Re­nault Avan­time

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2002 Re­nault Avan­time V6 En­gine 2946CC/V6/OHC Top speed 134mph Fuel econ­omy 25mpg Work since last re­port Springs fit­ted along with new gaiters for MOT. Avan­time own­er­ship is a process of wait­ing for the next thing to go wrong… I was told. No such luck for me though. I have had trou­ble-free joy from my French fancy for over 8000 mag­nif­i­cent miles. And I have av­er­aged 29mpg, which from a woof­ing V6 auto is most ac­cept­able. Keep­ing on top of prob­lem ar­eas has been the key to good health and I ad­dressed the big­gies (belts, plugs, tyres, trim) early on. I re­placed ev­ery­thing and it paid me back with on the road ex­cel­lence.

Un­til the MOT came along. A cracked front spring and drive­shaft gaiter both felled the beast and shocked me. I hadn’t no­ticed any is­sues with han­dling or ride – and I have driven it with en­thu­si­asm over many var­ied miles. So, new spring please? There was only one an­swer and it came in the form of Co­bra Low­er­ing springs for the Es­pace III (yes… I know. Who low­ers their Es­pace?)

This is the only op­tion and they don’t do sin­gle springs, so the Co­bras ar­rive as a set of four – £182. The cheap­est im­porter is Venom Mo­tor­sport, which was friendly and ef­fi­cient to deal with. It was quick, too. The springs turned up in two days and they were red. It made me want to fit them at the back, too.

MOT cer­tifi­cate on the pas­sen­ger seat and the jour­ney home was punc­tu­ated with the en­gine light com­ing on with a res­o­nant ‘ping’. A friend with a lap­top plugged him­self in and the words ‘Lambda Sen­sor’ ap­peared. I found a new old stock item for £30 and fit­ted it. In one week­end the eco­nom­ics of sup­ply and de­mand had shown why mod­ern clas­sic own­er­ship can be both ex­pen­sive and sur­pris­ingly cheap.

New springs from Co­bra.

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