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post #351 of 428 (permalink) Old 21st July 2009
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A seductive money pit

For all its faults my Vel Satis is growing on me.. especially when I test-drive other luxury motors and they all feel like chicken coops. Suppose I just have to accept that it will probably cost me more to keep on the road each year than it did to buy in the first place! Had the usual weeping oil seals at 75k and possibly cracked inlet manifold (white smoke on starting from cold) but that now seems to have gone away (she's probably trying to lull me into a false sense of security), now my temperamental cruise control is on the blink (or else drops out within seconds of being engaged). The tyre sensors are a pig to replace and end up costing you more than the new tyre itself (50 to re-set and only possible at dealerships). At least I get 40mpg easy out of the 2.2dci and I impress the ladies with my bargain basement s (they don't know any better)
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I'm the same as you Joe. I've experienced a fair few problems with my car in the first 7 months of ownership, but I still love it and couldn't bear to see it go. You'd need to spend 12-15k to get a Merc, Audi, Jag or WV at the same spec as my Vel Satis V6 diesel Initiale, plus it's by far the most comfortable car I've been in.
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Joe, anybody with the Renault "clip" software can reset the tyre pressure monitors. You can buy new sensors for about 27 so not too expensive either....just hope none of the park assist sensors go wrong, they go for 80 a piece!
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Originally Posted by VEL SATISfied View Post
Tony, have you driven the VS abroad and if so how did you get on with changing the angle of your xenon headlight beam?


Hello John,

I didn't see a reply posted to your question to Tony, so I thought I'd let you know that I took my VS to France last August, I obtained deflectors for it at Halfords (you just use the circular piece from the kit, and the VS was listed in the instructions). I didn't do much night driving, however they seemed to work a treat.

Regards, Brian.
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Talking VS News

Just thought I would mention a couple of VS related things - I have posted a couple of pics today of my VS 3.0 dci Initiale - it has the German ELIA Bodykit fitted ( no doubt at great expense by a previous owner ) - makes the car look even more outlandish than standard ( I like outlandish things ), and consists of front and rear spoilers plus the side sills finished in bodycolour. Does anyone know if these were a Renault option ? there is another VS that is for sale at an Essex dealer with this kit on - a 3.5 petrol in red.
Mine also has a stainless steel exhaust sytem with twin exiting rear pipes - again I can only assume was fitted by a previous owner.
One problem I have currently is that I have a current drain which flattens the battery over a few days - a week will kill it off. I was translating part of a french Renault technical bulletin which suggested that the fault could be with the instrument panel - they use some CD Software to try and upgrade the instrument panel, and if this fails to upgrade, it says to fit a new instrument panel. Has anyone experience of a similar fault ?
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