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I'm not complaining about the car itself, and quirky is quite attractive. But I've spent nearly £3,000 on service work in the first year of ownership - and the thing is still riddled with faults - for example it would be nice not to have the suspension creak every time the car moves!
My real gripe is with Renault UK who seem to have just washed their hands of the car - and passed that idea on to their dealers. None of my local (say 50 mile radius) Renault dealers seem to have any idea about the car, and none will take on a used car sale of a Vel Satis - I was offered £1,000 by one dealer for my 52 plate 2.2DCi Priv in part ex against a new £20,000 Laguna! And that seems typical.
However, go to France and VS owners (even those with 5 year old cars) are treated as important. I'm booked in to a French dealer in about 8 weeks time...
Currently in philrutter's garage:
2002 Vel Satis 2.2dCi