Long-term update: 2009 Renault Safrane gets work done
Our two-year-old Renault Safrane just had its first proper problem. The driver-side power window, which had been acting hesitant for more than a year, finally decided to crap out. The window glass went down and never came back up. Naturally, my father was pissed, as he had to go to work on a Friday, driving at 120 kph with a face-full of wind, and then having to leave the car overnight, open to the elements. He kept comparing it to his “reliable” 1997 Toyota Corolla, which didn’t even have power steering, let alone power windows.
The next morning, we took it to the service centre. We also mentioned to them that the power-folding mirrors did not like to fold all the time. By evening, we got a call that the car would be ready for pick-up the next morning. That’s pretty quick work for a non-maintenance repair, compared to my experience with other workshops and dealers.
The window and the mirrors are working fine now, and it was all covered under warranty. Everything else in the car is working fine, and mechanically, the car remains trouble-free.
Original Mileage When Bought: 110 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 23,500 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 8.5 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 775
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 1185