful amount.
Don't think that you've bought a lemon - the car's value will be a lot closer to book, once this work's been done, so you're not throwing money away on nothing.
Hope that helps,
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Last edited by VelSatisfied; 10th April 2007 at 02:18 PM.