Long-term update: 2009 Renault Safrane V6
We got our Renault Safrane serviced last month, it having hit the 30K mark this summer. It is carrying on without any drama.
The dealer service itself cost Dhs 360, and when you drop the car off in the morning, it gets done by the evening. However, the centre called up to let us know our car’s battery was almost dead and that we needed to change it. Whether it really was dying is up for debate, as our car showed no symptoms of a weak battery, but it has indeed been almost two years, which is the average life of a battery in our weather.
They asked for a whopping Dhs 550 for an Indian-branded Amaron battery, including Dhs 65 for installation (which is generally free if done outside and takes less than 5 minutes). For the purposes of this report, and to avoid complications with whatever warranty is remaining, we gave the go-ahead.
So with the service, that brought the total bill to Dhs 908. Admittedly, you can save some money doing all of this elsewhere beyond the warranty period. The warranty is scheduled to end by March next year, since our promised extended-warranty never materialised and we can’t be bothered to chase it any more.
We also asked them to change a clip on the loose door pocket and the cracking-leatherette centre armrest under warranty. Naturally, the parts were not available, but they have supposedly been ordered for us. It’s been more than a month now and we haven’t heard back from them.
Original Mileage When Bought: 110 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 31,500 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 7.8 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 908
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 2093