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post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old 28th October 2008
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why did i buy a renault

i actualy bought the renault at an auction,i went to buy something else but it went for more than i expected, the renault came up, it looked okay, only 114000 on the clock, and was dead cheap,i didnt know much about renaults at that stage, it wasnt till i started having starting problems that i searched for forums on the web, dont get me wrong, its a good car to drive, when its going okay, but, lets be honest, reliability is not their strength, and reselling them is not easy, servicing is expensive, parts are expensive, the dealers seem to have little or no knowledge on the car, thats renaults problem, they need to spend time training their service agents in how to fix their products, and on customer service, despite that, i actually enjoy driving it, i just wish it was more rugged in construction, especially in electrics,and transmission. we still have the corolla, its a bench mark for other manufacturers to follow on, how to keep it simple, but reliable,
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I can't speak for all Renault garages/workshops but the three I have had dealings with have all delivered a high level of service.

I have had extensive dealings with Renault customer services as well since my purchase of my 05 Scenic II and have found them for the most part to be very helpful and over the last 3 years have seen a vast improvement in their standard of responses to customer after sales service.

I think it is pot luck with service departments irrespective of the marque some I have dealt with over the years have been dire to say the least.

Maybe the credit crunch will make manufacturers up their game as they have to chase sales and business for their dealers workshops.

Clio is a good seller on the used market in all it's variants
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The main Renault dealer (part of the Lookers Group) in Northern Ireland have just announced closure of one of its main branches. They have the largest franchise group over here and where expected to survive with no losses. I suspect more to come. Maybe it'll make the rest of car dealerssit up and take notice

Three second hand car dealers close to me have also folded in the last 2 months
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RENAULT Clio 1.2 16v Dynamique , 3 Doors, Manual, Hatchback, Petrol, 2003 03 Reg , 53,000miles

The faults were Electronic Incident warning light appears (looks a little like the heater plug symbol in diesel cars) then the car starts reving then idles at 2000rpm without touching the accelorator its like it has a mind of its own. And the engine management light that appears every now and again that monitors exhaust emissions.

its been at the renault garage for over a week now getting repaired hopefully i will have no problems when i get it back fingers crossed
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I hope so too - keep us updated as to how they get on.

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This job should never be complete - the day I think I've done it all, is the day I resign.

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