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I bought my VS in June 09. I'm from Slovenija, Europe.
I am very sattisfied with it. I made 11000km so far. It had 59700km when I bought it, and the colour is champaign.
Before I had BMW 523, Toyota Celica, VW passat, BMW 730i, Opel Omega, Ford scorpio and Yugo was my first car.
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I saw a Range Rover in London with the name across the tailgate very professionally changed to Hangover.

I'm pleased with my VS. This year had four new brake discs, four new tyres. Last year my heater got flooded cos of leaves clogging the drains under the windscreen.

Now the Conboarsd computer tells me I have two flat tyres - I'm assuming the garage made a mistake in fitting the tyres.
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Hi there, just had new brake discs all round and new tyres also. As it ended up costing me more than I planned, I thought I would mention a couple of things to other VS owners, which may save them some trouble.

Some of the quality aftermarket Brake suppliers list One front brake disc for the VEL SATIS between 2002 and 2005 ( the phase 1 cars ). The disc is a ventilated 324 mm diameter.
As my brother and I both have a VS 3.0 Dci Initiale each, I ordered two sets of EBC front brake discs at the same time - a few months ago. His were fitted straightaway without problems ( 2002 model ). However, when I took my car ( 2003 Model ) to the garage a couple of days ago to get mine fitted, the garage put one disc on the car and then could not re-attach the wheel ! Reason -: towards the end of 2002, RENAULT changed the wheel bolts from a 12 mm diameter thread to 14 mm diameter thread.
So I had to spend out extra on a New Pair from RENAULT for about 160.
The discs certainly do wear - they say about 3 sets of pads before they need changing.
The same applies to the REAR Brake Discs, which when a Genuine RENAULT Part, have the rear wheel bearings built in - some aftermarket types do not. By the time you buy a new wheel bearing and have it pressed into place, there may not be much of a saving over original.
Anyone needing a Quality New Pair of Front Discs for the 12 mm wheelbolt models, let me know - I will part with them at a greatly discounted rate - 66 pair plus post.
On a good note, I now have the car back with 4 new Pirellis and all new disc brakes and pads.
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Let us know how you get on with your 4 new Pirellis. Will be interesting to see how many miles you get out of them. My rear Continental Sport Contact 3's and front Michelin Primacy HPs seem to be doing well but I only drive my 3.0 diesel Vs once a week.

Thanks for the brakes advice - I had to get a full set put on in the spring and it cost me an arm and a leg too what with the rear containing the bearing etc, as you say.

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New to the forum and just put deposit down on.....

... a 3.5 V6 Initiale

I wanted a large petrol engined car up to 7 years old and a top budget of 5k to mainly run back and fourth to Toulouse/Perpignan where the inlaws are.

I love jap cars (go with me....) and knowing the top petrol VS has the 350Z engine and gearbox I thought I had to see this thing. I did not want to be involved in badge engineering (BMW, Merc or Audi although I do have a 15 yr old W124 merc estate which was an ebay steal at 500 two years ago).

Shortlist included Avantime, VelSatis, Espace, old shape C5, Peugeot 607, SType Jag, Lexus (LS400 or sportcross). Test drove several diesel variants - simply not for me. Even if I had a high mileage commute I simply could not go diesel. I just can not get my driving head around Torque vs RPM. I am a petrol head, not a diesel head

So, took the 3.5 VS for a long drive - and bang/luxury per buck there is nothing that stands close. Is it ugly? - yip, in a quirky two-fingers-to-the-luxury-brigade kind of way. Does it go? Yip After market springs and some tuning goodies already ordered from Nismo (Nissan tuning arm) and I think a visit to an aftermarket exhaust place is on the cards (like the one mentioned on here or possibly a Haywood-Scott special). I would have to have paid twice the amount for a similar specced car (tad under 4.5k with two year warranty).

Feel a bit smug really. Full history with Renault, one owner and all bills (including original bill of sale at 32k ). Watch this space to see how we get on....

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2002 3.5 Initiale Vel Satis, 1996 Caterham 1700 Supersprint, 95 Merc W124 E200 estate, 2007 Suzuki Swift, 1995 Mercedes Sprinter 412, Aprilia Moto Starck 6.5
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