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Hi All

I have been roped into helping my ma sort out her new shopping trolley. (1999 V - Laguna Phase II RXE)

I have noticed a couple of problems that I would like to sort out.

OK, first problem is Engine, or more specifically the engine type.

The block is stamped F3R K6 and the first digits of the vin are OVF1B56L

Here is the offending article. I think it's the 8v variety.



The insuarnce documentation states 16v. Is there any way of verifying the original fitment? I am thinking maybe an engine swap at some point?

Problem's 2,3 and4 are all related.

The Automatic climate control doesnt light up, nor does the odometer on the instrument panel. I assume they are Osram twist fit bulbs? Any specific type I should get?

The Haynes mentions removing the steering wheel to access the instrument cluster...surely not!?:crazy:

Also, the instrumentation panel dims to the point of zero visibility when the headlights are switched on.

Any ideas?

I have done a few searches, but I can't find the right combination of words for my problems.

thanks in advance

Lee
 

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Hi there and welcome to Renault Forums. the engine is the 8 valve variant as you suggested, I have posted a pic of the 16 valve. On the lower part of the dash you should see two circular switches, one adjusts the height of the headlights and the other the dash illumination brightness, hope this helps
Regards Leroy
 

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Just to add to Leroys post, the 'dimmer' that he was referring to is on the left hand side of the fuse panel opening. The two on the right of the steering casing are, quite rightly the headlight height adjuster and the second, however, being the air vent switch.

Hope that helps.
 

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As an afterthought, if you give the vin number to a Renault Dealer and explain the situation the original engine type should be on the database, it could be possible that the insurance company has their wires crossed as this is about the time that the F4R 16 valve engine began to replace the 8 valve.
Regards Leroy
 
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