So, I will send the car to the garage by tow truck to the garage on Monday morning.
Earlier this year
- the AUX-battery has been depleted and broken due to the hazard warning button turning on during a thunderstorm. Got a new battery and a new hazard warning button. This was in late May. I managed to start the car by charging the battery manually and drove it to the garage. They exchanged a door stop rubber as well.
- The hand break would not release. This actually was happening earlier as well, but I thought it was due to #1. Got a new hand break handle installed. This was in June. The car was towed as I this time couldn’t release it at all.
- On the way home I stopped and parked the car. Then it wouldn’t start again. The charging lid warning was activated. I managed to identify this and put in several layers of duct tape on the inside of the lid as I suddenly understood part of the problems starting the car that had happened. When the lid was in direct sun light the plastic got too soft and the sensor wasn’t pressed down fully. I drove back to the garage and they exchanged the sensor. I still have the duct tape on the lid as well in case the problem would come back. This was also in June.
- I now have an error message when trying to start or charge the car. Based on what I read the charger is probably broken. It is now November.
This car (Twizy 45 that may be driven from 15 years) is used by my kids as there is no public transport where we live. The point is that they should be able to get to school, sports practice etc. As it is now one can never trust that it starts.
The car is 18 months old. This is pure crap really. As I see it, it is not built to handle the salty winds from the sea during the winter. This is why things break in it. It is only built for the Mediterranean climate.
I will now try to get Renault to take responsibility for selling a car that can’t be used in this climate. I bet they will not take responsibility for it.