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    Hi all, I'm new to the (exclusive) Koleos club. I bought a 2013 Series II Privilege a couple of months ago with about 15K Kms on the clock so pretty much as new. The reason is was looking at the Koleos was as pointed out by Nod, there appears to be very positive feedback from those relatively few owners who actually dared to buy something other than a Forester. The other thread mentioned the tyranny of severe depreciation on these cars but it is double edged - I ended up with this all specced up Privilege for low $30,000s (and drive away as well) so that represents a massive saving on the new price and made it much better value than any other SUV. Of course when I sell it will depreciate further, but the biggest slug has already happened.

    Anyway I have ben enjoying the drive greatly, recently drove 4K km to Adelaide and it cruised beautifully, just seems to sit on 2000 rpm almost constantly and was very quiet. And there was heaps of room for luggage. I'm hoping to tackle some of the less serious 4WD tracks up behind Canberra.

    Downsides? Can't say I would pay extra for leather seats, for one thing they are just damned cold on frosty Canberra mornings and it takes quite a while for the seat heating to work. Also it takes a while to work out the sound system and the various knobs and buttons but it makes increasing sense after time. Also the touchscreen TomTom would be preferable.

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    But so far - loving it!

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    Welcome to the club, Lockster! Keep us informed!
    It's another lovely day! Again!

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    Hi everybody
    I have had the Koleos since new in 2009 and have been happy.
    Just come out of a 65000km service to replace the front rotors (must be soft steel) and a fuel filter, call Nissan for the filter if you find there are not many around
    The wife has been driving it mainly short trips so I have to always keep an eye on the warning lights for the filter - If you see the light come on take it for a longer drive on the freeway to clear the filter - we had one time it was missed and a $400 forced regeneration hurt!

    So nice to drive on the highway as mentioned sits just around 2000rpm in 6th and great acceleration when needed - If you notice it takes a while to run up to 6th gear I usually kick it up with the manual change

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    Hi Guys
    We have just purchased a used 2009 Renault Koleos Dynamique in Blue with only 38,000 kms on the clock.
    Belonged to a doctor in Sydney so she obviously only drove it to work and back again.
    Obviouos few door bumps and scratches, nothing serious.
    It was hard work convincing my wife to change from her beloved Kia Rio (she loved the little sporty beast) but now is in love with her Koleos as she was with her RX4 Scenic a few years back.
    Thus far I have not managed to get my hands on the keys very much but when I did I loved the 2.5ltr pull in manual.
    I am hoping this is not going to be a money drain though having had Renault's before, their parts pricing sucks when it comes to bits that are uniquely Renault.

    Can I ask if anyone has experienced the hardening of the rubber seals at the bottom corner of the windshield ?
    I have a horrible feeling it is a common complaint. At first I thought it was plastic but on opening the bonnet the rest of the structure is rubber. But it has gone as brittle as all hell ! Now that to me is a design fault after only 5 years.
    But the freakin dealer wants $139 for each side ! For a piece of moulded rubber ? You have to be joking.
    Any ideas suggestions ? (see attached photos of part in question)
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    Apparently they do go brittle and pieces will crack off them when they are poked and pulled by curious owners. I haven't touched mine since 2009 and they are still there, even with a few rough edges.
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    Agree with KL they ALL go brittle.
    Find out part number and we'll search elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormtigers View Post
    Hi Guys
    We have just purchased a used 2009 Renault Koleos Dynamique in Blue with only 38,000 kms on the clock.
    Belonged to a doctor in Sydney so she obviously only drove it to work and back again.
    Obviouos few door bumps and scratches, nothing serious.
    It was hard work convincing my wife to change from her beloved Kia Rio (she loved the little sporty beast) but now is in love with her Koleos as she was with her RX4 Scenic a few years back.
    Thus far I have not managed to get my hands on the keys very much but when I did I loved the 2.5ltr pull in manual.
    I am hoping this is not going to be a money drain though having had Renault's before, their parts pricing sucks when it comes to bits that are uniquely Renault.

    Can I ask if anyone has experienced the hardening of the rubber seals at the bottom corner of the windshield ?
    I have a horrible feeling it is a common complaint. At first I thought it was plastic but on opening the bonnet the rest of the structure is rubber. But it has gone as brittle as all hell ! Now that to me is a design fault after only 5 years.
    But the freakin dealer wants $139 for each side ! For a piece of moulded rubber ? You have to be joking.
    Any ideas suggestions ? (see attached photos of part in question)
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    Storm, I had to replace the two scuttle en-pieces you show. Mine were around $155 each plus postage out of Perth. Ridiculous having to replace items like this on a 5 yo car. Shoddy quality control, it is. The parts guy in Perth said the part number had changed which usually means the supplier had changed but he was unable to tell me if it had actually improved. Luckily, mine came out of lease funds but really, should have been a warranty fix (the were probably falling apart before the 3 years was up but I didn't notice until I picked bits off with my fingernail while cleaning the car). A few things went wrong on my car after the 3 years I'd suggest they're some kind of ABS plastic rather than rubber, but they've left out UV stabilisers.

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    Do Nissan Xtrail use the same rubber scuttle pieces? They may be cheaper ex Nissan and possibly a better composition of rubber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    Do Nissan Xtrail use the same rubber scuttle pieces? They may be cheaper ex Nissan and possibly a better composition of rubber.
    I'd very much doubt, it Rob. They have very different bodies, with few or no parts interchangeable.

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    No definitely made of rubber as I pulled the buggers out.
    The part under the bonnet is soft and pliable but the exposed section might as well be made of freakin plasticine !
    Koleos Register-dsc_0160.jpg
    Here's the part number on the one I pulled off.
    Mervin at City Auto in Richmond gave me the price.
    Maybe it's me being stubborn I just find it hard to come to grips paying through the nose for a rubber part that lasted only 5 years.


    On another note I am having to get a roadworthy transferring from NSW to VIC registration.
    Stuff me if the only fail point is condensation in the headlights.
    I managed to use a hair dryer to get rid of it but damned if the first time we drove it back it comes.
    Any quick solution guys as all I want is the RWC and I can;t very well get rid of it in front of the RWC issuer using a hair dryer (hahahahahaha)

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormtigers View Post
    No definitely made of rubber as I pulled the buggers out.
    The part under the bonnet is soft and pliable but the exposed section might as well be made of freakin plasticine !
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    Here's the part number on the one I pulled off.
    Mervin at City Auto in Richmond gave me the price.
    Maybe it's me being stubborn I just find it hard to come to grips paying through the nose for a rubber part that lasted only 5 years.


    On another note I am having to get a roadworthy transferring from NSW to VIC registration.
    Stuff me if the only fail point is condensation in the headlights.
    I managed to use a hair dryer to get rid of it but damned if the first time we drove it back it comes.
    Any quick solution guys as all I want is the RWC and I can;t very well get rid of it in front of the RWC issuer using a hair dryer (hahahahahaha)
    Quick fix ? Drill a couple of holes in the top of the headlights to vent the vapour, then seal them up afterwards. I wonder if the rubber covers that seal the back of the headlamp globes from moisture have been dispensed with at a change of headlight globes as the source of the moisture getting into the lamps.?

    Whatever, you will in a few years have to get hold of some replacement (Second-hand) headlights from wreckers as the moisture will eventually destroy the internal coatings.

    Hope that helps.. It would be nicer to seal them properly, but that doesn't help in this present situation.

    Ken.
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    Thanks Kevin - bit dubious about drilling holes just to get the initial registration.
    I rang a place here in Melbourne that specialises in headlight sealing & repairs.
    She suggested leaving the caps off so there is somewhere for the moisture to vent out.
    Previously I had dried them out using hair dryer but of course it came back after the first drive so something is amiss.
    Fortunately this suggestion seems to be working. I have also hung a small dessicant bag in the back of the headlight structure to see if that helps. Now if I can only make it to the roadworthy to eliminate that hassle.

    UPDATE : It worked - stayed clear all the way there and back again with rear caps removed.
    By the way don't ask how much replacement headlights are if you have the XENON in them.
    I paid $13,000 delivered to VIC for the car, the headlights quote was more than 1/10th the price we paid for the vehicle. SOmeone somewhere is making copious quantities of money !
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    Good you had the desired outcome, next of course is the final fix and seal of the headlight.. Though, removal of headlamps seems to be a complicated process these days, if is like some others, you have to almost dismantle the front end!! When you do finally fix the problem - report back on how you did it

    Glad you got it past the Roadworthy - enjoy!

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    According to this wholesale site: http://en.gforceparts.com the price of 66894JY00A (a verschluss = barrier) is $9.62 each. $152 doesn't seem an outrageous mark-up, does it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    According to this wholesale site: Whole Sale Spareparts from GForce United Arab Emirates: Whole sale of spareparts: Komatsu, Suzuki, Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Heavy machinery and specialized equipment. the price of 66894JY00A (a verschluss = barrier) is $9.62 each. $152 doesn't seem an outrageous mark-up, does it?
    That'd be plus shippin & handlin
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    The condenstation may be blocked vents- the little rubber elbows that face downwards on most lights. My other car, a "grey import" has a problem with moisture in the lights, and owners have discussed ways of fixing the problem for years. I put a new second-hand light in one side yesterday, and blow me down if I didn't get moisture in it by washing the back before insertion! The previous headlight, original, had horrible things growing on the reflector surfaces, but strangely, this doesn't affect performance too much as they're projector lights. It's an appearance thing. That light had been pulled apart (warmed in an oven) and re-glued after all interior surfaces were polished.

    As for the price of (I assume) HID lights, they are a ripoff considering I put them in the other car for under $100 four years ago. The only thing I don't like about them is the globe colour temperature, which I'll change when these ones die. Our Koleos has standard globes (I assume H7?) but I've not yet had to change them. Our previous SUV was a nuisance, the whole headlight had to come out to change a globe!

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    Okay guys I found some manuals online that showed me where the rear bumper fixing points are.
    They appear to be crash repair manuals rather than general service so they may not have much but worth having as a resource.

    Index of /koleos

    This is my web server so I will leave them online

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    Thanks stormtiger, nice to have!
    It's another lovely day! Again!

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    Well I may not be as smart as I think I am as I have ordered the bits from partsale.eu using paypal (to get some protection).
    I may have pissed a few bucks away but if it works then I have saved a heap of dough and shoved it up the blatant ripoff merchants here in Australia. To be on the safe side I immediately went in and changed my paypal password afterwards and used money that's was in credit from an ebay sale item ($60) balance rather than through one of my accounts.
    I will keep you guys apprised of how it happens or doesn't happen - guess I am the guinea pig - no wait - they are in the backyard unfortunately.

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    Okay an update on this post for you.
    Here is what the part I was talking about looked like on our recently purchased 2009 Koleos.
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    Not pretty is it.

    What was less pretty was this email confirming what replacement parts here in Melbourne would cost.

    "...The Drivers side windscreen cover is $138.33
    The Passenger side windscreen cover is $138.75

    Both are available half a day from my head office.

    Feel free to give me a call if you wish to place an order....

    Ye Gods - 2 plastic bits total bill $277.00 you have got to be kidding.


    About 8 weeks ago i took a punt and ordered the pieces off a company located in Latvia of all places at about a third of the cost here in Australia
    It may well have been a rort/scam who knows.
    But their website quoted shipping to Australia was 23 Euro or about $33 AUD.
    Not a lot of customer contact although I did get email confirming they would be shipped shortly.

    So today, Mr Postman comes to the door, just under 8 weeks later and.

    Koleos Register-dsc_0109.jpgKoleos Register-dsc_0110.jpg

    HOUSTON WE HAVE PARTS - OFFICIAL RENAULT PARTS
    And a healthier bank balance.

    Most definitely worth the excercise and wait in my opinion.
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    Hey Fellas,

    Just an update, I have bought a small number of RH/LH sets of these in from overseas.
    I have them on eBay if your interested. $106.95 for a pair + $20 shipping
    Cheaper for a pair than 1 side alone !

    Renault Koleos Front Windscreen Rain Channels Parts 66894 JY00A AMP 66895 JY00A | eBay

    Happy New Year

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormtigers View Post
    Hi Guys
    We have just purchased a used 2009 Renault Koleos Dynamique in Blue with only 38,000 kms on the clock.
    Belonged to a doctor in Sydney so she obviously only drove it to work and back again.
    Obviouos few door bumps and scratches, nothing serious.
    It was hard work convincing my wife to change from her beloved Kia Rio (she loved the little sporty beast) but now is in love with her Koleos as she was with her RX4 Scenic a few years back.
    Thus far I have not managed to get my hands on the keys very much but when I did I loved the 2.5ltr pull in manual.
    I am hoping this is not going to be a money drain though having had Renault's before, their parts pricing sucks when it comes to bits that are uniquely Renault.

    Can I ask if anyone has experienced the hardening of the rubber seals at the bottom corner of the windshield ?
    I have a horrible feeling it is a common complaint. At first I thought it was plastic but on opening the bonnet the rest of the structure is rubber. But it has gone as brittle as all hell ! Now that to me is a design fault after only 5 years.
    But the freakin dealer wants $139 for each side ! For a piece of moulded rubber ? You have to be joking.
    Any ideas suggestions ? (see attached photos of part in question)
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    Hi Storm,
    Yes, I have 2009 Privilege and both sides went. They were probably gone enough during the warranty period to have them replaced but didn't notice until too late. Mine were around $155 ea. from Perth (slightly different ea. side). Luckily, the car was still on lease so paid for out of those funds but still VERY annoying. Sunvisors are another rubbish part, I replaced driver's side (not cheap either) but went for the cheaper non-light one presumably from a Dynamique although it's beige. So far passenger side OK but we leave it down all the time. Wife is short and can see right under it. I'm tall but whenever I'm on that side I'm sleeping

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    Hi Fred
    Yeah its very common. I work casual at an offsite Airport carpark and look at every Koleos that comes in.
    It's pretty common place for them to go hard. I am thinking a periodic spray with Armorall or something may keep them in reasonable nick for a few years.

    As you would have seen above I managed to source some from overseas so if you need any give me a yell

    Ray

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormtigers View Post
    Hi Fred
    Yeah its very common. I work casual at an offsite Airport carpark and look at every Koleos that comes in.
    It's pretty common place for them to go hard. I am thinking a periodic spray with Armorall or something may keep them in reasonable nick for a few years.

    As you would have seen above I managed to source some from overseas so if you need any give me a yell

    Ray

    Hi Ray,
    Thanks for the offer, I bought mine out of Melville Renault in Perth earlier last year, before the lease ran out end April. Had them fitted when car was serviced. So I'm right for a few years, I hope! Moving to Tassie so it will be interesting to see if there is any improvement in life from the less-harsh environment. Sub-tropical WA has harsh sun! Ours was mostly parked in a carport, too.
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    Dear All, I've had my Koleos a week and love it but there isn't enough rake adjust on the manual seat for my long legs. I'm using a wedge shaped cushion to support my thighs. Does anyone know if the electric seats give more adjustment? Rgds Ian

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