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Sounds like a major Pre Delivery Inspection dispute to me.
Quite often cars are produced to sit in holding compounds as central stock - these compounds aren't under cover, so the cars can be exposed to the elements and bird guano for months on end. However, as long as there aren't any significant spec changes between these cars and what is being built to order, they can still be sold as 'new'.
The dealership is meant to inspect the car, and rectify/replace any issues - it may well be the case that the owner was less than impressed with their thoroughness....
I wouldn't worry too much about what happened some 14 years ago now, the issues present then, will have been sorted, and since its a Renault, the car will have developed a few newer ones to annoy & frustrate you in equal measure.
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