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Originally Posted by Medcroft View Post
Here is the text of our letter to be posted tomorrow (phone - you and get a moron - email via their website and you get no reply); so back to snail mail:

The Service Manager
Slaters North Wales Car Centre
Market Street
LL22 7AL 10 May 2007

Dear Sir/Madam

We recently (October 2006) bought a Renault Clio 1.4L 16 V (original Registration Number: PK53 YVE - now H8 LKJ) with an automatic transmission. The car was only 3 years old (October 2003) and was just out of warranty. It had one previous elderly female owner and had just over 1000 miles on the clock. It has a full service history. For the first 500 miles or so everything was fine. Then, just as last winter started, the automatic transmission started playing up.

The symptoms occur when the engine and transmission are cold:

1. Jerky gear changes
2. When going uphill and in auto mode - sudden change down and the
"auto" warning light comes on.
3. Stopping the car and restarting the engine clears the fault warning.
4. This behaviour can re-occur up to four times.

Once the transmission has warmed up there is no problem.

We took the Clio to the local Peugeot dealers (Elim, Llangefni) as we were advised that the AL4/DL4 transmission is common to Renault, Peugeot and Citroen. They took nearly 3 hours to run the diagnostics at a cost of 70. This confirmed what other people had already told us - it was the pressure regulation solenoid valve (fault code P0745). However they suggested replacement of the whole valve body (@ about 700), but recommended replacement of the complete transmission (cost unknown - too busy running away!). The problem with the automatic transmission still exists and we sort of began to live with it.

However, upon starting the car the other morning it was clear that the engine was not very happy and sounded as though it was mis-firing on one cylinder. Thinking that it was simply due to the engine being cold and that it was possibly condensation we carried on driving. Soon however it started to sound like an old diesel tractor and the Toxic Fume Monitoring Warning light came on and it remains on.

Do you think that this is related to the gearbox problem (Top Dead Centre sensor perhaps)? Would water in the petrol explain it (the car had recently been completely topped up from nearly empty)? Alternatively it might be as simple as a faulty ignition coil ?

We are not going to use the car until the problems are fixed (the second car is a very reliable 1987 2.0 Litre Ford Capri). Given the problems, we are prepared to have the Clio transported to Abergele in order for you to look at it.

The questions I would like you to address are:

1. Do you agree with our diagnosis?
2. Can you arrange transportation or should I do it myself?
3. Can you estimate the cost of repairs?
4. Do you think that Renault UK would be prepared to make a contribution to such repairs given the very low mileage?
5. When can you book the vehicle in for repairs?
6. Would you also check out the bonnet catch FOC?

Perhaps you, or one of your staff, might phone or email us with a view to answering these questions and resolving the problems with this vehicle.


Lawrence and Hilarie
Hi Medcroft I have the same problem with my Espace. It drops down a gear and the warning light comes on. Can you let me know the progress to date.

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Bora Da!

Have had the misfiring problem sorted - had all the ignition coils replaced at a cost of just short of GBP 300. Still have the problem with gearbox - but cannot find anyone prepared to replace the pressure regulation solenoid - which is after all what is causing the problem. Had we the necessary skills and access to parts, we would do the job ourselves! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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I know of a place in London that could probably do it but not much help if your in Wales I guess
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Hi this is my first post on here and I'm glad, in a strange sort of way, that other people are having the same problems.

I bought my 52 auto Clio just over a year ago with 14k on the clock. It had been a motobilty car so had had regular servicing. After a month it started to change down on the first hill on my way to work and the auto light came on. I took it back to the dealer who had it diagnostic checked by an independent garage and they couldn't find anything wrong. I then took it to the Renault dealer who confirmed that it was the hydraulic solenoid and, as it was only out of warranty by 3 months, offered to pay part of the replacement costs. The dealer agreed to pay the other half which was about £180. So the total cost would have been around £400.

The light still comes on when I leave it in Park for any length of time but that's not really an issue as it goes out after turning the ignition on and off.

Good luck.

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Angry Re: Renault Clio 2004 - Engines - Auto gearbox warning sign

Hi everyone. I have the same problem with my 05/06 1.6 Clio Auto (MK III). Bought the car from an old couple who hardly used the vehicle. Think it had done 5000 miles over 4 years from new. Anyway the major service including cam belt was done by me after I bought it.

"Check gearbox" signal come up only in the mornings every single morning once I have driven for a minute or so. Why in the mornings? What exactly happens when the vehicle and the oil is cold? The vehicle struggles to shift gears and if i accelerate too much it goes into the "limp mode". Switching the vehicle off and on again solves the problem. Somehow the vehicle needs to be warm before the problem goes away.

Anyway I took it in and was advised to change the solenoids and the ATF. This was done for about 400 (equivalent) and the problem was gone!! Was so happy!!! Now 4500 miles later the problem is back. Do I need to change the solenoid and the ATF again? Mechanic now says that it might be a faulty temperature sensor! I amcertain there is no oil leak as i don't see any oil on the ground where the car is parked. What could the problem be?
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