7 months with a used Renault Lodgy: Why I’m not happy with my purchase

The ownership of the Renault Lodgy is not what I intended with all the breakdowns that have happened in the past few months.

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Hi All,

Have been a fan of pre-worshipped cars for the last 14 years, from Cielo to Fabia to Linea. My lineup has had 12 pre-worshipped cars in the past 14 years. No cars in the past have given me any trouble and I was able to drive those for around a year before selling them off to a new buyer. My last pre worshipped car was Fiat Linea and it was in my garage for a good 2 years before I have to sell it off because of NGT rules in Delhi NCR. Now the search again started for a new pre worshipped car.

My requirement was for a 6 or 7-seater vehicle so ultimately there are few listed vehicles in the lineup.

Started the search and found some examples as well however for one reason or other the listed vehicle were not up to mark and hence rejected. Search continues for a good 3 months when I got a call from a dealer for a good Renault Lodgy with 3 years still left as per NGT rule. Went ahead and took a test ride and the vehicle felt quite comfortable at lower as well as higher speeds.

Purchased the vehicle in January 2022, got it serviced from Renault and went with family for a long journey to Kashmir to our 2nd home. Journeys continued from Kashmir to Himachal to Punjab and back to Kashmir. However, in between, there were a few MAJOR niggles which cropped up. I will list them below.

  • Oil cooler leak
  • AC direction knob malfunctioned
  • Engine mounting all replaced
  • Turbo waste gate pump fail
  • AC water leak

Well, this is the first vehicle in my pre-owned vehicle category that has come up with so many malfunctions. As of now, have spent more than 50k on all the parts replaced. Sourcing them from Renault would have cost a bomb so relied on sourcing them from either Boodmo or parts dealer from Delhi.

Break up of things:

In short, the ownership of the Renault Lodgy is not what I intended with all the breakdowns that have happened in the past few months however it has been a long tourer with Kashmir, Himachal, Punjab, Leh and Jammu as its destination. With a family of 3 adults, 2 kids and luggage this has been a perfect vehicle to commute long however the consistent niggles that have happened are making me think again. Should I keep this vehicle or sell it off for a new one.

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