A few comments to finish up this thread!!
- Took the car to my local Renault dealership. Only £72.26 per hour. They assure me they're the cheapest Renault in the area. Given that the nearest alternative is 50 miles away in Chester, that wouldn't be hard!
- The "technician", they don't call them mechanics any more, told me that there is only a limited amount that they are allowed to do to an auto box; "if changing the valve block doesn't fix it it's a recon box job" (at £1600).
We agreed on a basic fault check (the reason I want my own EOBD reader), for 1 hour's labour. Later in the day they phoned to say the
was blackened and needed changing and did I want them to do it (1/2 hour labour plus £15
). I picked up the car slightly better but still not right. Unless it gets MUCH worse, I'm not paying any more on that problem.
I suggested re-flashing the
(as suggested here), he said that might hide the problem but wouldn't fix it....
He showed me the service/repair record for the car - less than one page - he said was very good. Said that some Lagunas of that age were up to 3 pages - must be the
diesels I said - Aha, you know your Lagunas he said.
To be fair to the chap, he was friendly and willing to answer any questions, and obviously had a fair amount of Laguna experience.
Next job - change the bushes in the back axle - this weekend if the snow goes away.
Thanks for all the help. I suspect that as a Laguna owner I will be a frequent visitor to this group.