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Question Need some guidance

I was made redundant earlier this year and to raise some funds we recently sold our 57 reg VW Touran and have been searching for alternative older 7 seaters around the £3500 mark.

Anyway I saw a lovely Grand Scenic local to me on sale for £3295 - 55 reg with 33,000 miles on it. It's in excellent condition and drove well on it's set run out. It's the 1.6 VVT dynamique model.

I had a good look around the car and noticed it needed a couple of tyres and some brake pads at the back so negotiated a price of £2950 and shook on the deal.

After leaving a £50 deposit I am due to pick the car up tomorrow and pay the remainder of the money.

However after reading about some of the things that seem to be common problems such as the electronic handbrake module, the dephaser issue and other electrical problems I'm wondering whether to back out and just lose the £50 deposit.

I love the style and interior of the GS but just what is the likelihood of experiencing a £600 issue given the age of the car/mileage?

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Re: Need some guidance

Remember one important thing, people go on forums when they have problems, not to sing praises, and there are plenty more happy owners than unhappy ones.

If you were to do similar searches on a Glaxy for example, you would be asking yourself the same questions.

Renaults are not VW, hence the price difference, but even VW's have common faults.
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Re: Need some guidance

Agreed with the above! Has the car got an extensive service history and been maintained correctly? If so, you shouldn't have any issues but then with any car.......faults could appear at any time. You take a risk with any car so there's not really much more advice I could offer!

Still, now you have read up on the model there's nothing to stop you having another look before handing over the rest of the cash and searching through any paperwork to see if certain issues have already arisen and been rectified

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Re: Need some guidance

You don't say the exact model. Is it a dealer or private sale.

The negotiated price is around the private sale price in good nick needing no work or repairs.

Also if you intend to use all 7 seats or carry loads I would suspect the 1.6 engine to be a bit under-powered and maybe thirsty as it will have to work harder.
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Re: Need some guidance

Just to add to above, running costs for a 1.8 including insurance, tax and insurance would be about the same.

I had a Lag II with the 1.6 and it was dreadful, so underpowered, when I got my dCi it felt like I was in a sports car, and the fuel economy was woaeful.

IMO the 1.6 shouldn't be in cars of that size.

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