RE: END OF BATTERY LEASE
Very.....very interesting! But before anything else let me congratulate you for the letter sent to them; Realy spot on.
It was always on the back of my mind that something like that could in fact happen, but it was beyond my wildest dreams that they would go as far as: TRYING TO TAKE POSSESSION OF YOUR OWN CAR!!!!
Here in Portugal, as far as I now, no one received any letter like that, they simply assume that you want to renew your lease; In my case, before the first 3 years ended, I contacted them to offer myself to buy the battery, with no luck; so, I`ve made a renewal for another 2 years, and they actually kept the same price as if it was a 3 year term. Since then (January 2015), I discovered a lot of fluences beeing sold with batteries at very affordable prices in Spain! Some of them are even beeing sold by renault dealers! Two months ago I wrote a letter to renault Portugal and renault France, stating these exact facts and included several photos, for them to look more in detail the reason for my claim: I don`t want to be treated as a second grade costumer. They are selling the car with batteries (around 5000 pounds), so why can`t I buy the battery?
Never had a direct or formal answer from them, but as sideline, someone at a renault dealership told me that "...as you know, renault DOESN`T SELL BATTERIES FOR THE FLUENCE, BUT, AND ONLY BUT, IF WE DID, IT WOULD COST YOU 18000 POUNDS!!!"
I guess sometinhg very dark is lurking on their mind concerning this subject, and unfortunatly I think we didn`t see everything yet..
In about 11 months from now, my lease will end, and this time for good;It`s going to be fun to see what they will say about that, since I`m going to keep the car.
It`s realy sad that such a fine car is plagued with all this nonsense.
Also, be advised that you have to note the mileage before a battery change, because in my case I got an extra 200 miles on the car, just for changing the battery! But that`s another long story...