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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!
Hi Brighty

I'm only 5'6" yet we have the same car - I suppose it matches your size, but for me it feels like I'm captain of a starship. In other words, its bloody huge and I love it. I've never been able to turn anything on or off with my left knee, but at least in this car I don't have to bother with switching a lot of things on or off (except for the damned wing mirrors that constantly forget their position each time I unlock the doors).

I've just had mine converted to run on LPG and I am in the process of writing to the DVLA to let them know. I don't know if I will make a saving on road tax, but I no longer feel guilty about using the engine to its potential at 40.9p/litre. Did you know that this thing is actually quite fast and will rev past 2000rpm?:cool:
 

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Hi Brighty

I'm only 5'6" yet we have the same car - I suppose it matches your size, but for me it feels like I'm captain of a starship. In other words, its bloody huge and I love it. I've never been able to turn anything on or off with my left knee, but at least in this car I don't have to bother with switching a lot of things on or off (except for the damned wing mirrors that constantly forget their position each time I unlock the doors).

I've just had mine converted to run on LPG and I am in the process of writing to the DVLA to let them know. I don't know if I will make a saving on road tax, but I no longer feel guilty about using the engine to its potential at 40.9p/litre. Did you know that this thing is actually quite fast and will rev past 2000rpm?:cool:
I'm glad it isn't just me whos electric mirrors face the sky every now and again!
I had made the enquiry about the gas conversition but I heard a couple of horror stories regarding it, so it's gone on the back burner for the time being.
I'm also worried I will lose out on the performance, I appreciate a quarter of a tank of petrol disapears when I do it but flooring the accelerator is amazing, it's like poking a bear with a stick!
Look out for me in the Essex area, I'm the one flooring it at the traffic lights then pulling in the nearest BP station!!
 

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To be honest, I had already sussed out all the settings without the book, still not that impressed though. The only thing the book does say is that when after you put the code back in the stereo (if power is lost i suppose) then there are 2 things to set, 1 the curve to suit the car model and 2 the country to set the FM frequency. Perhaps i should try this curve thing incase its set to a different car or something, even though this stereo is bespoke. How do you reset the stereo so the code is needed once more? Just disconect the batt????
 

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Also, there seems to be enough of us chatting here now perhaps to have our own dedicated area for a Vel-Satis general chat where all things Vel could be discussed in detail without clogging up some of the other threads. Can a moderator arange this??
 

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Brighty, if we ever do cross paths, I'll let you have a drive of mine. Honestly, there is no difference between gas and petrol. The car always starts on petrol until the engine is warm enough for the gas and it switches over automatically - I never notice when this happens, there really is no difference. As for the tank, I now have 2 of them - 80L petrol and 60L gas. At our rate of mpg that should be enough to get me home each day!!

James, as I don't own a handbook I haven't a clue what you mean about the curve. Your suggestion about a seperate thread is a good idea though.
 

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Hey guys,

I started a new thread within the "Other Models" heading called "The Vel-Satis Club, for all things Vel...."

Maybe we could carry on the discussion there, and use the one single thread for ...all things Vel!
 

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Tyre & roof bars now gone to a good home. (vel satis)

Really happy with the Espace, engine & gearbox, even better than the vel.

My lemon was sold at auction in hereford, I think.
Red 3.0Dci Initiale Cream leather. 03 reg. DO NOT BUY IT!!!!
 

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Cabasse radio/cd player

James, not sure if you have the single or six CD cabasse system and if you are still looking to replace it? If you have the six version and you do wish to change it let me know as I need the 20p! plastics flap at the back of the fascia to make mine work. Renault only talk in terms of replacing whole unit at £800.00. Or does anyone have a non functioning unit for spares?
 

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Hi all,

I am new to the forum, and am thinking of buying a vel satis 3.0Dci. Trouble is, after reading spydermans tales of woe, the car I've been offered is a 03 plate initiale with cream leather, about 50 miles from hereford. How common are these cars, and how likely is it that this car is spydermans lemon?? :confused:
 

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I'm going to defend these cars - god help me!

Hi there, I can understand why you would form an adverse opinion about these types of cars - however.

I was a French car phobe myself until around a year ago, when due to changing family circumstances, I needed a larger car to replace my beloved Ka Luxury.

After looking around, I found a 4 year old car, with 20,000miles on the clock, fully warranted mileage, and full service history being sold by a non-renault dealer for £10,000. I bartered hard and got a year's warranty plus a service and cambelt change included, plus a great trade-in price for my car.

Touch wood, it has been fine - loads of space, great comfort, good & smooth power delivery all at fuel economy never below 35mpg.

Like all cars, there can be good ones and bad ones out there - its important to check them over thoroughly before purchase.

The cars are still in production (mainland Europe only), so parts aren't an issue (except for price), but the biggest problem is that dealers are completely unfamiliar with a very rare car - so make sure that you have a Renault dealer nearby who has at least serviced one of these cars (only around 1400 were ever imported). You don't want to be paying for trial & error.

Don't expect to run one on a shoestring, they were between £20-£32 grand when new - but choose wisely, look after it, keep it under warranty, and you should have a car which is often admired, but never repeated.

Paul:)
 
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Hi velsatisfied - thanks for the advice, I was already pretty sold on getting one, but have done alot of searching today and it looks like the one i've been offered is suspisciously close to spydermans troubled car that i'll look for another - wouldnt have bothered me if he'd had all of the work doen under warranty, but his last post sounded like they couldnt fix the engine problems so sold it on - it is the same colour, spec, age and I checked history today to find it had the same change of owner date as quoted by spyderman when he bought it. Shame, will keep looking! Incredibe amount of car for the money, which is why i've been looking.

This forum has and I'm sure will continue to be invaluable, thanks to all!!!

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What a great thread! I have just read it through, copied and pasted some nuggets of useful info into a word document I am collating about 'all things Vel Satis'.

Me thinks we need a Vel Satis Club :cool:

Dave
 

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Yep, I can vouch that Dave's put together a great collection of useful Vel Satis owners' posts for quick reference in the future. I've been slowly putting together an owners guide too, so we might eventually merge the two into one big guide for Vel Satis owners. Watch this space.
 

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Should be a useful bit of prose eventually Oliver :d
 

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Very proud Vel Satis owner from Italy here, absolute nightmare buying a car in Italy, a simple signature is not the case, both the seller and buyer need to take a day off work and ownership change costs at least £500 depending on engine size, Insurance is extortionate, even with my 5 years no claims I have to go under the mother and laws name. Prices of secondhand cars are absolute robbery. A tatty 1993 e200 merc for example could cost you £5,500. There are plenty of thieves around. An dealerships do not negotaite on price whatsoever in this country even with the recession, so I buy privately.
I'm gonna post in the Vel Satis "positive" thread but first
here's a few issues, I'm very lucky as all the electrics work, new tyres and breaks discs are fine. Both keys work (my laguna which wouldn't open the doors, water damage repaired for £40 by key specialist instead of getting ripped off by renault)
Clutch in first gear struggles a bit but I drive like a pensioner so I get 44mpg on the motorway.

I've had a trawl through the forum and there are some excellent contributions I wish I had seen when I had the Laguna II.
Bought it on Thursday, and here are some things the mechanic found on saturday morning, thanks in advance for any advice.


2 x xenon motors
- as lights, motor arms are broken,

1 x radiator,
- radiator and fan work fine but radiator attachment on one side is broken and not attached which means it's moving around.

1 x belt wheel for timing belt
- rim of wheel is coroded

1 x timing belt kit

2 x anti role bars front L & R

2 x front shock absorbers

1 x Catalitic converter
- Not sure if this is correct as my mechanic pointed to the
centre of the exhaust stem running from the front to the back of the car, centre of the car beside the gearbox,
I always thought the catalytic converter was found at the back of the car near the exhaust???

l x support bracket for the exhaust
- right at the rear of the car the large tank attached to the exhaust is not attached and moving on one side.

1 x hazard light switch, as the on off switch is broken, it stays on or off depending whether I attach the wire.

1 x Electric window regulator (rear right), the motor works fine but the wire is broken.
I had the same problem with my Laguna II and I'd like to avoid replacing the whole thing if it's only the
wire inside that's broken.
I've read another Laguna owner replaced his window.
Is it possible to do the same with the Vel Satis by only replacing the wire bought on Ebay for £20 instead of the whole
window regulator mechanism????
 

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Update to my previous post...

I love my Vel Satis but I knew it had to happen. There is a very bad oil leak in the engine compartment, no oil pressure warning lights or anything... yet. But it has to be sorted. I am gutted but that's the risk I took.

I had left it with the mechanic to change the t-belt while I search on the net for the above mentioned.
I would like to have a complete engine rebuild as I do intend to hang on to it, no-one else is mad enough to by it here.

It'll be with the mechanic for at least two weeks.

To give you an example there is one around the corner,
3.0 dci initial 11,000GBP, 110k miles secondhand dealer, the neck on them! Think Minder but multiply that by a factor a 50 for dodginess when you it comes to secondhand car dealers in Italy. That's why main dealers get away with not negotiating. Internet is very new here for the everyday guy.
 

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1 x Catalitic converter
- Not sure if this is correct as my mechanic pointed to the
centre of the exhaust stem running from the front to the back of the car, centre of the car beside the gearbox,
I always thought the catalytic converter was found at the back of the car near the exhaust???
The catalyst is virtually next to the Turbo. They are available on UK eBay for c. £135 each - that's almost certainly cheaper than the dealer will ask...
 
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