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I reacking its just been a motorway cruiser to be honest. Boot is like new, spare wheel never used, drivers seat not worn out, accelorator pedal not worn out. Was just an exec cruiser i think. Love it already!!

Theres something about having a car thats a bit different. My other is a Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo, and that still turns heads even after 9 years. It has its quirks as does the Vel but there worth it so you dont have to drive a mondeo!
You've got the bug - and it only gets better.

I'm sure the car has spent its time on the motorway, cruise control on. Best use of a car - least wear & tear possible.

I know what its like driving quirky cars - just read what I've got, they're all different, but I love them to bits.

Its good to see a thread which did not have a positive theme, take on a more hopeful (touch wood) aspect.

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Yeah strange, hope they can fix it and maybe its related to the radio problem. Also I wondered if anyof you have a towbar fitted? I have seen another Vel with a detachable one fitted, wouldnt have a clue where to start with that really, i suppose renault will be able to get them but will be a re-morgage needed i expect. I just know most other are gonna say..... A renault what? no sorry, not listed.
 

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No towbar on mine - yet (the good lady has her aspirations for a tin tent), so that may well be on the cards in due course.

Can't see why one wouldn't fit, I'd check a few of the specialists; witter, brink, etc.

I'm sure someone will be able to speak from experience.

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No towbar on mine - yet (the good lady has her aspirations for a tin tent), so that may well be on the cards in due course.

Can't see why one wouldn't fit, I'd check a few of the specialists; witter, brink, etc.

I'm sure someone will be able to speak from experience.

Paul:)
Mind if I jump in on this one?

The Vel Satis was voted best towcar in its class in 2002 (or was it 2003?) and will tow up to 1600Kg. I saw a photo on a website and the caravan it was towing looked huge. The max trailer nose weight is 75Kg, but that's no problem as one usually tries to load them to about 50Kg to get the balance right.

It will take either a swan neck towbar or detachable, but the flange type is a no-no as it could interfere with the reverse sensors (or so I've been told). I'm after a detachable one - a bit pricier, but doesn't spoil the cars looks. You have to have a hole cut in the bumper, but that is very low down on the underside, can't be seen and you also get a part from Renault to go with it. I think that part is some sort of plate to cover the hole. We are going away in Easter so I have to get one fitted before then. BTW if you get a swan neck or detachable, I don't think they accomodate the old bar type stabilisers, so you might have to invest in an Alco stabiliser (or equivilent) like I've been forced to. In fact I bought the car for its towing abilities as well as its luxury and ridiculous price.

Glad you're pleased with the car James - I've had mine 6 weeks now. I've had to convert it to gas as I intend on keeping it quite a long while and it just drinks fuel. Only problem I have is the memory mirrors always forget!! Oh well, such is life :crazy:

Let us know how much it costs to repair the ding on the rear wheel arch 'cos I have one too!

Edit: You can get towbars specifically for it - yes, they are a bit pricier that for a Mondeo etc. I've had 2 quotes from nearby fitters quoting roughly £250 for the swan neck and £400 for the detachable (those prices are for double electrics, single should be a bit cheaper). Let me know if you find any cheaper. Oh, neither company said "a Renault what?" which either means they know what one is or they don't care what one is. I don't see a real problem anyway - the company that converted my car to lpg had never heard of one either, but they seem to have done a good job. Only time will tell.
 

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Edit: You can get towbars specifically for it - yes, they are a bit pricier that for a Mondeo etc. I've had 2 quotes from nearby fitters quoting roughly £250 for the swan neck and £400 for the detachable (those prices are for double electrics, single should be a bit cheaper). Let me know if you find any cheaper. Oh, neither company said "a Renault what?" which either means they know what one is or they don't care what one is. I don't see a real problem anyway - the company that converted my car to lpg had never heard of one either, but they seem to have done a good job. Only time will tell.

How are you finding the car with the fuel conversion ...

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Hi Ottoman

I've only had it back for 5 days, but it seems to be fine. The gas tank is a 65 litre (I think) toroid that causes the boot floor to be raised by about 2", so there is a sacrifice there. The fuel cap has been put in the bottom of the bumper which is plastic. This is better than putting it in a side panel as you don't get the corrosion problems and it is pretty much out of sight. Inside, there is a switch which has been installed in the spare switch plate, so that is out of the way.

The advantages are savings of £1000 per year (I do 9000 miles a year) so I no longer feel guilty when I put my foot down. I don't yet know how much road tax will be reduced by or whether I will have to pay congestion charges. As I never go to London, that doesn't matter - yet! You also get double the range if you use both full tanks.

Disadvantages are initial cost (£1600), loss of boot space, another filler cap and a crappy switch that also acts as the fuel gauge - it has 3 lights for full, no lights for empty and apparently is as accurate as a weather forecast. Strangely, the trip computer is still calculating my mileage which leads me to believe it measures fuel consumption based on engine usage, not on fuel tank levels (obviously it has not been linked to the new tank, and the old tank still has the same amount of petrol despite travelling 100 miles +). I'll give a full report after its first (free) 1000 mile service.
 

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The saga continues...

It now seems the parts guy got it all wrong about the price of the exhaust pipe. It was meant to be 330 plus vat but it turns out this if just for the flexi part, the centre pipe including the cat is something like 440 plus vat and he says i need the flexi part aswell as the pattern has changed and the new centre pipe wont fit on the old flexi!!!

Plus i've now been told by renault that the steering arms are worn and thats why the tracking keeps going out. Surely they just mean the track rod ends dont they and the parts to fix this were only 100 quid, if it were the whole arms then that would be quite an envolved job wright??
 

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That cost for the exhaust ties in with Spyderman's £500 post. I don't know about the cost of steering parts, but do you think there is justification in asking your selling garage (you only got it just over 3 days ago) for some assistance in meeting these costs / wasn't the car sold with some warranty? I know they may say wear & tear, but that doesn't excuse them selling goods with faults that make the car undriveable or unable to pass an MOT.

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This is all true and i will investigate the terms of the warrentee, however, as i got a grand off the car because the sat nav wasnt working, and the fact that i fixed it for free myself means that so ling as i can get these two problems sorted for a grand i wont bother with the place i bought it from as it was a gastly place, plus theyre in birmingham and im in bristol and i wouldnt leave it there now, espectiall as i just had it veleted.

Plus i would nt trust them to do it properly anyway, at least i can oversee the repairs my self this way and ensure that quality parts are used.
 

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I hope you are happy with your purchase after these 'teething' probs.

As I stated in my previous post I truly love my Vel satis and everyone has an opinion on it, I had a Mondeo previously and that passed people in the street like a slight breeze...The vel satis causes a hurricane!
My friend has just purchased an ML270 and is gutted at the lack of gadgets in it compaired to mine!

I look forward to waving at you vel satis drivers on the motorway soon!
 

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I'd just like to say,what a great thread!:)

There is definately something about these cars that brings out the best in people!.They do seem to give a few problems,but when the car is working properly you will forgive it anything.....

Well done to all involved here,and I'm starting to save my pennies for one of these beasts!.I might be able to afford one in 10 years time.:rolleyes:
 

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I think the Vel Satis (and the Avantime) values have now levelled off a little. There is a shortage of second hand ones - would this be right?

When I bought the A'time 2 1/2 years ago it was on at £19k - I offered them £12k and was amazed when they checked with RTG and they said yes! I think this was more to do with the fact it was nearing 18months.

As you know I had problems with it - coils and new engine but you can forgive it most things. I think the same goes for our Vel Satis friends. I waved at one the other day!:)
 

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Have to agree, I think that since some other manufacturers are making similar 'lifestyle' cars, SEAT, FIAT Croma, Vauxhall Signum(to name three), the Vel Satis & Avantime don't seem the 'left-field' choice that they once were.

Who knows, perhaps one day they will be seen as the classics they are, and start to increase in value?

Keep waving Hugh - if I see you, I'll wave back!

Paul:)
 

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Glad you are all happy with your choice of car.

Makes all the difference to having a car not just as a means of transport if you get a buzz from it .

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I hope you are happy with your purchase after these 'teething' probs.

As I stated in my previous post I truly love my Vel satis and everyone has an opinion on it, I had a Mondeo previously and that passed people in the street like a slight breeze...The vel satis causes a hurricane!
My friend has just purchased an ML270 and is gutted at the lack of gadgets in it compaired to mine!

I look forward to waving at you vel satis drivers on the motorway soon!
Hi again.

I've had mine since 27th January and I haven't seen another since. I've had a report of one being seen in Mirfield, 4 miles from home, but to be honest my Vel was only the 4th one that I have seen since they were introduced. I'm chuffed to bits about the equipment level, but unfortunately I don't have any rich friends to make envious :crazy:

Anywho, I will certainly wave to other drivers; I might even flag them down and have a good old chin wag :beer:
 

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I will happily chat to any Vel satis drivers who stop me.

I have another reason to adore my car, I'm 6ft 10 and it is one of the only cars I can sit in without my left knee brushing my chin or turning the radio on and off!!

I'm a little concerned at what the budget holds in store for my road tax, I may re-new online tonight and stomach the £190 as it's sure to go up tomorrow!
 

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Any Vel owners in or around Bristol???

Question regarding the Cabasse radio/cd player....

Isn't this supposed to be quite a good French hi-fi brand, its just that I dont actually thinks its that great. I just can't seem to get any low end from the speakers and the loudness setting seems to make little difference.

My Astra with its boggo siemens vdo cd player and vaux standard speakers kick the ¤¤¤¤ out if to be honest.

Anyone else got an opinion on this???
 

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Have you gone into the on-screen menu to make the various adjustments? This is accessible from the menu button on the dashboard.

It will hopefully just be a bit of fine adjustment - mine gives superb sound quality.

Did you get all the manuals? I was handed a filofax-looking article which has 3 manuals (owner's/sat-nav/sound system) in addition to the service book and other airbag/child seat info.

If you did, try to set aside some time to read it all, you'll get more out of your car.

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Any Vel owners in or around Bristol???

Question regarding the Cabasse radio/cd player....

Isn't this supposed to be quite a good French hi-fi brand, its just that I dont actually thinks its that great. I just can't seem to get any low end from the speakers and the loudness setting seems to make little difference.

My Astra with its boggo siemens vdo cd player and vaux standard speakers kick the ¤¤¤¤ out if to be honest.

Anyone else got an opinion on this???
Hi James

I got my Vel without any instructions, so for a while the treble was set way too high - it used to pierce through my head. What I did appreciate despite this was the quality. I have tinkered around with it a bit more and learned how to adjust the settings. You can adjust the equaliser to your own custom setting, or pre-defined settings such as Rock, Jazz, Classical, Morris Dancing etc, etc.

Why don't you mess around with it a bit more and let us know what you think.
 
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