Renault Forums :: Independent Renault forum - View Single Post - Should I buy a Vel Satis?

View Single Post
post #2 of (permalink) Old 19th August 2010
S.M.A.R.T.(y) Pants
VelSatisfied's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 16,937
Nominated 11 Times in 37 Posts
Nominated TOTW/F/M Award(s): 17
Thanks: 4,549
Thanked 2,467 Times in 1,851 Posts
Re: Should I buy a Vel Satis?

Hi there.

These are quirky (distinctive?), but very well-designed comfortable & spacious family transport. Whilst mine was running well - I loved it.

However, there are a few clouds on the horizon worth bearing in mind;

does the cambelt need changing - quite expensive

2.2 can have turbo issues

check & double check the operation of all electrics, and ensure that all the warning lights illuminate on start-up, then go out as they should

Tyres can be costly for 'branded' versions

Body-wise, they age very well, with any corrosion really showing a neglectful owner or a botched repair

worth a punt for the 'right' money, but be prepared for some big bills and plenty of "a what?" when you book it in for repairs/buy parts...(even from Renault).

These cars aren't loved by the trade, so depreciation will be severe - which is less of a problem if you plan on hanging onto it.



This job should never be complete - the day I think I've done it all, is the day I resign.

S.M.A.R.T. Technician
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
VelSatisfied is offline  
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome