Dear Sirs, Madams and Otters
Some of you may recall how the opportunity to own a prime piece of French chod was STOLEN from you about a year ago, from underneath your very noses by an unscrupulous lurking fiend of the worst type.
But he (me) seeks to redeem himself by once again offering said beigeness...
this 2003 Renault Vel Satis 2.0T Privilege is up for grabs
Its price has gone up a bit (£590), as I need to recoup some of the spend on it, but I feel this is justified by its:
Long MOT. Only advisories – pitted/scored discs at all corners. They’ve been unprotected while I’ve worked on the parking brake – see below
Working parking brake (I sourced a cable from Cablecraft.ie to replace the unobtainium Renault item that had seized and meant the parking brake only worked on one wheel)
Working disc player (this had a disc stuck in it when I purchased the car)
Backlight of HVAC console repaired
Four new tyres of some obscure but reasonably able rubber (Forceum Octas)
The turbo oil return pipe no longer drips oil on the exhaust, so you can demist and ventilate with impunity
Oil, oil filter, air filter and gearbox oil changed
Four new pencil coils fitted (there were occasional misfires)
New upstream oxygen sensor fitted (failed MOT pre-test on emissions, SOOO far out – now it has no emissions issues)
New rear engine mount (this was shot to bits and starting to affect the gearchange)
New n/s/f anti roll bar drop link – replaced due to the upper boot being torn
New rear anti roll bar bushes – ordered before I found a shite way of sorting the annoying rattle from the rear anti roll bar over rough surfaces (which was the application of some pvc tape around the anti roll bar where the bushes hold it)
I'm also including a new set of brake pads for front and back that are rattling around in the boot, awaiting fitting
The bad bits
The mileage. It’s 244k and obviously done some time as a cab of some kind, but probably airports. Having said that, there's almost no rust on it, much of the car being aluminium, and the engine is still sweet, not using or burning oil, or losing coolant.
The giffer dents and scratches. There’s a lot
The previous repairs to the parking brake unit that had been effected by application of a tin opener to the boot floor and then closed up with self tappers, roofing felt and seam sealer. I’ve fabbed up a panel that now covers the hole up somewhat better and can be easily removed when the parking brake next needs attention.
The tyre pressure monitor system puts on the Service display for two reasons – one of the sensors on the o/s/r wheel is not in its original position and hence is not recognised by the system. The n/s/r wheel has no sensor at all and I CBA to buy a used one, fit it and get it recognised by the system.
The clutch release bearing – at idle, this rattles like a good’un, until you dip the clutch. I strongly suspect that this was not replaced when the clutch was last done. I don't think the gearbox has any problems, the oil that came out when I changed it was not in bad shape, and there was the right volume of it. All changes are good.
The daft Renault credit card ignition key. It works but it’s ready to self-destruct.
Much of the plastic trim on the centre console and some of the dash has gone sticky
The two front windows only move 5cm at a time. The reset method that I’ve found on various forums has not worked.
The o/s rear lamp cluster has a few cracks in it. It’s not falling apart and it doesn’t leak white light, so it’s not been an MOT failure or even an advisory.
The reverse parking sensor beeps when you engage reverse, but doesn't seem to do any more than that. Probably explains at least some of the giffer dents...
The good bits
They're not kidding about the seats. Renault took a good leather suite, and bolted it in. With heaters. And electric controls. And cup holders. And three zone heating. None of the leather is ripped, but it's not completely pristene.
The stereo is a belter.
Driving the thing is a very pleasant experience.
So, there you have it. The price is by pure coincidence* divisible by 59. You have another chance…
Moira pics tomorrow, if you're interested