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    Nice safe Renaults...

    I got a letter a while ago which I compleatly forgot about saying theres may be a fault with my front suspension rods on my Clio, so yesterday I phones renault up to get the car booked in to get it sorted, the woman looks on the computer and tells me theres 2 safty warnings for the car, I tell her ive only recived one letter and ask what the other one is for, Its only the bleeding brakes , How safe do I feel driving around now
    On the up side though the car can stop pretty damn quick, going down a country road at 50mph yesterday when out of nowhere comes a t junction at the end of the road, no signposts or anything, slams the brakes on and the car stopped just like that, icey road as well, had a few near misses in that car (most of em my fault ) and the brakes have done there job fantasticly
    Salazaar : <Touching wood as I write this...>


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    ooooh.....recalls

    I lived with them 2 years ago...every Corsa EVER back to base for seatbelt repairs

    turns out 1 fat German was so big his bum overlapped the seats and wore the seat belt connector over a 7 year period...it failed...

    and everyone EVER came in for a new bracket support.

    So moral to Recalls........its always good to get them done, but very rarely are they actually very scary for 99% of cars.

    GET THEM DONE cos they are free....BUT...BE WARNED....Manufacturers use them as a reason to try to "upsell" repairs to you while you're in having the free work done.

    Trust me.,...it happens

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    Cars only a year old so cant see anything major going wrong with it, bar me crashing it of course
    Salazaar : <Touching wood as I write this...>


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    get it done dude...its free,and might be important.....BUT......watch they aint trying to sell ya summit

    Quote Originally Posted by Advice Trinity by Knoxville
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    But of course they are only performed if the cost of the recall is less than the cost of compensation payouts to sufferers of the vehicles faults...

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    Since the Ford Pinto incident, the punitive damages manufacturers who deliberately ignore safety problems get hit with have been huge, making that unlikely.

    Rich :¬)

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    Originally posted by Rave
    Since the Ford Pinto incident, the punitive damages manufacturers who deliberately ignore safety problems get hit with have been huge, making that unlikely.

    Rich :¬)
    Zakkly......but its for another reason too.

    Ask ANYONE with a Mk 3 Astra... (J reg to R reg) about THEIR brake recall.

    APPARENTLY and ALLEGEDLY the bonnet windscreen squirters were positioned on the PASSENGER SIDE too close to the BRAKE FLUID RESEVOIR, and the sricture of the re-informent beams on the underside of the bonnet allowed water to drop onto the brake fluid reservoir over a pro-longed period.

    even though brake fluid resevoirs are water tight and closed.

    SO....what they offered was a brake recall.....where dealers took a small amount of fluid and boiled it in a machine to see if it was good enough, or if it was "contaminated"

    While the car was in (happened to be cars that on the whole were out of Main Manufacturers servicing grasp and being done privately all round UK) dealers pointed out anything else that might need doing.

    Some absolute DONKEYS came in cos it was free and dealers changed the fluid in lots of cases (free) BUT lots of upsell occured
    and it was VAUXHALLS idea, not the dealers. Mosthad more work than they KNEW what to do with....AND.....worst of all..WE HAD TO PAY for the test equipment

    Quote Originally Posted by Advice Trinity by Knoxville
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    "If you don't gaffer it, it will gaffer you" | "Belt and braces"

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    Exactly why you should never take your car to a Vauxhall dealer.

    A friend of mine's mum bought a celica from a Vauxhall Dealer. The engine then developed a fault. Now bear in mind that my friend is a trained mechanic and is now doing a mechanical engineering degree. They took the car back to the dealer as it was still under warranty. 6 weeks later they rung up to say they had diagnosed the problem. It turned out that the cylinder liner had worn badly. The guy tried to make it sound like it was a really hard problem to trace and that's why it had taken so long. Unfortunatly for him, he was talking to my friend, who let him ramble on for a bit. Then chose some words carefully and left him looking a bit stupid. It turn out the car had been sat for 5 weeks doing nothing as the garage couldn't be bothered to book it in because they wanted to use the ramps and mechanics for paying customers. They got a whole new engine out of them though.

    Then there was the fairly arrogant man at the selly oak dealers who tried to charge my other friend a fortune for labour, on a job that would have taken, at most an hour. Unfortunately he tried to tell it to 2 mechanical engineering students who just pissed themselves and then took him to pieces.

    So just a word of warning. If they think they can get away with it they will.

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