Hi Olly and others......an update is due so here we go.
I have had my 3.5 Vel for several months now. In a nutshell it has been one of the best cars/value I have ever owned. I smile every time I drive it and we have driven it quite a bit; Toulouse and back, many trips to the west country (my mum poorly - 360 mile round trip) and I have now put about 6000 miles on her.
My original plans included lowering springs, K&N induction kit, upgraded stainless exhaust. When I picked her up I had her serviced at Renault to keep up a warranty that she had, At this point I traced the service history. She had been given the following over the previous 12 months by Renault:
- New shocks/springs/top mounts at front
- New front brakes
- New rear box
- Replaced heater/aircon display (LCD failure)
So, I thought I would hold back on replacing some perfectly good kit until it fails
The only concession was the K&N filter (not the complete kit) and TBH I have no idea if things are really improved but she sounds glorious
I will get her sensibly chipped too soon and also have Renault update the software to undo that annoying drive shunt from cold in 'D'.
I have being having an
fest with brochures, upgrade discs, manuals etc. which has given me tons of good stuff/info.
So, I love my Vel. Very much. For the money (£2k) I can not think of any car that goes as well with all the comforts. The final addition has been a 'plate' - I normally hate these things but so many folk ask me "What is it? A Vel Satis? What the f**k is that" that I succumbed to a little purchase cheaply from DVLA...
Should do quite nicely