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Last Thursday after searching what seemed the world for a 7 seater for my wife I found a new ad on auto-trader.
W reg Espace, 71,000 mls, FSH, Auto, Leather, 3 S/roofs. etc etc. Asking Price 3650.
Straight away the alarm bells went as for this age and mileage it was too cheap by about 1200.
After buying car and fantastic weekend falling in love with it, room, comfort, handling, this morning reality bit!!!
At 72,000 miles this car is due a timing belt, water pump, major service. Because its an engine out job renault specialists dont want to touch, and renault are talking getting close to 2000 to fix.
I am not devestated as i knew the car was cheap and one would like to hope that once this work was done i've got a fairly decent motor for 5500 but I still feel this money for servicing is a bit insane. One option is to use renault labour 970 but buy parts myself 530. But dont know if you can do that??? Any ideas apart from suicide would be appreciated.
 
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Welcome to the fourm.

Have you tried any indepenent specialists for quotes or have they all said no?

There are a couple on the fourm who will hopefully be along to offer advice.

I would have thought this was a tasty job for an indy at half that price, but then again, I know nowt;)
 

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3 independants

Tried three independants I could get numbers on

1. Doesnt have the gear
2. Doesnt have the time
3. Doesnt have a phone (Been ringin all day n/a)

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Hi there, and welcome.

There's no such thing as a free lunch, my friend (as you've found out), and that's why the car was priced to sell. Still, it would be worse if there was a major fault on it (or it was stolen).

The Renault dealer won't fit non-Renault parts (they could lose their franchise with Renault if that occured). But what you could do is get Renault to do the major work, and a specialist or recomended independent to carry out the service aspect - I know it won't reduce the total figure by much, but it may help to soften the blow by a useful amount.

Don't think that you've bought a lemon - the car's value will be a lot closer to book, once this work's been done, so you're not throwing money away on nothing.

Hope that helps,

Paul:)
 

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Hello & Welcome to the Forums.

Yes a lot of independants would not want to get tied up on such a big job when they could turnover more business doing other jobs.

I would still look around at other independants in other areas... But it needs to be someone who is competent it what they are doing because any mistakes and its engine out again to rectify.


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Mmmmm typical Renault! Engine out to change the belt.

I expect it's one of the bigger engines? Keep looking around!

Good luck!

Hugh
 

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Just an after thought - some cars are 72k miles / 5 yrs - which ever is soonest. If it applies to this car and it has a FSH then it would have been done.

Look at the service stamps and contact the service centre. If luck is smiling at you then it has already been done (and you can buy me a pint!)!!
 

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Sorry no pint but result!!!

Did ring past service centre but no cigar belt has not been done. However, through dealer directory on here have found independant not too far away that will do the whole shabang with genuine parts for 1360.00.

I am happy with that considering the local alternatives and at the end of the day, fingers crossed with a bit of t-l-c it will only be regular service costs for the next five years.

Thanks guys.
 

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p.s.

Can see you all laughing at the 'regular service costs for the next five years bit'

Hey -
I am an optimist!!!:)
 
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