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Rant about Quality - Broken Spring Now

Just went out to the car earlier today and noticed it sitting down lower than usual on the front near side. Ok I thought, no problem, we'll go out in the car that doesn't break at random intervals. So I'm now back and spent half an hour of my easter sunday with the overalls on and have found a broken spring. It looks like it has simply snapped, it's a clean break and there's nothing to suggest it was partly broken. ie no dirt/rust etc at the break - it's a clean shiny break right through the complete thickness. There's every chance it broke while sitting in the driveway as I'm sure the other half would've noticed the rubbing on her way home on friday.

Now is it me, or is it rediculous that our car, which has only about 40k miles on it, should need things like this? The only time I've ever had to replace a spring on a car was about 10 years ago on a Merc 190 with 160k miles on it, which is fair enough considering it's mileage. It doesn't get treated rough, there's no speed bumps on it's general commute, and it's average speed on the computer is always below 30mph. I know it not a new car, but it's not an old one ither.

Other things that go wrong regularly:

Rear suspension bushes changed at 30k (granted that was over a year ago and they're still ok).
Air-Con radiator corroded and needed replaced (about 2 years ago).
Engine management light on at random intervals. Renault want to start changing random bits and charging me for it. Sorry, no! (Oh and when it does come on you physically need to stop the car to switch off and on again. Not like other cars you can switch off and on while moving.)
Handbrake operating section of rear brake calipers randomly sticking in the "on" position but without putting the handbrake on - causing handbrake cable to come loose inside centre console. Any given side needs stripped down and lubricated every few months.
Window regulator broken on 1 door.
Tyre pressure system has a mind of it's own in winter (except on days that it doesn't).

Ok so it doesn't actually break down, as in it starts every day - but it's made from papier mache.

Take one of my parents cars - old style vectra 2.2 petrol auto, a year older than our Lag. They've had it a few years and its now got about 60 or 70k on it. Nothing has ever broken on it - nil, nada! It gives them over 30 to the gallon too with the big engine, and over 40 on a run at a sensible speed. Or one of our previous cars (also a vectra but diesel) - nothing again and it had 140k on it when sold. The list could go on.

Yes the Renault has nice toys, comfy seats, nice padding and a good stereo - but the build quality is absolute pants. I don't think I'll ever have another Renault - it's no wonder they're cheap!
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