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Post by Night Fury on Thu 28 Jan 2016 - 10:55

My wind  will be clocking up 25,000 miles soon and so it will need to get the first major service sometime between now and March when its MOT is due. The ball joints were replaced under warranty, and I don't appear to have any mechancial problems at the moment (fingers crossed)  Shocked
In the past I've used an approved Renault service centre in south west London, but they are expensive.

I wonder if there any worthwhile alternatives, like having the car serviced outside of London, or maybe going to a standard garage and hope that they can service the car properly as a an approved Renault service centre is supposed to.

Has anyone any advice about where it should be serviced?
Is there anything I should expect to be replaced?

Is there anything I should ask the mechanics to look out for?
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Post by Araf on Thu 28 Jan 2016 - 21:31

No. it's pretty basic, and the service indicator is reset by the stalk.

I've now taken mine out of the dealer network, having it serviced by a friends garage near Maidstone.  Less than half the price of a dealer service, and he has no need to try and sell you over-priced parts that you don't need.

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Post by LukeC on Thu 28 Jan 2016 - 21:41

As Araf said it's a pretty basic job if you have two hands you can probably do most the service requirements (air filters etc) yourself and then get it checked over and an oil change for under £100

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Post by knebby on Thu 28 Jan 2016 - 22:12

Re service intervals the 1.6 has just been done when and the service interval was reset to 18,000 miles. Surely not! I'll be getting it done at 12,000 max.
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Post by Araf on Fri 29 Jan 2016 - 0:03

Yes, the intervals are 18k miles or 2 years on the non-RS Renaults.

Odd, as the 133 Twingo is 12000 miles or 2 years.  I get mine serviced yearly, about 8k miles apart.

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Post by colin565 on Mon 1 Feb 2016 - 11:23

How do you reset the service indicator yourself, thanks?

I am now getting servicing done by independent elsewhere and they do not know how to reset. But price is right, and that's what matters.

(Do not like local Renault ripoff dealer, as they cost a fortune to change oil, filter and plugs, and as warranty is finished, so are they).
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Post by LukeC on Mon 1 Feb 2016 - 21:41

Hi Colin just press and hold the end of the indicator stalk until it resets

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Post by colin565 on Wed 3 Feb 2016 - 17:06

LukeC wrote:Hi Colin just press and hold the end of the indicator stalk until it resets

Thanks, thats so easy, its a breath of fresh air.

In my wifes Smart car, a spanner symbol flashes and you have to go though hell to reset, as it needs a combination of buttons at the exact timing of each button  Twisted Evil

And if you get it to reset, the spanner symbol just starts up again the following year. 

I gave up this year, and just let it flash for 10 seconds from startup every journey, then it goes away...  Very Happy

PS...I read in a car mag that some new FIATS require you to get the service interval reset within a specified time or the engine wil go into limp mode...Talk about blackmailing you into a service  lol!
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Post by Barbs on Wed 3 Feb 2016 - 17:47

that limp mode seems to of happened with one of our Nissan Navarra's at work. Wouldn't go past 40 and guess what..... It was a recall fault that they had already fixed.
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Post by colin565 on Wed 3 Feb 2016 - 21:38

So that's another thing to add to the list of what you do not want in a new car.....

Service reset limp mode
Start stop technology (a big con, just hastle without real savings))
Auto door locking after 5MPH (unless you can disable)
etc, etc...  Very Happy
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Post by knebby on Wed 3 Feb 2016 - 21:53

colin565 wrote:So that's another thing to add to the list of what you do not want in a new car.....

Service reset limp mode
Start stop technology (a big con, just hastle without real savings))
Auto door locking after 5MPH (unless you can disable)
etc, etc...  Very Happy
....daytime running lights, gear change indicator....
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Post by knebby on Thu 4 Feb 2016 - 12:10

....interior lights that can change colour... All things that bump up the price of the car, aren't really of any use and can go wrong in the future.
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Re: Servicing Options

Post by colin565 on Thu 4 Feb 2016 - 15:30

knebby

.... gear change indicator....



Funny you should say that, the wifes Smart car can be run on manual mode and shows , gear 1, 2, 4, and 5 on the dash display, when you shift + or -

But when on auto mode, and the car changes gear by itself, it comes up 'A' on the dash display, and that's it, I have no idea what gear the car is in. So I just run it in manual mode.

The wife prefers auto mode, I do not know how she figures out which gear she is in, like 3 to 4th, or 4th to 5th, but she drives it more than me, and can judge it better. 

Still think it is a design oversight though, and would have preferred knowing the gear status  Very Happy
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