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Ford Focus had a recall on the instrument cluster & speed sensor, as featured on Watchdog.
Audi's TT was notorious for faults in the cluster also (again featured on Watchdog).
I don't believe a single manufacturer should be pilloried, without blaming them all equally.
Cars are as much electrical as they are mechanical these days, and that brings in a reliance on sub-component manufacturers.
At the end of the day, a warranty is provided to give peace of mind for the components/items covered - if you have cause for concern about your vehicle's reliability, or just wish to protect yourself as far as is possible against unforeseen costs - then take out an extended/private warranty.
To say something should last the lifetime of the car is a bit of a nonsense when we have a scrappage scheme which crushes cars at the age of 10 years - these cars affected are approximately half that age (and out of warranty to boot), so Renault are being more than fair.
I know the NHBC on my house is for a fixed period, and the insurance policy on my car is likewise - and I know where I'll be told to go if I attempt to claim for anything after those have expired.
View it that way, and you will see where I'm coming from.
This job should never be complete - the day I think I've done it all, is the day I resign.
Currently in VelSatisfied's garage:
2005 FIAT Ducato 2.8JTD LWB Gran Volume, 2000 Kawasaki ZZR 1100 D7 'fullpower' in black + full GIVI & KAPPA luggage, 2007 MB R-Class 320 CDi Sport LWB uprated by Brabus to 300Bhp don't know if there's a 155mph limiter - will be fun finding out! 2004 Mercedes Vaneo 1.7 CDi Ambiente 7-seater