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post #26 of 32 (permalink) Old 4th January 2009
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Thats the beauty of the internet,you can learn about the fault you have and either fix yourself or have a greater understanding of it and expalin the fault better to who ever is fixing it.

It does work both ways though as we have had a number of customers come in with half a story from the internet and get completely the wrong end of the stick,but on the whole forums like this are great,I know that I have become a better car-fixer because of the internet as much of the info that is on there used to be hidden from even people in the trade,now much is common knowledge or just a 'google' away.

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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Hi all. I've just come back from Renault Burton-on-Trent after a service enquiry for my Lag. I need a new rear bush for the suspension (National can't do it) and a mysterious rattle from under the bonnet needs investigating.

The replacement rear bush costs 42 from Renault but takes 2.2 hours to fit, so it's gonna cost between 250-300!

Equally, they've quoted up to 3 hours to investigate my rattle under the bonnet - this is in case the dash needs to be removed as it could be the source of the rattle.

So I have a 600 bill looming. Then they tell me its due a cambelt change at 466. lol
Hopefully I can confirm that the car has had its belt changed recently.

Actually though, I found the garages service to be spot on - taking lots of details about my mysterious rattle, and taking the time to speak to me properly. They've informed me of all the potential costs in advance and offered me a free courtesy car while mine's in the garage.

I know people think the stealers are a rip off, but its actually only about 20 an hour more than my regular garage, and so far the service has been infinitely better.
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post #28 of 32 (permalink) Old 13th January 2009 Thread Starter
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Oh dear...

We have now had the Clio back for 2 weeks after it's 500+ pound service, new front brakes, MOT and it has come back with a new problem. Since the service it has started occasionally cutting out just after pulling away from traffic lights and junctions. The engine totally dies and you roll to a stop. If you turn the ignition off then back on it is ok for while.

I've searched the other threads and found many people have described exactly the same problem with the same age car. It appears to be a common wiring loom and / or throttle body and / or pedal sensor problem.

A number of things have really annoyed me about this :-
1. It has only started to happen after it was serviced.
2. The other posters have also had this happen on the motorway! and when crossing busy roads. This could be seriously dangerous! My wife and three young children are in this car every day on a busy dual carridge way. I don't even want to think what could happen.

I don't think I can bothered putting any more time and money into it (i've not had the timing belt done yet either). I may simply bin it off i.e. trade it in for a fiesta at the weekend. The money spent fixing it could go towards another car.

I must say it is funny how many times people are told "oh we have never seen that problem before" and you come onto this forum and dosens of people have had exactly the same thing.

Many thanks,
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yes u are correct, ive read other forums as well, i belong to an Australian one as well, and when u criticse a renault on that site, u get told in no uncertain terms, dont do that, it will afect the resale on our cars, yet they ask the same questions, why does this and that go on them,the truth is, Renault cars have more consistent problems than their Jap equilivants, and thats a fact,ive been amazed at the number of potentialy dangerous faults on these cars, Electric mirror switches, stalling at intersections, shock absorbers breaking, all at relatively low mileage, i dont consider 60,000 milres to be high mileage these days, it may have been 40 years ago, but most Jap cars today will do 200000ks without a major fault. i mean waterpumps and cam belts aside,some are to proud to admit it, others just dont like Asian cars, well the way the indstry is going, i reckon quality will be the factor that keeps them afloat and repeat buyers, that rules out a few doesnt it.
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Lagdti, you're so right about the internet helping with problems - not only have I changed my rear suspension bushes, replaced the sat nav, reverse gear sensor, TDC , and done an oil change, I even got linux working!!! For about 6 months before I binned it for vista again

Never had a car cut out - got to be one of the worst problems as it could be so dangerous and you'd totally lose faith in ya mottah - don't know what to suggest

ps. of course that's not all this is a lag remember: replaced a weatherstrip, greased the bonnet release catch, replaced the pollen and air filters, silicon greased various squeaks, swapped wheels front to back to reduce rumble and greased wheel nuts, re-soldered start button light and ac control back-light, numerous EGR and MAF cleans ... and that's not mentioning my to do list

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