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post #5 of (permalink) Old 9th March 2009
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Although I can understand your frustration with your car, and I myself sold my own renault because of recurring electrical faults, I don't think you are being entirely objective in your condemnation of the situation.

All cars can suffer from electrical issues, some are caused by poor materials/manufacturing processes, others arise from external factors such as the car experiencing a sudden shock/jolt.

Fact of the matter is that your car is (or is nearing) 6 years old, not an old car at all, but since the original warranty expired when it was 3 years old, it wouldn't sound like a defect which has been present since manufacture.

Now, the second point - the dealer charging to investigate. That doesn't sound unreasonable to me, as apart from charity workers & volunteers, I don't know of anyone who will work for free - do you? I'm presuming that once they have traced the source of the fault, they will call you to seek approval for a repair - what would they do to recover the costs incurred thus far, if you decided just to leave it for now?

Regarding the third point - the bonnet issue. That is a recognised safety issue, which has been subject to a recall. You are not comparing like with like.

If you doubt any of what I've said, contact an auto electrician (as has already been suggested), and see if he will expend his time for free.

I hope you get the problem sorted out at minimal cost, regardless of where its carried out.


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