Mercury (Hobart) - Motoring - - ROAD TEST -

About 50m from my house, at the be­gin­ning of a test drive as I was ac­cel­er­at­ing gen­tly from 40km/h or so, the Re­nault’s brakes were sud­denly ap­plied, en­gine power was cut, an au­di­ble warn­ing sounded, most of the dash lights flashed and an en­gine fail­ure mes­sage ap­peared on the in­stru­ments. I restarted the car and drove home with the en­gine in limp mode. The prob­lem didn’t re­cur on sub­se­quent drives. I asked Re­nault Aus­tralia to in­ves­ti­gate. The re­sponse: “The dealer has not been able to find any is­sues nor repli­cate the prob­lem so (we) don’t have any in­for­ma­tion which could pro­vide any en­light­en­ment on the in­ci­dent.”

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