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Renault trafic DCI lemon
Roundabout oct/nov every year I buy a van to carry my off-road bikes about over the winter, in the past its been a selection of transits and merc vitos that have served there purpouse and then been sold off in the spring, this year I decided to go for a Renault traffic , not for any particular reason more just for a change, what a mistake!!!.
I bought the van from a local fleet dealer, itís a 2003 1.9DCI, silver in colour and looked to be in excellent condition, it hat a notchy second gear, however I can live with that as its only getting used on a Sunday and never any more than 100 or so miles.
Got the van back from the dealers no problem, then down to the local MOT garage and stuck a years MOT on it, every thing was ok for about 50miles when the alternator went on fire, it was a cold morning so I jumped in the van started her up and cranked the heater fan on full chat, as you do!! Resulting in in a burnt out alternator. About 100 miles later I jumped in the van and the clutch lever hit the floor and stayed there, New clutch master cly and pipe work and it was back on the road again. Another 100 or so miles down the road the van broke again this time the mass air sensor failed resulting in the van refusing to respond to any throttle it was given.
Now if you go on to Google and search RENAULT traffic you will find 100,s if not thousands of posts and articles on this van and its associated problems.
IMO itís a bag of scrap and I have learned a costly lesson Ö..
Moral to this story is do your research before you spend your money.