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Petrol Auto box - Safe Mode

newbie here and 1st post

Naturally, I am in trouble and need some assitance from peeps in the know on how to deal with a disappointing fault to a car I really do like.

I have a Scenic 2.0 petrol Prestige old shape that has a problem.

As you drive, it shunts and drops down a gear - I think the handbook suggests it is in safe mode. If you stop and shut the engine down and re-start, it will reset itself andf as the things warm up, she then runs fine.
It has become progrressively more frequent (going into safe mode) - especially when the engine is 1st started for the day and especially when it has been cold overnight.

I have taken it to a local dealer (not a Main dealer but they "specialise" in Renault) who said it would either be a faulty sensor or a new box.

Bit ¤¤¤¤ed off here as the car was owned by a retired couple, is in excellent nick, all the paperwork and well below average mileage but ar 63K it seems the box is FUBAR'd?

Naturally, I was told it was a new box (at £1700+VAT thank you very much) but "others'' have told me it is likely to be a sensor or the electronics messing about.

This leads to two Q's -

1. How do I really determine if it is a new box as described by the garage (I have no reason to doubt them) or if it is the sensor or some other electronic malady and

2. If I do need a new box, I do not want to spend £1700 + VAT on a car that now sits on my drive (as I have a company car at the moment) So where is the best place to get one.

A freind has a trusted mechanic who can do the work ( he specialises in 4x4's and is used to complex drives and gearboxes. However, he relayed to me via a friend that there are 2 parts to a gearbox - one of which is to do with synchronisation and the gearbox should have the original part attached. I think the thrust of the argument was that regenned gearboxes often have non matched parts added to them causing future problems.

I dont really want to ditch the car - its only worth £3500 so to do this work for 2/3rds of the value seems pointless.

Any ideas on how to check what is the fault (2nd opinion really) and how to fix it via 2nd hand parts and a friendly mechanic

I did a search under Auto Boxes but nothing sprang out at me re this particular problem.

The garage seemed to be expecting the gearbox to go on the auto which seems to suggest this is a know problem with the renault or perhaps more specifically with the scenic auto

Thanks in advance
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