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Re: thinking on buying a vel satis any advice

They are certainly great cars in terms of space & comfort.

However, be prepared for colossal depreciation, and a lot of "we've never had one of those in before" when its time to get repairs carried out.

The bodywork on mine was in excellent shape, and mechanical reliability was very good - my only cost being normal service items in 2.5 years/40,000 miles.

Electrical reliability was a nonsense though - phantom short-circuits completely draining the battery if the car wasn't used each & every day; false tyre pressure sensor warnings; sticking doors failing to unlock - these were the main reasons behind our deciding to 'get rid'...

Buy at the price we traded ours in for (2.5k) for a 62,000 mile 3.0 DCi Initiale, and you could forgive its problems - however, given that we'd paid 10k for it, and you'd understand why we could never recommend one.



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