Some time ago I posted a thread about whether or not a Twizy would make it up a steep hill in order to decide whether one could meet my requirements. Finally I managed to make my wife have a test-drive, which honestly has not been easy because of the disinterest of the local dealerships. Fortunately a nice local let my wife have a go in his Twizy and as could be expected she completely fell for his charm. Of the Twizy. I hope…
Now that the misses has approved, I am honestly more directed towards finding a second hand model in the area and I’ve made some viewing appointments for the next coming days. I’ve been looking online for some inspection tips or weak spots of Twizies in order to make good purchase evaluations and thought this thread could function as a container for all second hand buying advice.
From different threads and my own personal experience I’ll kick off with the following:
Looks like a small time-bomb as I’ve read online. As far as I’ve read it’s especially a UK problem caused by the large fluctuations in electrical household current, and especially in first generation chargers. Replacing one here in Italy would cost about €800,- excluding labour. From the polls I noted on this blog, there is about a 23% chance of it going wrong.
As far as I can tell, there has been a recall, but you can slide your camera phone under the front seat and take some pictures up underneath, to see if it has cracked. Renault modified this spare part since June 2013 so newer Twizy will not have this problem. If you have this problem on your “old” Twizy, you can change it under warranty although I am not sure what they will do with older Twizies that have lost their warranty or in other countries rather than the UK.
As Osbrook mentioned: the biggest problem will be the brakes. To check during a test drive:
Do they work
Do they come off after applying
Does the handbrake release the brakes on both sides
Do the brakes stick on
Good maintenance and cleaning should keep problems away and fixing problems should not be too hard and costly
Do they open and stay open, could be the gas struts that are up for replacement. Replace them with at least 830N, should not be hard or costly.
Personally I have the impression this is a moist / dirt problem that especially happens if you often drive in wet / sandy environments, but is potentially extremely dangerous. I would often check if the accelerator pedal movement is natural and when the least imperfections arrise, try to clean and lubricate it. If that does not happen change the entire throttle control. Should be around €150,-
Looking forward to hearing what you guys think about it!